Robert Fisk

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

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Isis militants waving an Islamist flag after the seizure of an Iraqi army checkpoint in Salahuddin

Isis has provoked an Arab alliance to bomb the West’s enemies

Obama can take satisfaction in seeing ‘moderate’ Middle Eastern friends flying alongside

Talking to Isis could lead to peace, yet for some reason we’re not allowed to do it

The highly politicised 'listing' of armed groups by governments has been found to achieve very little

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy raises an Egyptian national flag while talking to the judge during his retrial at a court in Cairo February 12, 2015.

Freed Al-Jazeera journalist: Why can’t Canada get me home? 

The journalist accused the broadcaster of "epic negligence".

President Sisi welcomes Vladimir Putin to Cairo on Monday night

A meeting of minds in Cairo: Billion-dollar arms deal on table as Putin and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seek closer trade links and alliance against 'terror'

Vladimir Putin will have much to talk about with his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and will recognise a kindred spirit in an autocratic nationalist ruler buffeted by Western criticism, writes Robert Fisk

The curious tale of the Swedish Soviet spy and the sheltering Druze

‘We’ll never forget your support for the cause of the Soviet people and our common struggle against imperialism’

Salman became King of Saudi Arabia last month following the death of King Abdullah

War with Isis: If Saudis aren't fuelling the militant inferno, who is?

With Riyadh increasingly suspected of funding the terrorist group, the West may have to rethink its relationships, says Robert Fisk

Relatives of Jordanian pilot Moazal al-Kasaesbeh hold his poster as they take part in a rally in his support at the family's headquarters in the city of Karak, last week

Muath al-Kasaesbeh video: Genghis Khan-style cruelty of Isis shows Jordan and Japan what the militants think of them

The tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims who had demanded the pilot be freed now know what their fellow Muslims in Syria and Iraq had in mind for him

A young Winston Churchill

Ukip couldn't improve on what Winston Churchill had to say about Muslims

Churchill published some views so dark about Muslims that he deleted them from future editions – but I kept hold of them

Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (left) and Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh, who were both captured by Islamic State jihadist group in Syria

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants

The Jordanian pilot, the failed Iraqi suicide bomber and the Japanese journalist are all part of Isis's frontier re-drawing in the Middle East — whether they realise it or not

Palestinians saw their homes destroyed in Gaza City after it was shelled by Israeli forces in August

MI5’s radar should look for the word ‘injustice’ if it wants to protect us

The atrocities which we allow to be perpetrated would drive any Islamist young man or woman to violence

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
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Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy