Why is Egypt sentencing hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death?
By Sophie McBain - 25 March 11:18

Several Egyptian TV channels yesterday welcomed the sentencing to death of 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters in a flawed two-day trial. Are Egyptians sleepwalking into one of the darkest chapters in their recent political history?

A Syrian greengrocer next to a bombed out building in the Shaar district of Aleppo, February 2014. Photo: Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP/Getty Images
Jeremy Bowen: I know there’s trouble in the Middle East when I need my flak jacket, gas mask and Kevlar pants
By Jeremy Bowen - 07 March 17:00

The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.

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400 Nepalese construction workers have died since Qatar won the World Cup bid
By Sophie McBain - 17 February 12:37

Why are international sporting events so dangerous for construction workers?

A bread cart amid the rubble following an airstrike in Aleppo
The war on bread: how the Syrian regime is using starvation as a weapon
By Annia Ciezadlo - 17 February 10:01

For Syrians, the war on bread began a long time ago. Long before the siege of Yarmouk, before last week’s abortive evacuation of Homs, before the war even began, the regime’s neoliberal economic “reforms” left thousands of Syrians living on nothing but bread and tea.

Negotiating a path to peace: from Geneva to Aleppo, via Moscow
By Michael C Williams - 13 February 13:24

Syrian peace talks are promising, but much will need to be agreed (and a few Gordian Knots sliced) before there can be a lasting peace.

As the US turns against new sanctions on Iran, has the Israel lobby lost its mojo?
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 February 9:09

The Aipac lobby group is famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line – but is its influence waning?

Why the US should apologise for deaths in Iraq
By Burhan Al-Chalabi - 06 February 8:32

A US apology will not bring back the thousands of dead Iraqis, but at least it will amount to an acceptance of moral responsibility.

At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria
Peace will not be achieved in Syria without Iran
By Douglas Alexander and Jim Murphy - 21 January 19:21

At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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Syria: evidence of "systematic killing" of 11,000 detainees
By Sophie McBain - 21 January 14:03

Top lawyers say they have evidence that the Syrian government is responsible for crimes against humanity, but will these latest findings influence tomorrow's peace talks?

Three reasons Egyptians should vote “no” in today's referendum
By Sophie McBain - 15 January 11:59

Egyptians are expected to vote “yes” in a referendum on their new constitution. This will prove a big mistake.

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Did the World Health Organisation contribute to Syria's polio outbreak?
By Sophie McBain - 02 January 13:10

WHO's response to Syria's polio outbreak, and its close relationship with the Syrian government, have been called into question.

Whatever happened to the revolution in Egypt?
By Bel Trew - 01 January 8:58

The military leadership is trying to extinguish protest from both Muslim Brotherhood supporters and the liberals who helped overthrow President Mubarak. Will they succeed?

Syrians cannot afford for next year to be like this year
By Jim Murphy MP - 28 December 14:33

Violence, hunger and disease have become facts of life for millions. More can be done to alleviate their suffering, and more must be done.

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Britain should “hang its head in shame” over Syrian refugee crisis
By Sophie McBain - 13 December 12:31

Amnesty International condemns Europe's failure to resettle Syrian refugees.

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The Times says Assad's snipers target unborn babies: but is this horrifying photo real?
By Sophie McBain - 22 October 17:44

Experts have raised doubts over a shocking image, used by the Times, purporting to show a foetus which has been shot in the womb.

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The choices in the Middle East are not between good and bad, but between bad and worse
By Uri Dromi - 17 October 15:25

A nuclear Iran will destabilise the Middle East and maybe push Saudi Arabia and other Sunni countries into a nuclear arms race. Oil supplies might be threatened. Yet Israel, though always capable of defending itself, shouldn’t be taking a seat in the firs

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How Iran is coming in from the cold
By David Patrikarakos - 17 October 15:25

Israel calls Hassan Rowhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” – but is the new president of the Islamic Republic the west’s best hope of détente?

Afghan children.
The long goodbye to Afghanistan
By Alistair Bunkall - 17 October 15:20

Nad-e Ali's most senior politician, Mohammad Ibrahim, knows that the consequence of pushing too hard for change could be a Taliban resurgence. Striking this balance would be a challenge for a political veteran but Ibrahim is only 29 years old.

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What next for Libya?
By Sophie McBain - 11 October 10:47

The kidnap of Libya's prime minister, Ali Zeidan, is a warning that Western powers need to do more to support the revolution they helped bring about.

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What next for al-Shabab?
By Sophie McBain - 03 October 15:13

The decision to launch a terrorist attack abroad might reflect its inability to mount a successful offensive against African Union troops on the ground but it is also a mark of al-Shabab’s enduring strength.

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In Syria, doctors are dying before they can save lives
By Saleyha Ahsan - 02 October 8:59

Health care is being hampered by those involved in the conflict because of the Assad regime’s willingness to target doctors and hospitals.

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Saudi cleric says women drivers risk damaging their ovaries
By Sophie McBain - 30 September 10:56

A successful campaign by Saudi women to defy a driving ban provokes one odd pseudo-scientific response.

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Behind the scenes at US-Iran talks
By Sophie McBain - 26 September 13:30

What factors will really affect the outcome of negotiations between the US and Iran?

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A doctor's letter from the besieged Syrian city of Homs
By Dr Mosab - 20 September 13:44

A Syrian surgeon describes his struggles to treat the wounded in Homs and calls on the international community to intervene.

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How will Syria's chemical weapons be destroyed?
By Sophie McBain - 17 September 11:15

Under the deal brokered by the US and Russia in response to the Ghouta attack, Syria has pledged to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by 2014. But how will this work, and how much will it cost?

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How would Hezbollah respond to air strikes in Syria?
By Matthew Levitt - 17 September 9:35

While the US continues to deliberate their course of action, so, too, does Hezbollah. After depending upon the Syrian regime for so long, how will they retaliate in the event of air strikes?

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We can’t script the outcomes of war
By Emile Simpson - 17 September 9:32

In seeking to break with a past tainted by Iraq, the Syria vote entrenches the legacy of that war. So what next?

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A view on Syria from the US: Obama's enemies scent blood
By Nicholas Wapshott - 17 September 9:27

How did Obama find himself in such a rococo mess, pinned between haters in the House and his KGB rival?

Why are we still relying on decades-old stereotypes when we talk about the Middle East?
By Samira Shackle - 13 September 11:49

Media narratives and the stereotypes they employ matter because they frame the way the world understands events. The reporting of Middle Eastern conflicts has the potential power to impact western political responses.

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Egypt is facing a new Islamist insurgency
By Sophie McBain - 12 September 13:48

Suicide bombings in Sinai and an assassination attempt on the interior minister are a sign that Egypt is facing a growing threat from Islamic extremists, and the violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood can only make things worse.

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