Was Egypt's football violence political?
By Samira Shackle - 02 February 12:07

The death of 74 football fans in Egypt is a worrying sign of the country's deteriorating security si

The Arab Spring: one year on
By Anonymous - 25 January 12:06

Still in its formative stages, this process of transition will take a long time and embrace all aspe

The cold choice — jobs or jihad
By Olivier Roy - 25 January 11:11

The Arab spring uprisings were not prompted by religion as in Iran 1979, writes Olivier Roy — but some think the Arab winter may bring a counter-revolutionary Muslim Reformation. What does the rise of Islamist parties hold for Egyptians and prospects for

Egypt's conservative revolution
By Nelson Jones - 23 January 15:40

As parliament sits for its inaugural session, how religious is the new Egyptian democracy?

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Mehdi Hasan speaks to Wael Ghonim, Egyptian democracy activist, on Facebook, Assad and the Muslim Brotherhood
By Mehdi Hasan - 23 January 0:00

“The fate of nations should be decided by their own people”.

Why we need a new understanding of "Islamism"
By Samira Shackle - 13 January 13:18

As Islamic political parties take power in the Middle East, outdated and static perceptions are unhe

Enlightenment through play
By Sadiq Khan - 09 January 0:00

Last month I joined a delegation of MPs and peers to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank.

State within a state
By David Patrikarakos - 09 January 0:00

In Lebanon, after a year of turmoil that was the worst in a decade, it is Hezbollah — with the backi

Is Lebanon immune to the Arab spring?
By Lana Asfour - 06 January 11:38

Several crises during the past decade haven’t led to outright conflict in Syria’s neighbour.

IDF chief of staff hails 2008 Gaza strike as an "excellent operation"
By Ben White - 29 December 15:52

On the third anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, army officials indicate they are ready to strike ag

Hazing hell in Afghanistan
By Yo Zushi - 23 December 19:51

Initiation rituals in the army may have led to the deaths of two Chinese Americans this year. Is cru

Women of the Middle East
By Sella Oneko - 22 December 16:34

What comes after the revolution?

"There are so many rocks, it looks like rain"
By Bel Trew - 19 December 13:50

Report and video footage of the Egyptian army's violence against protesters in Cairo.

Voice of the Arab spring: Mehdi Hasan on Al Jazeera
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 December 11:34

Al Jazeera is an enigma – although owned by an absolute monarch, it’s hailed as an independent voice.

Tackling the Islamists
By Bob Lambert and Maajid Nawaz - 05 December 16:10

Several British groups stand accused of acting as fronts for the Muslim Brotherhood. Should the stat

Paul Flynn must explain his comments about Jewish loyalty
By Owen Jones - 01 December 17:47

His ill-chosen words have nothing to do with the just cause of Palestinian liberation.

John Pilger on Iran: Once again, war is prime time and journalism’s role is taboo
By John Pilger - 01 December 8:15

With Libya recently dealt with ("It worked," said the Guardian), Iran is next, it seems.

The NS Interview: Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi
By Jon Bernstein - 30 November 12:03

"Blogs are the best disseminators of paranoia yet created"

The irresistible rise of the Muslim Brothers
By Fawas Gerges - 28 November 11:17

For years, the west has feared the Muslim Brotherhood succeeding to the highest levels of Egyptian p

Revolution returns to Tahrir Square
By Bel Trew - 28 November 0:00

Tahrir Square has once again become a makeshift community of tents, field hospitals and wounded protesters. "We are exhausted but morale is high," says Omar Marsafy, 24, who has gunshot wounds to his legs, arms and head.

Past and present
By Samira Shackle - 28 November 0:00

Key figures in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran, my critics and me: Mehdi Hasan rebuts distortions
By Mehdi Hasan - 21 November 13:26

A response to the distortions and misrepresentations.

Cairo protests: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 21 November 8:56

Violent clashes in the Egyptian capital have entered their third day, with a risk that elections cou

Why Israel/Palestine needs a new definition of self-determination
By Ben White - 20 November 11:40

The separation and "ethnic purity" currently seen in Israel disturbs even the honest among its advoc

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in Libyan desert
By Samira Shackle - 19 November 12:37

The son and heir-apparent of the former dictator has been arrested by pro-government fighters.

There is no nuclear threat – but if we attack Iran, there soon will be, writes Mehdi Hasan
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 November 13:18

An attack on Iran would prompt an enraged Iranian government, backed by a united Iranian public, to return fire.

The lost lion of Kabul
By Lucy Morgan Edwards - 10 November 15:06

In 2000, after the flight of the mullahs, one Pashtun warlord offered a viable way of uniting the fa

The bloodless Arab Spring
By Zamila Bunglawala - 02 November 11:15

Qatar provides a lesson for all as it moves from oligarchy to democracy.

Gaddafi's death: pick of the comment
By Samira Shackle - 21 October 16:09

A selection of commentary at home and abroad.

Gilad Shalit is free – now release the 164 jailed Palestinian children, says Mehdi Hasan
By Mehdi Hasan - 20 October 9:08

Israel's crimes, including the arrest, detention and alleged torture of incarcerated children, are rarely reported.