For those of us who have watched the region for decades, this crisis did not come out of nowhere.
Britain's head of counterterrorism has some bold ambitions.
Heavy metal in Wales, the horror in London and a return to Storyland.
Plus Jeremy Corbyn talks trains, drains and his allotment.
Peter Wilby's First Thoughts.
If nothing else, the campaign succeeded in changing the mood music around the Labour leader.
How the writings of an al-Qaeda strategist inspired the spate of small-cell terror attacks in Britain and other Western countries.
Our strong and stable guide – for the many, not the few.
Why Theresa May is only the second most powerful politician in Maidenhead.
Sarah Schulman's book concludes that learning from conflict can be done, though this may mean redefining safe spaces.
Islam has long embraced European modernity – but its values are under threat.
Phil Whitaker's book is a fast-paced missing-person investigation that explores the complexities of sisterly strife.
In our world dominated by the hard men (and women) of the new right, the book reads more as a chill warning.
In a country where most homes are torn down after just 25 years, architecture is well placed to tell the national story.
Edward Docx's philosophical novel follows a father and sons on their last journey.
Journals help their authors understand the truth of lived experience, reveals a new exhibition.
Thomas Morris's book The Matter of the Heart is not for the squeamish.
If a play aspires to say something about masculinity, violence and morality, it should treat its subject with interest and respect.
It is regrettable that the psychology of the abuser takes precedence in Cate Shortland's shock thriller.
I was shocked to find out how vehemently others could disagree with my opinion.
Its basic approach is to treat race and everything else with a certain comic jauntiness.
“There will be a very emotional song from Ariana Grande coming up next,” Jo Whiley promised BBC radio listeners.
Real happiness is combining people and flavours to the advantage of both.
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