Polio has broken out in Syria and 20 million children are to be vaccinated

Mass migrations are nothing new in the Middle East, but the sheer numbers involved are having a devastating effect

Poppycock – or why remembrance rituals make me see red

When all BBC TV presenters and even Tony Blair wear poppies to commemorate the last two World Wars, Robert Fisk wonders if it doesn’t now symbolise hypocrisy?

As Mohamed Morsi goes to trial, General Sisi should remember: Egypt is a dangerous place to rule

The charges the former president faces could just as easily be levelled at Egypt’s current rulers. Although they won’t be as long as they remain in control

Is The Hague making a mockery of justice so the CIA and MI6 can save face?

Is The Hague making a mockery of justice so the CIA and MI6 can save face?

As long as Gaddafi’s ruthless former security boss remains imprisoned and incommunicado in Libya, the secrets of MI6 and the CIA will remain safe

How the Sunni-Shia schism is dividing the world

The unprecedented Saudi refusal to take up its Security Council seat is not just about Syria but a response to the perceived Iranian threat

According to Unicef, 500,000 Syrian refugee children are now in Lebanon.

Lebanon has cause for shame in its treatment of Syrian refugees

Meanwhile there are now fears that the burgeoning refugee camps, holding over a million Syrians, will yield bitter fruit

A member of the Australian Navy assists rescued survivors in the waters off erstern Java. Click to enlarge

A tragedy off the coast of Indonesia that should shame Lebanon’s neglectful government

The migrants’ boat sank – but the blame must start in Beirut

US cowardice will let Israel’s isolated right off the hook

The Israelis know that Obama is still a groveller. This is what real “appeasement” is all about. Fear.

A Syrian solution to civil conflict? The Free Syrian Army is holding talks with Assad’s senior staff

Disaffected by the growing influence of the al-Qa’ida-linked al-Nusra Front, elements of the Free Syrian Army have covertly approached the Assad regime

Syrian Army tank in Maaloula earlier in Sept, 2013. Click to enlarge

Syria crisis: In sacred Maaloula, where they speak the language of Christ, war leads neighbours into betrayal

Twenty years ago, identical tragedies destroyed the villages of Bosnia. Now they are being re-enacted in Syria

“I had five sons, now I have four”: Syria’s senior cleric pardons the rebels who killed his son

The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness

Gas Missiles Were Not Sold To Syria

Export papers and eyewitness accounts seem to support Syrian government assertions that it was not behind Sarin gas attacks

Photo released by official Syrian News Agency shows burning cars after blasts in Damascus. Click to enlarge

The death toll in Syria continues to rise – whoever is doing the counting

Robert Fisk reports from a Damascus, a city at war where traffic cops still issue parking tickets

Assad’s troops may be winning this war in Syria’s capital – untouched by Obama’s threats

When an Islamist fighter can film himself eating the flesh of a dead soldier, all scruples have gone. Robert Fisk reports first-hand from Syria

There is something deeply cynical about this chemical weapons ‘timetable’

Now we’ve got rebels chopping off prisoners’ heads, I’m not sure what scruples they’d have about using sarin

Vladimir Putin is unlikely to lend his support to latest US crusade

The Syrian crisis is not really about Assad’s regime but to a large extent over Iran. Robert Fisk explains why Putin is unlikely to give much ground

This bombardment of Syria clichés shows no sign of stopping

Clichés aside there’s a marked difference between Iraq and Syria. Because even if Obama launches only a ‘limited’ strike it could provoke a Russian-Iranian response

Once Washington made the Middle East tremble – now no one there takes it seriously

Watershed. It’s the only word for it. Once Lebanon and Syria and Egypt trembled when Washington spoke. Now they laugh

The Real Target of these Attacks is not Syria

Robert Fisk on why real intention behind Western efforts to isolate Assad is not the promotion of human rights or peace

Does President Obama know he’s fighting on al-Qa’ida’s side?

Probably, but while we are told it will be a short strike, at most a couple of days. Think Iran. Think Hezbollah. I rather suspect – if Obama does go ahead – that this one will run and run