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.

New Statesman
Chart of the day: Land and Freedom
By Alex Hern - 19 July 15:09

Supporters of a two-state solution must confront a stark question: is there enough land left for a viable Palestinian state?

Trade minister and Conservative peer Stephen Green led HSBC from 2003-2010.
Miliband keeps up the pressure on Stephen Green
By George Eaton - 19 July 11:52

Former HSBC head and Tory trade minister should answer questions in the Lords, says Labour leader.

An Arab Israeli protestors holds up Palestinian flag
When the facts change, the solution should too
By Ali Abunimah - 18 July 17:31

Grass-roots support for a one-state solution is higher than you might think.

Israel's first prime minister David Ben-Gurion under a portrait of Theodor Herzl
How the dream died
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 18 July 16:32

Liberal American Jews are falling out of love with Israel.

Most Israelis and Palestinians continue to favour a two-state solution.
Leader: Now is not the time to give up on a two-state solution
By New Statesman - 18 July 15:49

A one-state solution would be even more fraught with difficulty.

A protest on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard in June 2012.
Why the world should care about Israel's social justice movement
By Camilla Schick - 14 July 12:49

Demands for internal reform could also accelerate the peace process.

Notebook - Crossing into Gaza
By Salam Kanaan - 12 July 11:44

Salaam Kanaan works for Save the Children in the occupied Palestinian territories. She shares notes from a busy week, amid overcrowding so bad, it makes you feel you’re suffocating.

Taliban commander: “I was relieved at the death of Osama”
By Michael Semple - 11 July 15:08

“Mawlvi”, a veteran Taliban commander, shares insights into the movement’s thinking, relations with Pakistan and Hamid Karzai’s future, in this exclusive interview from behind Afghanistan’s “iron curtain”.

Mohamed Morsi
Morsi takes on Egypt's military
By Louisa Loveluck - 10 July 10:57

Was the new Egyptian president neutered before he even entered office?

Islamist demonstrators protest outside the US embassy in London
Age of extremes: Mehdi Hasan and Maajid Nawaz debate
By Maajid Nawaz and Mehdi Hasan - 04 July 17:23

What's to blame for persistent Muslim extremism - the violent appeal of political Islam, or botched western foreign policy? Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam.

Egyptian presidential guards stand outside Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque.
The plight of Egypt’s forgotten Shia minority
By Emanuelle Degli Esposti - 03 July 11:32

Even after the historic election, this marginalised minority risk daily persecution and victimisation because of their beliefs.

Competitors in the Miss Holocaust Survivor pageant
"Miss Holocaust Survivor" - a bizarre celebration of beauty
By Samira Shackle - 29 June 15:33

By all means celebrate survival, but why must it be through the prism of women's looks?

General Mamduh Shahin (R) and army Ismail Etman
Forget the Egyptian Brotherhood, says Mehdi Hasan - it’s the generals who should worry us
By Mehdi Hasan - 28 June 11:45

Morsi is far, far from perfect - but we shouldn't write him off yet.

Graffiti in La Marsa reading 'God is great,' left by rioters.
The rise of Salafism in Tunisia
By Tam Hussein - 28 June 10:57

Those thirsty for spiritual fulfillment are increasingly turning to the Saudi brand of Islam.

Post-election celebrations in Tahrir Square in Cairo
Celebrations fade as constitutional crisis edges closer in Cairo
By Bel Trew - 27 June 11:10

An unlikely coalition has formed between the Brotherhood and left-leaning revolutionary groups.

BBC's Arab Spring coverage was "sporadic"
By Press Gazette - 26 June 11:08

Kofi Annan's former Director of Communications criticises reporting.

Yousuf Raza Gilani, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan who was ousted in Apri
To lose one prime minister
By Catriona Luke - 25 June 13:37

Pakistan’s military are doing their damndest to prevent a civilian government reaching an unprecedented full-term.

Mohamed Morsi at a press conference in Cairo
Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi declared president of Egypt
By New Statesman - 24 June 15:57

Morsi beats former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in presidential run-off.