Patrick Cockburn

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.

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How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

As Islamic State struck with brutal speed last year, the world dawdled in response, hampered in its understanding of a complex enemy by a news media fixated on by-the-minute updates and a publishing industry whose lethargic pace means in-depth analysis is rendered historic by time of publication. Yet, says Patrick Cockburn, there is another way...
Supporters of the left-wing Syriza party in Athens hold a placard that reads:

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we 

Isis fighters during a parade in Raqqa, Syria, last Summer

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion

Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was sworn in during a ceremony at the Presidental Palace in Athens on Tuesday

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Compared to the crises revolving around Isis and Ukraine, the Greek situation is 'wholly soluble'

Greece’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, at a ceremony in Athens yesterday, marking the execution of Greek resistance members by the Nazis during the Second World War (Reuters)

Greece elections: Greek PM Alexis Tsipras takes aim at 'neo-liberal' Europe as country gears up for prolonged austerity battle

While Alexis Tsipras gears up for a prolonged austerity battle with Brussels and Berlin, the radical leftist surprises many with the recruitment of 'zany' centre-right partners

Head of the radical left Syriza party, Alexis Tsipras, leaves a polling station in Athens

Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party

Success for Syriza party may provoke economic siege by European Union

Samaras at a party rally on Friday

Greece elections: Voters will choose the Syriza party – and send a defiant message to the EU

The radical left is likely to defeat the centre-right governing party today, challenging Brussels over repayment of €320bn debt and enforced reduction of living standards

Kurdish men in the Turkish border village of Mursitpinar, overlooking the besieged Syrian city of Kobane in November last year

War on Isis: Flood of jihadi volunteers to Syria 'unstoppable', warns Turkish Prime Minister

Ahmet Davutoglu says militants likely to remain in control of most of its seized territory for foreseeable future

Displaced people from Baga listen to Goodluck Jonathan after the Boko Haram killings afp/getty

If all right-thinking people are united against terrorism, where are the 'Je suis Nigeria' banners?

Al-Qaeda-type jihadis killed 2,000 people in a few days, which the world largely ignored

Mourners bury victims who died last week after a car bomb exploded outside a police academy in Sanaa, Yemen. At least 40 people were killed in the attack, and 71 injured

Al-Qaeda gains ground in Yemen as country descends into civil war

The Islamist group is receiving support from Sunni tribes, and offering a sanctuary for Western jihadists such as the Kouachi brothers, who visited in 2011

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