The relationship between Israel and Lebanon is deteriorating again

Both the chief of Israel’s military intelligence and the head of Hezbollah are talking up the prospect of conflict. Robert Fisk explains

Last weekend's suicide bomb attack in Qamishli took place during an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago. Click to enlarge

Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church revives ghosts of massacres past

Three members of the Assyrian Christian militia protecting the prelate were killed in the blast

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he arrives to address workers in Tehran, Iraq, April 27, 2016. via REUTERS/Files

Why our nuclear deal with Iran is turning to dust

It’s not difficult for the Iranians to spot what they call the “dasisa” – and what the Hezbollah, in Arabic, refer to as the “muamara” – which means: THE PLOT

Iran stated that it held the Saudi monarch personally responsible for the deaths of more than 2,300 people, 464 of them Iranians. Click to enlarge

The untold story of the deaths at Hajj

Robert Fisk on an Iranian diplomat who met his fate in Islam’s holiest city.

Palestinian killers wanted to provoke Israel’s new Defence Minister into fulfilling his bloody threats

Palestinian killers wanted to provoke Israel’s new Defence Minister into fulfilling his bloody threats

Hawkish Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has threatened beheadings and further wars in Gaza and Lebanon

US Air Force Boeing C 17A Globemaster III flies over a minaret after taking off from Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey. Click to enlarge

If a US court acknowledges the Armenian genocide, the Government must follow suit

The ghosts of the dead, Robert Fisk explains, are returning to haunt even America’s latest Middle East war

President Erdogan in his new presidential palace. Click to enlarge

President Erdogan knows that visa-free travel for Turkey could solve his ‘Kurdish problem’

President Erdogan has his own reasons for wanting to obtain ‘visa-free’ travel into Europe. Robert Fisk explains

Troops loyal to Assad celebrate on the edge of Palmyra. Click to enlarge

The US is dropping calls for Assad to go

The “Assad has got to go” routine is changing. We haven’t heard many Americans saying that recently, and we’ve hardly noticed it.

Hezbollah members carry the coffin of commander Badreddine. Click to enlarge

How the life of Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine tells the political history of the Middle East

While Hezbollah feted his memory last week as a martyr and resistance fighter – and others gloated at his death

Fighters from the Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra

After splitting with Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra is being presented to the West as a moderate force.

The jihadist force’s reputation is being cleaned up, to suggest it is deserving of CIA support

Hillary Clinton has openly courted the US Jewish vote

Hillary Clinton has openly courted the US Jewish vote

But as Robert Fisk notes, the consequences could be severe

Saudi efforts to ‘modernise’ its economy away from oil are just PR tactics

— and the West is lapping them up

Finally, Israel and Palestine is a US election issue

The ‘last taboo’ is not broken, but it’s splintering

Armenian soldiers in artillary position near the Nagorno Karabakh town of Martuni. Click to enlarge

Echoes of Stalinism abound in the very modern Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Robert Fisk on the revival of an old conflict

Inmates at Guantanamo detention facility. Click to enlarge

Guantanamo is being emptied

But its legacy remains

Syrian Army officers gather outside a damaged palace in Palmyra. Click to enlarge

Why is Cameron so Silent on the Recapture of Palmyra?

The silence was deafening as the executioners fled Palmyra this weekend. Obama and Cameron were as silent as the grave to which Isis have dispatched so many of their victims

It’s time that the US faced up to the ‘G word’ and finally recognised the Armenian genocide

Just over a century ago the Turks slaughtered over a million Christain Armenians — a crime that many in the West are still reluctant to acknowledge

With an identity caught between China and the West, Hong Kong is not at ease with itself – or its future

What will happen in 2047, when the 50 year agreement with Britain – runs out?

Syria: West failed to factor in Bashar al-Assad’s Iranian backers as the conflict developed

Five years ago Western journalists were predicting the imminent demise of President Assad. How wrong they were

Saudi Arabia turns on Lebanon for its unfaithfulness and lack of gratitude after decades of largesse

Will Iran now step in and assume the role of Lebanon’s benefactor?