Anti-war demonstrators pass by the cenotaph on Whitehall on 15 February 2003.
The Iraq war protest march: how hope was lost
By Ian Taylor - 21 February 9:32

Contrary to what subsequent reports would have you believe, the march wasn't a complete failure.

US Marines chain the head of a statue of Saddam Hussein before pulling it down.
A new kind of dictatorship
By Adnan Hussein - 21 February 9:29

The editor-in-chief of the opposition <em>al-Mada</em> newspaper recalls the years of exile and how disillusionment set in after the 2003 invasion, and expresses his fears for freedom of the press.

A picture of Saddam Hussein is set on fire by US Marines on 7 April, 2003
Iraq’s “freedom” is still steeped in blood
By Caroline Hawley - 21 February 9:24

Caroline Hawley was the BBC’s Baghdad correspondent as Saddam’s regime began to crumble. She recalls the horror of postwar Iraq — and says although the slaughter hasn’t stopped, the west is no longer watching.

A protestor hurls stones at a poster of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad
Iraq: Why Blair was right
By John Lloyd - 21 February 9:21

The responsibility to protect remains a powerful moral imperative.

Australian newspapers lead their front pages in Australia
How the Israeli press beat the censor to bring "Prisoner X" to their public
By Camilla Schick - 15 February 15:33

Gagging orders, media censorship and the public interest.

The hawks were wrong: Iraq is worse off now
By Mehdi Hasan - 14 February 9:14

Saddam is gone – but at what cost?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the victory sign
Ahmadinejad in Cairo
By Lucy Provan - 07 February 21:21

Morsi opposes Assad regime, while lining his pockets.

New Statesman
Islamists tasked with drugs crackdown in Tripoli
By Lucy Provan and Rhiannon Smith - 07 February 14:13

What now for the rule of law in Libya?

Israel's centre cannot hold
By Rachel Shabi - 07 February 5:50

Yair Lapid could end up as camouflage for Netanyahu’s intransigence.

New Statesman
Hebrew teaching to be expanded in the Gaza Strip
By Lucy Provan - 05 February 14:40

Hamas say Gazans should "better know their enemy".

New Statesman
Saudi author arrested for tweeting
By Lucy Provan - 01 February 18:08

Social media and self-censorship

Benjamin Netanyahu heads the first weekly Cabinet meeting since the election
Has Israel shifted further to the right?
By James Dawson - 28 January 9:15

The latest election results analysed.

New Statesman
The revolt of the Sheikh
By Tam Hussein - 24 January 15:37

What role will the ‘Ulama’ – the Syrian oppositional scholars – play in a post-Assad Syria?

New Statesman
Things you may not know about the Israeli elections
By Lucy Provan - 22 January 16:35

Did Bibi hide stolen money in his socks? Will Donald Trump bring Mid East peace? And other important questions...

Ethiopian Christians celebrate the Holy Fire ceremony
The A-Z of Israel
By New Statesman - 17 January 8:21

On 22 January, Israelis will go to the polls. The world watches – but how much do we really know about the country that calls itself “the sole bastion of democracy” in the Middle East?

Syrian activist Anas al-Shogre hasn't been seen since May 2011.
NS Christmas campaign: Show your support for Anas al-Shogre
By Eulette Ewart - 24 December 9:52

The Syrian activist disappeared in May 2011 and hasn't been seen since.

Egyptian opposition supporters shout slogans
The myth of the Islamist winter
By Olivier Roy - 13 December 6:37

Egypt and Tunisia aren’t sliding into chaos – they are simply learning how to be democracies.

New Statesman
Filing from the warzone - the dangers of conflict reporting
By Kamila Kocialkowska - 03 December 16:51

Conflict reporting has always been the most dangerous branch of journalism - but in the changing political landscape of recent years, has it become even more so?

President Morsi at the UN General Assembly in September
Ignore the neocons – I refuse to give up on Egypt, or the Arab spring
By Mehdi Hasan - 29 November 7:44

Long live the Arab Spring - despite the murmurs about Morsi’s “pharaonic” decree in Egypt and the Syrian bloodbath, I refuse to lose faith in the people of the Arab world.

Demonstrators wave Israeli flags in London
In times of crisis, UK Jews return to public support for Israel
By Keith Kahn-Harris - 23 November 10:25

The diversity of views that has developed has been temporarily obscured by Operation Pillar of Defence.

A Palestinian woman walks past destroyed tents near bombed smuggling tunnels
With Israel and Gaza, separation is no guarantee of solution
By James Rodgers - 22 November 9:50

There must be a limit, though, to how long bombs, bullets, and barbed wire can contain Gaza.

A television camera outside is positioned outside BBC Television Centre
As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC’s role requires more than sentiment
By John Pilger - 22 November 7:33

We must understand the BBC as a pre-eminent state propagandist and censor by omission, says John Pilger.

Israeli soldiers pray at dawn at an artillery emplacement
Letter from Israel: The endless war
By Jason Cowley - 22 November 7:07

Reporting from Tel Aviv and Ramallah as the latest rash of violence began to sweep Israel, Jason Cowley finds a nation implacably set on a course of war . . . and increasingly disconnected from the world.

Palestinians inpect the rubble of a destroyed house in Gaza.
The human cost of violence in Israel and Gaza
By Phoebe Greenwood - 22 November 5:44

Phoebe Greenwood in Gaza reflects on the recent violence.

Leader: Netanyahu risks condemning Israel to perpetual war
By New Statesman - 21 November 17:43

Despite the latest ceasefire, there is no way clear to peace. And there is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The ceasefire was announced at a press conference today.
Egypt and US broker Gaza ceasefire
By New Statesman - 21 November 17:39

Bombardment to stop at 1900 GMT on 21 November, says Egyptian foreign minister.

Israel still has Iran in its sights
By George Eaton - 21 November 16:03

Israeli spokesman Mark Regev tells the NS that "a nuclear-armed Iran is something we will not accept".

Why Israel's action in Gaza is not "disproportionate"
By Prof Alan Johnson - 21 November 11:51

Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.

Labour lawyer and convoy organiser Haitham Mohamedain
“We give our lives to Gaza” - the Egyptians who entered Gaza from Egypt
By Bel Trew and Nada El-Kouny - 21 November 11:32

Bel Trew and Nada El-Kouney report from the civilian convoy that travelled into the violence in solidarity.

Israel's policy is an invitation to disaster
By David Miliband - 20 November 15:12

The country needs to remember that self-defence is not the same as smart defence.

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