Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is a multiple award-winning journalist on the Middle East, based in Beirut.

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A man carries his bag as he walks on the debris of a damaged building which was attacked by a government forces airstrike, in Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo's Sheikh Najjar: The death of a once-rich city

Al-Qaeda City was an industrial zone, a vast plain of concrete and stone factories and cattle sheds and homes 10 miles north east of Aleppo, and when Bashar al-Assad’s army crashed up the main highway from Hama, lifting the rebel siege of Aleppo and careering on towards the Turkish border, the soldiers and tank crews were suddenly confronted by the biggest and most sophisticated fortress ever built by followers of the late Osama bin Laden.

The damaged Mosque of Khalid ibn al-Walid in Homs. The site, which dates back to the 7th century, was held by rebel fighters and recaptured by Syrian government forces a year ago

Syria conflict: The silence in Homs emphasises the city’s fate. There’s barely a breath of wind

It was the crucible of the revolt against President Assad. Now Robert Fisk finds a desolate landscape of ruins and broken dreams

A man carrying a girl injured in a reported barrel-bomb attack by government forces in the northern city of Aleppo

Syria election: The barrel bomb and the ballot box - how Bashar al-Assad held on to power

Robert Fisk witnesses Assad's paper victory amid a bloody war

A poster of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hangs outside the stock exchange in Cairo
Confident: Sisi was so sure of winning that he did not turn up at any rallies

What next for Egypt, with its new president in America’s pocket?

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may have won the vote by a landslide, but the honeymoon will not last long if the economy doesn’t improve

Supporters of Egyptian presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wave Egyptian flags as they celebrate in a street in Cairo

Robert Fisk on Sisi poll: All hail the Egyptian Emperor – but what about that missing 7%?

Sisi’s ‘victory’ is hardly democratic,  but stability in the region is all that matters

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.

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