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.
16 November 2014 12:00 AM
Isis: Iraqi army retakes control of oil refinery town as Kurds stand firm against overstretched Islamic State
14 November 2014 08:09 PM
Patrick Cockburn reports from Makhmour, the Iraqi town where the tide may finally be turning in the war against the self-styled Islamic State
War against Isis: PKK commander tasked with the defence of Syrian Kurds claims 'we will save Kobani'
11 November 2014 08:40 PM
Patrick Cockburn ventures deep into the Kandil mountains for a rare audience with the Kurdish guerrilla leader - and hears his defiant message to the Islamists...
09 November 2014 08:40 PM
For Sunni Arabs still living in fundamentalist-controlled Mosul, life is sometimes mundane, sometimes terrifying as the occupiers seek to impose their unyielding interpretation of Islam
09 November 2014 12:00 AM
02 November 2014 12:00 AM
28 October 2014 07:26 PM
The use of Mr Cantlie demonstrates once again Isis' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war
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
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more