The crisis in Syria is leading the Middle East into uncharted territory
By Olivier Roy - 24 August 18:48

The war by Bashar al-Assad on the people of Syria has created a civil impasse, and could lead to all

The Week So Far
By Staff blogger - 22 August 1:00

1. Europe

Mubarak on trial
By Tess Riley - 03 August 19:34

Remarkable footage of the former Egyptian president being stretchered into the defendants’ cage.

How Israel's left is missing the point
By Ben White - 31 July 12:53

A discriminatory law which bans Palestinians from joining spouses within Israel was extended without

Full transcript | William Hague | Libyan Charge d’Affaires | FCO, London | 27 July 2011
By New Statesman - 27 July 14:21

"The Libyan people can be assured that we will remain on their side for as long as it takes."

The NS Interview: Norman Finkelstein
By Jon Bernstein - 14 July 9:23

“I’d have to be certifiably insane to deny the Holocaust”

Israel/Lebanon, fault line of the Middle East
By Amos Harel - 13 July 9:33

The 2006 war left Israel feeling dangerously vulnerable, while Hezbollah’s leader in Lebanon vowed r

Cannon fodder of the Afghan killing fields: Mehdi Hasan on British casualites
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 July 12:48

Since the US/UK invasion in 2001, 374 British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: fault lines in the sand
By Michael Semple - 07 July 12:48

The Taliban are just one faction in a long civil war which, thanks to international intervention, se

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.

Mehdi Hasan on 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 than a help.

No kind of martyr: the death of Osama is not to be exploited by extremists, writes Mehdi Hasan
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 Muslim community.

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.

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