The world of journalism lost a brave voice yesterday with the death of Robert Fisk, a brilliant and courageous journalist. He was mostly known for his writing on the Middle East, where he did not fear to tackle dictators, oligarchs, imperial powers and Zionism.
“Robert Fisk’s decades of reporting on Israel/Palestine were especially valuable, contrasted with most mainstream U.S. media, “reported James North of Mondoweiss. “He raised doubts about the 1993 Oslo “peace agreement” right from the start, asking ordinary skeptical Palestinians for their opinion instead of relying exclusively on high-level diplomats. He went to Israeli Jewish “settlements” in the West Bank, and did not cover up the hard, anti-Palestinian views he found there.”
Fisk documented the problems in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, the Portuguese revolution in 1974, the Lebanese civil war (1975-1989), the Iranian revolution in 1979, the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq war, the Bosnian War, the first Gulf War, the Algerian civil war, the Kosovo war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He interviewed Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Osama Bin Laden, and many other both influential and important figures. Fisk authored several landmark books on the Middle East, including ”Pity the Nation,” an account of the Lebanese civil war 1975–1990, and “The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East,” a compilation of his articles for The Times and The Independent media outlets in Britain.
Fisk had admirers (and, of course, enemies) all over the world, but in his adopted country of Ireland, he had the status of a rock star. “The world of journalism and informed commentary on the Middle East has lost one of its finest commentators” said Irish President Michael D Higgins.
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