Middle East

A Devil’s Pact

'In Syria and Iraq my enemy's enemy is not my friend, not even by the wildest stretch of the imagination'

Fatal Procrastination

‘Inclusiveness is a nice slogan for a campfire sing-along. It is obscene when it becomes a bystander's excuse for inaction as evil occurs'

Overrated: The Emir of Qatar

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani: the ruler who funds Islamist extremists

The US Can Still Help Save Syria — and Iraq

Is President Obama's announcement that he wishes to ‘ramp up' support for the rebels a serious policy change or more obfuscation?

Justice Delayed

A BBC error about the Six Day War took three years to correct

Good By Stealth

The media presents Israel as a pariah but its recent efforts to provide aid to Syrian refugees belies its consistently negative image

Their Own Worst Enemies

Jonathan Schanzer’s State of Failure persuasively argues that Palestine is not a country or state but a cause with the sole intention of destroying the Jews

Kafka In Istanbul

Last year’s protests in Gezi Park have spurred Recep Tayyip Erdogan into absurd action: now he’s locking up would-be protesters before they have the chance to assemble

Netanyahu, Syria and the Spanish Civil War

As the UN and the US cosy up to Iran and allow Assad to stay in power, Israel’s leader will go his own way to save his country

Tsar Of The Holy Land

For Vladimir Putin, Syria is as much a question of religion as of arms sales; in his eyes, Assad protects Syria’s ancient Christian communities

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"