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
There is no other alliance that compares, and it is newer than you might think. Anton La Guardia ana
What if the "great experiment" had worked? Palestinian writer Samir El-Youssef reimagines the Israel
Part Israeli, part Palestinian, the Divan Orchestra is a beacon of hope in a gloomy landscape
He pays lip-service to peace and speaks of his country's need for security, but in reality Israel's
From the beginning, immigration has been an important weapon to secure the Jewish state. But new cit
They came in their hundreds of thousands from the crumbling Soviet Union, and they have brought chan
It provokes extreme passions. From a country the size of Wales, conflicts and arguments touch lives
Zionism is Israel's official state ideology. A vast majority of Israeli Jews, plus many Jews living outside Israel, define themselves as Zionists.
Hussein's charge sheet should be one of the longest in history, but hundreds of cases against him wi
Basra is slipping from the grasp of the British. They may contain or absorb some of the violence, bu
The Great War For Civilisation: the conquest of the Middle East
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Downtown Beirut has been rebuilt, but behind the chic facade lurk tension and violence
Profile - As Detlev Mehlis completes the world's most important murder investigation, the Middle Eas
10 people - Sholto Byrnes on the leader who is showing the Middle East a different route to modernit
10 people - Nicole Mowbray on a precocious director whose films speak for oppressed women everywhere
Observations on Israel
The limits of American power are there for all to see. Ask yourself why Iran is so confident today
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 . . .
Is there to be no honest accounting for the events in Basra? Do we simply accept John Reid's customa
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.
British forces in the south of Iraq have ceded power to Islamic radical militias. The police recruit
Iraqis have as many illusions as Bush about their country, like children closing their eyes and sayi
If Tony was put out of his misery and released to write the book that will help him pay off his mort
A spectacular exhibition devoted to the glories of the ancient Persian empire has opened at the Brit
As the country wakes up from 25 years of conflict and despair, a young female politician is taking o