Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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Fate, Federal Court, Moon – a poem by Anne Carson

Sunday, March 26, 2017

London Review of Books. Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the subject of Anne Carson’s  poem, is an engineer from Yemen whose brother-in-law and nephew were mistakenly killed by a…

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The most expensive weapon ever built

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daniel Soar, London Review of Books. On the night of 12 January, there was a series of explosions at Mezzeh military airport on the outskirts of Damascus. A…

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Reality and the U.S.-Made Famine in Yemen

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kathy Kelly. This article was first posted on Counterpunch on March 22, 2017. This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby…

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2572. Is Palestinian Right to Self-Determination Compatible with the Israel’s “Right to Exist?”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kamran Nayeri. This article first appeared in Forum for Liberation on March 1, 2017. In discussions and debates about the “Arab-Israeli conflict” the questions of Palestinian right to…

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The roots of sectarianism in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Omar Hassan. First published at Red Flag and appeared in Socialist Worker on February 1, 2017. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream news report about the…

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Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

Monday, March 20, 2017

This article was originally published by the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and  reprinted in Jadaliyya on March 17, 2017. On 25 February 2017,…

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Introduction to Pambazuka’s Special Edition on the labour movement in Africa

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shaun Whittaker. This article first appeared in Europe Solidaire Sans Fronitiers on 26 January 2017. In the face of multiple crises of profit-driven socio-economic systems that have driven…

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1,736 social, economic and labor protests across Egypt in 2016: ECESR

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mada Masr. This report first appeared in Mada Masr on December 26, 2016 According to a report published by the independent Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) on…

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Iraq and beyond: hidden, secret wars from air, land and drone

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paul Rogers. This report first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017 The west’s military focus has shifted towards covert use of special forces. Both the human…

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Will the re-launch of the Mosul battle by the Iraqi PM reverse Trump’s hostile stance?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Zaid Alisa, Open Democracy. This article first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017. The highly unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections sent…

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No easy answers: why left-wing economics is not the answer to right-wing populism

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zack Beauchamp, Vox. On November 20, less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s upset win, Bernie Sanders strode onto a stage at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center to give…

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Le Populisme de gauche, un oxymore dangereux

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pierre Khalfa , Ensemble! Ce texte a été écrit en vue d’un débat sur la question du populisme qui a été introduit à partir des interventions et des…

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Imperialism in the Twenty First Century: Book Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

Michael Roberts blog. A review of imperialism in the Twenty First century by John Smith, published by Monthly Review Press John Smith’s book is a powerful and searing…

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All or nothing: Erdoğan is going for bust in an attempt to cling onto power,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. The winds of change sweeping the turbulent waters of Turkish politics have been pounding president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rocking and rolling caïque and driving…

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Is Africa rising? A critical perspective (2) – “a makeover of the mechanisms of domination and social injustice”

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jean Nanga, Europe Solidaire Sans Frontiers. The narrative about Africa in the international media, in particular the economic press, as well as in academic journals, is changing. It…

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Trump, Netanyahu and the burial of the two-state ‘solution’ for Israel

Friday, March 10, 2017

Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker. On February 15 the desiccated corpse of the two-state ‘solution’ (2SS) to the conflict between the Israeli Zionist settler state and the colonised Palestinian…

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Controlling the Narrative on Syria

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Louis Allday, Monthly Review on-line. Since 2011, the torrent of ill-informed, inaccurate and often entirely dishonest analysis of events in Syria has been unremitting. I have written previously…

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Women: Middle East ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The New Arab. Women in the Middle East have faced patriarchal prejudice and deeply-rooted discrimination in efforts to bridge the gender chasm and improve female participation in public…

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Egyptian State responds to labor protests with heightened repression

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jano Charbel, Mada Masr. Recent nationwide labor protests have found themselves confronted by extraordinary measures of repression as the country continues to weather economic struggles, austerity measures and…

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Mahalla textile workers call off strike as strike leaders face disciplinary hearings

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mada Masr, Al Arabiya. Over 2,000 workers from the state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla called off their partial strike on Wednesday. Five of the strike…

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IFFCO workers launch boycott campaign to protest sackings, arrests and sit-in dispersal

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mada Masr, Al Arabiya. Workers at the International Foodstuffs Co (IFFCO) in Suez have launched a campaign calling for a boycott of the company’s products after 27 workers…

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Blood in the Water: the Trump Revolution Ends in a Whimper

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mike Whitney, Counterepunch. The Flynn fiasco is not about national security advisor Michael Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. It’s much deeper than that. It’s about Russia. It’s about Putin. It’s…

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The Arab ruling classes in the 1970s – Mohammad Ja’far

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mohammad Ja’far, Libcom.org. Text of a talk by Mohammed Ja’far on the development of the Arab ruling classes during the 1960s and 1970s, their integration into the world…

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The art of the bigger deal on Israel, Palestine and the occupied territories

Friday, March 3, 2017

Adam Shatz, LRB Blog. ‘So, I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like … I can live with either one,’ Donald…

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Resurrecting the Antiwar Movement

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Greg Shupak, Jacobin. As President Trump tries to ban refugees, he looks poised to create more of them. The structural logic should be familiar by now — and…

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Revolution in Iran: was it possible in 1921?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fred Halliday, Libcom. Article discussing the little-known 1920-21 uprising in the Gilan province of northern Iran, and its importance for the workers’ movement in both Iran itself and…

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