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  1. March 18, 2014

    Iran keeps its word – the west should do the same

    At last it seems realistic to hope for a resolution to the unnecessary crisis surrounding Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme....

  2. January 6, 2014

    Time to think more about Sarajevo, less about Munich

    Can thinking about the past improve the way you handle the present? If so, this year’s centenary of the outbreak of the...

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  1. Urban Ingenuity

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  1. December 11, 2013

    Syrian refugees test the resources of Jordan’s capital

    Jordan has a world of problems, all visible in its expanding capital, Amman: too many unemployed young people, rising food...

  2. November 24, 2013

    Iran breakthrough deserves a chance

    A decade ago the US and Britain invaded Iraq, cutting short diplomacy and attempts by UN inspectors to determine whether or...

  3. The A-List

    November 18, 2013

    Time for Obama to deploy his cunning in the MidEast

    Sadly, the political correctness that has swept western societies has smothered an appreciation of the virtues of cunning....

  4. August 30, 2013

    The Syria vote brings to an end decades of delusion

    The game is up. Britain has reached the end of a long arc of delusion. For half a century and more it has clung tenaciously...

  5. The World

    August 27, 2013

    Why Syria is not Iraq, despite the shadow

    Should the west intervene in Syria? Whatever it does, it will do so in the shadow of the war in Iraq. Tony Blair, the prime...

  6. August 25, 2013

    If there are no limits in Syria, there will be none elsewhere

    Last week’s chemical weapons attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus is an atrocity comparable to the Saddam Hussein...

  7. The World

    August 25, 2013

    Three questions on Syria for the US and its allies

    For the past 2½ years, the US and its allies have been deeply reluctant to become engaged in the Syrian civil war. Over the...

  8. August 19, 2013

    Stability, not an election, is what Egypt needs now

    If you are going to intervene in a foreign country, it helps to know what you want to happen. But on Egypt – and Syria, too...

  9. August 16, 2013

    Devil’s advocate who leapt to the side of the indefensible

    Anti-colonialist, iconoclast and lawyer, Jacques Vergès was a Frenchman who gained international renown for defending some...

  10. July 22, 2013

    Al-Qaeda convicts escape from Abu Ghraib in military-style attack

    BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq – Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al-Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as...

  11. June 25, 2013

    Qatar shows how to manage a modern monarchy

    The Emir of Qatar’s decision to abdicate voluntarily in favour of his 33-year-old son may well be a first in Arab dynastic...

  12. May 5, 2013

    Julie Mehretu, White Cube, London – review

    Art dealers have always wanted to look edgy and exotic, yet how instantly today their powerful branding assimilates...

  13. April 24, 2013

    Show Assad where the red lines are

    Mounting evidence that Bashar al-Assad’s desperate and ruthless regime has started tentatively to use chemical weapons...

  14. March 19, 2013

    Dozens killed in Iraq anniversary attacks

    A wave of bombings and assassinations rattled the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, leaving dozens dead and offering a grim reminder...

  15. March 15, 2013

    Iraq: 10 years later

    The man had approached me in the decaying lobby of Baghdad’s Palestine Hotel 10 years ago, with a little piece of paper in...

  16. March 14, 2013

    After hubris in Iraq, hesitation in Syria

    Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, the world looks on as another tyrant kills his own people. History’s first take has it...

  17. March 12, 2013

    Turkey emerges as true Iraq war victor

    The Americans won the war, the Iranians won the peace and the Turks won the contracts. Turkey, which blocked the deployment...

  18. March 12, 2013

    Bringing Baghdad stories to the screen

    Maysoon Pachachi has for decades been editing, producing and directing films about the Middle East, tackling subjects such...

  19. March 3, 2013

    Lessons from Iraq a decade after war

    In March 2003 the US and UK decided to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. Much has happened since, most notably the wave...

  20. FT Alphaville

    February 19, 2013

    A eurozone safe against, or is it safe for, sovereign holdouts? Part one

    So, you’re wondering what kind of crisis Cyprus is. And you’ve watched the success of Nicos Anastasiades in the presidential...

  21. The A-List

    February 7, 2013

    Mali is just the latest example of failed western thinking

    The US, France, UK and other European countries are engaged in a widening arc of military activities across Africa, the...

  22. January 21, 2013

    Total ‘oil-for-food’ trial opens in Paris

    Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of Total, appeared in court in Paris on Monday for the first day of a trial over...

  23. January 3, 2013

    Car bomb stokes Iraq sectarian tensions

    A car bomb targeting Shia Muslim pilgrims in southern Iraq killed at least 27 people on Thursday, stoking fears of...

  24. December 28, 2012

    Mass Sunni protests in Iraq over Shia PM

    RAMADI, Iraq, Dec 28 – Tens of thousands of protesters from Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority poured on to the streets after...

  25. December 28, 2012

    Retired Gen Norman Schwarzkopf dies

    WASHINGTON, December 28 – Retired Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the...

  26. December 18, 2012

    Iraqi president Talabani flown to Germany

    Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani has been flown to Germany for further medical treatment after suffering a stroke earlier...

  27. November 26, 2012

    Kurdistan’s food security begins at home

    If Iraq is the cradle of civilisation, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in the north gave birth to agriculture. The first...

  28. November 19, 2012

    Iraq scraps plan to drop food rationing

    The Iraqi government’s decision to scrap a plan to replace the monthly food ration programme with cash handouts after a...

  29. MBA blog

    October 1, 2012

    Assignments and more assignments

    Things are starting to get quite tough now. We’ve had a barrage of assignments in the past couple of weeks and to top that...

  30. September 26, 2012

    Iran attacks US gesture to exile group

    The head of Iran’s judiciary lashed out on Wednesday at the US decision to remove an exiled Iranian opposition group from...

  31. September 24, 2012

    US’s MEK move angers Iranian reformists

    A US decision to remove an exiled Iranian opposition group from its list of terrorist organisations has angered reformist...

  32. September 21, 2012

    US takes Iranian MEK group off terror list

    The state department has decided to remove an exiled Iranian opposition group from its list of terrorist organisations,...

  33. September 6, 2012

    Bombing Iran is the way to make sure it gets the bomb

    There is one sure way to persuade Iran to press on with its programme to build the bomb. That’s for Israel to go ahead and...

  34. August 15, 2012

    The man who dug ‘the hole’ for Saddam

    Alaa Namiq doesn’t want to talk about it. Or he’s dying to. It’s hard to tell. One minute he’s shaking his head, silent....

  35. August 10, 2012

    Oil groups eye reserves in north Iraq

    The rise in Iraq’s oil production comes in spite of increasing rows over the development of fields in the semi-autonomous...

  36. August 6, 2012

    Hope and fear mingle in post-US Iraq

    Past the Army checkpoints, the razor wire, sandbags, blast walls, machinegun towers, camouflage netting and war-smashed...

  37. June 7, 2012

    Senior Saddam aide executed in Iraq

    One of Saddam Hussein’s closest aides who handed down many of the dictator’s repressive orders was executed in Iraq on...

  38. June 3, 2012

    Only diplomacy can resolve Syria’s crisis

    It is not an easy time for Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League negotiator whose six-point plan for Syria is being largely...

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