His real aim was to divide and dominate
By Lindsey Hilsum - 16 January 12:00

Sharon: The Israeli leader did not become leftish or dovish; he just changed his tactics. His plan w

From the Archive, 2006: We were wrong about Ariel Sharon
By Jonathan Freedland - 16 January 12:00

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.

Passion high at the Tehran Hopkins Club
By Cyrus Shahrad - 16 January 12:00

Observations on books

Dubai pays a price for its mourning
By James Montague - 16 January 12:00

Observations on the Gulf

Power to fight both fires
By Samir El-Youssef - 16 January 12:00

Sharon: Amir Peretz won't win the March election but, argues Samir El-Youssef, he's the best hope fo

Kidnappers point the way to anarchy
By Laila el-Haddad - 09 January 12:00

Observations on Gaza

The failure to rebuild Iraq
By Staff blogger - 09 January 12:00

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.

Exit from the Holy Land
By Chris McGreal - 19 December 12:00

NS Christmas - Many in Bethlehem hoped that as the intifada eased, the collapse in their economy wou

William Dalrymple: Christianity and Islam are not as far apart as Bin Laden and the neocons would like us to believe
By William Dalrymple - 19 December 12:00

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.

NS Essay - 'It's noticeable how little historical perspective and sweep many MPs have, particularly when discussing something big such as Iraq'
By Greg Neale - 19 December 12:00

History may be fashionable on television and in the bookshops, but our politicians understand it les

Razing the past
By Robert Bevan - 12 December 12:00

Soldiers and civilians are not the only casualties of war. Aggressors also target the physical monum

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

Fiction - Land of myths
By Samir El-Youssef - 05 December 12:00

Gate of the Sun

Elias Khoury; translated by Humphrey Davies <em>Harvill, 501pp, £17.99</em>


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

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

Observations on Israel

Want to know the truth about Iraq? 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 mainstream press.

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>


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

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


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