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, January 20, 2016 - 4:15pm
Pakistan University Assault: A Warning for Turkey as Islamists Turn on Their Old Allies
Like Pakistan, like Turkey. If the university massacre outside the old North West Frontier city of Peshawar was a further sign that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is still far from “conquering terrorism”, it is a portent of things to come for Turkey’s far more arrogant President, Recep Tayip Erdogan...
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Monday, January 4, 2016 - 8:30am
Saudi Arabia Has Little to Worry About – No State Has the Moral Authority or Will to Attack This Butchery
When Saudi Arabia was elected to the UN Human Rights Council in 2013 – with Dave Cameron’s help – we all regarded it as farce. Now, only hours after the Sunni Muslim Saudis chopped off the heads of 47 of their enemies – including a prominent Shia Muslim cleric – the Saudi appointment is grotesque...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 1:15pm
Why Is Indonesia Not in the Saudi-led Sunni Coalition Against Terror?
The Saudis love coalitions. The Sunni monarchy had the Americans, the British, the French and sundry other oil importers on their side to drive Saddam’s legions out of Kuwait in 1991. Earlier this year, the Saudi military – for which read the youngest defence minister in the world and the ambitious...
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Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 2:30pm
70,000 Moderate Fighters in Syria? It’s Another Cameron Photoshop
Not since Hitler ordered General Walther Wenck to send his non-existent 12th Army to rescue him from the Red Army in Berlin has a European leader believed in military fantasies as PR Dave Cameron did last week. Telling the House of Commons about the 70,000 “moderate” fighters deployed in Syria was...
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Monday, November 23, 2015 - 8:45am
Whoa There, David Cameron! Haste and Rhetoric Is No Recipe for Peace
Eisenhower famously sent some brusque advice to Anthony Eden in 1956 when he decided that Britain’s deceitful war in Egypt should come to an end. “Whoa, boy!” were his words. And they should be repeated now to the politicians, historians and other nincompoops who regard themselves as the...
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Monday, November 16, 2015 - 5:30pm
France’s Unresolved Algerian War Sheds Light on the Paris Attack
It wasn’t just one of the attackers who vanished after the Paris massacre. Three nations whose history, action – and inaction – help to explain the slaughter by Isis have largely escaped attention in the near-hysterical response to the crimes against humanity in Paris: Algeria, Saudi Arabia and...
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Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 12:15pm
A New Book Reveals the Horrifying, and Fascinating, Details of Daily Life Under ISIS
Before Obama’s few dozen brave Spartans put their little bootees on the soil of the tiny bit of Syria that the Kurds hold, not far from Qamishli, they should learn a bit about Isis from the work of a Syrian historian. They would find that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Isis “caliph” is not only a keen...
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Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 3:45pm
The West Rightly Condemns Isis Vandalism of Ancient Sites – But Not When the Saudis Do It
Explosives pulverize historic sites in the Middle East, bulldozers erase ancient tombs and shrines, historic forts are torn down and Ottoman facades destroyed. The home of the favourite wife of the most revered man in an entire religion is even turned into a block of toilets. How can the world...
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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 11:45am
Syria’s ‘Moderates’ Have Disappeared... and There Are No Good Guys
The Russian air force in Syria has flown straight into the West’s fantasy air space. The Russians, we are now informed, are bombing the “moderates” in Syria – “moderates” whom even the Americans admitted two months ago, no longer existed. It’s rather like the Isis fighters who left Europe to fight...
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 1:15pm
In Canada, Harper's Conservatives Seem to Have Forgotten a Cherished Tradition about Refugees
Europe’s refugee epic reached as far as the frozen heights of the Rockies yesterday, in a gentle, very Canadian way. At an international economics conference in the grand old town of Banff – snow already dusting the slopes of Mount Rundle far above us – Dr Tom Thompson of Olds College, the largest...
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