Robert Fisk

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

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The Syrian regime’s offer to Washington envisages military and intelligence sharing in the struggle against Isis fighters, pictured marching in Raqqa

Assad's letter to the US: How Syria is luring President Obama into its web

The Syrian regime, which the US has sworn to overthrow, has asked America to co-operate in the fight against Isis militants. It is likely to exact a high price for any collaboration

Fighters from Islamic State group sit on their tank during a parade in Raqqa, Syria

Islamic State: Assad lures President Obama into his web

The Syrian regime, which the US has sworn to overthrow, has asked America to co-operate in the fight against Isis militants. It is likely to exact a high price for any collaboration.

Former First Minister and Leader of the DUP Ian Paisley in 1972 addressing a meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies might have reminded the Arabs of Sadat

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam

Revolutionary leader Michael Collins addresses supporters at College Green, Dublin, in 1922 after signing the treaty establishing the Irish Free State

Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means

The last divorce from the United Kingdom was painful and acrimonious, but ended in harmony and prosperity. So why should independence north of the border turn out any differently? 

Isis militiamen parade in a captured Iraqi army jeep down a main road in Mosul, which the US is now targeting

Robert Fisk on Isis campaign: Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’

One can see how difficult these lessons in Middle East history must be for the average American

Portraits of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre collected for a memorial in the Bosnian town of Tuzla

After the atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia, it is no wonder today’s jihadis have set out on the path to war in Syria

While the US State Department told us in Bosnia that 'fundamentalism' – the horror word of the time – might take root in Bosnia, no one spoke of 'radicalisation'

The land to be appropriated is in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem. Israel has declared it

Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple

World View: Israel takes land, Palestine loses land; that’s the way it works

Isis has released a video apparently showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in Iraq as a warning to Kurds fighting the group in Iraq

Isis isn’t the first group to use the butcher’s knife as an instrument of policy. Nor will it be the last

Not since the Nazis have we had culprits documenting their war crimes on such a scale

Palestinian children smile while walking through a scene of destruction

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there

A man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis, the US citizen held hostage by Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria

Qatar and the reason US hostage Peter Theo Curtis has been released

The Qataris are telling Assad that they are important in Syria

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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
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Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
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Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine