Iran

The dark past of Iran's new presidential favourite

19 June 2021 9:22 am

‘Each vote counts…come and vote and choose your president. This is important for the future of your country.’ These were…

Is the worst yet to come in the Middle East?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

If Iran steps in, the worst is still to come

Can Iran help keep King Bibi in power?

14 April 2021 11:58 pm

Benjamin Netanyahu has a problem: he doesn’t have sufficient support to form a coalition. With 20 days left to complete…

Israel's shadow war with Iran explodes into 'nuclear terrorism'

13 April 2021 2:41 am

If time flows at an even pace, then history does not. Joe Biden may still be new in the job,…

The West's shameful Iranian capitulation

12 April 2021 5:42 pm

On a sweltering day in July 2018, German police pulled over a scarlet Ford S-Max hire car that was travelling…

Iranians don’t hate Israel

27 February 2021 7:00 pm

The decades since the Islamic revolution have weighed heavy on the people of Iran. Living in fear, under extreme levels…

Iran’s missile diplomacy

19 February 2021 7:00 pm

It’s a time for delivering messages in the Middle East, where messages rarely come without their near constant attendant: violence.…

Revealed: how Mossad eliminated Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

11 February 2021 7:39 am

The Mossad is not known for its touchy-feely approach. Whether it was the kidnap of Adolf Eichmann in the sixties,…

Al Qaeda and Iran’s dangerous partnership

17 January 2021 7:00 pm

What does the world’s foremost Shia power and the most notorious Sunni terror group have in common? Given that the…

Iran's people will pay a heavy price for Khamenei's vaccine politics

9 January 2021 9:05 pm

The Middle East is changing. Israelis now splurge at Gucci and Rolex in Dubai. Saudi women speed down desert highways;…

Iran vs the rest: the Middle East has reached a tipping point

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The next six weeks will be crucial for the Middle East

Biden would be a fool to reverse Trump's foreign policy wins

24 November 2020 11:32 pm

‘We’re going to be back in the game,’ our presumptive and somewhat previous new president tells us. ‘It’s not America…

Is AppleTV's Tehran the new Fauda?

17 October 2020 9:00 am

If you love Fauda — and of course you do — you’re in for a long wait for season four,…

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What Bahrain’s deal with Israel really means

12 September 2020 12:19 pm

On September 15, representatives from the oil-rich Kingdom of Bahrain will meet Israeli leaders at the White House to sign…

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Leaked letter: Boris Johnson rejects Trump on Iran sanctions

28 August 2020 6:46 am

A leaked letter to the UN Security Council shows that the British government has rejected the US position on Iran’s…

The Foreign Office has lost the plot in the Middle East

22 August 2020 9:00 am

The Foreign Office has lost the plot

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Pompeo is right on Iran sanctions

20 August 2020 9:06 am

The halls of the UN are a habitual stage for empty gestures and vaporous rhetoric, but last Friday’s Security Council…

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Get ready for the return of the Iran Deal

17 August 2020 1:36 am

The Trump administration has the first successful foreign policy of any administration since that of George H.W. Bush. It must…

Why the US assassination of Iran’s top general didn’t spark a war

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Why the US assassination of Iran’s top general didn’t spark a war

In memory of the man who never slept

25 July 2020 9:00 am

The enforced boredom of lockdown has been replaced by a feeling of loss. My nephew by marriage, Hansie Schoenburg, died…

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J’Accuse Barack Obama!

27 June 2020 3:04 am

When President Obama was in his 75-day transition to the Presidency, he initiated correspondence with Supreme Leader Khamenei of Iran…

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Dear dictators: don’t lecture the US on how to treat its people

3 June 2020 8:00 am

If you’ve been watching the news, you would think the United States is a third world nation on the verge…

Oil on troubled waters: the US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

16 May 2020 9:00 am

The US-Saudi alliance is crumbling

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What is the US Navy doing in the Persian Gulf?

30 April 2020 5:39 am

American alliances and security commitments tend to live on long after the world has changed. Many of our far flung…

The director of Persepolis talks about her biopic of Marie Curie: Marjane Satrapi interviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The director of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, talks to Sarah Ditum about her new biopic of Marie Curie, exile from Iran and her fears for the future of democracy