Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk (born in 1946 in Maidstone, Kent) is an English journalist and author. He is the Middle East correspondent of the UK newspaper The Independent, has spent more than 30 years living in and reporting from the region, and won awards for his work. He lives in Beirut, Lebanon.


Robert Fisk, The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Fourth Estate 2005.



Trump's disgrace in the Middle East is the death of an empire. Vladimir Putin is Caesar now, Independent, 17 October 2019

Trump and Erdogan have much in common – and the Kurds will be the tragic victims of their idiocy, Indepedent, 12 October 2019

In Beirut, I can no longer get American dollars out of the ATM. This is what it tells me about Lebanon's economy, Independent, 4 October 2019

A year on from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and Saudi Arabia is lurching towards hysterical chaos, Independent, 30 September 2019

As Netanyahu's power in the Middle East wanes, Trump has to find his own way to deal with Iran, Independent, 19 September 2019

John Bolton’s sacking delighted Iran – but the world is suffering under Trump and his fellow fragile tyrants, Independent, 12 September 2019

Lebanon's crisis is almost unstoppable. Drone warfare is on the horizon, Independent, 5 September 2019

As Trump flip-flops on Iran talks, the reality is that the ‘crazed’ rogue leader now sits in Washington not Tehran, Independent, 29 August 2019

The history of religious conflict in the Middle East carefully leaves out periods of coexistence, Independent, 20 August 2019

If Chinese tanks take Hong Kong, who'll be surprised? Land grabs are happening everywhere – and we're all complicit, Independent, 15 August 2019

The scorched corpses of Nagasaki should be a grim restraint to the chest beating in India, America and Iran, Independent, 8 August 2019

Lies and buffoonery: How Boris Johnson’s fantasy world casts dark shadows in the Middle East, Independent, 1 August 2019

Genocides begin in the wilderness, far from prying eyes – in Ottoman Turkey as well as Nazi Germany, Independent, 25 July 2019

At Cologne's Gestapo museum, visitors are drawing modern parallels – can we really say they're being simplistic? Independent, 19 July 2019

Trump's hissy-fit over Darroch will blow a chill wind across Britain's embassies in the Middle East, Independent, 11 July 2019

Jared Kushner should be ignored – but we should remember this startling US Middle East plan from 100 years ago, Independent, 4 July 2019

The people of the Middle East should be reassured by one thing – their autocrats are no longer a global anomaly, Independent, 27 June 2019

The West is silent over Morsi, the 'great hope' of Arab democracy, Information Clearing House, 20 June 2019

No one is innocent in the Gulf of Oman debacle – but Trump’s ‘evidence’ of Iran’s role is dodgy at best, Independent, 16 June 2019

An Isis killer and an unlikely hero have heaved open the cracks in Lebanese politics, Independent, 13 June 2019

Bloated bodies in the Nile show Sudan protesters were right to fear the arrival of Saudi and UAE money, Independent, 10 June 2019

While the world watches Donald Trump, it’s missing what’s really going on with US foreign policy, Independent, 6 June 2019

We fought for liberty, freedom and independence on D-Day. But what happened to these promises in the Middle East?, Independent, 5 June 2019

The final punishment of Julian Assange reminds journalists their job is to uncover what the state keeps hidden, Independent, 30 May 2019

The evidence we were never meant to see about the Douma ‘gas' attack, Independent, 23 May 2019

From the Middle East to Northern Ireland, western states are all too happy to avoid culpability for war crimes, Independent, 16 May 2019

‘Pity America, because of this crazy Trump!’ Here’s what Iran’s man in Iraq would say to Mike Pompeo, Independent, 9 May 2019

On the banks of the Tigris, the lost grave of Scottish shepherd David Bell takes us deep into Iraq’s bloody past, Independent, 8 May 2019

This is what happened when I met Haider al-Abadi, the former – and possibly future – prime minister of Iraq, Independent, 2 May 2019

An interview with an Iraqi scholar has led me to think very differently about Brexit and extremism in Europe, Independent, 19 April 2019

Iraq's wounded and grief-stricken tell a disturbing tale of a divided country after the ‘defeat' of Isis, Independent, 18 April 2019

No more excuses – Israeli voters have chosen a country that will mirror the brutal regimes of its Arab neighbours, Independent, 11 April 2019

What can past civil wars tell us about Syria and its road to recovery? Information Clearing House, 10 April 2019

Ivanka Trump has already told us everything we need to know about The Donald's meeting with el-Sisi, Independent, 9 April 2019

There may be no direct comparison, but the ghosts of Northern Ireland's violent past haunt Brexit, Independent, 4 April 2019

US grovels to Israel the same way ‘supporters’ fawned on Saddam, Independent, 26 March 2019

Don't believe the hype, Isis has not yet been defeated – here's why, Independent, 23 March 2019

Ardern's response to Christchurch has put other leaders to shame – but not for its compassion alone, Independent, 21 March 2019

Like power-hungry leaders before him, Abdelaziz Bouteflika can’t quite let go – and now Algeria is a necrocracy, Independent, 14 March 2019

Trump is trying to pay his way to an annihilation of Palestinian statehood, and an erasure of Israel's crimes, Independent, 7 March 2019

Israel is playing a big role in India’s escalating conflict with Pakistan, Independent, 28 February 2019

What should be done in the Middle East? Ask the Romans by Robert Fisk, Independent, 26 February 2019

This new history of the Christian genocide during the Ottoman Empire sounds a dark warning for the future, Independent, 21 February 2019

What Happened to the Remains of Khashoggi’s Predecessor? CounterPunch, 18 February 2019

The West is encouraging a vicious war between Sunnis and Shias — that's the real truth about Iran and Saudi Arabia, Independent, 14 February 2019

We've seen the west's approach to Venezuela before – in Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, need I go on? Independent, 7 February 2019

Deaths of Journalists Brushed Aside in Middle East, ZNet, 4 February 2019

Why American figures like Michelle Alexander are breaking their silence on Israel, Independent, 24 January 2019

Bernie Sanders could be US president in 2020 – and this is what it means for Israel and the Middle East, Independent, 17 January 2019

The US media has lost one of its sanest voices on military matters – so let's hope William Arkin's absence is brief, Independent, 10 January 2019

Judge Richard Goldstone Suffered for Turning His Back on Gaza, But Not as Much as the Palestinians He Betrayed, CounterPunch, 4 January 2019

Trump vs Mattis, ZNet, 28 December 2018

What the tactics of Middle East dictators can tell us about Theresa May's political situation today, Independent, 13 December 2018

Making ‘the Guardians' Time person of the year is courageous – but it ignores America's relationship with power, Independent, 11 December 2018

Spare me America's tears for Jamal Khashoggi – this excuse for Trump-bashing ignores the CIA's past crimes, Independent, 6 December 2018

Middle East dictators always end up bringing their western allies down – and now they've got their coils in the White House, Independent, 29 November 2018

To unlock the diplomatic mysteries behind the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, take a look at Syria, Independent, 22 November 2018

On Armistice Day, we had the luxury of remembering the Great War – while Palestinians are still living its consequences, Independent, 15 November 2018

Izzeldin Abuelaish's three daughters were killed in Gaza – but he still clings to hope for the Middle East, Independent, 8 November 2018

Trudeau won't stop $12bn of arms sales to Saudi after Khashoggi's death because money always wins over murder, Independent, 1 November 2018

Jamal Khashoggi: Did they bury him with his body facing Mecca? Independent, 25 October 2018

The story of the Armenian Legion is finally being told – and it is a dark tale of anger and revenge, Independent, 11 October 2018

A hundred years ago a ship sunk in the Irish Sea, causing more than 500 deaths – here's what its legacy can teach us about Brexit, Independent, 11 October 2018

I watched a Palestinian family lose their land 25 years ago – and this week I returned to find them, Independent, 4 October 2018

Here’s what I found out when I spent the day with Israel’s most controversial journalist, Gideon Levy, Independent, 27 September 2018

Is the fascinating West Bank home of Munib Musri a shrine – or a gift to a Palestinian state that may never exist? Independent, 26 September 2018

Take my word for it, the English language is facing destruction, Independent, 26 September 2018

In the West Bank, some are unsure about whether Trump is a friend to Israel or not, Independent, 24 September 2018

After meeting Bedouins whose homes are being destroyed, I can't see how a Palestinian state can ever happen, Independent, 21 September 2018

I asked Israel's only journalist in Palestine to show me something shocking – and this is what I saw, Independent, 20 September 2018

A murder in Aleppo shows the Syrian war is not over yet, Independent, 13 September 2018

9/11 remembered: Robert Fisk's close encounter with Osama Bin Laden, the man who shook the world, Independent, 11 September 2018

After warnings of mass murder and catastrophe in Idlib, I prowled the front lines for two days. I didn't find what I'd expected, Independent, 10 September 2018

When the battle for Idlib is over, where will the fighters who have sworn never to surrender go next? Independent, 6 September 2018

Lebanon is on a tightrope, balancing Saudi, Iranian and Western interests – its position is precarious, Independent, 30 August 2018

Israel is building another 1,000 homes on Palestinian land. Where's the outrage? Independent, 24 August 2018

Uri Avnery, the Israeli optimist who played chess with Yasser Arafat, has died – he was one of my few Middle East heroes, Independent, 20 August 2018

A US trade war with Turkey over a little known pastor? Don't believe a word of it, Independent, 16 August 2018

On the anniversary of the end of the First World War, even photographs cannot speak of our true history, Independent, 9 August 2018

Look closely and you'll see Jared Kushner's cynical ‘deal of the century’ for Palestinians in action, Independent, 2 August 2018

Even the White Helmets have been rescued from Syria – so are we about to see the final battle of the war? Independent, 26 July 2018

I traced missile casings in Syria back to their original sellers, so it’s time for the west to reveal who they sell arms to, Independent, 23 July 2018

The Syrian war is a 'shame to mankind' says Serbia's top weapons maker – but I found his instruction books in eastern Aleppo, Independent, 20 July 2018

A Bosnian signs off weapons he says are going to Saudi Arabia – but how did his signature turn up in Aleppo? Independent, 19 July 2018

The fisherman in Sarajevo told tales of past wars – and warned me of ones to come, Independent, 13 July 2018

Nearly two decades on from Nato's deadly bombing of civilians at Varvarin in Serbia, the wait for justice continues, Independent, 9 July 2018

With Serbia and Kosovo both vying for EU membership, the question remains: who won the war? Independent, 5 July 2018

The 'ultimate deal' that Jared Kushner is proposing for Palestine would strip the people of all their dignity, Independent, 28 June 2018

This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria, Independent, 26 June 2018

In the land of the massacres, the very last Armenians have been finally been found, Independent, 22 June 2018

Can former Lebanese MP Mustafa Alloush turn even the coldest of Middle Eastern sceptics into an optimist? Independent, 21 June 2018

Lebanon's mountains are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care? Independent, 8 June 2018

Assad's new housing law is a veiled attempt to displace tens of thousands of Syrians – but even that won't help him win the war, Independent, 31 May 2018

In the Middle East, Putin has a lot to thank Trump for right now, Independent, 29 May 2018

Whether Armenia, the Nazis or Isis – if you're going to commit genocide, you can't do it without the help of local people, Independent, 24 May 2018

How long after this week's Gaza massacre are we going to continue pretending that the Palestinians are non-people? Independent, 17 May 2018

In the Middle East right now, all sides in this complex battle are staring at each other with increasing concern, Independent, 10 May 2018

Donald Trump has shown himself to be the American version of Gaddafi in his behaviour towards Iran and the nuclear deal, Independent, 9 May 2018

Once the Syrian war is over, Qatar could become an empire once more, Independent, 3 May 2018

What mysteries lie in the ruins of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in Damascus? Independent, 26 April 2018

The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor's doubts over the chemical attack, Independent, 17 April 2018

Robert Fisk Reports Head of Douma Clinic Denies Chemical Weapons Attack by Craig Murray, Information Clearing House, 17 April 2018

Trump's 'mission accomplished' tweet may come back to haunt him as another battle looms around Damascus, Independent, 15 April 2018

As Theresa May gears up for war in Syria, we should remember what hypocrites we are about chemical warfare in the Middle East, Independent, 12 April 2018

Journalistic predictions of Middle Eastern politics are – mostly – an exercise in futility, Independent, 5 April 2018

How rebels and civilians survived near total destruction of eastern Ghouta through huge network of tunnels, Independent, 4 April 2018

Watching on as Islamist fighters are evacuated from war-torn Eastern Ghouta by Robert Fisk, Independent, 29 March 2018

These are the faces of those who have been affected by the siege of Eastern Ghouta, Independent, 27 March 2018

Egyptian President Sisi will win again, partly thanks to the Christian vote, Independent, 26 March 2018

As we look back on the horror of Iraq 15 years later, I wonder – would this have happened if Trump was president? Independent, 23 March 2018

Why are politicians comparing everything to the Second World War? Independent, 22 March 2018

Al Jazeera did a hard-hitting investigation into US and Israeli lobbying – so why won't they air it? Independent, 15 March 2018

World leaders always decide to let bygones be bygones when rich visitors are in town, Independent, 8 March 2018

If I were the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, I'd be cynical about this state visit, Independent, 7 March 2018

To Putin, Assad's enemies in Syria are the same as Russia's in Chechnya, Independent, 5 March 2018

Erdogan has released the genealogy of thousands of Turks – but what is his motive? Independent, 1 March 2018

Negotiations continue between rebels and the Syrian Army, but the bombardment of Ghouta won't stop any time soon, Independent, 23 February 2018

There's a reason why anti-Muslim ideology hasn't found a home in Portugal, Independent, 22 February 2018

Western howls of outrage over the Ghouta siege ring hollow – we aren't likely to do anything to save civilians, Independent, 21 February 2018

In the cases of two separate holocausts, Israel and Poland find it difficult to acknowledge the facts of history, Independent, 15 February 2018

Israel's outrage over the Palestinian President’s new private jet is hypocritical, Independent, 8 February 2018

On the front line in Syria, a confusing conversation with a doctor who may be an official of the YPG, Independent, 2 February 2018

As my recent trip to Syria proved, wars can be at their most dangerous when they're coming to an end, Independent, 1 February 2018

On the ground in Afrin, it's hard to know what Kurdish fighters really stand for, Independent, 29 January 2018

Inside Afrin, the true victims of Turkey's invasion of northern Syria are revealed - refugees, babies, women and children, Independent, 28 January 2018

How did food from the West Midlands end up in Isis-controlled territory in Syria? Independent, 26 January 2018

On the front line it seems as if Syria's war against Islamists is far from over, Independent, 25 January 2018

The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state, Independent, 18 January 2018

Trump will not bring Middle East peace this year – instead he is helping to make the region a crueller place, Independent, 17 January 2018

Why are doctors in the Middle East cosying up to foreign armies? Independent, 15 January 2018

Jared Kushner's connection to an Israeli business goes without scrutiny – imagine how different it would be if that business was Palestinian, Independent, 11 January 2018

Why is Trump's man in Iran, Michael D'Andrea, missing from conversations about the protests? Independent, 4 January 2018


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