City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa
Adam LeBor <em>Bloomsbury, 357pp, £18.99</em>
The Osama Bin Laden I Know: an oral history
of al-Qaeda's leader
Peter L Bergen <em>Free Press,
Secret documents show the Foreign Office is ready to risk international fury by opening a dialogue w
Peter Mandelson (Peace Be Upon Him) informed the world's press that "we represent the masses, the pr
For Lust of Knowing: the orientalists and their enemies
Robert Irwin <em>Allen Lane, the Penguin P
You have to feel sorry for Thomas Bay. The affable Danish consul and trade commissioner to Dubai has arguably one of the hardest jobs in the world at the moment: trying to persuade Muslim consumers in the emirate to start buying Danish again.
The Americans are seeking ways to cut themselves off from the Muslim world. For Europe that is not a
Bush and Blair are gearing up for it, and they are preparing us, too - just as they did before attacking Iraq.
Observations on Palestine
"I think Marwan Barghouti is a terrorist," said the Israeli prison officer. "But in the end, he must
Film - Hollywood's top director makes a troubled foray into politics, writes Victoria Segal
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.
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
NS Christmas - Many in Bethlehem hoped that as the intifada eased, the collapse in their economy wou
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 you want to know the truth about Iraq, join the millions who have given up on the silences of the mainstream press.
If suicide killing was a viable weapon of just war, then the Prophet Muhammad would have used it
Zarqawi: the new face of al-Qaeda
Jean-Charles Brisard <em>Polity Press, 224pp, £14.99</em>
Uncomfortable as it is to agree with a man cast in the Kissinger mould, in these dangerous times I f