Middle East

Middle East

12 January 2006

Who’s on life support: Sharon or Israel?

The response to Ariel Sharon's stroke suggests that some think a nation is dying rather than its leader.

5 January 2006

Searching for their own personal Palestine

Why middle-class Westerners like Kate Burton are queuing up to get into Gaza.

13 December 2005

Bin Laden’s script: ghost-written in the West

One thing is clear from the new book Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden - the al-Qaeda leader doesn't have an original thought in his head.

7 December 2005

Why Saddam’s trial is so trying for the coalition

The 'trial of the century' has descended into a 'comedy show'.

25 November 2005

Behind Sharon’s pragmatism

The Israeli leader's resignation from his own Likud party shows up the superficiality of contemporary Israeli politics.

17 August 2005

A step back for democracy in Iraq

In all the wrangling about the constitution, the one group nobody is consulting is the Iraqi people.

30 June 2005

Iranian elections: no throwback to ‘79

Today's Islamic 'hardliners' are capitalising on the deficiencies of reformist elites.

10 February 2005

A blast from the past

Bush's stage-managed peace deal for the Middle East looks like Clinton's Camp David on replay.

8 June 2004

Blow the House down

Could terrorist groups really topple the Saudi elite?

21 April 2004

Israel: the state they love to hate

spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London), on why there is little positive in today's Israel-bashing.