Syria

Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

18 November 2017 9:00 am

After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won…

How Putin came to rule the Middle East

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Russia has pulled off a diplomatic coup and emerged with superpower status in the Middle East

In praise of Radio 2

23 September 2017 9:00 am

‘You can’t lie… on radio,’ says Liza Tarbuck. The Radio 2 DJ was being interviewed for the network’s birthday portrait,…

Beyond belief: Sam Otto as Jalal in Peter Kosminsky’s The State

The State was gripping, moving and shocking – but it came at a moral cost

2 September 2017 9:00 am

No, The State (Channel 4) wasn’t a recruiting manual for the Islamic State, though I did feel uneasy about it…

Bin Laden the pin-up, a Tory singalong and comedy magic: Edinburgh Fringe roundup

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Brexit the Musical is a peppy satire written by Chris Bryant (not the MP, he’s a lawyer). Musically the show…

East haunts West in a musicologist’s dark night of the soul

8 July 2017 9:00 am

As bombs fall everywhere in Syria and IS fighters destroy Palmyra, a musicologist in Vienna lies awake all night thinking…

Hilary Mantel explains the difference between facts and truths

17 June 2017 9:00 am

‘History is not the past,’ says the writer Hilary Mantel in the first of her Reith Lectures on Radio 4…

Palmyra was one of the ancient world’s great entrepots, trading in myrrh, incense, ivory, pearls and silk

The lovely ruins of Palmyra were destroyed out of spite

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In the welter of Syrian bloodshed, why should we remember the death of a single man? Because he was the…

For Putin, Syria has gone from being an asset to a dangerous liability

15 April 2017 9:00 am

The Russian president is learning the drawbacks of intervention

Portrait of the Week

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, having cancelled a trip to Moscow over the Syrian poison gas incident, consulted other…

Trump’s not the new Hitler... he’s the new Kaiser Bill

8 April 2017 9:00 am

President Trump isn’t the new Hitler. He’s more Wilhelm II, a reckless militarist who will gamble with world peace

War, war and war some more

8 April 2017 9:00 am

American foreign policy is becoming ruthlessly simple

Europe should follow Britain’s lead on refugees

25 March 2017 9:00 am

When a humanitarian tragedy disappears from our newspapers, there are two possibilities: that the crisis is over and life for…

Why camps are the wrong way to help today’s refugees

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Our global system for aiding refugees dates from the 1940s – no wonder it’s broken

Israel is now the land of ‘Trumpportunity’

18 March 2017 9:00 am

On the Israeli side of the Syrian border, near al-Quneitra, you can watch the war. From my vantage point on…

Trump really could crush Isis. But what happens next could be worse

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Trump is determined to crush the Islamic State. He should beware: what comes next could be worse

No, he didn’t: Obama’s legacy

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The irony of Barack Obama’s presidency is that while it began at a time when it seemed America’s fortunes could…

Can sweet seven-year-old Bana Alabed emerge alive from Aleppo’s rubble?

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Every morning, after the children go to school, I turn on my computer to check that Bana Alabed is alive…

Why is it ok to bomb Mosul but not Aleppo?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

In Mosul, the West cheers for the government. In Aleppo, for the rebels. But they’re more alike than we care to admit

We need another Eisenhower to bring an end to the madness in the Middle East

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Sixty years ago this week all hell broke loose: Soviet tanks rumbled into Budapest and put down a nationalist uprising…

Gloriously compulsive and maddening: Adam Curtis’s HyperNormalisation reviewed

29 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Adam Curtis believed that 200,000 Guardian readers watching BBC2 could change the world. But this was a fantasy. In fact,…

Putin is a war criminal, and it’s not ‘jaded rhetoric’ to say so

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Russia’s war crimes Sir: In his article ‘Vanity Bombing’ (15 October), Simon Jenkins quivers with contempt at MPs digging ‘deep into…

Stop this stupid sabre-rattling against Russia

22 October 2016 9:00 am

It’s our side that worries me, not the Russians

Syria and the cruel farce of ‘humanitarian intervention’

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Air-powered ‘intervention-lite’ in civil wars like Syria’s isn’t just ineffective – it’s cruel and immoral

Could the conflict in Syria lead to world war three?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Will this conflict in the Middle East lead to world war three?