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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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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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 3:08pm
Now it's Middle Eastern Regimes Fighting al-Qa'ida, While the US Ties Itself Up in Knots
And so, for the first time in recent history, it seems that the “war against terror” – and specifically against al-Qa’ida – is being fought by Middle East regimes rather than their foreign investors.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:03am
How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World
The Muslim world’s historic – and deeply tragic – chasm between Sunni and Shia Islam is having worldwide repercussions.
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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 10:21am
Iran, Not Syria, Is the West's Real Target
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 7:20am
Does Obama Know He’s Fighting on al-Qa’ida’s Side?
If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United S
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Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 11:52am
The Police Keep Firing; The Bodies Pile Up. In Cairo, Bloodbaths Are Now a Daily Occurrence
It was a disgrace, a most shameful chapter in Egyptian history. The police – some wearing black hoods – shot down into the crowds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters from the roof of Cairo’s Ramses Street police station and surrounding streets.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:03am
Any Other ‘Statesman’ Who Negotiated Peace Like John Kerry Would Be Treated as a Thief
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