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Robert Fisk is an award-winning Middle East correspondent for the Independent. A journalist with decades of experience in foreign reporting, Fisk has...

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In Fallujah, a Hospital of Horrors


Larisa Epatko / News Hour

All at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest.

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Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print


AP / Hussein Malla

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

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Syria Has Seen Similar Bloodshed Before

History comes full circle in Syria. In February 1982, President Hafez al-Assad’s army stormed into the ancient cities to end an Islamist uprising.

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German Captains, U-Boats and Other Lies About Ireland

By chance, I arrived in Dublin this week on the day that the Saville report on Bloody Sunday was published.

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The Taliban’s Glossy New Front in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

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AP / Richard Vogel

It’s sleek, it’s glossy, it’s in eloquent Arabic, Pashto and Dari, and it pours derision on American and NATO forces in Afghanistan; it is the brand new propaganda wing of the Taliban: not just Internet video of attacks on the Western armies in Helmand and Kandahar, but professionally produced magazines.

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The Terrifying World of Pakistan’s ‘Disappeared’

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AP / Muhammed Muheisen

If you want to know how brutally Pakistan treats its people, you should meet Amina Janjua. An intelligent painter and interior designer, she sits on the vast sofa of her living room in Rawalpindi—a room that somehow accentuates her loneliness—scarf wound tightly round her head, serving tea and biscuits like the middle-class woman she is.

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Getting a Read on the Middle East

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Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

The greatest problem of writing historically about the Middle East is that the story has not ended. The war goes on. And both “sides”—actually, there are rather a lot of sides—produce conflicting narratives.

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Robert Fisk
Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is an award-winning Middle East correspondent for the Independent. A journalist with decades of experience in foreign reporting, Fisk has interviewed Osama bin Laden multiple times and has been repeatedly recognized and awarded for his work. Fisk’s latest novel is “Robert Fisk on Algeria:Two decades of reportage on a tragic conflict that the West can no longer afford to ignore”  was published in 2014.

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