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.


The US is dropping calls for Assad to go because the Syrian regime is a better bet than Isis, Independent, 27 May 2016

Justin Trudeau is a champion for women – but he can’t protect his wife from the anger of Conservative Canada, Independent, 17 May 2016

How the life of Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine tells the political history of the Middle East, Independent, 15 May 2016

Europe has a troublingly short memory over Serbia's Aleksander Vucic, Independent, 14 May 2016

The EU refugee rescue mission is a triumph of humanitarianism – not that you'll hear about it, Independent, 13 May 2016

Europe's Catholic leaders are undoing the good work of Pope Francis over the migrant crisis, Independent, 12 May 2016

After splitting with Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra is being presented to the West as a moderate force. It's nothing of the sort, Independent, 10 May 2016

Hillary Clinton has openly courted the US Jewish vote - but the consequences could be severe, Independent, 5 May 2016

Saudi efforts to 'modernise' its economy away from oil are just PR tactics - and the West is lapping them up, Independent, 28 April 2016

When we mourn the passing of Prince but not 500 migrants, we have to ask: have we lost all sense of perspective? Independent, 23 April 2016

Finally, Israel and Palestine is a US election issue. The ‘last taboo' is not broken, but it's splintering, Independent, 21 April 2016

Obama knows 9/11 was linked to Saudi Arabia – its massive oil reserves are behind his official visit, Independent, 20 April 2016

Murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni paid the ultimate price for his investigation into Al-Sisi's Egypt, Independent, 16 April 2016

Echoes of Stalinism abound in the very modern Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, Independent, 9 April 2016

The 'one for one' refugee policy means we're picking and choosing among desperate people, Independent, 7 April 2016

Guantanamo is being emptied - but its legacy of making the guilty innocent and the innocent guilty will continue, Independent, 31 March 2016

Why is David Cameron so silent on the recapture of Palmyra from the clutches of Isis? Independent, 27 March 2016

It's time that the US faced up to the 'G word' and finally recognised the Armenian genocide, Independent, 26 March 2016

With an identity caught between China and the West, Hong Kong is not at ease with itself - or its future, Independent, 20 March 2016

Clare Hollingworth: 104-year-old on being first UK correspondent to report on Germany's invasion of Poland, Independent, 19 March 2016

Syrian civil war: West failed to factor in Bashar al-Assad's Iranian backers as the conflict developed, Independent, 13 March 2016

The West's desire to ‘liberate' the Middle East remains as flawed as ever, Independent, 6 March 2016

Saudi Arabia turns on Lebanon for its unfaithfulness and lack of gratitude after decades of largesse, Independent, 2 March 2016

Returning to the scene of a war crime: amid the vile slums of Sabra and Shatila, hope glows, Independent, 28 February 2016

Syria civil war: State-of-the-art technology gives President Assad’s army the edge, Independent, 26 February 2016

Syria civil war: On the front line with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards battling outside Aleppo, Independent, 23 February 2016

Syria civil war: The untold story of the siege of two small Shia villages - and how the world turned a blind eye, Independent, 23 February 2016

The story of a teacher evicted from Raqqa illustrates so much about the conflict in Syria, Independent, 21 February 2016

Syrian civil war: On the road to Aleppo – where people have abandoned all in the shadow of Isis, Independent, 20 February 2016

Syrian soldiers on the Latakia Front finally taste the fruits of victory – but they know Isis is not dead, Independent, 18 February 2016

Syria conflict: Damascus remains a war zone - but some families are returning, Independent, 16 February 2016

Isis and the Taliban are brutally carving up modern Afghanistan, Independent, 14 February 2016

A plan must be made for ‘life after Isis’ in the Middle East, Independent, 7 February 2016

After entering Aleppo with Russia's help, the Syrian army may set its sights on Raqqa, Independent, 5 February 2016

Netanyahu thinks mild Ban Ki-moon incites terror, Independent, 1 February 2016

Is Algeria's military making its move on ageing President Bouteflika? Independent, 24 January 2016

Pakistan university assault: A warning for Turkey as Islamists turn on their old allies in Peshawar, Independent, 20 January 2016

Ireland's Easter Rising and how history is being twisted in celebrating the struggle for independence, Independent, 18 January 2016

Restoring Beirut's Pink House is a cheering idea amid destruction, Independent, 17 January 2016

Regrettable' is as far as our criticism of Saudi Arabia is allowed to go, Independent, 10 January 2016

The death of an Irish general during the Christmas period recalls an earlier bloody episode in the Middle East, Independent, 3 January 2016

Saudi Arabia has little to worry about – no state has the moral authority or will to attack this butchery, Independent, 3 January 2016

Saudi Arabia's executions were worthy of Isis – so will David Cameron and the West now stop their grovelling to its oil-rich monarchs? , Independent, 3 January 2016

Françoise Frenkel's escape from the Nazis and Vichy France: A bitter, beautiful and important book, Independent, 29 December 2015

You won't hear it, but news from Afghanistan is bad, Independent, 27 December 2015

Meet the British physicist who ignored Taliban death threats to teach in the badlands of Pakistan, Independent, 20 December 2015

The joy of Canada delivered from Stephen Harper's darkness to Justin Trudeau's light, Independent, 18 December 2015

Why is Indonesia not in the Saudi-led Sunni coalition against terror? Independent, 15 December 2015

Is there really any difference between a terrorist and an ordinary criminal? Independent, 13 December 2015

The needless interrogation of a Belgian academic is exactly what Isis wants from us, Independent, 6 December 2015

Saudi Arabia's unity summit will only highlight Arab disunity, Independent, 4 December 2015

Is David Cameron planning to include al-Qaeda's Jabhat al-Nusra in his group of '70,000 moderates?' Independent, 1 December 2015

David Cameron, there aren't 70,000 moderate fighters in Syria - and whoever heard of a moderate with a Kalashnikov, anyway? Independent, 29 November 2015

Whoa there, David Cameron! Haste and rhetoric is no recipe for peace, Independent, 22 November 2015

Isis: In a borderless world, the days when we could fight foreign wars and be safe at home may be long gone, Independent, 19 November 2015

Francois Hollande's 'war' with Isis won't stand in the way of France's arms deals with Saudi Arabia, Independent, 17 November 2015

France's unresolved Algerian war sheds light on the Paris attack, Independent, 16 November 2015

We remain blindfolded about Isis' says the man who should know, Independent, 15 November 2015

Beirut bombing: Hezbollah threatens ‘long war' as Lebanese capital reels from deadliest terror attack in years, Independent, 13 November 2015

You cannot honour the dead without honouring the bodies themselves, Independent, 8 November 2015

A new book reveals the horrifying, and fascinating, details of daily life under Isis, Independent, 1 November 2015

The Saudi prince caught up in a drugs bust is lucky it happened in Beirut, Independent, 28 October 2015

Tony Blair didn't see the people, he saw the policies – which is why he chose war, Independent, 25 October 2015

Dumping blame for the Holocaust on a Palestinian is an insult to its six million victims, Independent, 22 October 2015

Everyone wrote off the Syrian army. Take another look now, Independent, 18 October 2015

The West rightly condemns Isis vandalism of ancient sites – but not when the Saudis do it, Independent, 11 October 2015

Canada elections: Anti-Muslim prejudice is a nasty theme of campaigning as the liberal nation's democracy loses its way, Independent, 9 October 2015

Syria's ‘moderates' have disappeared... and there are no good guys, Independent, 4 October 2015

Syria Crisis: Russia puts troops on the ground in the fight against Isis, Independent, 27 September 2015

What's Putin up to in Syria? I would wager he's after something big – retaking Palmyra, Independent, 27 September 2015

In Canada, Harper's Conservatives seem to have forgotten a cherished tradition about refugees, The Independent, 20 September 2015

David Cameron's flying visit to Lebanon was nothing more than an exercise in being seen, The Independent, 14 September 2015

Refugee crisis: Thank God for Germany taking responsibility – the rest of Europe appears to have forgotten the age-old lessons of history, The Independent, 10 September 2015

Hungary must look to its own history for migrant guidance, The Independent, 6 September 2015

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi? The Independent, 3 September 2015

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers – and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting, The Independent, 3 September 2015

Jailed Al Jazeera journalists: Canada is the final hope for Mohamed Fahmy's shocked wife, The Independent, 30 Seprember 2015

In treating needy refugees like invaders, we risk losing our humanity, The Independent, 30 August 2015

Why is Interpol doing the work of Arab despots? The Independent, 26 August 2015

Isis blinds journalists with its barbarity, but we must continue to report, The Independent, 23 August 2015

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future, The Independent, 20 August 2015

Syria civil war: Civilians in Damascus pay the price for those in the provinces in conflict's balance of horror, The Independent, 18 August 2015

Isis is using 'dreamology' to justify its nightmarish vision for the world, The Independent, 16 August 2015

Syrians fear Army Colonel murdered during traffic altercation in Latakia will not get justice as suspect is son of President Assad's first cousin, The Independent, 12 August 2015

David Cameron is failing to PR himself in the Middle East. Maybe he should start looking closer to home, The Independent, 10 August 2015

Abdullah al-Senussi execution: This perversion of justice suits Western security services just fine, The Independent, 2 August 2015

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead.... for the fourth time, The Independent, 29 July 2015

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise, The Independent, 28 July 2015

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise, The Independent, 26 July 2015

Iran – the land where some 700 souls were executed last year, The Independent, 23 July 2015

David Cameron extremism speech: The PM's Churchillian posturing over Syria is misguided, The Independent, 21 July 2015

What a choice for Egypt – a megalomaniac president or the madness of Isis, The Independent, 20 July 2015

Yemen crisis: With the Iran nuclear deal done, John Kerry must now sort out the Saudis, The Independent, 16 July 2015

Iran nuclear deal: America has taken Iran's side – to the fury of Israel and Saudi Arabia, The Independent, 15 July 2015

First rule of refugees – don't be a Muslim if you want help, The Independent, 13 July 2015

Macedonia's uniformed border thugs wait for war-weary Arab migrants arriving at Europe's doorstep, The Independent, 10 July 2015

Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state, The Independent, 6 July 2015

Greece referendum: Greeks don't want to leave Europe, but Europe wants revenge on the Greeks, The Independent, 5 July 2015

Greece debt crisis: In the tiny village of Hercules frightened workers plan to vote No to the EU, The Independent, 4 July 2015

Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum, The Independent, 3 July 2015

Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it's a case of 'Vote Yes or else'? The Independent, 3 July 2015

Could the European Union end up going the way of Arab unity? The Independent, 22 June 2015

America siding with 'terrorists' like al-Nusra? It's not a conspiracy theory, The Independent, 14 June 2015

Syrian civil war: Damascus clings to normal life amid the chaos of conflict, The Independent, 13 June 2015

Syrian civil war: Can Assad's regime survive the onslaught from Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra? The Independent, 12 June 2015

Al-Nusra is pitching for US backing. But can there be a ‘moderate' Islamist terror group? The Independent, 7 June 2015

The Syria hospital siege that turned into a massacre: Jisr al-Shugour breakout was less of a 'victory' than Damascus claims, The Independent, 6 June 2015

Isis slaughter in the sacred Syrian city of Palmyra: The survivors' stories, The Independent, 5 June 2015

Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists', The Independent, 4 June 2015

Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict, The Independent, 2 June 2015

'An army boot is placed on the face of the dead men': General Ghassan of the Syrian Army on the war against Nusra, The Independent, 1 June 2015

There's method in the madness of Isis's cultural vandalism, The Independent, 1 June 2015

Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him, The Independent, 28 May 2015

Suddenly it looks like we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive, The Independent, 25 May 2015

Canada's plan to make boycotting Isreal a 'hate crime' is stupid and counterproductive, The Independent, 17 May 2015

Despite regional conflict, Lebanon is planning to become a railway powerhouse once again, The Independent, 17 May 2015

Rafiq Hariri tribunal: Was the former Lebanon PM's assassination the work of Syria's President Assad? The Independent, 13 May 2015

Al Jazeera plays a dangerous game in Egypt, The Independent, 10 May 2015

Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule, The Independent, 5 May 2015

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? The Independent, 4 May 2015

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: the Emirates enigma - who's really in charge? The Independent, 30 April 2015

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers, The Independent, 29 April 2015

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates, The Independent, 29 April 2015

On an Istanbul street, have I just witnessed a positive step in history? The Independent, 26 April 2015

Armenian genocide: Turkey's day of denial amid remembrance for a genocide in all but name, The Independent, 24 April 2015

Armenian genocide: To continue to deny the truth of this mass human cruelty is close to a criminal lie, The Independent, 20 April 2015

Ten years later, and we still don't know who assassinated Lebanon's leader, The Independent, 12 April 2015

The Christian tragedy in the Middle East did not begin with Isis, The Independent, 5 April 2015

Iran nuclear deal: A powerful Tehran turned into America's policeman in the Gulf? It could happen, The Independent, 3 April 2015

Yemen crisis: What will Saudi Arabia do when – not if – things go wrong in their war with the Shia Houthi rebels? , The Independent, 2 April 2015

The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss, The Independent, 27 March 2015

If Stephen Harper is serious about criminalising 'barbaric cultural practices', then he should arrest himself for even suggesting it, The Independent, 22 March 2015

Tunisia shooting: When Isis attacks a museum to destroy the 'culture of its disbelievers', what treasure of the Western world is now safe? The Independent, 19 March 2015

The superpowers are battling to be the biggest hypocrite, The Independent, 15 March 2015

Syria revolution four years on: Don't bet against President Assad – a ruler willing to see his country destroyed so long as he can cling to power, The Independent, 12 March 2015

Being coy doesn't change the reality of modern Pakistan — as a corrupt, politically savage and physically broken society, The Independent, 8 March 2015

Who can the Saudis trust when they find themselves on Netanyahu's side? The Independent, 6 March 2015

'The difference between America and Israel? There isn't one', The Independent, 1 March 2015

Egypt coup: Leaked tape proves defence minister tried to conceal Morsi's true location in military prison, say forensic scientists by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 23 February 2015

Shah Suleyman: The truly Byzantine origins of Turkey's operation to rescue a long-dead body from the 'Islamic Caliphate', The Independent, 22 February 2015

Isis has provoked an Arab alliance to bomb the West's enemies, The Independent, 16 February 2015

Talking offers hope of a peaceful solution. But we're not allowed to do it, The Independent, 15 February 2015

Freed Al-Jazeera journalist: Why can't Canada get me home? The Independent, 13 February 2015

A meeting of minds in Cairo: Billion-dollar arms deal on table as Putin and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seek closer trade links and alliance against 'terror', The Independent, 9 February 2015

The curious tale of the Swedish Soviet spy and the sheltering Druze, The Independent, 8 February 2015

War with Isis: If Saudis aren't fuelling the militant inferno, who is? The Independent, 4 February 2015

Muath al-Kasaesbeh 'murder' video: Iss's Genghis Khan-style cruelty shows Jordan and Japan exactly what the militants think of them, The Independent, 3 February 2015

Ukip couldn't better what Winston Churchill had to say about Muslims, The Independent, 1 February 2015

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, The Independent, 29 January 2015

MI5's radar should look for the word ‘injustice' if it wants to protect us, The Independent, 25 January 2015

King Abdullah's friends in the West stayed loyal, but revolution is on the horizon in Saudi Arabia, The Independent, 23 January 2015

An old hand is at work in Yemen's bloody civil war, The Independent, 21 January 2015

Israel's attack on Hezbollah a case of shoot first, ask questions later, The Independent, 20 January 2015

The Gallipoli centenary is a shameful attempt to hide the Armenian Holocaust, The Independent, 19 January 2015

With so many people tweeting before they think, the telegraph can teach us some valuable lessons, The Independent, 18 January 2015

Saudi Arabia's history of hypocrisy we choose to ignore, The Independent, 14 January 2015

The only point of 'terror lists' is to get those named a palace invitation, The Independent, 11 January 2015

Charlie Hebdo: Paris attack brothers' campaign of terror can be traced back to Algeria in 1954, The Independent, 9 January 2015

A new frontier in Syria's civil war, but what does future hold for refugees in Lebanon? The Independent, 6 January 2015

When will Palestinians learn? Turning to international law isn't the answer — just ask America and Israel, The Independent, 4 January 2015

Retrial for Al Jazeera journalists: The 'gates of hope' may have opened, but the media is still shut out of Egypt, The Independent, 1 January 2015

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