Patrick Cockburn

Foreign Commentator of the Year (Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2013)

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Ali Hamza, 8, kneels by the grave of brother, Mohammed, and sister Asinat, who were killed at their school

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

World View: A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has blamed ‘conspirators’ for the fall of Mosul

Iraq crisis: Accusations fly between Kurdish leaders and Baghdad hampering co-ordinated action against militants

‘Poisonous’ relations block military efforts between Iraqi capital and regional government despite threat to both by Isis

Tom Malinowski (right), the US assistant secretary for human rights, meeting with Bahrain's Al-Wefaq opposition group leader Sheikh Ali Salman, on Sunday

Bahrain moves to expel 'unwelcome' US official for meeting Shia opposition group

Tom Malinowski met with leaders of the al-Wifaq party, who claim the order shows that those opposed to reform and reconciliation within the ruling al-Khalifa family are prevailing

The reclusive Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi preaches jihad at a mosque in the centre of Iraq’s second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the internet

Isis leader preaches holy war: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi puts persecution of Shias at heart of his ideology ahead of push on Baghdad

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rallies forces in Mosul, heralding an imminent push on Baghdad, where Maliki’s administration and forces are demoralised. Patrick Cockburn reports on the strict new caliphate being imposed by the Isis leader

On alert: Iraqi soldiers stationed near the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: As Shia shrines are targeted and Tikrit is strangled, the fiercest of wars lies ahead

A demoralised army is hoping that the US will step in with drones, but their use could bring devastating revenge attacks
Iraq’s once exiled opposition leader, Ahmed Chalabi, is being touted as its next prime minister

Ahmed Chalabi: Right man, wrong time for Iraq's once-exiled opposition leader?

He is being touted as country's next prime minister. But could his controversial record rule him out?

There have been claims that Iraqi soldiers have abandoned their positions along the border with Saudi Arabia

Iraq crisis: Saudi Arabian troops mass at border after claims 2,500 Iraqi troops have abandoned their positions

Isis is securing its control of the territories it has conquered in Iraq and Syria and has declared them an Islamic State

Iraqis who have fled the recent fighting wait in hope of entering a refugee camp in Khazair

Iraq crisis: Parliament in deadlock as Isis advance continues

Crisis political talks to agree new leaders end in failure after just two hours

Isis jihadis burn their Iraqi passports

Isis Caliphate has Baghdad worried because of appeal to angry young Sunnis

Unlike al-Qa’ida in Iraq, the self-proclaimed Islamic State could gain mass support

Russian soldiers unload one of three Sukhoi SU-25 fighter jets that were delivered to Baghdad over the weekend to help Iraqi forces take on the Isis radicals

Iraq crisis: Tikrit turns into a 'town of ghosts' as Isis occupation leaves Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on the edge

As the Russians send in military hardware and the Shia’s religious leader calls for his resignation, the Iraqi Prime Minister’s grip on power rests on ousting Isis insurgents from the city. Patrick Cockburn reports from Baghdad

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport