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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 3:15pm
Turkey-Kurdish Conflict: Every Regional Power Has Betrayed the Kurds So Turkish Bombing Is No Surprise
The Kurds were born to be betrayed. Almost every would-be Middle East statelet was promised freedom after the First World War, and the Kurds even sent a delegation to Versailles to ask for a nation and safe borders. But under the Treaty of Sèvres, in 1920, they got a little nation in what had been...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:45am
Blundering Tony Blair Quits as Middle East Peace Envoy – Only Israel Will Miss Him
Tony Blair’s time as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU has finally come to an end . Eight years after he took up the role, Blair tendered his resignation and left one question: how come a war criminal ever became a “peace envoy” in the first place? The people of the...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:30am
Canada's Plan To Make Boycotting Israel a 'Hate Crime' Is Stupid and Counterproductive
I’ve never been keen on boycotts. The one against Italy for invading Abyssinia didn’t work. Nor did the arms blockade on Spain. I’m still not sure that boycotting South Africa really brought down apartheid. I rather suspect that the old racists simply realised they were hopelessly outnumbered by...
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 11:45am
Who Is Bombing Who in the Middle East?
Let me try to get this right. The Saudis are bombing Yemen because they fear the Shia Houthis are working for the Iranians. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. So are the United Arab Emirates. The Syrian government is bombing its enemies in Syria and the Iraqi government...
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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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