The long war between Sunni and Shia
By Olivier Roy - 23 June 12:39

East of the River Jordan, the defining geopolitical and religious schism in the Middle East pits Saudi Arabia against Iran.

The Libya war: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 23 June 10:26

The government is expected to announce that the war has cost £250m. Here are images of the conflict

Assad wants to sound like he is listening -- but is he?
By Samira Shackle - 20 June 13:23

In his third speech since protests began, the Syrian president failed to offer a scheduled programme

The mystery of Amina Arraf
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 10 June 16:26

Questions have been raised about the identity of the Syrian blogger since news broke of her abductio

How the economic policies of a corrupt elite caused the Arab Spring
By Matthew Partridge - 07 June 13:47

Living standards in the region must rise if the political momentum is to be kept up.

Remembering Khaled Said
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 06 June 18:38

It is one year since the killing of a young Egyptian man helped trigger a revolution.

Yemen clashes: in pictures
By Samira Shackle - 30 May 13:48

At least 20 anti-government demonstrators have been shot dead today in the southern city of Taiz.

$680m of Libyan state cash held by UK banks
By Alice Gribbin - 26 May 14:22

Leaked report reveals major global banks held billions in Libyan assets.

Asma al-Assad is no reformer
By Nabila Ramdani - 26 May 13:13

Syria’s Chanel-clad first lady – rumoured to be hiding in London - has long played a double game.

The 535 Americans who are blocking peace in the Middle East
By Mehdi Hasan - 19 May 18:18

The US Congress is so in thrall to the American Israel lobby AIPAC that it more of a hindrance to th

Libya — Battle of the Arab Spring
By Xan Rice - 12 May 13:31

If Gaddafi is defeated, it will be through the kind of fighting now raging on the streets of Misurat

For Osama, there’s no hope of resurrection
By Olivier Roy - 12 May 13:31

With the killing of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, al-Qaeda is as good as dead. This was never a mass move

Muslim grievances, popular royalty and why I was wrong about 9/11
By Peter Wilby - 12 May 13:31

Osama Bin Laden was a fool and a failure, and he was lucky that George W Bush, an even bigger fool, made him, for a while, into more than that. Muslims had legitimate grievances.

No kind of martyr
By Mehdi Hasan - 12 May 13:31

Mehdi Hasan is horrified at the reaction to the killing of Osama by a handful of people in the Musli

Once the protests stop, who will rebuild the Middle East?
By Zamila Bunglawala - 12 May 12:45

British universities need to keep their doors open to Arab students, even if they come from authorit

Syrian government lifts state of emergency
By Francisco Perez - 19 April 17:49

Bashar al-Assad’s regime ends emergency law in place since 1963 while protests continue.

Missing home
By Karma Nabulsi - 14 April 13:48

The Palestinian people’s right of return is at the heart of their struggle.

Tony Benn: The flowers of the Arab spring grow from buds of free information
By Tony Benn - 14 April 13:33

The message of Tahrir Square and WikiLeaks, writes Tony Benn, is that the maxim "Information is power" is more true than ever.

The fall of Egypt’s symbol of progressive Islam
By Osama Diab - 07 April 17:25

Joining itself with an authoritarian regime caused harm to the millennium-long history of al-Azhar U

Where now for the Goldstone report?
By John Dugard - 06 April 10:47

In short, there are no new facts that could possibly have led Richard Goldstone to change his mind a

Syria gets a taste for protest
By Lana Asfour - 31 March 16:51

After events in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain, Syrian citizens have finally found a voice agains

The Week So Far
By Staff blogger - 31 March 12:47

1. Europe

Libya brings out the pointless graphics
By Peter Wilby - 31 March 12:45

Peter Wilby on humanitarian principle, inconsistent foreign policy, financial self-interest and gung

The NS Interview: Mark Malloch Brown, former UN deputy secretary general
By Mehdi Hasan - 31 March 12:19

“If it turns into a stand-off, Libya will become a cancerous cell”

Leader: The dangers facing the west’s confused mission in Libya
By Staff blogger - 24 March 13:38

The fear remains that intervention will do more harm than good.

World in motion
By Mark Leonard - 24 March 13:30

Four new books by Mark Malloch Brown, Joseph Nye, Gideon Rachman and Richard Youngs watch the pendul

Bomb explodes in Jerusalem
By Liam McLaughlin - 23 March 15:11

At least 30 injured and 1 dead in the first bombing in the city for seven years.

Why we shouldn’t intervene in Libya
By Liam McLaughlin - 21 March 18:09

Views from the five countries that abstained on UN Resolution 1973.

Yemen’s state-funded thugs
By Nir Rosen - 21 March 15:57

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has played up the threat of al-Qaeda in Yemen to receive military aid f

Is Gaddafi a “legitimate target”?
By George Eaton - 21 March 15:06

Fox and Hague slapped down by the generals after suggesting that Gaddafi could be personally targete