A Sunni woman mourns the death of Lebanese intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan.
Syria spill-over threatens to engulf Lebanon
By Alex Ward - 25 October 8:00

Outbreaks of sectarian violence expose Lebanon’s vulnerability to outside forces.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs
The City of Abraham
By Edward Platt - 09 October 11:19

Telling the story of Hebron, cradle of monotheism.

Turkey's warning to Syria over shelling of village
By New Statesman - 05 October 15:43

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish leader, says the countries are "not far" from war.

New Statesman
The #COMETOGETHER exhibition, revolution and the Gulf
By Tam Hussein - 05 October 9:22

Ripples of the Arab Spring felt in the Gulf States.

New Statesman
How G4S helps Israel break the Geneva convention
By Lisa Nandy - 30 September 9:48

Lisa Nandy calls for the government to take action over G4S' participation in illegal imprisonment.

A Pakistani student holds a placard during a protest
Muhammad survived Dante’s Inferno. He’ll survive a YouTube clip
By Mehdi Hasan - 27 September 7:24

Like freedom, tolerance is not a western invention or innovation; it is an Islamic virtue.

The mother of Mohamed Bouazizi, who self-immolated in 2010, holds up his picture
The political psychology of self-immolation
By Costica Bradatan - 17 September 10:51

A simple act of protest that can take on mythical proportions.

US embassy staff evacuated as Muhammad film protests spread
By New Statesman - 15 September 12:18

Workers in Khartoum and Tunis advised to leave.

In Aleppo, death comes from above and there's no knowing where it will fall
By Toby Muse - 14 September 10:29

Toby Muse reports on the horrors caused by the constant shelling he experienced in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

A Bahraini protester holds a molotov cocktail bomb
While we wring our hands over Syria, there’s silence over torture in Bahrain
By Mehdi Hasan - 13 September 12:00

The unrest in Bahrain is quietly ignored by our leaders and relegated by journalists to the box marked “news in brief”.

US ambassador to Libya killed in violence over anti-Islam film
By Lucy Provan - 12 September 15:33

The reaction to a nonsensical and offensive film has sparked protests in Bengazi and Cairo.

Is this a turning point for Pakistan's blasphemy laws?
By Catriona Luke - 07 September 12:49

The case of Rimsha Masih could be a watershed moment in the struggle for religious toleration.

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta arriving in Afghanistan
One last heave for an Afghan peace
By Sherard Cowper-Cowles - 06 September 7:29

It won’t be enough to say “All right, Hamid, you can take over” in 2014. We owe it to our troops to secure a lasting political settlement in Afghanistan.

President Morsi shakes hands with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao
Pragmatism will rule President Morsi's new foreign policy in Egypt
By David Wearing - 04 September 9:10

The current threat to western power is not from the Muslim Brotherhood but from ongoing revolutionary dynamics in Egypt.

New Statesman
Darayya: Fear translated
By Tam Hussein - 01 September 9:05

There is a perverse logic behind the Syrian regime’s measures.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Morsi in Tehran: strategic realignment or a safe pair of hands?
By Dan Glazebrook - 31 August 17:13

For now, Egypt’s financial stability depends on keeping the US and Saudi Arabia happy.

Student accommodation in the Ariel settlement in the West Bank
Welcome to Israel's first settler university
By Michael Chessum - 30 August 16:10

Ariel University is part academic institution, part political statement.

Ali Ferzat
Ali Ferzat: the satirist who defied Assad
By Rachel Halliburton - 29 August 13:45

In August 2011, Syrian government thugs came for Ali Ferzat, the cartoonist who had dared to oppose Bashar al-Assad. They broke his hands and left him for dead - but he wasn't going to go quietly.

"Rachel Corrie died trying to protect her friends"
By New Statesman - 28 August 11:42

Tom Dale, who witnessed Corrie's death, reacts to the verdict clearing Israel of blame.

Young Syrians demonstrate in Aleppo on 24 August. (Getty Images.)
Syria: Cutting out the Middle Man
By Tam Hussein - 25 August 9:36

What hope for democracy after Assad?

Protestors in Yemen in 2011
A tense autumn to come in the Middle East
By Ian Lucas - 23 August 13:11

The international community must do everything possible to prevent further escalation across the region.

Chaos in Cairo, packing a flak jacket and life without caffeine
By Jeremy Bowen - 16 August 11:01

The BBC's Middle East editor on his return to Egypt's capital.

A convoy of Egyptian armoured vehicles head along a road in El-Arish
Sinai: A war zone in waiting
By Max Strasser - 15 August 15:11

Developments in Egypt since the revolution began have moved at a dizzying, unpredictable pace.

Syrian refugees and residents living in Jordan chant slogans during a demonstrat
The refugees trying to get into Syria
By Ruth Michaelson - 15 August 14:52

The Syrian refugees who are fighting to return to their country.

Tunisian women shout slogans during a protest calling for the respect of women's
Will the Tunisian constitution erode the gains of women in the Arab Spring?
By Heather McRobie - 15 August 11:21

The dignity of gender equality could have a hard time penetrating the written constitution.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits the Al-Farabi historic cultural centre
The vital role of the "ulama" in post-Assad Syria
By Tam Hussein - 09 August 16:19

The influence of these religious scholars transcends borders and their opinions carry weight that cannot be underestimated.

Sarah Attar of Saudi Arabia
The Olympics is a symbolic victory for Saudi Arabian women, but let’s not get carried away
By Sue Tibballs - 01 August 12:39

Uncomfortable questions must continue to be asked about the treatment of women’s sport.

New Statesman
The future of Israel
By New Statesman - 25 July 12:18

A New Statesman special report on the future of "liberal Zionism" and the two-state solution.

Colonel Nasser
Lessons from the Suez Crisis for dealing with modern Egypt
By Tam Hussein - 23 July 9:48

Britain's disastrous colonial attitude to Nasser should warn of the dangers of a lack of engagement.