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.

Albert Einstein in 1931
Sixty years ago, Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel
By Caroline Crampton - 17 November 10:42

Einstein declined, saying he lacked "the natural aptitude and the experience to deal properly with people" to do the job.

A plume of smoke rises over Gaza during an Israeli air strike
Ground invasion of Gaza by Israel more likely as rocket attacks continue
By Caroline Crampton - 17 November 9:55

Hamas HQ hit on fourth day of Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Why is the Arab League silent about Darfur?
By Magdy el-Baghdady - 16 November 11:37

Arab and Muslim nations condemn Israel but remain mute in the face of ongoing ethnic cleansing in Sudan.

Israeli missiles launched into Gaza
Egypt recalls ambassador from Israel in protest of Gaza strikes
By Alex Ward - 15 November 15:20

President Mohamed Morsi bows to domestic pressure.

A plume of smoke rises over Gaza during an Israeli air strike, as seen from Sder
What does Israel hope to achieve by striking Gaza?
By Rachel Shabi - 15 November 12:38

Israel says the goal is not to remove Hamas but to reassert Israel’s “deterrence” capability.

Missiles are displayed during a North Korean military parade
UN diplomats: North Korean military hardware seized en route to Syria
By Alex Ward - 15 November 9:27

Pyongyang accused of violating UN sanctions to export missile technology to Assad.

Palestinians extinguish fire from the car of Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari.
Israel and Hamas on the brink of war after assassination of military leader
By George Eaton - 15 November 8:05

Hamas military commander killed as Israel launches new Gaza offensive.

A rebel fighter rides a motorbike along a road near Aleppo
Extremist fighters are only a fraction of the rebels fighting in Syria
By Toby Muse - 01 November 13:18

Recent media coverage would have us believe Syria is now flooded with foreign extremists. On the ground, Toby Muse finds something quite different.

Syrian rebel fighters celebrate on top of a captured tank
Syria immune from being held accountable by ICC for atrocities
By Charlotte Rachael Proudman - 30 October 10:05

The International Criminal Court should act to bring Syrian officials to justice without Security Council authorisation.

How Israel simulated war with Iran
By David Patrikarakos - 30 October 9:25

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.

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.