Observations on Palestine
Film - Hollywood's top director makes a troubled foray into politics, writes Victoria Segal
"I think Marwan Barghouti is a terrorist," said the Israeli prison officer. "But in the end, he must
Sharon: The Israeli leader did not become leftish or dovish; he just changed his tactics. His plan w
His past is appalling and we may loathe his motives, but he did things that Palestinians and peaceniks have been demanding for years. And he would have gone on doing them, says Jonathan Freedland.
Observations on books
Observations on the Gulf
Sharon: Amir Peretz won't win the March election but, argues Samir El-Youssef, he's the best hope fo
Observations on Gaza
It was Tony Blair who brought history into it. That was in a speech to the US Congress in July 2003, when he declared that he was "confident history will forgive" those who, a couple of months earlier, had destroyed the "threat" from Saddam Hussein.
NS Christmas - Many in Bethlehem hoped that as the intifada eased, the collapse in their economy wou
In the year that Islamist terrorism finally reached London, when the Christian west and Islamic east are engaged in another major confrontation, there has never been a greater need for both sides to realise what they have in common.
History may be fashionable on television and in the bookshops, but our politicians understand it les
Soldiers and civilians are not the only casualties of war. Aggressors also target the physical monum
President Ahmadinejad is mocked by Tehran's elite for his ugliness, stupidity and smelly socks. Yet
Gate of the Sun
Elias Khoury; translated by Humphrey Davies <em>Harvill, 501pp, £17.99</em>
If suicide killing was a viable weapon of just war, then the Prophet Muhammad would have used it
If you want to know the truth about Iraq, join the millions who have given up on the silences of the
Uncomfortable as it is to agree with a man cast in the Kissinger mould, in these dangerous times I f
Zarqawi: the new face of al-Qaeda
Jean-Charles Brisard <em>Polity Press, 224pp, £14.99</em>
We Are Iran
Nasrin Alavi <em>Portobello Books, 336pp, £12.99</em>
''Tony will go at a time of his own choosing and it won't be soon . . . He's got a great deal more t
Even Saddam didn't enjoy full control over the far-western tribal belt, so what can the Americans ho
''The question people are going to ask," said Tony Blair, "is, 'What are you going to do about Iran?' Because - can you imagine a state with an attitude like that having nuclear weapons?" The Prime Minister responded to the Iranian president's threat to wipe out Israel with a question of potenti
The only political rivals Ariel Sharon worries about are on the far right. How did the Labour party,
For all the accusations of hubris, there is something lugubrious about Tony Blair's view of the human condition. The British people seem to have little sense of their place in the world beyond uncritical support for America.
Self-deception is one of the characteristics of the Middle East narrative. Whenever wars and political upheavals tear the region apart, someone will claim that life is improving, that peace may yet be discovered. And so it is today.
Israel: the view from the bus - What do Israelis think about the Palestinians? As little as possible