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

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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.

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

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

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

Samira Makhmalbaf
By Nicole Mowbray - 17 October 13:00

10 people - Nicole Mowbray on a precocious director whose films speak for oppressed women everywhere

Booking their journeys into harm's way
By Tom Wall - 17 October 13:00

Observations on Israel

Lindsey Hilsum witnesses the limits of US power
By Lindsey Hilsum - 10 October 13:00

The limits of American power are there for all to see. Ask yourself why Iran is so confident today

Time for an inglorious exit
By Staff blogger - 03 October 13:00

The theory was eloquently set out by Jack Straw. Addressing the Labour conference, the Foreign Secretary declared: "Sovereign states and the nations of the world . . .

John Pilger blames Basra on the British
By John Pilger - 03 October 13:00

Is there to be no honest accounting for the events in Basra? Do we simply accept John Reid's customa

Iran's new allies: Bush and Blair
By Anton La Guardia - 03 October 13:00

Nobody in London or Washington would admit it, but Tony Blair and George Bush have unwittingly become the biggest allies of Iran's clerical regime. The "war on terror" has removed two of its chief enemies: the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.

Iraq: our fatal blunder
By Stephen Grey - 03 October 13:00

British forces in the south of Iraq have ceded power to Islamic radical militias. The police recruit

Lindsey Hilsum - explores an illusory Iraq
By Lindsey Hilsum - 26 September 13:00

Iraqis have as many illusions as Bush about their country, like children closing their eyes and sayi

Rory's week - Rory Bremner is not surprised by Tony's toenails
By Rory Bremner - 26 September 13:00

If Tony was put out of his misery and released to write the book that will help him pay off his mort

The Persian Renaissance
By Tom Holland - 19 September 13:00

A spectacular exhibition devoted to the glories of the ancient Persian empire has opened at the Brit

The women of Afghanistan find a leader
By F Brinley Bruton - 19 September 13:00

As the country wakes up from 25 years of conflict and despair, a young female politician is taking o

Not by the window, thanks
By Jo-Anne Nadler - 12 September 13:00

Observations on restaurants

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