Libya and the last days of Gaddafi

In the fourth excerpt from his new book, Patrick Cockburn recalls the aftermath of the Libyan revolution and the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011. Hopes were soon to be dashed, as a barbaric regime gave way to something much worse

Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein

In the third excerpt from his new book, Patrick Cockburn writes from Baghdad on how the US occupation of Iraq faced growing Iraqi anger and resistance in the summer of 2003. Already, there were signs that the war was going to end in disaster

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100 years on from my great uncle's death in WW1, here's his story

“I am afraid you are worrying Mother dear, but you really mustn't. You say you wish you could do something for me, but don't you see that you and Father have made me what I am. Memories are as powerful as words or acts, and we are not 'separate one from the other' because we can't see one another. What you have done, beyond measure or statement, you are still doing.”

Mons: From medieval to ultramodern

Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides