A Syrian casualty.
Syria: The west humiliated
By John Bew - 04 September 17:00

President Obama’s Middle East strategy is in ruins and the west is paying the price of having its bluff called, writes John Bew.

The ugly truth behind Obama's Syria plan
By Nicky Woolf - 29 August 11:44

Targeted strikes to punish Assad will only perpetuate the conflict – and that's exactly what the American government wants.

Leader: We must support the democratic process in Egypt, even if we dislike its outcome
By New Statesman - 28 August 15:14

The government for once should take a stand on a matter of principle.

Tahrir Square.
Is business as usual possible in Egypt?
By Elizabeth Stephens - 23 August 14:57

Dr Elizabeth Stephens takes a look at the current condition of the Egyptian economy, and asks whether businesses will be able to operate with any kind of normality.

West Bank.
John Kerry needs to understand day-to-day life in the West Bank is there is to be any hope of peace
By Nabila Ramdani - 22 August 8:00

The state of roads in the West Bank tells you everything you need to know about the possibility of Middle East peace, writes Nabila Ramdani.

David Cameron and King Hamad.
The crackdown in Bahrain is an embarrassment for David Cameron
By David Wearing - 15 August 16:04

After David Cameron's recent meeting with King Hamad at Downing Street, the Bahrain authorities began a punitive clampdown on pro-democracy campaigners. Sooner or later, the PM's links with repressive Gulf states will come back to haunt him.

Israel-Palestine: Forget the peace talks, follow the rail tracks
By Richard Irvine - 06 August 6:50

While the Israeli government's plans for a rail network linking Israel to the West Bank and Gaza may bring a slight improvement in living standards, it also has the potential to erase Palestinian opportunities for independent economic development and perm

Ancient ideas of land and faith must underpin a new Middle East peace initiative
By James Rodgers - 23 July 12:06

Having reported on the conflict for years, James Rodgers explains why energy and ambition alone will not be enough to secure peace.

The shocking case of Marte Dalelv shows why we should be boycotting Dubai
By Nelson Jones - 23 July 10:02

The handling of rape cases is just one reason why we should be using our economic leverage to force Dubai to clean up its act.

“The Syrian revolution is a baby – it needs nourishment”
By Ewa Jasiewicz - 18 July 8:25

Ewa Jasiewicz reports on the plight of the relief efforts in Syria.

Haifa al-Mansour: "In Saudi Arabia, any woman voicing her opinion will be seen as controversial"
By Steve Yates - 17 July 10:04

Haifa al-Mansour, the first woman ever to direct a feature film in Saudi Arabia, talks to Steve Yates about how her film <em>Wadjda</em> came together.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Whether we like it or not, the settlers have won. The two-state solution is now impossible
By Mehdi Hasan - 11 July 8:43

Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, Israel’s the Palestinian “peace process” is dead. There’s no hope of any success for a two-state solution.

“Las Vegas rules don’t apply in Syria”
By John Bew - 10 July 8:45

Britain is trapped between David Cameron’s commitment to act against Assad and the intransigence of the Tory party. But could a new line from the US and shifting events offer a way forward for our foreign policy?

Morsi has betrayed the Egyptian revolution
By Charlotte Allan - 29 June 13:24

Worsening safety for women, breakdowns in the rule of law, crackdowns on cultural activity and police abuse - the Arab Spring wasn't meant to end like this.

Syria: A very modern conflict
By Lana Asfour - 27 June 8:07

We must be wary of rose-tinted narratives about the past: sectarian tensions have been present, even if non-confrontational, in peaceful times.

A make or break moment for Egypt's President Morsi
By Bel Trew - 26 June 13:23

The first anniversary of the president's inauguration is expected to spark nationwide protests. The grassroots campaign Tamarod aims to secure enough signatures to a vote-of-no-confidence petition to outweigh the 13 million votes that brought Morsi into p

Israelis look at the nearby Syrian village of Jebata al-Khashabn
Israel’s dilemma as the war intensifies
By Uri Dromi - 20 June 11:14

If Assad is removed, who will succeed him? Even if there is a viable successor, it is likely that the bloodshed will continue, with infighting between rebel groups and lots of scoresettling.

Can the Iranian regime survive yet more political cannibalism?
By Trita Parsi - 13 June 8:13

The upcoming elections in Iran will be neither free nor fair, says Trita Parsi, but people are still willing to consider voting to challenge the establishment.

Syrian army soldiers assess a damaged street in the town of Qusayr
Why does the left find it so difficult to take a position on Syria?
By Assed Baig - 10 June 15:30

It is now the responsibility of the left to support the Syrian people, but be critical friends, remaining true to their principles.

“Ask anyone who has blood in them to help us”
By Julie Bindel - 30 May 10:46

Fleeing Syria does not always protect women from sexual violence.

The latest Israel-Palestine peace talks were doomed to fail before they began
By Matt Hill - 24 May 8:28

If you want the bottom line about why William Hague and other dignitaries are in Israel for sham talks about peace, look at the bottom line.

A lone voice for peace
By James Harkin - 16 May 15:38

An interview with Haytham Manna.

Toronto Pride.
Israel row: The bid to defund Toronto LGBT Pride is straightforward censorship
By Peter Tatchell - 15 May 12:17

The bid to ban pro-Palestine group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid as well as the slogan “Israeli apartheid” is a direct attack on freedom of speech and the right to protest.

Campaigners protest the killings of Ahmadis at a mosque in Lahore.
The Pakistan general election is fast approaching - but one community will not be casting votes
By Samira Shackle - 10 May 13:10

Samira Shackle talks to members of the Ahmadiyya, a minority numbering 4 million. The Ahmadis are branded as "non-Muslims", suffer violent attacks on their mosques and will boycott this weekend's elections.

Ruquiya Hashmi.
“I am a double target because I am a woman and I am Hazara”
By Samira Shackle - 09 May 14:30

The Hazara are a Shia minority who face constant persecution in Pakistan. Ruquiya Hashmi - the first female Hazara candidate for the national assembly - faces death threats daily.

New Statesman
Israel launches airstrike against Lebanon-bound convoy in Syria
By Alex Hern - 04 May 11:50

No incursion into Syrian airspace, sources indicate.

Why is Britain rolling out the red carpet for the UAE's Sheikh Khalifa?
By Donald Campbell - 27 April 8:11

Three British citizens continue to be held under appalling conditions in the United Arab Emirates, while the Government prepares to host the country's unelected leader for a state visit.

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