Robert Fisk (July 12, 1946 - ..)
Born: 12th July, 1946
Nationality: British
Profession/Occupation: Journalist
Region: Maidstone, England

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Robert Fisk, (born July 12, 1946, Maidstone, Kent, England), British journalist and best-selling author known for his coverage of the Middle East.

Fisk earned a B.A. in English literature at Lancaster University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1985. He began his journalism career in 1972 as the Belfast correspondent of The Times of London, covering political turmoil in Northern Ireland. As the paper's Middle East correspondent from 1976 to 1987 he again reported on violent and tumultuous political events, such as the Lebanese civil war (1975-90), the Iranian Revolution (1978-79), and the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). In 1989 Fisk moved to The Independent, where he continued to cover the Middle East from Beirut. He was known for his passionate reporting, his ability to secure access to frequently inaccessible people and places, and his willingness to brave danger to further his work. He was one of the few Western reporters to have interviewed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a feat he accomplished three times during the 1990s. He also provided extensive coverage of the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), the Afghanistan War (2001-14), and the Iraq War (2003-11), priding himself on his eyewitness accounts while criticizing what he called the "hotel journalism" of some of his colleagues, which often relied heavily on official sources.

Fisk's reporting and commentary stirred controversy. His detractors questioned his journalistic impartiality, citing his opposition to the Iraq War and his criticism of U.S. and Israeli policies. His supporters, on the other hand, contended that most Western journalists are blindly supportive of the United States and Israel and that Fisk's work in comparison is almost uniquely objective and unbiased.

Fisk continued to cover the Middle East, and he notably reported on the Arab Spring and the Syrian Civil War. He received numerous awards during his career, including the British Press Awards International Journalist of the Year and Foreign Reporter of the Year. His books included The Point of No Return: The Strike Which Broke the British in Ulster (1975), In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, 1939-1945 (1983), Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War (2001), The Great War for Civilisation--the Conquest of the Middle East (2005), and The Age of the Warrior: Selected Essays (2008).

Top 30 Robert Fisk quotes

It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out.
About
Get
History
Imperfect
Job
Journalist
Near
Ourselves
Out
Truth
Try
Witness
World
Worry
The Middle East is a land of great injustice. The Israelis can claim - or wish to, at least - that Lord Balfour's Declaration of 1917 promised Britain support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, which didn't just mean the left-hand bit that became Israel.
Became
Bit
Britain
Claim
Declaration
East
Great
Homeland
Injustice
Israel
Israelis
Jewish
Just
Land
American power in the Middle East is collapsing. It doesn't need much more than a shove, and it will - and that's not going to be a good thing.
A good thing
American
Collapsing
East
Going
Good
Good thing
Middle
Middle east
More
Much
Need
Power
Than
When you have a crime against humanity that is so awesome in scale and death, it is more than permissible to look around and say, who recently has been declaring war on the United States? Of course, the compass points straight to bin Laden.
Against
Around
Awesome
Been
Bin
Compass
Course
Crime
Death
Declaring
Has-been
Humanity
Look
More
I don't know what happens if they get bin Laden. I'm much more interested in what happens if they don't get bin Laden.
Bin
Get
Happens
Interested
Know
More
Much
U.S. journalists I don't think are very courageous. They tend to go along with the government's policy domestically and internationally. To question is seen as being unpatriotic, or potentially subversive.
Along
Being
Courageous
Go
Government
Internationally
Journalists
Policy
Potentially
Question
Seen
Subversive
Tend
Think
The Americans may think they have 'liberated' Baghdad but the tens of thousands of thieves - they came in families and cruised the city in trucks and cars searching for booty - seem to have a different idea what liberation means.
American
Baghdad
Came
Car
City
Different
Families
Idea
Liberated
Liberation
May
Means
Searching
Seem
President Bush will come here and there will be new 'friends' of America to open a new relationship with the world, new economic fortunes for those who 'liberated' them.
America
Bush
Come
Economic
Fortunes
Friends
Here
Liberated
New
New friends
Open
President
President bush
Relationship
Tanks come in two forms: the dangerous, deadly kind and the 'liberating' kind.
Come
Dangerous
Deadly
Forms
Kind
Liberating
Tanks
Two
I do not make stories up, full stop.
Full
Make
Stop
Stories
Up
Colleagues will malign you if you're a moderately successful journalist.
Colleagues
Journalist
Malign
Moderately
Successful
Will
You
It is always an eerie experience to sit among Bashar al-Assad's soldiers.
Always
Among
Experience
Sit
Soldiers
The word 'democracy' and the name of Assad do not blend very well in much of Syria.
Blend
Democracy
Much
Name
Syria
Very
Well
Word
The dead cannot speak. But hitherto unknown information has emerged from the confidential archives of the Syrian presidency and foreign ministry, published in a new book by Bouthaina Shaaban, who spent ten years as Hafez's interpreter and is still an adviser to his son Bashar.
Adviser
Archives
Book
Cannot
Confidential
Dead
Emerged
Foreign
His
Hitherto
Information
Interpreter
Ministry
New
Clinton impressed Assad: a young man who appeared to want to be neutral in the Arab-Israeli dispute - an illusion of course, but that's what Assad thought.
Appeared
Clinton
Course
Dispute
Illusion
Impressed
Man
Neutral
Thought
Want
Who
Young
Young man
In one way, I fear all Damascus is a dungeon. Or do you have to live here to appreciate that?
Appreciate
Fear
Here
Live
One-way
Way
You
A businessman admits that he 'let go' an employee because he was a Sunni Muslim. You simply have to look after yourself, he explains. I am shocked, like a good Westerner should be.
Admit
After
Am
Because
Businessman
Employee
Explains
Go
Good
He
I am
Let go
Like
Look
And it's true, you hear things in Damascus and, after a few hours, the human double-take stops operating.
After
Few
Hear
Hours
Human
Operating
Stops
Things
True
You
Israel lost its war. Will Assad's enemies lose, too?
Enemies
Israel
Lose
Lost
Too
War
Will
The Syrian army is tired of corruption. It is tired of party nepotism. It is becoming very angry with those it blames for the war.
Angry
Army
Becoming
Corruption
Nepotism
Party
Syrian
Those
Tired
Very
War
I've never been embedded with American soldiers or British soldiers or Iraqi soldiers or any other.
American
American soldiers
Any
Been
British
Embedded
Iraqi
Never
Other
Soldiers
When I visited Syrian special forces along the front lines, I was given extraordinary amounts of detail. They gave me the code numbers for the various positions they've got, told me where the rebels were - about 800 meters away in a forest. I met soldiers who had been wounded but were still serving.
About
Along
Amount
Away
Been
Code
Detail
Extraordinary
Forces
Forest
Front
Front lines
Gave
Given
One of the reasons why I think people have gone from reading mainstream newspapers to the Internet is because they realize they're being lied to.
Because
Being
Being lied to
Gone
I think
Internet
Lied
Mainstream
Newspapers
People
Reading
Realize
Reasons
Think
The biggest problem I have in journalism is being quoted or misquoted and then being asked to defend something I haven't said.
Asked
Being
Biggest
Biggest problem
Defend
Journalism
Misquoted
Problem
Quoted
Said
Something
Then
The Second World War is and was constantly being drudged up by Blair and Bush to rationalize the invasion of Iraq.
Being
Blair
Bush
Constantly
Invasion
Iraq
Rationalize
Second
Second world war
Up
War
World
World war
We are constantly trying to cope with what our fathers or our grandfathers did. I wrote the book 'Great War of Civilization,' and my father was a solider in the First World War which produced the current Middle East - not that he had much to do with that - but he fought in what he believed was the Great War for Civilization.
Believed
Book
Civilization
Constantly
Cope
Current
Did
East
Father
Fathers
First
First world
First world war
Fought
Bin Laden always wanted to get rid of Mubarek and Ben Ali and Gaddafi and so on, claiming that they were all infidels working for America, and in fact, it was millions of ordinary people who peacefully, more or less - certainly in the case of Tunisia and Egypt - got rid of them.
Ali
Always
America
Ben
Bin
Case
Certainly
Claiming
Egypt
Fact
Get
Got
In fact
Less
There is nothing so satisfying as to be shot at without effect.
Effect
Nothing
Satisfying
Shot
Without
William Dalrymple called me a war junkie in his silly book. No, I don't have a desire for it. I'm appalled and infuriated by it.
Appalled
Book
Desire
His
Me
Silly
War
William
I'm not sure whether I've been happy. After my last book tour, I sat on my balcony with a cup of tea. I thought: 'You can't rewind the movie. I've spent more than half my life in the Middle East. There have been great moments of horror and depression and loneliness.'
After
Balcony
Been
Book
Book tour
Cup
Depression
East
Great
Great moments
Half
Happy
Horror
Last

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