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
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2