Washington trip is risky for Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister should not address Congress on Iran’s nuclear threat

Jihadi jailers put Beirut in a bind

In an appalling failure, Lebanon’s politicians let terrorists turn a prison into a command centre

The search for a Muslim Martin Luther

Reform of ideology cannot be achieved amid an atmosphere of intimidation and intolerance

The Jāmé Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.
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Iran’s matters of the heart

The success of negotiations depends on political will, but also numbers and technical concessions

Arab man standing next to gas burning off from oil well

A kingdom fit for an oil price ordeal

Saudi Arabia has been showing that in hydrocarbons only the fittest keep market share

Year in the Arab World special report

Balancing act

As 2014 draws to a close, hope appears in short supply in the Arab world

The 10 worst jobs in politics

We all have our bad days but these people really do have more than most

Shifts and shocks on the soft power scale

The US tops the list for the Monocle Magazine survey, bumping Germany into second

The German club of Putin understanders

Those seen as apologists for the Russian president are finding life is complicated

The UAE’s blacklist places it centre stage

Naming these groups creates suspicion around them and puts them on the defensive

Glitter comes off golden visas

Portugal’s investigation will increase scrutiny of these programmes

Detente and messages to the Ayatollah

The American president has been indulging in a correspondence with Iran’s Supreme Leader

Kurdistan’s happier anti-Isis warriors

Peshmerga fighters are grateful for western aid but may face disappointment over independence

The French mayor, the pig, the butcher

Hayange’s National Front leader is supposed to portray a more respectable version of his party

Of shares, fatwas and marriage advice

Clerics have a relentless need to convey religious opinion upon every aspect of people’s lives

Tunisia still holds dream of freedom

The spring has ended but there is at least one survivor in the region

Google renders textbook tinkering futile

Just because it does not appear on the written record does not mean that it did not happen

The curious case of the Khorasan group

The latest jihadi outfit on the scene appears to fall into the known unknown category

Isis and the aunts from Karamlish

As we cheer the protection of Middle East minorities, we often lose sight of the majority

Fact and friction in Catalonia’s debate

Lines have been drawn, imaginary or not, in a sham debate in which neither side hears the other


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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