Pakistan amidst the storms
Graham Usher reports from Islamabad on the problems besetting Pakistan's new coalition government
Pakistan after Bhutto
With 160 million people, 600,000 soldiers and 50 nuclear warheads, what happens in Pakistan after Benazir Bhutto's assassination has ramifications worldwide. Graham Usher reports from Islamabad
The earthquake opened up Pakistan-controlled Kashmir to the world. Will Islamabad close it again? Graham Usher continues his special reports from Pakistan in Muzaffarabad
Rocks and hard places
A recent attack on a madrassa in Pakistan shows up all that is wrong with Nato's and Pakistan's anti-Taliban policies, writes Graham Usher from Peshawar, in the first of two special reports from Pakistan
The new (and old) Hamas
What lay behind the sweeping victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections – and what will it do with its new-found power?
Elections without a state
Palestinians will be going to the polls in January not to prepare for an independent state but to steel themselves against a crushing defeat
Yasser Arafat, 1929-2004
To have seen Yasser Arafat's last days in Ramallah is to understand why dozens rather than thousands on 28 October saw off his helicopter from his compound in what turned out to be his last flight from Palestine.
The Sadr revolt
On the surface, it is a battle of two political wills: the US-led occupation forces ranged against a seditious young cleric, whose brand of political Islam, historical grievance and thwarted nationalism runs deeps among the young, urban, overwhelmingly Shia poor of Iraq's central and southern cities.