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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Beyond Neverland
By James Montague - 12 September 13:00

Observations on Jacko in Dubai

For Iraq, talk is the only way
By Staff blogger - 29 August 13:00

Can things get worse in Iraq? Let us first remind ourselves how bad things are. Violence on a level that few in Europe can imagine is the norm. Two hundred members of the new Iraqi police service and army are killed each month, and roughly 60 US soldiers.

World view - Lindsey Hilsum on youthful extremes
By Lindsey Hilsum - 29 August 13:00

With their T-shirts, sandals and long skirts, the girls would not have looked out of place in the Su

The cold war has become warmer
By Ali M Ansari - 22 August 13:00

Encouraged by US policy failures in the Middle East, Iran is taking a more robust stance

America's "eyes in the skies"
By Brendan O'Neill - 22 August 13:00

Observations on unmanned planes. By <strong>Brendan O'Neill</strong>

Out of Gaza - and into Jerusalem
By Lindsey Hilsum - 15 August 13:00

Ariel Sharon is a master of manoeuvres, writes Lindsey Hilsum. While the world watches the withdrawa

Islam: the tide of change
By Ziauddin Sardar - 08 August 13:00

The Muslim world is not the medieval monolith we in the west often imagine. Ziauddin Sardar toured s

Blair's bombs: on July 7, the invasion of Iraq came home to London
By John Pilger - 25 July 13:00

Terror and the UK - the senseless repercussions of interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.

World view - Lindsey Hilsum sees Europe's opportunity
By Lindsey Hilsum - 18 July 13:00

Terror and the UK - Policy towards Muslims at home is as important as foreign policy. If British Mus

The struggle for Islam's soul
By Ziauddin Sardar - 18 July 13:00

Terror in the UK - Most Muslims abhor violence, yet the terrorists are a product of a specific minds