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.

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

Ripples of the Arab Spring felt in the Gulf States.

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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
Mehdi Hasan on Islam and blasphemy: 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.