Beware wishful thinking. Assad isn’t going soon

You really have to go looking for Robert Fisk’s reports these days. Almost as if the Independent’s editors were trying to bury them. Could it be that someone doesn’t want what he’s saying about Syria publicised too widely?

President Assad’s army is starting to call the shots in Syria

Robert Fisk reports from Damascus

Mobiles become weapons as tactics change in Syria’s new phoney war

The war of the mobile has long been a staple of Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it has moved to Damascus

The war has reached Damascus, but for now it is not a warzone

What’s interesting here is the way Robert Fisk’s reports now have so little prominence. For example, this story was dated yesterday but only appeared late today and at the lower part of the Independent’s website. Is he being censored by his editors?

War on terror is the West’s new religion

Interesting insofar as you’d think his editors were trying to sideline Robert Fisk as this, his latest article, is buried beneath stories about slavery and ‘Britain’s colonial shame’

How Canada, land of political correctness, became the latest front in the Syrian civil war

“If you believe in free speech,” said the email, “please cancel Robert Fisk’s tour.”

The murder of Shokri Belaid is a sign that Tunisia’s ‘Jasmine Revolution’ is turning dark

Police were using tear gas on the streets of Tunis yesterday with almost the same promiscuity as the cops who tried to defend President Mubarak in his last days. Is Tunisia’s revolution now to turn dark?

From Algeria, a lesson in how to bypass democracy

Robert Fisk with some “back of the notebook” stories that didn’t make the front pages

The retrial that will seal the fate of Hosni Mubarak

The retrial that will seal the fate of Hosni Mubarak

New evidence and talk that the then-president received a live video-feed of the killings. Which means he most certainly did order – by condoning – the killing of demonstrators in Tahrir Square

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad rallies supporters at the Opera House in Damascus. Click to enlarge

Army was the target audience of President’s theatre at the opera house

Don’t dismiss Syria’s President Assad days as numbered, writes Robert Fisk. Despite how the West may portray Assad, he’s far from finished

Could Saudi Arabia be next?

Where will the “Arab Spring” go this year? Robert Fisk takes a speculative look at some future possibilities

Does Arab progress founder on an ossified language?

During the 8th to 13th centuries Arab science and culture flourished while Europe was still steeped in the Dark Ages. Was language behind the subsequent decline of Arab influence in the arts and sciences?

A word of advice about the Middle East – we’ve reached the ‘tipping point’ with cliches

You’ve got to be careful when Syria’s rebels are perpetually “closing in”

Syria, Bashar al-Assad, and the truth about chemical weapons and who may or may not have them

Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. But do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?

A historic triumph: Palestine is recognised as a state by the UN and democracies in Europe – though not by America

The Israelis had circulated the world’s foreign ministries with their hope that Palestine would not be recognised at the UN, and privately suggested all kinds of nastiness if their wish was not granted

The suffering of Sderot: how its true inhabitants were wiped from Israel's maps and memories

The suffering of Sderot: how its true inhabitants were wiped from Israel’s maps and memories

The people of Huj had helped the Jewish Haganah army escape the British. In return they were sent into Gaza as refugees

Netanyahu leads Israel into isolation

While Israelis congratulate themselves on the supposed ‘effectiveness’ of the Iron Dome defence system it shields them from an emerging reality

One of Israel’s great leftist warriors wants peace with Hamas and Gaza – but does the Knesset?

Veteran activist Uri Avnery still believes Israel could have peace tomorrow – if Netanyahu wanted it

Israel demands our support because it fights its ‘war against terrorists’ in our name

Israel demands our support because it fights its ‘war against terrorists’ in our name

Westerners set the precedent when it comes to “collateral damage”, now the Israelis are reeling out the same tired excuses

As the ‘gates of hell’ open once more in the Middle East, these old journalistic clichés won’t do

Israel won’t negotiate with “terrorists”, right? So why did the Israelis negotiate via the German secret service with Mr Jabari himself, less than 12 months ago?