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.



How do you save a truly corrupt country like Lebanon? It's a question with an almost impossible answer, Independent, 11 August 2020

Beirut has suffered a catastrophe that will live long in the memory – and the repeated betrayal of its citizens is a travesty, Independent, 5 August 2020

There's only one way the fight against coronavirus resembles the real wars I've witnessed, Independent, 30 April 2020

Benny Gantz's betrayal of his voters marks the ultimate end of the two-state solution, Independent, 23 April, 2020

Russia is about to face its biggest test yet in Syria, Independent, 16 April 2020

How do rogue states get off the ‘terror list'? With cold, hard cash – just like the US and UK, Independent, 9 April 2020

Joe Biden says he ‘doesn't have enough information' on Iran to have a view. How odd – he negotiated the nuclear deal, Independent, 2 April 2020

This is what Trump is doing in the Middle East while you're distracted by coronavirus, Independent, 26 March 2020

The Middle East doesn't deserve Trump and his troop 'repositioning' - at least have the guts to call it a retreat, Independent, 19 March 2020

The Saudi royal family appear unaware of the dangers of settling scores among themselves, Independent, 12 March 2020

Don't expect a Democrat president to simply roll back Trump's disastrous Middle East policies - particularly if it's Biden, Independent, 5 March 2020

Iran's coronavirus outbreak is bizarrely reminiscent of the Black Death, Independent, 27 February 2020

There is little chance of change in Lebanon – we can only expect more suffering, Independent, 20 February 2020

Trump's 'deal of the century' is so absurd and banal, it's impossible to take it seriously, Independent, 30 January 2020

Trump's Davos speech exposed how US isolationism is reaching its final narcissistic chapter, Independent, 23 January 2020

Iran has been changed forever by admitting its great mistake – yet the west ignores its own deceits, Independent, 16 January 2020

Was Qassem Soleimani a monstrous kingmaker or simply an enabler? The truth is as murky as Tudor history, Independent, 9 January 2020

Trump is starting a war with Iran – whether it is by accident or design, Independent, 4 January 2020

The Syrian conflict is awash with propaganda – chemical warfare bodies should not be caught up in it, Independent, 1 January 2020

Behind the scenes of one Middle East investigation I'll never forget, Independent, 19 December 2019

Sabra and Chatila taught me all massacres become 'alleged massacres' if we don't pay attention, Independent, 13 December 2019

There is another election the world should be paying attention to this week - in Algeria, Independent, 12 December 2019

When you follow the gun trail, you sometimes end up in unexpected places, Independent, 6 December 2019

Meet the controversial actor and businessman standing up against Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Independent, 5 December 2019

The remembrance poppy is becoming a weapon against immigrants to Canada. We need to remember everyone's contribution to the war, IndeIpendent, 28 November 2019

I talked to everybody I could in Syria, controversial or otherwise. That's how you find out the truth, IndeIpendent, 27 November 2019

Mike Pompeo scorns the law because powerful men like him never have to follow it, Independent, 24 November 2019

I witnessed my first real battles and saw my first corpses in Belfast. It prepared me for the Middle East, Independent, 21 November 2019

Michael Lynk’s UN report on Israeli settlements speaks the truth – but the world refuses to listen, Independent, 14 November 2019

Everything you were told about the Syrian war was wrong - until now, Independent, 7 November 2019

The new revolutions of the Middle East are not the same, but they all share this one fatal flaw, Independent, 31 October 2019

Trump may have claimed to kill al-Baghdadi, but he has brought Isis back to life, Independent, 28 October 2019

Hezbollah threatens the peaceful and non-sectarian protests in Lebanon, Independent, 25 October 2019

The Lebanese uprising won’t change anything while sectarian elites cling to power, Independent, 24 October 2019

I don't blame the Lebanese rioters setting Beirut alight – they are hungry, poor and furious, Independent, 19 October 2019

Trump’s disgrace in the Middle East is the death of an empire. Vladimir Putin is Caesar now Independent, 18 October 2019

Trump and Erdogan have much in common – and the Kurds will be the tragic victims of their idiocy, Independent, 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


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