Promise and Redemption

Book review of Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore

ONLINE ONLY: Festive Smear

When it comes to seasonal media coverage of the Middle East, Israel just cannot win

Obama’s Choice

‘Obama must take action against Iran if he doesn’t want to be perceived as a lame-duck president’

Peace Process Platitudes

‘Achieving peace in the Middle East is everyone’s pet project. It’s a sure-fire way to gain immortal fame for otherwise colourless politicians’

Kneejerk Responses

‘As de Gucht has proved, if anyone is being irrational about the Middle East, it’s not the Jews, it’s the EU’

ONLINE Only: Direct Talks

Low expectations for this week's peace summit in Washington could actually be quite useful

Calculated Ignorance

‘If international affairs are your bag, you might as well have voted for the Ba’ath Party as the Conservatives’

Istanbul: Press Freedom Alla Turca

'When Western journalists note in a casual aside that press freedom has experienced certain setbacks under the AKP, they are failing to do justice to the severity of this calamity and its ramifications for Turkey and the region'

A Jerusalem Childhood

'One of my most vivid memories, though, is the weekly visit from "the Arab with the eggs", as we called him. The arrival on our doorstep of this mysterious figure never failed to thrill and terrify me. There he would stand, wrapped from head to toe in layers of what looked like grey blankets, his swarthy face barely visible beneath his Arab headdress'

ONLINE Only: Refugees ad infinitum

The unique reality for many Palestinians living in Lebanon is that their refugee status has become hereditary

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"