Syria: Assad and allies target the YPG: The marriage of convenience hits a wall

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kareem Chehayeb. Posted on Middle East Eye on September 28, 2017. The alliance of convenience between the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –…

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Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917–2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

John Bellamy Foster. Posted on Monthly Review Volume 69, Issue 03 (July-August 2017) . The Russian Revolution of 1917 erupted on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of…

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Labor and Class in Iran: An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paola Rivetti. Published by MERIP on May 26, 2017. Mohammad Maljoo is a Tehran-based economist researching labor issues and the transformation of capital-labor relations in post-revolutionary Iran. Widely…

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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent on line on September 19, 2017. The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to…

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Congress fuels Christian rivalries with bid to arm Iraqi militias

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bryant Harris Posted on al-Monitor on September 15, 2017. A little-noticed provision to arm Iraqi Christians in the House version of a must-pass defense bill is inadvertently fueling unrest…

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Global Burden of Disease 2016

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The medical journal Lancet (volume 390, number 10100, Sep 16, 2017, p 1083​-​1464) has published a series of articles on global health 2016 that shows the changing pattern…

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A Redder Shade of Green: Intersection of Science and Socialism. Book Review

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ian Angus, Monthly Review Press Sarah Ensor’s review of this book appears on Socialist Review September 2017. The author describes this collection of articles as “debates, polemics and…

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Sketching war: the writer who depicts Middle East conflict – in watercolour

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kilian Fox Posted on The Guardian/Observer on September 10, 2017 Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s drawings have helped him cope with reporting from the frontline. Now they will illustrate…

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Iran, Israel and the big mess in Washington

Monday, September 11, 2017

Giulietto Chiesa. Posted on Defend Democracy Press on September 5, 2017. In the big mess of the current American foreign policy, which is an effect of the internal…

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How Palestinians can reverse Israel’s divide and conquer tactics

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sam Bahour. Posted on +972 on September 5, 2017. Oslo allowed Israel to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive. It’s time…

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Iran’s water crisis: A talk by Dr Kaveh Madani

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A lecture by Dr. Kaveh Madani, November 17, 2016 in Stanford. Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, Iran is experiencing a…

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The Saudi Arabian Trillions

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Malise Ruthven. Published on London Review of Books volume 39, no 17, September 7, 2017. It made perfect sense that the first port of call on President Trump’s…

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