The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon

Robert Fisk on the plight of Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon

With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it’s a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death

Business is booming for arms manufacturers

Hezbollah and their supportersd carry the coffins of fallen comrades through Baalbek. Click to enlarge

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees

Casualty figures moved between 14 jihadis and three Hezbollah dead, and 16 jihadis with eight Hezbollah dead. But the figures are less important than the implications

Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then?

What happens if our Kurdish allies and non-existent “moderate” Syrian fighters – described by Vice-President Joe Biden last week as largely “shopkeepers” – don’t overthrow the monstrous “Islamic State”?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?

In this part of the world exchanging captives goes back to the time of the Crusades. So what’s stopping the West?

Islamic State: Assad lures President Obama into his web

A year ago, the US was planning to smash the Syrian regime with bombs and missiles – and now that it wants to smash the Isis regime with bombs and missiles, Syria will exact a price for any assistance Washington seeks

Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple

The Americans found it “counter-productive” to peace, which is probably a bit less forceful than its reaction would be if Mexico were to bite off a 1,000-acre chunk of Texas and decided to build homes there for its illegal immigrants in the US. But this is “Palestine”

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Israel said it must be disarmed. It has not been disarmed. Israel said it must be rooted out. It hasn’t been rooted out and insofar as Israel hasn’t succeeded Hamas has won.

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Are a few thousand armed fighters really able to coerce so many people over such a vast tract of the Middle East?

Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil

With the emergence of the Islamic State few may have mentioned it but it’s still a key factor. Robert Fisk explains

An IDF soldier exits one of the Hamas tunnels running from Gaza into Israel. Click to enlarge

Israel-Gaza conflict: Hamas’ tunnels are just the latest play in this lethal game of cat-and-mouse

It’s an old tactic but tunnelling has a new relevance in the age of the drone

Protest for Gaza, London. Click to enlarge

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

The crisis in Gaza is exposing the double-standards and hypocrisy of the media and Western political leaders

Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity

While the West may plead for a truce condemnation of Israel for its action is strangely absent

Why doesn't the media ever mention the lack of progress in the Middle East?

Why doesn’t the media ever mention the lack of progress in the Middle East?

The question we should ask – a question many readers and TV viewers have been asking – is: haven’t we been here before?

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

Robert Fisk must be becoming an embarrassment for the Independent because every time the paper’s star Middle-East correspondent writes an article critical of Israel, it ends up buried half-way down the front page. Like this one

How on earth can Israel tolerate this filth from B’nai Brith Canada?

We almost missed this because when Robert Fisk is openly critical of the Zionist lobby the Independent gives him far less prominence

Relatives and friends gather around a grave, as Gilad Shaer, 16, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Eyal Ifrach, 19, are buried side-by-side. Click to enlarge

Israeli teenagers’ funeral: It is obscene when either side kills children – not only Palestinians

Robert Fisk explains why the theatre of the Israeli-Palestinian war follows a script as scandalous as it is lethal

Abandoned and burned out Iraqi Army Humvee near Mosul. Click to enlarge

If history and petropolitics teach us anything, the collapse of Iraq shouldn’t come as surprise

You only need to go back ten years to see how this was a crisis waiting to happen

Blair’s Doctrine Turns Enemies into Allies

Robert Fisk reports from Aleppo today – which would be Mosul if Blair’s friends had won and if the West had acted militarily against the Assad regime

Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by Saudi Arabia

Apart from Saudi Arabia’s role in this catastrophe, what other stories are to be hidden from us in the coming days and weeks?