Egyptian satire and slim propaganda text

Ingram Pinn illustration

The country is more repressive than during the rule of Mubarak

The Brexiteers at the school gates

Notebook: Those you would not expect are buying the Leave campaign’s logic

US takes cyber warfare mainstream

No one, Moscow included, will argue against America’s use of the internet to attack Isis

A desperate search for the jihadi profile

Notebook: The drive to fight has roots in prisons and depression, as well as religion

An education for Trump on foreign policy

He needs a crash course in international relations and to learn to differentiate friends from foes

Notebook: Les Républicains and their bookstores

Presumed presidential candidates in France seek to seduce their voters with prose

Miracle path to a frozen Syrian conflict

We should rejoice over the ceasefire but should also remember what the truce cannot achieve

Notebook: Iran’s hardliners are rocked

How creative electioneering from a popular politician helped reformists storm back into parliament

A Greek fishing boat (R) evacuates people from a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees, most of them Syrians arriving after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, on the Greek island of Lesbos, October 30, 2015. There were no casaulties amongst the refugees who were travelling on the catamaran, according to a Reuters witness. The death toll from drownings at sea has mounted recently as weather in the Aegean has taken a turn for the worse, turning wind-whipped sea corridors into deadly passages for thousands of refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
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Tech comes to rescue in migrant crisis

Notebook: This isn’t a magic wand but is a more creative treatment of the refugees’ issues

Death in Aleppo, victory in Russia

Syria’s crisis is set to be bigger and nastier. We can no longer look the other way

Iraqi Kurds and a cycle of destruction

Some Arabs sympathised with Isis but this does not justify condemning people to a life as refugees

Kerry and Zarif, an example to others

While Iran and its neighbours quarrel, this shows how enemies can be friends

The immigration sex-ratio dilemma

The impact of accepting high numbers of young men into Germany has been overlooked

Middle East schism threatens more ruin

Rather than a thaw in Iranian-Saudi relations, the year looks set for greater polarisation

Reform and austerity beckon for Saudis

A lavish welfare state that breeds indolence and apathy must one day come to an end

Khomeini’s return to the Islamic Republic

Grandson of revolutionary leader has star credentials thanks to his name and relative youth

Self-serving logic of the gun lobby

The obsession with firearms is baffling to people outside the US

Deadly contest between Isis and al-Qaeda

Scathing dismissal of its rival is one way Isis highlights status as the top terrorist group

Even Isis jihadis love Telegram messaging

For those who prioritise audience reach, the site’s appeal is its simplicity and security

A new normal emerges in Europe

The Paris bombings will mean a fresh look at civil liberties and physical restrictions


Roula Khalaf Roula Khalaf is foreign editor and an associate editor of the Financial Times. She has worked for the FT since 1995, first as north Africa correspondent, then Middle East correspondent and most recently as Middle East editor. Before joining the FT, she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York.

Roula oversees the FT's network of foreign correspondents and bureaus. She writes regularly on global politics and business.

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