Preparing Iran for judgement day
By Lindsey Hilsum - 05 December 12:00

President Ahmadinejad is mocked by Tehran's elite for his ugliness, stupidity and smelly socks. Yet

Ziauddin Sardar - on the culture of martyrdom
By Ziauddin Sardar - 28 November 12:00

If suicide killing was a viable weapon of just war, then the Prophet Muhammad would have used it

John Pilger - recommends the world wide web
By John Pilger - 28 November 12:00

If you want to know the truth about Iraq, join the millions who have given up on the silences of the

Will Labour stand a chance?
By Haim Baram - 28 November 12:00

Observations on Israel

Lindsey Hilsum longs for realpolitik in place of ideology
By Lindsey Hilsum - 21 November 12:00

Uncomfortable as it is to agree with a man cast in the Kissinger mould, in these dangerous times I f

Lessons to hell
By Anton La Guardia - 21 November 12:00

Zarqawi: the new face of al-Qaeda

Jean-Charles Brisard <em>Polity Press, 224pp, £14.99</em>

ISBN

Persian gulfs
By Amir Amirani - 14 November 12:00

We Are Iran

Nasrin Alavi <em>Portobello Books, 336pp, £12.99</em>

ISBN 1846270014

NS Interview - Jack Straw
By Mary Riddell - 14 November 12:00

''Tony will go at a time of his own choosing and it won't be soon . . . He's got a great deal more t

Meanwhile, what about Iran?
By Lana Asfour - 07 November 12:00

''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

In Iraq's wild west
By Lindsey Hilsum - 07 November 12:00

Even Saddam didn't enjoy full control over the far-western tribal belt, so what can the Americans ho

Twisting Gulf arms
By Robert Fisk - 31 October 12:00

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.

They'd rather not know
By Chris McGreal - 31 October 12:00

Israel: the view from the bus - What do Israelis think about the Palestinians? As little as possible

. . . and still they joke
By Michael Gibson - 31 October 12:00

Compiled

It wasn't always like this
By Anton La Guardia - 31 October 12:00

There is no other alliance that compares, and it is newer than you might think. Anton La Guardia ana

Unwrapping the gift
By Samir El-Youssef - 31 October 12:00

What if the "great experiment" had worked? Palestinian writer Samir El-Youssef reimagines the Israel

Playing for peace
By Avi Shlaim - 31 October 12:00

Part Israeli, part Palestinian, the Divan Orchestra is a beacon of hope in a gloomy landscape

Sharon's iron wall
By Avi Shlaim - 31 October 12:00

He pays lip-service to peace and speaks of his country's need for security, but in reality Israel's

War by other means
By Yossi Yonah - 31 October 12:00

From the beginning, immigration has been an important weapon to secure the Jewish state. But new cit

Russia invades the Middle East
By Gideon Lichfield - 31 October 12:00

They came in their hundreds of thousands from the crumbling Soviet Union, and they have brought chan

Israel by numbers
By Rachel Aspden - 31 October 12:00

Israel -

Democracy and demons
By Mario Vargas Llosa - 31 October 12:00

It provokes extreme passions. From a country the size of Wales, conflicts and arguments touch lives

In brief: Zionism
By Daphna Baram - 31 October 12:00

Zionism is Israel's official state ideology. A vast majority of Israeli Jews, plus many Jews living outside Israel, define themselves as Zionists.

Death of the left
By Haim Baram - 31 October 12:00

The only political rivals Ariel Sharon worries about are on the far right. How did the Labour party,

Learning the wrong lessons
By Staff blogger - 31 October 12:00

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.

Lindsey Hilsum meets the boys in Basra
By Lindsey Hilsum - 24 October 13:00

Basra is slipping from the grasp of the British. They may contain or absorb some of the violence, bu

Still in the shadow of mayhem
By Andrew Hussey - 24 October 13:00

Downtown Beirut has been rebuilt, but behind the chic facade lurk tension and violence

The Beirut detective
By Abbie Fielding-Smith - 24 October 13:00

Profile - As Detlev Mehlis completes the world's most important murder investigation, the Middle Eas

Saddam: guilty - and quickly
By Chris Stephen - 24 October 13:00

Hussein's charge sheet should be one of the longest in history, but hundreds of cases against him wi

The Emir of Qatar
By Sholto Byrnes - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Sholto Byrnes on the leader who is showing the Middle East a different route to modernit

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