Patrick Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year at the 2013 Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards.
27 October 2014 10:49 PM
A journalist who witnessed the events of 1989 from a Soviet perspective looks back on a surreal period when attempts at moderate reform quickly an uncontrollable momentum of their own
26 October 2014 12:00 AM
World View: In many respects the situation in Saudi Arabia is getting worse rather than better, as if the government feels it must compete with the IS
Isis in Kobani: US resupplies Kurdish fighters by plane - then Turkey allows reinforcements through its border
20 October 2014 09:36 PM
Policy shift sees American planes drop tons of weapons to resupply Kurds fighting Isis militants as Washington loses patience with Turkey’s reluctance to back defenders of town on Syrian border
14 October 2014 10:13 AM
Fighter jets bombed PKK positions in the first major air raid since a ceasefire was declared in March 2013
Iraq descends into anarchy: Shia militias 'abducting and killing Sunni civilians in revenge for Isis attacks'
14 October 2014 09:07 AM
The re-emergence of the militias and the failure to rebuild the Iraqi army is torpedoing the US and British policy of supporting a more inclusive and less sectarian government
12 October 2014 12:00 AM
09 October 2014 07:17 PM
President Erdogan sees the jihadists as an opportunity to target Assad rather than a threat
Isis in Kobani: Turkey’s act of abandonment may mark an 'irrevocable breach' with Kurds across the region
07 October 2014 07:58 PM
The likely fall of Kobani to the Islamic militants has huge implications for Turkey, which has ignored its Kurdish minority’s pleas to help fellow Kurds in Syria
Isis on the verge of victory in Kobani as US strategy lies in ruins: Jihadists close to taking city near Turkish border in Syria
07 October 2014 08:01 AM
Syria’s Kurds are unable to do a political deal with neighbouring Turkey, while US air strikes are failing to make much impact, Patrick Cockburn reports
Isis militants: Twitter provides one of the few forums in which Saudis can discuss what they really feel - and it says they blame the clergy for Isis
05 October 2014 12:00 AM
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
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