War

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

The first draft of history: Dispatches from the frontline of war

Since 2001, Patrick Cockburn has provided peerless reporting of the wars that have torn apart the Middle East and created the conditions in which Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have grown and flourished. In the first of a series of excerpts from his new book, he combines eyewitness accounts of the battles for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and beyond with an explanation of what these conflicts have in common – and how they were reported or misreported at the time

The high cost of war is damaging the global economy

From the financial and humanitarian cost of supporting millions of Syrian refugees to the interruption of trade links with China and Russia, political conflict is bad for the world's economy. Here's why

Tentative truce brings some hope to South Sudan

Talks among its leaders have raised expectations that a two-year civil war will soon be over – but famine and fear still rule in the world’s youngest country. James Cusick reports from Nyal

Terror: A new solution to an old problem

The problem of terrorism won't go away. Western leaders should stop making unhelpful declarations of war and start coming up with practical and effective responses to the threat 

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