Sophie McBain reviews Jonathan Littell's Syrian Notebooks and Voices of the Arab Spring by Asaad al-Saleh.
2014’s Operation Protective Edge was just the latest in a long list of operations used by the IDF to “cut the grass” in the region.
The death of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh sent shockwaves through Egypt’s left. Now, with elections postponed again, the movement is at an impasse.
“A revolution is basically a human change, not a political one,” he says. “People are no longer the Egyptians they were under Mubarak.”
The global activity around the Armenian genocide centenary is unprecedented – reality TV stars, western lawyers, Turkish intellectuals, metalheads and the Pope have all spoken out. But has this brought international recognition any closer?
The signs of Islamic State moving into Pakistan are there, but what difference does this make in a nation already subject to similar horrors?
Senior Conservatives are drawing comfort from Binyamin Netanyhu's late comeback in the Israeli elections.
Rescuing and preserving Middle Eastern texts and artefacts in the "post-custodial" age.
Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu defied the polls to win re-election last week. Uri Dromes offers his quiet wish for statesmanship from the leader.
Saddam Hussein's demolished tomb is resonant in symbolism, but it is not a unique story.
Historical parallels of religious self-righteousness and nascent nationalism.
Although polls suggested a tight race, Israel's Prime Minister has won for another term.
Its jihadis call for a global caliphate. So why deny religion drives Isis?
Binyamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett, Yisrael Beytenu - each of Israel's potential leaders faces an uncertain future as the country votes.
The conventional wisdom suggests a violent reading of the Quran is at the heart of Islamic State's political violence – but it's wrong.
Friends have identified the Islamic State member, who has beheaded several hostages, as Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi from West London.
The Iraqi city of Mosul was taken over by Islamic State last summer – but now the government forces are pushing back.
The recent rise in global terrorism is alarming, but it also reaffirms the failure of our purely hard military approach to counter the phenomenon.
A long, porous border with Libya puts Egypt at risk. Now it is even harder for president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to provide the security his mandate depends on.
"Appreciation for Afghanistan’s cricketing achievements is perhaps the only thing that links the government with Taliban forces."
The homogonisisng impulse of McDonald's leads to epiphany.
War has been raging in Syria for nearly four years and much of the country is in ruins, yet Bashar al-Assad is still in power. And the view from the presidential palace is brightening.
A religious revival is just one of the factors leaving Christians deserting the Middle East. Diversity must be upheld.
Despite the crackdown at home, Saudi Arabia is angling to present itself as a supporter of free expression abroad.
Why is it that the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, or countries such as Sudan, has attracted the attention and anger of politicians in the west, yet the Christians of Palestine don’t get a look-in?
In 2011, Rami Habib, a 43-year-old doctor from Leicester, flew to Syria. Since then, he has watched the revolution against Bashar al-Assad fall apart – but he won’t give up.
Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century.
In Damascus, the war seems to have receded, and Bashar al-Assad looks more comfortable than ever.
A plan by the terrorist organisation to issue its own currency – in gold – reveals a further attempt to play on the history of the early Caliphs.