Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is Middle East correspondent for The Independent newspaper.  He is the author of many books on the region, including The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 3:00pm
Armenian Genocide: Turkey's Day of Denial Amid Remembrance for a Genocide in All But Name
They were brave Turks and they were brave Armenians, the descendants of the murderers of 1915 and the descendants of their victims. They stood together outside the old Istanbul prison where the first 250 Armenians – intellectuals, lawyers, teachers, journalists – were imprisoned by the Ottoman...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 2:15pm
Yemen Crisis: What Will Saudi Arabia Do When – Not If – Things Go Wrong in Their War with the Shia Houthi Rebels?
The depth of the sectarian war unleashed in Yemen shows itself in almost every Gulf Arab official statement and in the official press. The Saudis take it as read that Iranian forces are actually present in Yemen to assist the Shia Houthis. There are Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon with the Houthis...
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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 6:30am
Stephen Harper Should Arrest Himself
Is Stephen Harper off his rocker? Forget his trip to Jerusalem last year when the Canadian prime minister said that criticism of Israel was a “mask” for anti-Semitism. Ignore his utter failure to bring home to Canada al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, whose retrial was staged by the Egyptian...
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Monday, January 5, 2015 - 6:30am
When Will Palestinians Learn? Turning to International Law Isn't the Answer — Just Ask America and Israel
Throw an old dog a bone and sure enough, he’ll go chasing after it. So it is with “Palestine’s” request to join the International Criminal Court. An obvious attempt by Mahmoud Abbas to try Israel for war crimes in Gaza this year , we are told. Or maybe a “two-edged sword” – yawns are permitted for...
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Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:15am
Isn't It Important to Realize Who Our Enemies Really Are?
Well, heaven preserve us: the most useless “peacemaker” on earth has just used an Arabic acronym for the greatest threat to civilisation since the last greatest threat. Yup, ol’ John Kerry called it “Daesh”, which is what the Arabs call it. It stands for the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant”...
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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 6:45am
Allies-by-Default: A Syrian General Talks ISIS and US Airstrikes
Phones were ringing through the army headquarters in central Damascus and a veteran of Syria's 1982 war with Israel in Lebanon was explaining how all wars involved victories and defeats - that Syria's forces also suffered setbacks in their war against “terrorism” - when the news arrived at his own...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 3:00pm
Israel’s ‘Land for Lives’ Is Theft. Pure and Simple
So a bit more of Palestine has slidden down the plughole. A thousand more acres of Palestinian land stolen by the Israeli government – for “appropriation” is theft, is it not? – and the world has made the usual excuses. The Americans found it “counter-productive” to peace, which is probably a bit...
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:45am
Official Policy of Gore: ISIS, Saudi Arabia, and the US War in Iraq
Chopping off someone’s head or sawing it off or slicing it off is about gore. Blood. Pain. Grotesquerie. Death by the blade is about shame, suffering in an animal slaughterhouse. It’s the most repulsive theatre, understood by the Romans, the Tudors, the French revolutionaries, the austerest...
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Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters deploy with their weapons while chanting slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), to help the military, which defends the capital in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014. The tribal leaders met in Sadr city on Friday and declared their readiness along with their tribesmen to take up arms against the al-Qaida inspired group that had in Iraq’s made advance Sunni heartland. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim) Views
Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 10:15am
The Western-Imposed Partition of the Middle East Is Dead
“Sykes-Picot is dead,” Walid Jumblatt roared at me last night – and he may well be right. The Lebanese Druze leader – who fought in a 15-year civil war that redrew the map of Lebanon – believes that the new battles for Sunni Muslim jihadi control of northern and eastern Syria and western Iraq have...
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Young men in Baghdad chant slogans against Isis outside the main army recruiting centre yesterday, where they are volunteering to fight the extremist group. (Credit: Karin Kadim/AP) Views
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 11:15am
Iraq Crisis: Created by Bush & Blair and Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia
So after the grotesquerie of the Taliban and Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 suicide killers of 9/11, meet Saudi Arabia’s latest monstrous contribution to world history: the Islamist Sunni caliphate of Iraq and the Levant, conquerors of Mosul and Tikrit – and Raqqa in Syria – and possibly Baghdad...
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