As Iran and the United Kingdom re-open their embassies amid much caution and ambivalence, there is tentative cause for optimism

Mahan Abedin

'Tyrant' reflects the mind-numbing propaganda fed to Americans when sugar-coating the country’s failing Middle East foreign policy

Dilly Hussain

A good cop/bad cop routine by the US and Israel was in fact a strategy to get crippling sanctions against Iran approved by the UN Security Council

Gareth Porter

Should the Brotherhood give up the struggle for democracy, Egypt would fall prey to the hegemony of a corrupt ruling class for decades to come

Basheer Nafi

Questions about the potential departure of Mahmoud Abbas go wider than a succession battle and the malaise is bigger than one man

Ben White

The Labour leadership frontrunner comes from a rich tradition of British dissenters from left and right, from William Cobbett to Thomas Paine

Peter Oborne

The Chinese economic crash has awoken Saudi Arabia to the reality that domestic reforms must be made to protect the kingdom's future

Salah Khashoggi

Well-supported Iranian commentators in US peddle misinformation and distortions with little heed to how that helps ordinary compatriots still in Iran

Muhammad Sahimi

Polls on 1 November will either install an AK Party-led single party government or necessitate a new culture of compromise

Galip Dalay

Terminology applied to people making irregular border crossings varies across time and place, generally to suit those setting the rules

Natalia Paszkiewicz