Samir Kassir <em>Verso, 128pp, £10.99</em>
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.
The president of Pakistan's attempts to publicise his memoirs throw light on the flawed and dishones
Uncovering Iran is a great move by Radio 4 bosses
<strong>Shadow of the Silk Road</strong>
Colin Thubron <em>Chatto & Windus, 363pp, £20</em>
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.
We rightly criticise Israeli aggression, but such tactics originated in liberal nations
Returning to Tyre after 20 years, Samir El-Youssef finds a diverse city has given way to a sectarian
Peaches Geldof is too self-obsessed to get under the skin of the Middle East
Arguments over the war in Iraq have ignored the plight of the people themselves. As she says farewel
Damian Quinn on Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia
<strong>Taken from the <em>New Statesman</em> archive, 10 December 1976.</strong>
This is Robin Co
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.
Ziauddin Sardar on Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan
William Wallis on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai
<strong>The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda’s road to 9/11</strong>
Lawrence Wright <em>Allen Lane, the Pe
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.
The left is in disarray and the right has nothing fresh to offer. All Israelis can do is wait for a
Muammar al-Gaddafi has rejected terrorism and brought Libya back into the international fold. Now he
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.
For Osama Bin Laden there is nowhere quite like Britain. Not only are we the loyal, vulnerable partn
Concern is mounting among senior Israelis that the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon is only the star