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.


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

The Boustani house encompasses both the tragedy and faith of Lebanon, Independent, 28 December 2017

Why Mohammed bin Salman is taking an interest in the Arab Bank, Independent, 21 December 2017

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is no longer a force on the world stage, Independent, 14 December 2017

Donald Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite, Independent, 7 December 2017

An Israeli dream might come true if Trump declares Jerusalem the capital – but so will an Arab nightmare, Independent, 5 December 2017

What the Russian Revolution can teach us about the Middle East today, Independent, 4 December 2017

Egypt's President al-Sisi facing serious questions about strategy to bring Isis hotspot Sinai province under control, Independent, 24 November 2017

US foreign policy in the Middle East doesn't exist anymore, Independent, 23 November 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri accepts exile in France as Saudi Arabia no longer feels like a home away from home, Independent, 16 November 2017

This isn't the first time Saudi Arabia has threatened the stability of Lebanon, Independent, 13 November 2017

The resignation of Lebanon's Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has not gone as smoothly as the Saudis wanted, Independent, 10 November 2017

Saad Hariri's resignation as Prime Minister of Lebanon is not all it seems, Independent, 9 November 2017

Everything wrong with Theresa May's ridiculous assertion that we should feel proud of the Balfour Declaration, Independent, 2 November 2017

By killing Isis fighters instead of bringing them to justice, we become as guilty as our enemies, Independent, 26 October 2017

Vladimir Putin is positioning himself as the main player in the Middle East, Independent, 19 October 2017

After visiting Hitler's office in Munich, it's clear to me that there are still lessons to be learned, Independent, 17 October 2017

Isis has lost Raqqa with the fighting taking much of the city's history too – where will their fighters head to next? Independent, 16 October 2017

We will soon find out what 'unity' really means for the Palestinians, Independent, 12 October 2017

Can Christians stay in the Middle East now that they are being persecuted for their ancient religion? Independent, 12 October 2017

Clare Hollingworth: Our last interview with the woman who broke WW2, Independent, 10 October 2017

Is there truth in the conspiracy theories about who killed Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov in Syria? Independent, 5 October 2017

I'm all for war crimes trials in The Hague – so long as we agree to prosecute every possible war criminal, Independent, 28 September 2017

Saudi Arabia lifting the driving ban is little more than a glitzy distraction from its continued geopolitical problems, Independent, 27 September 2017

A year on from the murder of Christian writer Nahed Hattar in Jordan, many questions remain unanswered, Independent, 21 September 2017

If Donald Trump is going to use WW2 to justify his UN speech, it would be good if he got his facts right, Independent, 20 September 2017

If Nikki Haley doesn't drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon, Independent, 14 September 2017

Allegations that three Qataris were 'tortured' by UAE officials will put the UK at the centre of an inter-Arab squabble, Independent, 11 September 2017

The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor, Independent, 7 September 2017

When did protest against the Assad government turn to war in Syria? Independent, 31 August 2017

We need to talk about the Spanish and Catalan reactions to the Barcelona attack – even if it's not a nice conversation, Independent, 24 August 2017

Trump's claim that a general dipped bullets in pigs' blood is fake news – but the US massacre of Moro Muslims isn't, Independent, 18 August 2017

What the death of an Irishman who lost his life fighting for Britain can tell us about the stupidity of Brexit, Independent, 17 August 2017

If you're wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here's the answer, Independent, 10 August 2017

When you watch Dunkirk, remember that it's a whitewashed version which ignores the bravery of black and Muslim soldiers, Independent, 3 August 2017

Woe betide the Kurds of northern Syria when the war is over, Independent, 31 July 2017

On the Syrian frontline, the battle against Isis is reaching its crescendo, Independent, 28 July 2017

The Syrian army were standing up to Isis long before the Americans ever fired a missile, Independent, 27 July 2017

As Syria's army – with Russia's help – advances through the desert, Isis propaganda comes across the radio waves, Independent, 26 July 2017

Syrians aren't just rebuilding an ancient mosque in Aleppo - they are rebuilding their community, Independent, 25 July 2017

Secret Russian-Kurdish-Syrian military cooperation is happening in Syria’s eastern desert, Independent, 24 July 2017

To the Government, Saudi Arabia is 'The Kingdom Whose Name We Dare Not Speak At All', Independent, 20 July 2017

Fethullah Gulen is facing extradition to Turkey by Donald Trump – so he should read up about his country, Independent, 13 July 2017

The Qatar crisis has nothing to do with Al Jazeera and everything to do with the war in Syria, Independent, 6 July 2017

Syrians living under Isis accepted the jurisdiction of Islamist courts - does that make them collaborators? Independent, 3 July 2017

The destruction of the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is another example of the 'culturecide' we've become so used to, Independent, 29 June 2017

By demanding the end of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is trying to turn Qatar into a vassal state, Independent, 26 June 2017

The US seems keener to strike at Syria's Assad than it does to destroy Isis, Independent, 20 June 2017

It's not the first time the Tories have been forced into bed with Unionists – and this long alliance is troubling, Independent, 15 June 2017

Did Donald Trump denounce Qatar as a ‘sponsor of terrorism' due to failed business deals? Independent, 13 June 2017

This is the real story behind the economic crisis unfolding in Qatar, Independent, 8 June 2017

This is what Theresa May refused to tell you in her schoolyard sermon on terror, Independent, 5 June 2017

The truth about US involvement in Syria is far more complicated than Donald Trump wants you to think, Independent, 1 June 2017

In the age of Islamic literalism we should remember the Egyptian scholar who fought back, Independent, 30 May 2017

We must look to the past, not Isis, for the true meaning of Islam, Independent, 25 May 2017

Donald Trump has just met with the new leader of the secular world – Pope Francis, Independent, 24 May 2017

Donald Trump is trying to stick to the script – but he's about to really mess up in the Middle East, Independent, 22 May 2017

Donald Trump’s speech to the Muslim world was filled with hypocrisy and condescension, Independent, 21 May 2017

Rouhani’s victory is good news for Iran, but bad news for Trump and his Sunni allies, Independent, 20 May 2017

US air strikes in Syria: Why America really attacked pro-Assad militia convoy, Independent, 19 May 2017

This is the aim of Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia – and it isn't good for Shia communities, Independent, 18 May 2017

Even when wars end in the Middle East, superbugs and aggressive cancers caused by conflict attack, Independent, 16 May 2017

Can Syria ever be repaired when its long civil war finally comes to an end? Independent, 11 May 2017

You can't erase imperialism from Lebanon's history – no matter how hard some people try, Independent, 10 May 2017

Donald Trump hasn't quite thought through his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, Independent, 5 May 2017

Egyptian President al-Sisi is employing militia in the Sinai – a sign of how desperate his war against Isis has become, Independent, 4 May 2017

Problems faced by Egypt’s Coptic Christians run far deeper than Isis attacks, Independent, 30 April 2017

Sisi apparently believes that the Pope's visit to Cairo will prove Egypt is safe for Christians – Isis has other ideas, Independent, 28 April 2017

Christians are under attack in the Middle East – and not even a visit from the Pope can convince them to stay, Independent, 27 April 2017

Will Donald Trump have the guts to call the Armenian genocide what it was? Independent, 24 April 2017

Donald Trump's first 100 days: The madder he gets, the more seriously the world takes him, Independent, 21 April 2017

It is not just Bashar al-Assad who is 'responsible' for the rise of Isis, Independent, 20 April 2017

If Trump cares so much about Syrian babies, why is he not condemning the rebels who slaughtered children? Independent, 17 April 2017

Lebanon's efficient security services are stepping up their watch over Islamist supporters in Beirut and beyond, Independent, 13 April 2017

Donald Trump, who doesn't read books, is ignorant of history – and so is his pet chump Sean Spicer, Independent, 12 April 2017

Isis has finally reached central Egypt – but that's not even al-Sisi's biggest problem, Independent, 10 April 2017

The US air strike say more about the Vladimir Putin-Donald Trump relationship than the Middle East, Independent, 7 April 2017

Assad has forced his secret police into the army to fight for Syria – and it will bring him closer to Trump, Independent, 6 April 2017

Revealed: How Isis turns normal towns and villages into theatres and factories of death, Independent, 1 April 2017

Can reconciliation ever heal a country with conflict wounds as deep as Syria? Independent, 30 March 2017

In northern Syria, defeated Isis fighters leave behind only scorched earth, trenches – and a crucifixion stand, Independent, 29 March 2017

Syria: Final evacuation of Homs begins under close Russian supervision, Independent, 27 March 2017

'We see them as monsters. At least Israel makes normal, typical war': As Isis caliphate shrinks, Syrian anger grows, Independent, 26 March 2017

Tanks, suicide bombs and bayonets: On the front line in the battles around Damascus, Independent, 24 March 2017

It is President Erdogan's Turkey, not humane Germany, that is guilty of 'Nazi practices', Independent, 22 March 2017

Martin McGuinness dies: The super-'terrorist' who became a super-statesman - like so many others, Independent, 21 March 2017

On the 40th anniversry of Kamal Jumblatt's death, is trouble brewing again in Lebanon? Independent, 19 March 2017

Trump has opened his arms to immigrants, but only if they're white Canadians, Independent, 9 March 2017

Theresa May wants British people to feel 'pride' in the Balfour Declaration. What exactly is there to be proud of? Independent, 2 March 2017

Marine Le Pen has arrived in Lebanon to find out that the Christians she thought were her allies aren't on her side at all, Independent, 23 February 2017

Victory over Isis in Mosul could mean defeat in Syria's Deir Ezzor 250 miles west, Independent, 20 February 2017

How will we get over the Trump addiction? Independent, 18 February 2017

Donald Trump's abandonment of the two-state solution descended into dark comedy very quickly, Independent, 16 February 2017

There's a reason why not a single Arab dictator has called out Donald Trump so far, Independent, 13 February 2017

Despite appearances, Israel is in for a rough ride under Donald Trump, Independent, 9 February 2017

What the history of Greece can tell us about the fight against Isis, Independent, 2 February 2017

This is how Theresa May should have reacted to Donald Trump's travel ban – for the sake of British Muslims, Independent, 29 January 2017

Donald Trump's arbitrary, cruel ban on refugees from Muslim countries sets a chilling precedent, Independent, 28 January 2017

This is the one thing Donald Trump, Syria's Bashar al-Assad and President al-Sisi in Egypt have in common, Independent, 26 January 2017

Donald Trump's presidency-by-tweet will be bad for Muslims, but great for Isis, Independent, 20 January 2017

A Trump presidency could have been avoided if Clinton had only listened to American Arabs, Independent, 19 January 2017

he Paris peace conference was beyond useless – everyone knows a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine is impossible now, Independent, 16 January 2017

How would legendary foreign correspondent Clare Hollingworth have reported on the world of Twitter and Trump? Independent, 12 January 2017

I just met a journalist in Berlin who I used to work alongside in Iraq. He reminded me what it means to report on atrocities, Independent, 5 January 2017

This is the reason why we don't dwell on Turkish deaths in the West, Independent, 2 January 2017


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