Many Iraqis fled from Mosul when Isis swept in, but why have some supported the group?
Why is there Sunni Arab support for Isis in Iraq?
By Lucy Fisher - 15 August 11:30

Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.

Displaced Yazidi rest after crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border in northern Iraq, 13 August 13. Photo: Getty
The Yazidis are starving, traumatised and still unsafe
By Matthew Barber - 14 August 13:19

The options offered to the Yazidis are far fewer than to Christians because they are not a monotheistic faith. To the jihadists, Yazidis must either embrace Islam or be killed. 

A plastic rose lies in rubble in Gaza. Photo: Getty
What Israel means when it talks about “human shields”
By Ahron Bregman - 14 August 10:00

In Gaza, this approach of punishing civilians in the hope that they will turn against their Hamas leaders has been employed by the Israelis since Hamas first came to power in 2006.

Gaza City's Tuffa neighbourhood is hit by IDF bombardment, 29 July. Photo: EPA
Life among the ruins: ten days inside the Gaza Strip
By Donald Macintyre - 13 August 12:48

The grossly asymmetrical casualties inflicted on the Palestinians have obscured another important question: how far have they even been worth it from Israel’s point of view? By Donald Macintrye.

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday.
Will the UK follow France and arm the Kurds?
By George Eaton - 13 August 12:39

One of the questions facing David Cameron as he returns from his holiday. 

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.

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