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?
The Syrian activist disappeared in May 2011 and hasn't been seen since.
Egypt and Tunisia aren’t sliding into chaos – they are simply learning how to be democracies.
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?
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.
The diversity of views that has developed has been temporarily obscured by Operation Pillar of Defence.
There must be a limit, though, to how long bombs, bullets, and barbed wire can contain Gaza.
We must understand the BBC as a pre-eminent state propagandist and censor by omission, says John Pilger.
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.
Phoebe Greenwood in Gaza reflects on the recent violence.
Despite the latest ceasefire, there is no way clear to peace. And there is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Bombardment to stop at 1900 GMT on 21 November, says Egyptian foreign minister.
Israeli spokesman Mark Regev tells the NS that "a nuclear-armed Iran is something we will not accept".
Proportionality is not the same thing as symmetry. Israel must counter the developing threat from Hamas.
Bel Trew and Nada El-Kouney report from the civilian convoy that travelled into the violence in solidarity.
The country needs to remember that self-defence is not the same as smart defence.
Einstein declined, saying he lacked "the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people" to do the job.
Hamas HQ hit on fourth day of Israeli air strikes on Gaza.
Arab and Muslim nations condemn Israel but remain mute in the face of ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sudan.
President Mohamed Morsi bows to domestic pressure.
Israel says the goal is not to remove Hamas but to reassert Israel’s “deterrence” capability.
Pyongyang accused of violating UN sanctions to export missile technology to Assad.
Hamas military commander killed as Israel launches new Gaza offensive.
Recent media coverage would have us believe Syria is now flooded with foreign extremists. On the ground, Toby Muse finds something quite different.
The International Criminal Court should act to bring Syrian officials to justice without Security Council authorisation.
An Israeli war game recently imagined the fallout from a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. David Patrikarakos reveals what he learned when he received exclusive access.
Outbreaks of sectarian violence expose Lebanon’s vulnerability to outside forces.
Telling the story of Hebron, cradle of monotheism.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish leader, says the countries are "not far" from war.
Ripples of the Arab Spring felt in the Gulf States.