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This week's editor
The Armenian genocide
Yemen - easy to get wrong
Through the bars
No to TTIP
Meteoric rise of Islamic State
Iran's state and media are fervent in support of Hizbollah. Are the people persuaded? Kamin Mohammadi, in Tehran, reports.
After four weeks of war in Lebanon, Israel's long-term strategic predicament is becoming clear.
The experience of living for four weeks under Hizbollah rocket attacks has only focused Israeli convictions, says Menachem Kellner in Israels cosmopolitan port city.
The deep agenda of Israel's assault is to maintain the country's monopoly of modernity in the middle east. But its ending is inexorable and with it Israel's exceptional status in the region, says George Schöpflin.
The war in Lebanon has forged a new unity between secular and religious political forces in Pakistan against Israel and the United States, reports Irfan Husain.
The flaws in Israel's Lebanese war are straining the loyalties of Tel Aviv's most fervent supporters in Washington.
In the midst of the destruction of civilian lives in Lebanon, women and families on all sides are trying to build bridges against militarisation and for peace, says Pamela Ann Smith.
Three weeks into the war with Israel, the capital of Lebanon is a city damaged, deserted and in limbo. Paul Cochrane reports.
The combination of United States global strategy, Israeli determination and Hizbollah resilience mean only one thing: a long war.
Both Israel and Hizbollah find themselves committed to fresh military strategies that in combination guarantee a long war, writes Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.
"Saddam was the ultimate nightmare but now things are just bad, really bad." Despite a newly elected government, civil war looms ominously on the horizon: what is happening in Iraq and who holds the power? Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, the award-winning photojournalist, talks to openDemocracy about occupation, insurgency, and how his country fell apart.
Israel's relentless military assault on Lebanon cannot conceal the crisis of its security doctrine.
People in Jerusalem are keeping a nervous eye on the "situation". But amid thousands of evacuees from the north, the diplomatic fallout of the Qana massacre, and the distant threat of Hizbollah rockets life in Israel goes on, finds just-arrived Jan McGirk.
The Qana massacre has changed the immediate course of the war, but the determination of Israel and the United States to destroy Hizbollah remains unchanged.
With tensions growing in the middle east, leaders and policymakers have started warning of an increasingly powerful Shi'a crescent, bolstered by Iran. Abigail Fielding-Smith uncovers the politics and illusions behind the sectarian story.
The first two weeks of August will be decisive in determining whether the Lebanon war escalates further or can be contained.
The United States is using the Lebanon war to blame Iran as the locus of its war on terror.
Lebanese people in flight from war are finding refuge in neighbouring Syria. Paul Cochrane, in Damascus, reports.
Israel's war in Lebanon is being conducted with unstinting United States support. This suggests that a long war is in prospect.
It is a move that belongs to the theatre of the absurd. It would have certainly stretched the imagination of the Monty Python comedy team. On 25 July 2006, Condoleezza Rice promised the Lebanese government $30 million in aid for reconstruction, even as the United States was rushing to complete an Israeli order for 4,000 precision-guided bombs to drop on, yes, Lebanon.
George W Bush's portrayal of Israel's campaign against Hizbollah as part of the war on terror is a gift to al-Qaida.
An agreed, just settlement of the core conflict between Israel and the Palestinians not punitive Israeli expeditions is the only way to peace in the middle east, says Anatol Lieven.
Washington's support for Israel's war against Hizbollah is intimately linked to its strategic calculations towards Iran.
The people are supporting their leaders, for now. But what if things go wrong? Eric Silver, on the Israeli frontline, reports.
The heart of the war in Lebanon is Hizbollah's challenge to Lebanon's national sovereignty, says Roger Scruton.
Israel's assault on Lebanon reveals the failure of its long-standing security paradigm.
An in-depth encounter with Hizbollah in the group's Lebanese heartlands gives Fred Halliday an unmatched insight into the "party of God's" long-term thinking and strategy.
The conflict between Israel and Hizbollah is also a surrogate for an even larger confrontation: between the United States and Iran.
The British forces sent to fight the Taliban in southern Afghanistan are facing a formidable enemy steeled by history, ideology and poverty, says Irfan Husain.
A week into the war, Israel's intransigence and the United States's indulgence make the prospects for peace minimal.
Israel's attacks on Lebanon continued over the night of 17-18 July with fifty sites being hit. Many of these were said to be Hizbollah facilities, even though the targets have included a lighthouse, a medical truck and a dairy factory. In any case, the main effect has been to cause disruption across much of the country as numerous bridges are hit and movement of refugees is made difficult if not impossible.
The Lebanese people will not be broken apart by the devastating pressures of renewed war, says Alex Klaushofer.
Israel's bombardment of Lebanon may be only the prelude to an even wider field of conflict.
The motives and intentions of the Hamas militia in Gaza and the Hizbollah guerillas in southern Lebanon will clearly be key elements in influencing the direction of the current conflict in the middle east.
Why did Hizbollah launch its border operation against Israel, and is the movement prepared for the consequences? Thomas O'Dwyer in Tel Aviv hears expert Israeli observers make sense of an escalating crisis.
Britain's little-reported decision to build two huge surface warships is the best indication that its government shares the United Statess vision of a "long war" requiring global maritime power-projection.
The architects of the commuter-train attacks in Mumbai may succeed in pushing India and Pakistan towards renewed confrontation, says Maruf Khwaja.
The coordinated attacks on Mumbai's commuter trains are the latest chapter in a sustained covert war against India by Pakistan-sponsored Islamist terror groups, says Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi.
The evening of 11 July 2006 saw the execution of a series of eight bomb explosions at seven locations on local trains and stations in Mumbai (Bombay) at peak hours. At the time of writing, an estimated 190 persons had died, with numbers still rising, and many of the over 600 injured still in a critical state.