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 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

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot, The Independent, 28 December 2014

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon's history - clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen's uniforms, The Independent, 21 December 2014

Peshawar school attack: Massacre of the innocents in Pakistan born of ambivalence towards Taliban, The Independent, 16 December 2014

Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report': Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing, The Independent, 14 December 2014

It is our indignation, not that of the Arab world, that torturers fear. We are the bad guys too, The Independent, 10 December 2014

Isn't it important to realise who our enemies really are? The Independent, 7 December 2014

Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned by Egypt to ‘teach Qatar a lesson' for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, The Independent, 4 December 2014

Capture of Isis leader's wife is another murky tale from the pit of marital scandals, The Independent, 2 December 2014

Do you know the difference between a Holocaust and a holocaust? The Armenians do, The Independent, 30 November 2014

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf, The Independent, 23 November 2014

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State, The Independent, 16 November 2014

War with Isis: The forgotten, plucky Kurds under siege in their enclave on Syria's border with Turkey, The Independent, 13 November 2014

Isis in Syria: In the shadow of death, a few thousand Christians remain to defy militants, The Independent, 12 November 2014

Isis in Syria: The story of the martyred soldiers who fought 'to the last bullet' to avoid the fate of captured comrades beheaded by militants, The Independent, 12 November 2014

Jabhat al-Nusra blows up Armenian church in Deir el-Zour: A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history, The Independent, 10 November 2014

What does Isis look like from the air? I buckled up my seat belt and found out, The Independent, 9 November 2014

In Assad's Syria, death notices litter the walls - and life goes on, The Independent, 3 November 2014

How did Islamists receive American weapons? See the evidence from guided missile that exploded near Syrian front line, The Independent, 2 November 2014

So, why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East? The Independent, 31 October 2014

Isis in Syria: General reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default, The Inependent, 29 October 2014

Isis attack on Idlib: Assad's army leaders 'slaughtered' as jihadists nearly take Syrian provincial capital, The Independent, 27 October 2014

The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon, The Independent, 26 October 2014

With US-led air strikes on Isis intensifying, it's a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death, The Independent, 19 October 2014

Propaganda war of Islamic extremists is being waged on Facebook and internet message boards, not mosques, The Independent, 12 October 2014

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees, The Independent, 6 October 2014

Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then? The Independent, 5 October 2014

It's perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don't we do it and save some lives? The Independent, 28 September 2014

Syria air strikes: America's attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive, The Independent, 23 September 2014

John Kerry's rhetoric on Isis insults our intelligence and conceals the reality of the situation in Syria, The Independent, 21 September 2014

Islamic State: Assad lures President Obama into his web, The Independent, 16 September 2014

Ian Paisley's decision to make peace with his IRA enemies might have reminded the Arabs of Sadat, The Independent, 14 September 2014

Robert Fisk on Isis campaign: Bingo! Here's another force of evil to be 'vanquished', The Independent, 11 September 2014

Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means, The Independent, 11 September 2014

After the atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia, it is no wonder today's jihadis have set out on the path to war in Syria, The Independent, 7 September 2014

Israel's 'land for lives' is theft. Pure and simple, The Independent, 2 September 2014

Isis isn't the first group to use the butcher's knife as an instrument of policy. Nor will it be the last, The Independent, 31 August 2014

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation, The Independent, 27 August 2014

Qatar and the reason US hostage Peter Theo Curtis has been released, The Independent, 25 August 2014

Isis's undoubted skill in exploiting social media is no reason for US leaders to start talking about the apocalypse, The Independent, 24 August 2014

All this talk of an 'apocalyptic' threat is simply childish, The Independent, 22 August 2014

Air strikes? Talk of God? Barack Obama is following the jihadists' script after James Foley beheading, The Independent, 22 August 2014

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis - but all too little about who they are, The Independent, 20 August 2014

Iraq crisis: West's 'mandate' limited by national borders - and don't dare mention oil, The Independent, 10 August 2014

If the Nobel Peace Prize can be handed to Obama, why not hand it to the Israeli Defence Force? The Independent, 10 August 2014

Bombs away! US to the rescue - but only of certain minorities, not Muslims, The Independent, 8 August 2014

Isis brings its war to Lebanon - and it could be key to a masterplan, The Independent, 4 August 2014

My father threw away his poppy in disgust, The Independent, 3 August 2014

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts, The Independent, 31 July 2014

One of the oldest Christian communities has been destroyed as the Sunni Caliphate spreads, The Independent, 27 July 2014

What if 35 Palestinians had died, and 800 Israelis? The Independent, 27 July 2014

Eight hundred dead Palestinians. But Israel has impunity, The Independent, 26 July 2014

Why do television producers think a grey blob over a dead person's face shows respect? The Independent, 20 July 2014

Israel-Gaza conflict: Medical charity likens work to 'patching up torture victims in an open-air prison', The Independent, 17 July 2014

Why doesn't the media ever mention the lack of progress in the Middle East? The Independent, 13 July 2014

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren't telling this week, The Independent, 9 July 2014

Dumping blame for the Holocaust on the wretched figure of the Grand Mufti is an insult to the six million victims of an evil regime, The Independent, 6 July 2014

Israeli teenagers' funeral: It is obscene when either side kills children - not only Palestinians, The Independent, 1 July 2014

How on earth can Israel tolerate this filth from B'nai Brith Canada? The Independent, 29 June 2014

Syrian 'moderates' aren't so moderate in Iraq, The Independent, 27 June 2014

On the jailing of Al-Jazeera journalists: A proxy in the war between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, The Independent, 23 June 2014

If history and petropolitics teach us anything, it's that the collapse of Iraq shouldn't come as surprise, The Independent, 22 June 2014

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A conqueror shows his respect for the holy city, The Independent, 22 June 2014

Now we see how his doctrine turns enemies into 'allies', The Independent, 15 June 2014

The old partition of the Middle East is dead. I dread to think what will follow, The Independent, 13 June 2014

Iraq crisis: Sunni caliphate has been bankrolled by Saudi Arabia, The Independent, 12 June 2014

An audience with 'the Tiger' - Bashar al-Assad's favourite soldier, The Independent, 8 June 2014

Aleppo's Sheikh Najjar: The death of a once-rich city, The Independent, 6 June 2014

Syria conflict: The silence in Homs emphasises the city's fate. There's barely a breath of wind, The Independent, 4 June 2014

Alaa al-Aswany, Egypt's greatest living novelist, knows Sisi is not a true democrat - but is still hopeful that he can 'do good', The Independent, 1 June 2014

What next for Egypt, with its new president in America's pocket? by Robert Fisk, The Independent, 1 June 2014

Robert Fisk on Sisi poll: All hail the Egyptian Emperor - but what about that missing 7%? The Independent, 29 May 2014

Egypt: An extra polling day but still hardly anyone wants to vote, The Independent, 28 May 2014

Our addiction to the internet is as harmful as any drug - and what passes for comment these days is often simply foul abuse, The Independent, 25 May 2014

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A desert uprising that began in hope but was doomed to end in betrayal, The Independent, 23 May 2014

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: A botched coup, sanctified by martyrdom, The Independent, 18 May 2014

The spread of British hypocrisy, from Gerry Adams and Northern Ireland to Syria, The Independent, 11 May 2014

Why dictators hold elections: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Bashar al-Assad and the façade of legitimacy, The Independent, 9 May 2014

Spain is inviting back Jews expelled from the country in the 16th Century. But don't mention the Muslims, The Independent, 4 May 2014

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Turkish holocaust begins, The Independent, 28 April 2014

Yet another betrayal of the Palestinians, The Indepoendent, 25 April 2014

Another 'sham' election is over, so what now for Algeria? The Independent, 21 April 2014

The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money, The Independent, 20 April 2014

A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part, The Independent, 16 April 2014

I suspect that deep in the soul of some Irish people there is a sneaking affection for the Royal Family, The Independent, 16 April 2014

Has Recep Tayyip Erdogan gone from model Middle East 'strongman' to tin-pot dictator? The Independent, 10 April 2014

Sinister efforts to minimise Japanese war crimes and portray the empire as a victim must be exposed, The Independent, 6 April 2014

he 1915 Armenian genocide: Finding a fit testament to a timeless crime, The Independent, 6 April 2014

As the centenary of the First World War Armenian Genocide nears, a survivor describes how she still hears the screams, The Independent, 30 March 2014

Assad is already counting on soldiers still at school to fill the gaps left by 30,000 casualties, The Independent, 23 March 2014

'There is no sectarianism in the army': Syria's war - the general's view, The Independent, 21 March 2014

Qatar pays Syrian rebels £40m ransom to free nuns - or did it? It depends what rumours you believe, The Independent, 18 March 2014

On the march with Assad's army: 'Unusually, the Syrian army took rebel prisoners. Ominously, I saw none', The Independent, 17 March 2014

'One day, you will all be lynched, dead, sick or alive', The Independent, 14 March 2014

Western leaders cannot face a 'looming' war. So I guess they'll patch something up - and let Russia gobble part of Ukraine, The Independent, 9 March 2014

Were it not for the French, Hezbollah would all be Syrians fighting on their own government's side inside their own country, The Independent, 2 March 2014

Pluralism was once the hallmark of the Arab world, so the exodus of Christians from the Middle East is painful to one Islamic scholar, The Independent, 23 February 2014

Ukraine's future is tied up with Syria's - and Vladimir Putin is crucial to both, The Independent, 21 February 2014

Civilians are dying. Campaigners are being kidnapped. The world cannot turn a blind eye to America's drone attacks in Pakistan, The Independent, 16 February 2014

Proof that politics hasn't changed, The Independent, 16 February 2014

Iran's dead poets society: The execution of Hashem Shabaani shows the pen can be mightier than the sword, The Independent, 13 February 2014

The number of women sentenced to death across the Middle East has very little to do with justice, The Independent, 10 February 2014

Using 'generic' illustrations in news stories dishonours the dead and distorts the truth by Robert Fisk, The Idependent, 2 February 2014

If only Tony Blair could grasp the truth about Field Marshal Sisi, The Idependent, 30 January 2014

Confessions beaten out of 'suspects', executions by the hundreds... How different is justice in today's Iraq from the era of Saddam? The Independent, 27 January 2014

A tale from Ireland that will stir the blood - even make it boil, The Independent, 26 January 2014

Syria report: One is reminded of Nazi Germany, The Independent, 21 January 2014

Britain feared civil war in Ireland more than it feared war in Europe 100 years ago, The Independent, 19 January 2014

Egyptians - or 98.1% of them - carry on a proud tradition, The Independent, 19 January 2014

Yarmouk: A camp without hope for a people without a land, The Independent, 16 January 2014

Rafiq Hariri murder trial: Proceedings begin - but the dock is empty, The Independent, 15 January 2013

The 'flowers' of the Arab Spring are so distracting that Ariel Sharon's death has barely raised a whimper, The Independent, 12 January 2014

Ariel Sharon: Peacemaker, hero... and butcher, The Independent, 12 January 2014

Now it's Middle Eastern regimes fighting al-Qa'ida, while the US ties itself up in knots, The Independent, 5 January 2014


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