Can Obama woo the Muslim world?
By Mehdi Hasan - 04 June 18:48

Obama went to Cairo to woo the Muslim world. But one lofty speech won’t stop America from being loat

The Tony fan club
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 June 18:48

Observations on Tony Blair and the Middle East

Philosophical party music
By Rachel Aspden - 04 June 18:48

Rachel Aspden meets El Tanbura, an Egyptian group who are adapting folk traditions to the upheaval o

Making over the militia
By Abigail Fielding-Smith - 28 May 14:10

Observations on Hezbollah

Settlers or squatters?
By Edward Platt - 21 May 12:37

The politics of demolition and construction in East Jerusalem have always been fraught. Now Israeli

The Pilgrim Pope
By Mark Frazer - 14 May 11:53

Pope Benedict's visit to the Holy Land is a bold step towards healing past wounds and pushing inter-

Growing up in Saudi
By Sholto Byrnes - 14 May 11:02

Shortly after my family moved to Riyadh in the early 1980s, we were having tea with our Pakistani neighbours when another guest arrived. After my father was introduced to the visitor, one Muhammad Schulz, my mother made to shake the hand of this burly, red-bearded American convert.

Laboratory of Jihad
By David Gardner - 14 May 11:02

Saudi Arabia has become a laboratory of jihad, spreading poison throughout the Muslim world. Can ref

Who was Abdul Wahhab?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 May 11:02

The life of the Islamic cleric who shaped Saudi Arabia

A bleak future for Baha'is
By Moojan Momen - 13 May 18:45

International pressure may have set Roxana Saberi free, but the plight of seven Iranian Baha'is, imp

Face to face with history
By Martin Jacques - 23 April 13:45

The UN conference on racism confronted western countries with difficult truths – but that’s no reaso

The code for conspiracy
By Sigrid Rausing - 23 April 13:45

There will never be peace in the Middle East until Palestinians and other Arabs confront the reality

Q&A Jonathan Powell
By Staff blogger - 16 April 16:07

We ask Tony Blair's ex-chief of staff about life at Number 10, the former prime minister, the Northe

Beyond a two-state solution
By Edward Platt - 16 April 10:15

For 40 years Israel has been paralysed by a settler movement that regards its activities as a legiti

The silence of the sands
By Sholto Byrnes - 16 April 10:15

A photography exhibition in Abu Dhabi draws Sholto Byrnes into the life of a great British explorer

The shame of Ehud Barak
By Mira Bar-Hillel - 16 April 10:15

The Israeli Labour Party has been destroyed by an opportunistic leader

No peace without process
By Jonathan Powell - 09 April 10:18

Tony Blair’s ex-chief of staff, argues that the lessons of Northern Ireland can be applied to Palest

Iran's credit crunch
By Abigail Fielding-Smith - 09 April 10:18

Observations on the marketplace

People's protest clogs city
By Anisha Ahmed - 02 April 16:39

Life in London slowed down as hotspots of protests sprang up in different parts of the city

Still fragile and reversible
By David Miliband - 02 April 12:47

The anger and bitterness over the Iraq War remain but at least the country is moving from brutal dic

What G20 countries want
By George Eaton - 30 March 15:48

As the leaders of the world's biggest economies gather in London we look at some of the competing de

Obama’s opportunity
By Donald Macintyre - 19 March 11:48

The Israel-Palestine problem has never been better understood, reports Donald Macintyre, but finding

The void of understanding
By Philip Gould - 19 March 11:48

“The theme is leadership, but the subtext is betrayal.” <em>Philip Gould</em> on a great pollster’s

Violence renewed
By Paul Evans - 13 March 12:46

How the cowardly slaying of two soldiers and a police officer in Northern Ireland has been covered o

Ayatollah Khomeini's funeral
By James Buchan - 12 March 9:28

The funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini was not a tragedy,
writes James Buchan, but a gruesome farce: id

Women on the frontline
By Ramita Navai - 07 March 12:05

Unreported World's Ramita Navai marks international women's day at an Amnesty event about the role o

The whole world in his hands
By Charles Tripp - 05 March 10:49

An account of US dealings with the Middle East exposes
the corruption of presidential office. Barac

‘‘You’re Jewish? You can't be English"
By Rhoda Koenig - 05 March 10:49

As a New Yorker long settled in London, Rhoda Koenig has become increasingly concerned about low-lev

The David Miliband interviews
By Jason Cowley - 20 February 17:30

In extracts from his exclusive interviews with the New Statesman, David Miliband talks about his childhood, the current state of British domestic politics, and his outlook on foreign affairs.

''I never intended to challenge Gordon''
By Jason Cowley - 19 February 12:02

Caricatured as an über-Blairite and criticised for the leadership challenge that never was, David Mi