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The warmest of welcomes

1 September 2011 23:17

Tripoli It would probably be stretching the truth a little to say that the British prime minister runs Allah a…

An encouraging start for the new Libya

22 August 2011 14:28

The press conference by Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council, was encouraging. Jalil stressed that he…

The revolution remains on track

29 July 2011 15:53

The Egyptian revolution has pulled itself back from the brink in a quite an extraordinary way. Everyone feared a clash…

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,…

Stand up for freedom and freedom will stand up for you (eventually)

4 July 2011 10:32

It was hard to be a supporter of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Western Europe. As a student living in…

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…

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…

Obama re-affirms the special relationship

25 May 2011 17:28

The speech was not a classic but Barack Obama’s address to both Houses of Parliament covered the bases today. He…

Eyes turn to Syria

23 April 2011 11:03

The situation in Syria seems to be on a knife’s edge. Perhaps 80 protesters were killed by security forces during…

Saif Gaddafi: victim of circumstance…

13 April 2011 18:12

There’s truth in the cliché that actions speak louder than words. Benjamin Barber, once a board member of the Saif…

Dylan urged to stop blowing with the wind

8 April 2011 10:42

As one famous artist vanished in Beijing, another appeared. Bob Dylan has begun a tour of China in the same…

Trouble with the big society

3 April 2011 10:59

A gaggle of academics have written to the Observer to condemn the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for accepting…

The pressing need to oust Gaddafi

1 April 2011 16:30

The op-ed by David Cameron and his Qatari counterpart Hamed Bin Jassem in the run-up to the London conference received…

A shameful episode

1 April 2011 12:41

Libby Brooks’ piece in The Guardian today is shameful. Writing about the violence that followed last weekend’s march, she  argues…

Cairo Diary: The Brotherhood

31 March 2011 12:17

Back in Cairo, I try to find answers to what everyone wants to know. Who are the Muslim Brotherhood? What…

Libya diary: Tobruk

30 March 2011 10:39

Twelve different checks later and I’m in Free Libya, hurling down the road to Tobruk at 100 mph, with Arabic…

What to do with Gaddafi?

29 March 2011 11:37

The charge sheet against Colonel Gaddafi in any trial would be a long one. There are his crimes against his…

Cairo Diary: it’s the economy, stupid

28 March 2011 15:36

Whether revolutions devour their own children often depends on the ability of a post-revolutionary government to deliver political freedom, jobs…

Cairo Diary: will Egypt help in Libya?

28 March 2011 12:45

Nothing would help the international campaign against Colonel Gaddafi as much as the Egyptian military — and therefore Egypt —…

Libya: next steps

24 March 2011 17:55

The Libya intervention goes on, with as many question marks hanging over the operation as airplanes in the sky. What…

War aims

22 March 2011 9:06

A few days into the no-fly zone and the initial aim of the intervention has been achieved: Colonel Ghaddafi no…

Cameron promises that Libya is ‘not another Iraq’

21 March 2011 17:00

Discussion of military action brings a different atmosphere to the chamber of the House of Commons: quieter, less disputatious, more…

The threat to a British liberty

18 March 2011 21:54

It’s a funny old world. I have now been contacted by two journalists informing me that Bedfordshire Police are investigating…

The way to cease fire

18 March 2011 18:29

Colonel Ghadaffi wants a cease fire. Fine, but Western governments should insist that the no-fly zone still comes into force;…

Learning from recent history

18 March 2011 11:40

With a UN resolution now passed, Prime Minister David Cameron has displayed diplomatic skills his critics believed he did not…