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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Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 1:45pm
I’m Already Tired of the 'Lessons’ of Chilcot. What Can We Learn from a Report That Ignores Iraqis?
So where are the Titans now? I’ve often asked that question but today, I realise, Blair wanted to be a Titan. Up there with the Churchills and the Roosevelts and Titos and – dare I suggest – the Stalins. Men who made the earth move. Maybe that’s why Chilcot’s achievement was not to prove that Blair...
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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:15am
When We Mourn the Passing of Prince But Not 500 Migrants, We Have to Ask: Have We Lost All Sense of Perspective?
Has something gone adrift within the moral compass of our ‘news’ reporting? In the past week, 64 Afghans have been killed in the largest bomb to have exploded in Kabul in 15 years. At least 340 were wounded. The Taliban set off their explosives at the very wall of the ‘elite’ security force – watch...
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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 10:00am
The 'One for One' Refugee Policy Means We're Picking and Choosing Among Desperate People
The most relevant newspaper cartoon on the asylum story popped up on the front page of The Irish Times this week, for Martyn Turner’s sketch caught two scandals in one. On the left hand side was a rich businessman stepping onto a palm-fringed island under the caption: “Since forever, RICH people...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 11:15am
How the West Got It Wrong as the Syrian Civil War Developed
Just before I left Syria last month, a tall and eloquent Franco-Lebanese man walked up to me in a Damascus coffee shop and introduced himself as President Bashar al-Assad’s architect. It was his task, he led me to understand, to design the reconstructed cities of Syria. Who would have believed it?...
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:30am
A Plan Must Be Made for ‘Life After Isis’ in the Middle East
There are times in the Middle East when nightmares and delusions take the place of the real and growing tragedy which is consuming the Arab lands. More and more earnest are the calls for peace as more and more nations launch more and more air raids, from Kabul to the Mediterranean, and down through...
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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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