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A supporter of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi holds his portrait during a demonstration in Cairo, November 2013

From Nasser to Mubarak — Egypt's modern pharaohs and their phoney myths

25 January 2014
Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt Hazem Kandil

Verso, pp.263, £12.99, ISBN: 978178168142

Reporting Egypt’s revolution three years ago, I had a sense of history not so much repeating itself as discharging sparks which seemed eerily familiar. Smoke was billowing into my hotel… Read more

Iran Begins To Fuel The Country's First Nuclear Power Station

Peter Oborne is almost right about Iran's non-existent nukes

11 May 2013
A Dangerous Delusion: Why the West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran Peter Oborne and David Morrison

Elliott and Thompson, pp.112, £8.99, ISBN: 97819087139896

Whether the United States is a force for global peace is not really up for debate in the self-described ‘indispensable nation’, though the question sharply divides opinion almost everywhere else.… Read more

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Campaigning In South Shields

A visit to Bulgaria with Nigel Farage

4 May 2013

One Sunday evening, while I was trying to avoid ironing my shirts, it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to take Nigel Farage to Bulgaria or… Read more

Venezuelan policemen escort Dutch citize

My Venezuelan jail hell

19 January 2013

There are two conditions British foreign correspondents must meet before they can consider themselves old hands. The first is having one’s work savaged by John Pilger; the second is spending… Read more

Tehran, November 1979. A child screams, ‘Death to the Satan, Carter’ outside the former US embassy, where 52 diplomats are held hostage

Murderous mullah games

10 November 2012
Days of God James Buchan

John Murray, pp.464, £25, ISBN: 9781848540668

Montesquieu observed that popular governments are always more vindictive than monarchies. So it proved in Iran in 1979, where the demise of a 2,000-year-old monarchical tradition made most ‘Arab spring’… Read more

Anthony Shadid: a gentle, self-effacing man, glowing with bear-like warmth

A voice that haunts

6 October 2012
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East Anthony Shadid

Granta, pp.336, £14.99, ISBN: 9781847087355

One cold evening in the middle of February this year I walked into a smoke-filled room in a town called Saraqib in northern Syria to find Anthony Shadid sitting shoeless… Read more