Patrick Cockburn

Patrick Oliver Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent. He has written four books on Iraq 's recent history. He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006 and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009.


Afganistanin sotaa kaunistellaan valheilla, 4.3.2014 (Patrick Cockburn)



Patrick Cockburn Warns the West's “Triumphalism” in Ukraine Could Prolong Conflict Indefinitely, Democracy Now! 26 May 2022 (video and transcript)

The Lingering Mystery of Gulf War Syndrome, Brave New Europe, 24 May 2022

Will BoJo Become the Unwitting Hero of Irish Revolution? CounterPunch, 23 May 2022

The Tripwire of Irish Borders, CounterPunch, 17 May 2022

London and Washington are Being Propelled by Hubris – Just as Putin was:, Brave New Europe, 16 May 2022

Will the Ukraine War End Without Destroying All Life on the Planet? by Patrick Cockburn and Robert Scheer, ScheerPost, 13 May 2022

Another Easter Rising? No, But Sinn Féin Dominance Marks a Significant Turning Point, Brave New Europe, 12 May 2022

Britain's Napoleonic Posturing will be Exposed by Battlefield Reality, Brave New Europe, 2 May 2022

The Global Economic Shock of the Ukraine War, Brave New Europe, 28 April 2022

The War in Ukraine is Beginning to Look More and More Like Syria, Brave New Europe, 25 April 2022

The Forces Pushing Asylum Seekers to Cross the English Channel are Poorly Understood, Brave New Europe, 19 April 2022

Russia's Success in Syria's Civil War Doesn't Mean Much for Its Chances in Vast, United Ukraine, Brave New Europe, 13 April 2022

War Crimes Will Only Make Things Worse for Russia as Ukrainians Prepare for a Fight to the Bitter End, Brave New Europe, 5 April 2022

Putin is Being Written Off as an Ineffectual Monster, but a Russian Defeat is Far From Guaranteed, Brave New Europe, 4 April 2022

Vladimir Putin Made a Terrible Mistake, and His Concessions on Ukraine are a Sign of His Weakened Position, CounterPunch, 30 March 2022

The Rising Threat of Nuclear War, Brave New Europe, 28 March 2022

Ukraine Could Turn Into Another Endless War, Especially if NATO Decides More Than Just Peace is Needed, Brave New Europe, 25 March 2022

Mariupol May be Destroyed in Ukraine War But Stalingrad Taught Us Even Ruins Can be Defended, CounterPunch, 22 March 2022

Boris Johnson is Rehabilitating Mohammed bin Salman With His Servile Visit to Saudi Arabia, Brave New Europe, 21 March 2022

Demonizing Russia Risks Making Compromise Impossible, and Prolonging the War, Brave New Europe, 16 March 2022

Putin has Grossly Overplayed His Hand, But NATO Could be Making the Same Mistake as It Senses It's Winning, Brave New Europe, 15 March 2022

Threat of Nuclear Conflict is Higher Now Than in the Cold War, Brave New Europe, 11 March 2022

Sanctions are Blunt Instruments Which Punish Entire Populations But Hurt Leaders Least, CounterPunch, 8 March 2022

Even if Russia Captures Kyiv, Putin has Already Been Defeated After Starting Unwinnable War, Brave New Europe, 7 March 2022

Ukraine has Fought Heroically, But Putin will Not Let His ‘Special Military Operation' Become a Fiasco, Brave New Europe, 4 March 2022

Russia's Nuclear Warning is an Act of Desperation From Putin, Which Makes it Even More Dangerous, CounterPunch, 3 March 2022

Putin has Gambled Everything on His Snap-Invasion of Ukraine, Now His Political Survival in Russia is in Doubt, Brave New Europe, 28 February 2022

Russophobia Leads Us to Assume the Worst of Russians – and Assuming They're Demonic Could be Dangerous, CounterPunch, 25 February 2022

Russia-Ukraine is an Information War, So Government Intelligence Needs More Scrutiny Than Ever, CounterPunch, 22 February 2022

The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement is Crumbling, But Boris Johnson does not Seem to Care, CounterPunch, 21 February 2022

. An Unwinnable War in Ukraine has No Upside for Putin, But Threats have the West Lining up to Listen, CounterPunch, 18 February 2022

So Far, Putin is the Biggest Winner in the Ukraine Conflict, CounterPunch, 15 February 2022

Ukraine the Powderkeg Story: Always Smoking, Never Quite Exploding, CounterPunch, 14 February 2022

Biden Claims Credit for ISIS Leader's Death, But It Will Do Little Damage to Terror Group, CounterPunch, 8 February 2022

Putin is Playing a Strong Hand on Ukraine…as Long as He Doesn't Invade, CounterPunch, 7 February 2022

Russia Gains Much From Threats to Invade Ukraine, But Knows That Actually Doing So Would be a Disaster, CounterPunch, 1 February 2022

Ukraine Needs a Treaty to Guarantee Neutrality, Because NATO is Not Coming to the Rescue, CounterPunch, 31 January 2022

Boris Johnson's Populism May be Muted, But it is Still Accelerating Britain's Decline, CounterPunch, 25 January 2022

From Aerial Strikes to Starvation, Afghanistan's People Bear the Brunt of the West's Failed Taliban Tactics, CounterPunch, 18 January 2022

What's Driving the UK's Shortage of Medical Doctors? CounterPunch, 11 January 2022

Why It's Time We Reclaimed Patriotism From Populist-Nationalist Figures like Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, CounterPunch, 4 January 2022

Democracy is as Fragile Now as it was During My Father's Time in Weimar Germany, CounterPunch, 28 December 2021

In the Great Tradition of Populist Leaders, Boris Johnson Can No Longer Tell Truth From Falsehood, CounterPunch, 21 December 2021

The Chaotic Evacuation From Afghanistan Has Distracted From the UK's Deeper Failures During the War, CounterPunch, 15 December 2021

Tory Partying as the Alpha Covid Variant Took Hold is a Grim Symbol of Their Pandemic Response, CounterPunch, 13 December 2021

The West Helped Create the Conditions That Force Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians to Cross the Channel, CounterPunch, 7 December 2021

Mosul, Destroyed by War, Waits to be Rebuilt While the Hunt for Hidden ISIS Treasure Goes On, CounterPunch, 29 November 2021

The West helped create the conditions that force Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians to cross the Channel,, 27 November 2021

Trump Could be Re-Elected in the 2024, Yet Democrats are Still Obsessing Over the Steele Dossier, CounterPunch, 16 November 2021

The Owen Paterson scandal shows how corrupt our political class already is,, 5 November 2021

The west can't engage China on the climate while also demonizing them, ZNet, 19 October 2021

The CIA Plot to Kidnap or Kill Julian Assange in London is a Story that is Being Mistakenly Ignored by Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch, 5 October 2021

Britain Will Never be Taken Seriously with a Genuine Charlatan as Prime Minister, CounterPunch, 28 September 2021

When It Comes to Letting Down Allies, Trumpism and Bidenism Have Much in Common, CounterPunch, 21 September 2021

By Letting Saudi Arabia Off the Hook Over 9/11, the US Encouraged Violent Jihadism, CounterPunch, 14 September 2021

American Failure: Washington's Doomed New Way of Waging War, CounterPunch, 7 September 2021

The Taliban will Escape Pariah Status by Posing as the Enemy of ISIS, CounterPunch, 31 August 2021

The Taliban May Pretend to Show Moderation, But the Murderous Reality is Far Different, CounterPunch, 24 August 2021

The US and UK Got Things So Wrong in Afghanistan Because They do Not Understand the Afghan Way of War, CounterPunch, 23 August 2021

The Choice Facing Afghans: Do a Deal With the Taliban or Flee, CounterPunch, 18 August 2021

It is Government Weakness, Not Taliban Strength, That Condemns Afghanistan, CounterPunch, 17 August 2021

Britain is Sleazier and More Corrupt, But the Pandemic is Only Partly to Blame, CounterPunch, 10 August 2021

The Fall of Tunisia, Last of the Arab Spring Nations, CounterPunch, 3 August 2021

Boris Johnson is a Comic Operate Prime Minister, Whose Antics Have Killed Tens of Thousands, CounterPunch, 27 July 2021

The Greatest Threat to Britain Isn't China or Russia, It's Boris Johnson, CounterPunch, 20 July 2021

The Forever War in Afghanistan is Far From Over, CounterPunch, 13 July 2021

The government is launching a multi-front attack on freedom of expression in the name of national security, Independent, 3 July 2021

Donald Rumsfeld was the living symbol of America's plunge into the quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan, Independent, 2 July 2021

Gunboat diplomacy will not revive Britain's fading power, whatever Boris Johnson thinks, Yahoo News/Independent, 25 June 2021

The Republican Party has Turned Fascist and is Now the Most Dangerous Threat in the World, CounterPunch, 22 June 2021

The Rise and Fall of Netanyahu, CounterPunch, 21 June 2021

Britain is a Parasite on Other Countries, CounterPunch, 15 June 2021

Forget the Peace Process, the Focus Now Should be on Restoring Civil Rights to Palestinians, CounterPunch, 8 June 2021

From the Somme to COVID, the Deadly Toll of Bad Leadership, CounterPunch, 1 June 2021

Biden's Timid Gaza Intervention Won't Count for Much But US Reaction Against Israel has Changed Significantly, CounterPunch, 24 May 2021

Biden Can't Avoid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, CounterPunch, 17 May 2021

Israel is making the same errors as Britain did over Northern Ireland 50 years ago, Independent, 14 May 2021

The Pursuit of National Liberty Should not be Handed Over to Toxic Populists and Demagogues, CounterPunch, 11 May 2021

Boris Johnson does not deserve our gratitude for the vaccine, ZNet, 4 May 2021

Focusing on Injustices in Just a Few ‘bad' Nations Is a Dangerous Game, The Unz Review, 23 April 2021

When it comes to corruption, Britain is catching up fast with the Middle East, Independent, 16 April 2021

Northern Ireland is back as the most dangerous open wound in British political life, Independent, 10 April 2021

The government's race report has fuelled the controversy it was supposed to lay to rest, Independent, 2 April 2021

Vast sums are wasted on high-tech warfare, while the lessons of failures in real wars are ignored, Independent, 27 March 2021

In Syria, the War of Hunger Is Taking Over from the War of Guns, The Unz Review, 20 March 2021

Test and Trace is the dead elephant in the room – its stench grows by the day, Independent, 12 March 2021

The feud between Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond threatens to capsize Scottish nationalism, Independent, 6 March 2021

The government may feel vindicated over the Shamima Begum verdict – but it shouldn't, Independent, 27 February 2021

US media reports of the invasion of the Capitol have contributed to the spread of hatred and fear, Information Clearing House, 24 February 2021

The Arab Spring failed but the rage against misery and injustice continues today, Independent, 12 February 2021

The clash between the UK and EU over Northern Ireland is a precursor to confrontations that will last decades, Independent, 5 February 2021

Scotland is on the same path as Ireland a hundred years ago – the independence movement will be very difficult to stop, Independent, 29 January 2021

The Capitol invasion was not 9/11 in terms of violence but its political importance may be greater, Independent, 22 January 2021

Trump was brought down by his own vicious rhetoric – but the damage he's done to America will be hard to undo, Independent, 19 January 2021

Government mistakes provided the breeding ground for the mutant virus, which it is now using as an alibi for its failures, Independent, 15 January 2021

A calamitous week for Trump has ended his hopes of controlling the Republican Party, Independent, 8 January 2021

Julian Assange has won a significant victory. We should consider what it really means, Independent, 5 January 2021

The UK is Out of the EU, But the Balance of Power in Europe has Tipped Permanently Against It, CounterPunch, 5 January 2021

English exceptionalism is, in fact, unexceptional – our government is making the same errors as other nationalist movements, Independent, 1 January 2021


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