We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.
For the desperate of Iraq there is no quick fix, but we can help alleviate some of the suffering
By Jim Murphy MP - 13 August 12:03

We must not find ourselves wondering how this humanitarian crisis spiralled further and further out of control.

The destruction of this Caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force.
The US and the UK can’t defeat ISIS – Arab states have to take the lead
By Sunny Hundal - 12 August 8:32

The destruction of this caliphate must come from a Muslim-led force. 

The northern Gaza strip seen from the Israel side. Photo: Getty
My time in Israeli Defence Force tells me the level of casualties in Gaza is avoidable
By Ahron Bregman - 11 August 11:15

What will ultimately stop the deaths of innocent Palestinians and Israelis is a peace deal putting an end to the conflict. But in the meantime, a modification of the Israeli rules of engagement could reduce the number of innocent casualties.

Ben-Gurion, pictured in December 1953, after he stepped down as Israeli prime minister for the first time and moved to a settlement in the desert
David Ben-Gurion: prophet in the wilderness
By New Statesman - 11 August 10:00

A 1955 archive profile of the founder and first prime minister of Israel, shortly after his return to power. 

A Palestinian boy plays with balloons as families leave their homes in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood. Photo: Getty
From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab world has abandoned the Palestinians
By Mehdi Hasan - 08 August 16:34

The inconvenient truth is that the collective punishment of the Pales­tinian people in Gaza is a collective endeavour in its own right – led by Israel, enforced by Egypt, endorsed by Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi Yazidi demonstrate outside the UN offices in the city of Arbil. Photo: Getty
Iraq’s Yazidis are on the brink of genocide – who will save them?
By Ali Mamouri - 08 August 10:13

Iraq is rapidly spiralling into an unprecedented situation - and the international community is standing by.

An Israeli soldier prays on a tank a few kilometres from the Israel-Gaza border on 6 August as the ceasefire entered a second day. Photo: Getty
Leader: Israel’s moral defeat in Gaza
By New Statesman - 07 August 13:10

Israel will know true quiet only by withdrawing from the occupied territories and negotiating a settlement with the Palestinian leadership, which may well include Hamas.

Baroness Warsi speaking to the Conservative Party Conference in 2010. Photo: Getty
The bitter truth: the Tories have done more for Muslims than Labour
By Abdul-Azim Ahmed - 06 August 12:17

It won’t be quickly forgotten that the strongest condemnation of the killings in Gaza came from Baroness Warsi, a Tory politician.

Palestinians salvage items from the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza City as the fragile ceasefire entered a second day, 6 August. Photo: Getty
Jason Cowley: The destruction of Gaza and when Israel backed the Islamists
By Jason Cowley - 05 August 10:50

The Gaza conflict has raised the important question of empathy. Would that both sides were capable of greater empathy and, indeed, imagination. 

An Iranian woman adjusts her headscarf in central Tehran. Photo: Getty
High heels and hijabs: Iran’s sexual revolution
By Ramita Navai - 01 August 10:00

For more than 30 years, the Islamic Republic has been obsessively battling against sex, but as with anything that is suppressed or banned, people have learned to sidestep the punitive regulations. 

Those killed in Operation Protective Edge are remembered at the rally in Tel Aviv. Photo: Getty
“Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies”: what it’s like to be an anti-war Israeli
By Marina Strinkovsky - 30 July 10:18

Pacifism has attracted a social penalty in Israeli society for decades – many Israelis are immersed in a siege mentality, cynically whipped up at critical moments by their self-serving leadership. But a small anti-war movement clings on.

Life in ruins: a man walks in the rubble of the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, July 28. Photo: Getty
Jason Cowley: Does the left hate Israel?
By Jason Cowley - 28 July 16:01

It shouldn’t be a question of either you support Israel, no matter what it does, or you are on the side of the Islamists. 

Gazans are suffering, says resident Ghada Al Kord. Photo: Alison Baskerville, CARE
Letter from Gaza: “You cannot understand how it feels... There is no dignity”
By Ghada Al Kord - 25 July 13:35

Palestinian Ghada Al Kord tells of the difficulties of navigating a warzone while pregnant and the indignity of being trapped in Gaza. 

The left’s insistence on Jews apologising for being Jewish is anti-Semitic
By Eleanor Margolis - 24 July 15:37

Whenever the western left sides instinctively with Palestine my heart says, “Jew-haters” while my mind says, “Shut the f*** up, heart.”

What future? A medic helps a man in the wreckage of Shejaia, Gaza. Photo: Reuters
Uri Dromi: Despair is not an option in Gaza
By Uri Dromi - 22 July 17:36

The Israeli economist Yaacov Sheinin proposes a bold economic answer to the rockets – but with the repressive Hamas in charge, would it have any chance of materialising?

Where are the diplomats, policy-makers and peace envoys? They're not in Gaza
By James Rodgers - 18 July 11:10

The BBC's former Gaza Strip correspondent on the way the world views the Palestinians, and how Israel transformed from a young David of a fledgling state to the Goliath of the occupation.

Destroyed: ruins of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, blown up by the Taliban in 2001. Photo: Salim Saheb Ettaba/AFP/Getty
Darius Guppy: the US condemns Iran but allies itself with the ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia
By Darius Guppy - 17 July 10:00

Iran does has grave problems but family life is of a quality that has largely disappeared in the west and privacy is respected. Nor is there any sense of the oppression one finds in Wahhabi societies.

Palestinian firefighters survey the scene of a house destroyed during an Israeli strike. Photo: Getty
We single Israel out because we in the west are shamefully complicit in its crimes
By Mehdi Hasan - 16 July 17:45

The assault on Gaza has been a humanitarian disaster, yet the west's staunch support for Israel continues.

People shelter in a large concrete pipe during a rocket attack on the southern Israeli village of Nitzan. Photo: Getty
Leader: Without a two-state solution, Israel is set on a course of war
By New Statesman - 10 July 15:16

So fragile is the “peace” between Israel and the Palestinians that it takes the smallest spark to light the fuse of war.

Iraqi women at the Khazair displacement camp for those caught-up in the fighting in Mosul. Photo: Getty
The hand-choppers of Isis are deluded: there is nothing Islamic about their caliphate
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 July 16:32

Have we gone back in time? The era of Muslim caliphates came to a close in 1924, when the Ottomans were toppled in Turkey.

Retribution? house destroyed by the Israeli army suspectedly in response to the murdered Israeli teenagers in Hebron on July 1. Photo: Getty
Death comes to Hebron, the birthplace of Judaism
By Edward Platt - 04 July 10:03

Hebron is the city of Abraham, the patriarch from whom all Jews, Muslims and, to a lesser extent, Christians claim descent. It is the emotional heart of the world’s most intractable conflict.

From Bandido to wannabe shahid: Morten Storm
Loneliness of the long-distance jihadi: Morten Storm’s double life inside al-Qaeda
By Anthony Loyd - 03 July 17:50

Storm, despite being a spy at the forefront of western intelligence efforts, was primarily driven by a desperate need to belong.

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem was built by the Umayyad dynasty. Photo: Getty
What is a caliph – and why has the leader of Isis declared himself to be one?
By James Dawson - 03 July 12:52

The leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has declared himself “Caliph Ibrahim”, thereby appropriating an Islamic title with a long, chequered history.

Life goes on, for now: the famous Shahbandar café in Baghdad, 27 June. Photo: Getty
Lindsey Hilsum: “Apprehension and excitement at being back in Iraq is eclipsed by fury”
By Lindsey Hilsum - 03 July 10:00

Channel 4 News’s international editor returns to a country where she has strong memories and friendships but finds her movements hampered by customs officials. 

Spy on the wall: a painting of GCHQ displayed in the Mount Street Gallery, London in 2011. Photo: Getty
Laurie Penny on terror and surveillance: Oh look! There's a new bogeyman on the scene to justify online spying
By Laurie Penny - 03 July 10:00

Liam Fox insists that the “public will accept” increased surveillance because of the threat of terrorism. One suspects that if we don’t accept it, we’ll be made to.

“Hamas will pay”: Israel responds to the killing of three teenagers
By Sophie McBain - 01 July 11:48

Israel is preparing to retaliate for the killing of three teenagers, but an increase in violence will hurt both sides.

Refuge: Kurdish women in Erbil feed Iraqi Christians fleeing violence in their villages. Photo: Getty
Fergal Keane: “Erbil is a haven. If you wanted a happier dream of Iraq, this is the place to visit”
By Fergal Keane - 01 July 11:00

The BBC correspondent travels to Iraq for the first time since 2003 to find quiet, fearful streets in Jalula but tranquility and tolerance in Iraq’s Kurdish capital. 

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