Day: December 17, 2013

As we move towards the Great War’s centenary, it’s time to recognise the reality of its horror. Beneath the headstones, there are sometimes just bits of human beings

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Why do we want to commemorate the centenary of the Great War? Because it marked the destruction of the “flower of English manhood”? An odd thought, since it also marked the crushing of the “flower” of French and German manhood. The war’s ultimate tragedy, of […]

The sad and puzzling story of Abbas Khan, the British doctor found dead in Syrian jail What prompted the death of a man whose life was more valuable to Assad than any other foreigner’s in Syria?

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT I first met Fatima Khan in the Syrian embassy in Beirut early this year. She was pleading for a visa so that she and her daughter Sara could visit Damascus and seek news of her missing son. I knew nothing of Abbas Khan, but – […]