Books
08 November 2007
"To be a literary critic," writes Jacqueline Rose in appreciation of Edward Said, "is, amongst other things, to enter...
Books
18 October 2007
The disparity between written and spoken Arabic is so great that talking to an audience is often a discouraging test...
Human Rights
04 December 2006
When George W Bush declared war on terrorism, a number of liberal intellectuals scurried to express their support....
Books
16 October 2006
Contrary to a notion common in the west, in Arab countries no opinion is too dangerous to express. People say whatever...
Politics
11 September 2006
Reporting from Tyre during this summer's Israeli campaign against Lebanon, John Simpson, the BBC's world affairs editor...
Books
31 July 2006
Free publicity is too tempting for publishers and literary agents to resist. Books tied to current affairs,...
International Politics
05 June 2006
Golda Meir once said that "there is no such thing as a Palestinian", while Hafez al-Assad claimed that Palestine "is...
Human Rights
20 February 2006
Every time I watch Life of Brian, the Monty Python classic satirising Jesus Christ, I think about writing something...
Books
20 February 2006
Arriving in Tel Aviv on my first visit to Israel last year, I was instantly reminded of Beirut in its pre-1975 heyday....
International Politics
16 January 2006
When news of Ariel Sharon's stroke broke, only a few Palestinians gathered in the streets of Gaza to express their...
Books
05 December 2005
When Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize in 1988, it seemed that at last the west had recognised Arabic literature. To...
Politics
31 October 2005
I've had many fantasies in my life. If you are a Palestinian, you must have fantasies: they are free, and quite often...