Islamic State v al-Qaida: Book review

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Owen Bennet-Jones, London Review of Books. Isis: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges Princeton; Isis: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, Regan Arts;…

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Majoritarian Syria: Justice in Conflict Resolution

Friday, October 28, 2016

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. What is a resolution in Syria? Syrians engaged in public affairs are always being asked about our conception of a resolution to the Syrian…

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Hillary Clinton may intervene more in Syria, but is she a hardened interventionist?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Aron Lund, Carnegie Middle East Center. With Donald Trump now mired in scandal, it is looking increasingly probable that Hillary Clinton will be the 45th president of the…

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Amid Mosul offensive, Turkey denounces US policy, stakes claims in Balkans

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Alex Lantier, World Socialist Web Site. The US-directed attack on Mosul and fallout from the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, backed by Washington and…

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The ‘War’ against Islamic State: A Military Strategy Doomed to Political Failure

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Joseph Daher, New Politics. The last terrible terrorist attack by the so-called “Islamic State” (also known as Daech) killed at least 300 people in Baghdad’s central shopping district…

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Convergence of the war hawks

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Keegan Farley, IMI-Studie.  Hilary Clinton and a bipartisan plan to extend American Power. Perhaps it goes without saying, but whenever a new president of the United States comes…

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The global debt hangover

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Michael Roberts. The legacy of the global financial crash and the Great Recession has left a huge mound of debt globally that weighs down the world capitalist economy. …

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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First ISIS, then Iran: Kurdish-Iranian leader has eyes on Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kim Dean, Middle East Eye. Erbil, Iraq – A small range of hills outside of Kirkuk has been the frontline with the Islamic State since the group fled…

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Proxies and politics: Why Iran funds foreign militias

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Karim El-Bar, Middle East Eye. In wake of Arab Spring, Iran’s backing of foreign militias has drawn much attention. Why is this support so central to Iranian foreign…

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Analysts: Israel using rocket attacks from fringe groups in Gaza to target Hamas tunnel infrastructure

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hamza Abu Al-Tarabeesh, Mondoweiss. Ali Tannany, 27, was celebrating his bachelor party with friends, relatives and neighbors in Jabalia Camp in Northern Gaza in August when Israeli missiles…

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Etienne Balibar: Laïcité or identity?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Verso Books. The controversial banning of the “Burkini” by several French municipalities – and it’s overturning by the state council – has once again brought the question of…

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The house of Zion

Friday, October 7, 2016

Perry Anderson, New Left Review. An informative summary of some options open to the Palestinian people [ME4Change]. Since the turn of the century, the Arab states have come…

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Will the ‘Iranian threat’ push Arabs closer to Israel?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Badr al-Rashed, The New Arab. Arab officials and academics joined former Israeli foreign minister, MK Tzipi Livni at a conference earlier this week attempting to unite leaders under…

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The other air force: Book review

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

James Snell, The New Arab. America, Matt Sienkiewicz asserts at the beginning of his new book The Other Air Force, “is not a subtle nation”. In many ways –…

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Class “justice”: Baba Jan and his comrades sentenced to 40 years in prison

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Jan Malewski, Links. Accused without evidence of acts that he could not have committed, since he was at the time about sixty kilometres away, Baba Jan was tortured,…

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Ancient Syrian Sites: A Different Story of Destruction

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hugh Eakin, New York Review of Books. Among the major turning points of the Syrian conflict, few have been laden with as much symbolism—or geopolitical posturing—as the recapture…

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