Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is The Independent’s multiple award-winning Middle East correspondent, based in Beirut

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A ballot box sits in an empty polling station in Cairo

Egypt: An extra polling day but still hardly anyone wants to vote

Sisi will be ‘elected’ Egypt’s President. But he wants a show of genuine support in the ballot – and he’s not getting it

Voting in Cairo; there are reports of empty polling stations despite government employees allegedly being threatened with a wage cut if they do not vote

Egypt elections: The coronation of the emperor

There was no contest in Egypt’s presidential elections, and not only because only one candidate stood against Sisi. He offers the security many Egyptians now crave

Robert Fisk: Our addiction to the internet is as harmful as any drug – and what passes for comment these days is often simply foul abuse

The focus on ‘surfing’ rather than proper reading has impoverished literature

Bechara Boutros Rai has raged against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

A cardinal error? Maronite Patriarch of Antioch to meet the Pope in Israel

An odd chap, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai. The Lebanese Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic church infuriated opponents of the Syrian regime by supporting Hezbollah's right to bear arms in Lebanon, and warning of an Islamist takeover of Syria if Bashar al-Assad is overthrown. As a result, on a visit to the United States, President Obama declined to meet the 71-year-old prelate, only months after the cardinal's 2011 election as patriarch.

One of the architects of the revolt: Sharif Hussain, religious leader of Mecca

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A desert uprising that began in hope but was doomed to end in betrayal

Robert Fisk on the moment the Arabs, trusting in British good faith, turned on their Turkish rulers

The Grand mosque and the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca.

Our modern gods: Amnesty International, the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations

They provide a reflection of our universal need for human protection, but are without artistic merit

Britain saw the Easter Rising as a stab in the back and the rebels, pictured here being led to captivity, as traitors. Subsequent executions made them into national heroes

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A botched coup, sanctified by martyrdom

The failed uprising by Irish nationalists was an important event in the Great War – one that the British still fail to understand
Gerry Adams was freed by Northern Ireland police after four days of questioning

The spread of British hypocrisy, from Gerry Adams and Northern Ireland to Syria

If arresting Adams just before the European elections was not political, then surely the British refusal to inquire into the slaughter in Ballymurphy was.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi does not need electoral support – but is seeking it anyway

Why dictators hold elections: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Bashar al-Assad and the façade of legitimacy

It is easy to be cynical about candidates winning 80 per cent of the vote but for some Middle East regimes the appearance of democracy is enough to secure the covert backing of Western powers

Spain is inviting back Jews expelled from the country in the 16th Century. But don't mention the Muslims

Our cousins in Madrid and Lisbon simply don’t want Muslims to come to Europe

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