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The new Israel and Palestine question

22 September 2011 14:16

The halls of the UN are packed with presidents and foreign ministers. But for all the thousands of subjects under…

Libya’s next battle

2 September 2011 18:24

Tripoli Two months ago Mazin Ramadan, senior advisor to Ali Tarhuni, the oil and finance minister recently promoted to deputy…

Relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorate

2 September 2011 13:25

Last summer, I spoke to Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, about the Mavi Marmara row. Davatoglu was not only animated,…

A weekend in Libya

28 August 2011 14:57

There’s no respite in Libya, where there have been significant developments this weekend. There have been reports (and harrowing images)…

Cameron winning over the Libya doubters

24 August 2011 17:55

“They’ll like us when we win,” the West Wing’s Toby Ziegler said of the Arab world. David Cameron might have…

A grateful nation

23 August 2011 12:00

This picture from Libya is doing the rounds on the internet this morning. Italian, French and British flags are also being…

Middle East round-up

22 August 2011 15:52

Reuters is reporting that Libyan rebels have taken control of Libyan state TV – one of the last organs to…

Sickly Mubarak in court

3 August 2011 13:11

As an accompaniment to the unique photo-history of the Egyptian revolution currently being shown on the Books Blog, here is…

An Israeli Spring?

2 August 2011 15:15

Israeli politicians have been worrying that the Palestinians would join the protests sweeping the Middle East. So far, this has…

The threat to the Egyptian revolution

27 July 2011 13:05

The Egyptian revolution may be in for its greatest challenge yet. Last weekend saw clashes between different groups of protesters,…

Stopping Syria

1 July 2011 13:22

Syria is still ablaze and the West seems unable to do douse the flames. And the risk of the Assad…

Will Britain recognise Palestine?

30 June 2011 16:02

Will Britain recognise Palestine as a state if, as planned, the matter comes to a vote at the UN General…

Egypt votes – on Facebook

28 June 2011 10:46

While analysts and diplomats are wondering who will win the forthcoming Egyptian presidential election, the military junta (the Supreme Council…

How many refugees are actually coming to Europe?

25 June 2011 15:33

A human wave of refugees is supposedly setting off for Europe from North Africa. But what are the real figures?…

The mystery of modern Turkey

8 June 2011 16:08

What does Turkey actually think? That’s an issue that has been occupying many Europeans, as the vital NATO ally heads…

Attention shifts to Yemen

7 June 2011 18:08

Since last week’s attack on Yemen’s President Saleh and his subsequent flight, Sana’a has been on the cusp of anarchy.…

Unseating Gaddafi

4 June 2011 15:47

The pressure is being turned up on Colonel Gaddafi, but it may still take a while to have an effect.…

Egypt’s revolution – six months on

29 May 2011 10:39

I’m back in Cairo to find out where the revolution of 25 January has got to. Nearly six months after…

Yemen implodes

26 May 2011 12:21

Sometimes you wait and wait for an event, and nothing ever happens. Pakistan is always said to be teetering on…

Grading Obama’s visit

26 May 2011 9:16

It was a good state visit. Actually, it has been an excellent visit. Much better than George W Bush’s and…