Middle East


article 05 April 2014 World, Bahrain
Bahrain grand prix circuit (Getty Images)
Has Bahrain's human rights situation really improved?

The political and human rights environment in Bahrain ahead of this weekend's grand prix is much calmer than in 2012 or 2013, argues Mohammed Al Sayed of the pro-government Citizens for Bahrain group.

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.

post 29 March 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Two attacks in two days: insurgents target Afghan election

At a gun battle in Kabul Alex Thomson reports how Kabul reacts, if you can you get off the streets regardless of where the attack is happening - you get off them fast.

post 17 March 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Why we still need Vladimir Putin on our side

So Crimea has voted. It was messy, ugly, but it is also undeniably true that the majority will of the people in Crimea has prevailed - so what does the west do now?

post 13 March 2014
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Enemies Cameron and Blair meet to talk peace (in the Middle East)

They were once the political world's greatest rivals. Now, Tony Blair and David Cameron are to join the negotiating table for a different kind of peace.

post 05 March 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog The drip drip of foreign blood on Afghan dust

With the crisis in Ukraine sweeping all headlines before it, it is hard to recall that the reason John Kerry ever stepped on to a plane to Europe in recent days was for Afghanistan.

article 18 February 2014 World, Israel
Abdel Karim and his mother and father (credit: Thom Walker)
Jonathan Miller by Abdel Karim - the boy from Gaza who never smiles

Three-year-old Abdel Karim suffered a relapse after treatment of his brain tumour was delayed by Israeli authorities, who suspect his Gaza family of involvement in clashes with Israeli forces.

article 25 January 2014 World, Egypt
Egypt revolution anniversary: security tight in Tahrir Square (picture: Reuters)
Egypt revolt anniversary: twelve people killed

Twelve people are killed in Cairo, security sources say, as Egypt marks the third anniversary of the revolution that led to the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

article 25 January 2014 World, Switzerland
Syria opposition Assad government Geneva peace talks
Syria government and opposition begin face to face talks

The UN says that both sides will negotiate face to face in Geneva for the first time on Saturday, just hours after the regime threatened to walk out, writes Sakhr Al-Makhadhi from Geneva.