Middle East

The retiring Afghan President who, for all his faults, has defended freedom and democracy

Three new books on the Israel-Palestine conflict

‘It is easy to denigrate democracy while enjoying its benefits’

Israel’s ‘hawkish’ prime minister is a wise pragmatist with a deft touch amid regional chaos

‘The dance floor at the wedding of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Niall Ferguson would have been the Guardian’s worst nightmare’

The recent Israeli Apartheid Week shamefully neglected Zionism’s complaisance to peaceful co-existence

Western attitudes towards Israel’s right to nationhood have shifted significantly in the last forty years

The unrest in Iran is slowly creeping out of the headlines, and the blogosphere is fast becoming the best source of information.  One blog is leading the way as a resource for reliable and up to date information.

Standpoint readers may not know of my concerns about the International Criminal Court. Established by the Rome Treaty 11 years ago, the ICC has yet to conclude its first trial.  Worse than that, the court is at risk of being politicised by a prosecutor who is entirely unsuited to the job.