27 November 2013
Conflict drags on.
27 June 2013
Stories about the “good old days” are familiar to any Lebanese who, like me, moved as a child to London to...
06 January 2012
The Lebanese are adept at living their lives normally while national and regional events simmer or rage. Lebanon is...
10 October 2011
A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle That Shaped the Middle East James BarrSimon & Schuster, 464pp...
31 March 2011
10 February 2011
For more than two weeks after Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali's repressive 23-year regime was toppled and replaced by an...
31 May 2010
The new protest
20 November 2006
Emma Williams, a doctor and mother of four, arrived in Jerusalem in 2000, shortly before the second intifada began, and...
07 August 2006
Twenty-eight years ago, the war journalist Thomas Goltz travelled around Africa with no money and the complete works of...
05 June 2006
Moving between remote villages, glinting between patchwork fields of spinach, wheat and cotton, and parked decoratively...
20 March 2006
As Russia uneasily comes to terms with the end of the cold war, Olga Grushin's first novel deals with the lives of...
09 January 2006
The degenerate life of Ehtejab, last of the Persian Qajar princes, lies fragmented in the pages of The Prince, a...
14 November 2005
Having spent several confused years writing a DPhil thesis on Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram...
07 November 2005
''The question people are going to ask," said Tony Blair, "is, 'What are you going to do about Iran?' Because - can you...
31 October 2005
Palestine was not always the favoured option for the Jewish homeland. Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, preferred...