Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is the multi-award winning Middle East correspondent of The Independent, based in Beirut. He has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions. Occasionally describing himself as an ‘Ottoman correspondent’ because of the huge area he covers, Fisk joined The Independent in 1989. He has written best-selling books on the Middle East, including Pity the Nation and The Great War for Civilisation. He was born in Kent in 1946 and gained his BA in English and Classics at Lancaster University. He holds a PhD in politics from Trinity College, Dublin.

Welcome to Dera'a, Syria's 'graveyard of terrorists'

The city in southern Syria, once the centre of fierce fighting in the country’s civil war, is now triumphantly claimed to be back in government control. But, as Robert Fisk reports, the city’s war-weary occupants are not counting on peace just yet

The relationship between Israel and Lebanon is deteriorating again

“Above and below live civilians whom we have nothing against – a kind of human shield,” Eshel threatened. “And that is where the war will be. That is where we will have to fight in order to stop it and win.  Whoever stays in these bases [sic] will simply be hit…”  

Who will fund the dream of rebuilding Syria?

Lebanese banks are the only institutions who know how to open enough letters of credit to fund Syria’s reconstruction materials: so rebuilding Syria means big profits for them. 

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