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

Yemen crackdown: in pictures
By Duncan Robinson - 18 March 18:22

The <em>New Statesman</em> publishes the most powerful images from the protests and subsequent polic

Government crackdown kills 30 in Yemen
By Duncan Robinson - 18 March 15:23

Government forces kill 30 and wound dozens after launching attack on anti-government protesters.

Loyalty and poverty: Jordan’s uprising stagnates
By Liam McLaughlin - 17 March 17:50

Despite nearly two months of protests, King Abdullah’s regime is clinging to the promise, but not ye

The new shoe-thrower’s index
By Duncan Robinson - 15 March 15:07

The <em>Economist</em> has updated its index of unrest in the Arab world to include internet connect

Will the two-state solution go the way of the defunct peace process?
By Ben White - 12 March 11:38

Binyamin Netanyahu’s proposals are likely to be nothing more than a rehash of approaches that have f

Israel’s best hope lies in a single state
By Slavoj Zizek - 04 March 7:25

In East Jerusalem, vigilantes prowl, hunting for Jewish girls who consort with Arab men. Slavoj Žiže

Lebanon: The forgotten revolution
By Liam McLaughlin - 03 March 16:32

Uprisings elsewhere in the region shouldn't blind us from the upheaval in Beirut.

The country with no politics finds its voice
By Lydia Ness - 03 March 11:27

From inside Libya

The Week so Far
By Staff blogger - 03 March 11:16

1. Middle East

End of the old Arab strongman
By Olivier Roy - 03 March 7:37

Ruling elites and religious reactionaries haven’t yet grasped that the restless young in the Middle

Leader: The west needs a grand plan to pay its debt to the Arab world
By Staff blogger - 03 March 7:26

A multilateral fund should be deployed to support economic development and civil society.

Change on a smaller scale
By James Preston - 25 February 11:31

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates may not be facing mass uprisings, but they are still feeling pres

Leader: Support the people’s revolt and stop selling arms to tyrants
By Staff blogger - 24 February 11:14

Cameron's support for reform was undermined by his defence of arms sales.

John Pilger: Behind the Arab revolt lurks a rebellion against western economic tyranny
By John Pilger - 24 February 11:14

The people of Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and Libya are rising up not only against their leaders, but also western economic tyranny.

Full Transcript | David Cameron | Speech to the National Assembly, Kuwait | Kuwait | 22 February 2011
By David Cameron - 23 February 9:33

"In short, reform – not repression – is the only way to maintain stability."

Libya: a reader
By Duncan Robinson - 22 February 11:26

A collection of the best writing and reporting on Libya.

Unrest in Libya sends oil price up
By Susannah Butter - 21 February 13:09

Oil price reaches 2 and a half year high, as European companies evacuate expatriate staff from Libya