The animated and impassioned Robert Fisk is internationally known for his in-depth reporting from the Middle East for various newspapers, including the Independent (UK), the Guardian (UK), and The Times of London. He has lived in Beriut, Lebanon for the past 30 years. He was the Times of London Belfast correspondent from 1971-1975, and the Times of London Middle East correspondent from 1976-1987. He has covered the Middle East, the Balkans, Northern Ireland, and Algeria, as well as written such books as The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East and Pity The Nation. He is a 7-time recipient of the British International Journalist of the Year award.On his cd “War, Journalism, and the Middle East,” he discusses the realities, risks, and rewards of covering one of the most complex political situations on the planet for the past 30 years. With unparalleled access to history-makers in the region, Fisk recounts the rise of Hezbollah, his interviews with Osama Bin Laden, and the growing Iraqi insurgency. The 76 minute audio cd includes a October 2005 lecture and an April 2005 interview with acclaimed Alternative Radio host, David Barsamian. The interview covers the rise of Hezbollah to their interest in the Iraqi insurgency, the likely cost and consequences of the US presence in the region, interviewing Bin Laden, and the role of hired mercenaries in Iraq. The lecture focuses on the roots of western domination in the Middle East through today, and on the tragic consequences of this sordid history. The booklet includes an exclusive transcript of an illuminating Q&A session between Fisk and Barsamian from April 2006.
His reporting and breadth of knowledge about various trouble spots around the globe, especially the Middle East, comes from his ability to be on-the-scene regardless of the risks involved.