After the soldiers left
By Lucy Fielder - 16 October 13:00

Observations on Lebanon

Death of a hero
By Samir El-Youssef - 16 October 13:00

<strong>Being Arab</strong>

Samir Kassir <em>Verso, 128pp, £10.99</em>

ISBN 1844670996

It is right to talk about Iraq, especially when unfashionable
By Staff blogger - 09 October 13:00

Politicians and the mainstream media, usually perceived to be at odds, are more often than not in collusion. In the case of Iraq it was deemed some time ago that we had all "moved on". The bar was set so high that even the most horrific of incidents merited at best a passing mention.

How Guantanamo's prisoners were sold
By Clive Stafford Smith - 09 October 13:00

The president of Pakistan's attempts to publicise his memoirs throw light on the flawed and dishones

Time to stop teasing the axeman
By Rachel Cooke - 25 September 13:00

Uncovering Iran is a great move by Radio 4 bosses

Caravan holiday
By Tarquin Hall - 25 September 13:00

<strong>Shadow of the Silk Road</strong>

Colin Thubron <em>Chatto & Windus, 363pp, £20</em>


A full-scale war and a first foreign policy test for Premier Brown
By Staff blogger - 18 September 13:00

While attention has been elsewhere - in the case of the political class on the struggle between Messrs Brown and Blair - Britain has been sucked into another full-scale war.

Assad's worst fear
By Rachel Aspden - 18 September 13:00

Observations on Syria

The ideas corner: We are the real culprits
By David Edgerton - 11 September 13:00

We rightly criticise Israeli aggression, but such tactics originated in liberal nations

Paradise lost
By Samir El-Youssef - 11 September 13:00

Returning to Tyre after 20 years, Samir El-Youssef finds a diverse city has given way to a sectarian

A beginner's guide to "It" girls
By Killian Fox - 11 September 13:00

Peaches Geldof is too self-obsessed to get under the skin of the Middle East

<strong>The Beginner'

Absent friends
By Lindsey Hilsum - 11 September 13:00

Arguments over the war in Iraq have ignored the plight of the people themselves. As she says farewel

Successor to Saladin
By Sam Alexandroni - 04 September 13:00

Observations on Syria

Dictators: Oil, torture and the west
By Damian Quinn - 04 September 13:00

Damian Quinn on Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia

The Iranian Connection
By Robin Cook - 04 September 13:00

<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 10 December 1976.</strong>

This is Robin Co

Watch this grass-roots group carefully
By Ziauddin Sardar - 04 September 13:00

A few weeks ago, a group of men knocked on my door. The three adults had large and unruly beards and wore shalwar kameez, the national dress of Pakistan. The two teenage boys accompanying them, in jeans and T-shirts, were in the initial stages of growing their beards.

Dictators: Islam's man of action
By Ziauddin Sardar - 04 September 13:00

Ziauddin Sardar on Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan

Robots take to the saddle
By James Montague - 04 September 13:00

Observations on jockeys

Dictators: Meet the CEO, Dubai Inc
By William Wallis - 04 September 13:00

William Wallis on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai

A long and bloody crusade
By Roger Hardy - 28 August 13:00

<strong>The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda’s road to 9/11</strong>

Lawrence Wright <em>Allen Lane, the Pe

After you, Dad
By Nkem Ifejika - 28 August 13:00

Observations on sons in power

Iraq: US offensive repulsed
By Brian Cathcart - 28 August 13:00

After three bloody years and countless deaths, parcelled out daily in the tolls of bombs and gunfights and the tallies of throats slit in the night, it can be hard to argue that anything much is changing in Iraq.

Israel: What happens next?
By Gideon Lichfield - 28 August 13:00

The left is in disarray and the right has nothing fresh to offer. All Israelis can do is wait for a

The colonel and his third way
By Anthony Giddens - 28 August 13:00

Muammar al-Gaddafi has rejected terrorism and brought Libya back into the international fold. Now he

Persuading Britain’s Muslims will be no easy task
By Denis MacShane - 21 August 13:00

My heart sank as I read that ministers would fan out across the UK to try to persuade leaders of the Muslim communities (not "community" in the singular, please) of the justness of the government's foreign policy.

Al-Qaeda: Britain in its sights
By Zaki Chehab - 21 August 13:00

For Osama Bin Laden there is nowhere quite like Britain. Not only are we the loyal, vulnerable partn

Jordan's protest
By Sam Alexandroni - 21 August 13:00

Observations on the Middle East

Israel's sense of defeat
By Haim Baram - 21 August 13:00

Observations on the Middle East

The death of Israel's dreams
By Lindsey Hilsum - 14 August 13:00

Concern is mounting among senior Israelis that the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon is only the star

Years of good work undone
By Kitty Ussher - 14 August 13:00

The only conclusion any right-minded person can draw is that the Prime Minister thought it was OK fo