Special Reports

Arab revolt: Middle East uprisings

Unprecedented scenes of people power from Tunisia to Egypt - Channel 4 News reports from the heart of the uprisings.



post 22 September 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Murdered in the fight to build a democratic Libya

18-year-old Libyan civil society activist Tawfik Bensaud was killed on Friday, probably by Islamists. His friends are now struggling to keep faith in the democratic state they dream of.

post 26 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Neither dawn nor dignity in Libya

Libya's rival factions are called Dawn and Dignity. But fighting means it has little chance of achieving the new dawn or the life of dignity the 2011 revolution promised.

post 22 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Hamas gunmen execute 18 suspected informers

Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza execute 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders.

post 20 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog James Foley: the danger is this murder will not be the last

Nothing is happening by chance. If we characterise militants from Islamic State as simply barbaric and savage we are failing to understand their strategy or the extent of the danger they pose.

post 12 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog It's complicated: who's on whose side in Syria and Iraq

There are so many different power blocs and interest groups in Iraq and Syria that it is almost impossible to predict where events might lead.

video 11 July 2014 World, Iraq

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Kurds: Iraq now 'risks falling apart' - video

Kurdish ministers boycott the Iraq government after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accuses them of harbouring Islamic insurgents in Iraqi Kurdistan. So is peace in Iraq now impossible?

post 26 June 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Salwa Bugaighis: Libyan human rights activist who took on Gaddafi

The Libyan human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis has been shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in Benghazi on the day of the country's general election.

article 05 April 2014 World, Bahrain
Mourners at the funeral procession of Hussain Sharaf (Getty Images)
Is grand prix a lose-lose race for Bahrain's royal family?

Bahrain's royal family faces a lose-lose situation ahead of the grand prix: cancel it and lose face, or let it proceed and become a hook for adverse media coverage, writes activist Dr Ala'a Shehabi.

article 26 January 2014 World, Egypt
Supporters of General al-Sisi in Tahrir Square, Egypt. (Picture: Reuters)
Egypt: paving the way for General al-Sisi's presidency?

Egypt's political roadmap is altered so that the president will be elected before parliament is. It hastens the likely election of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as head of state.