Iran’s coronavirus outbreak makes no sense. What’s really going on?

Friday, February 28, 2020

Chris Stokel-Walker For six weeks after China first reported details of a previously-unknown coronavirus spreading in the city of Wuhan, the disease – now called Covid-19 – stayed…

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Deconstructing the election to Iran’s Majlis

Friday, February 28, 2020

M.K. Bhadrakumar Iran’s parliamentary election on Friday took place in extraordinary circumstances. The pandemic fear over coronavirus significantly impacted the voter turnout, which is estimated to be around…

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There’s Little Chance for Change in Lebanon, Except for More Suffering

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Robert Fisk The freezing Mediterranean squalls that slash across downtown Beirut and the seafront to the west may give the impression this week that Lebanon is lapsing back into its…

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Palestinians have only one option left: Stay and fight

Sunday, February 23, 2020

An elephant trap has for years now laid in the path of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s messianic plans to establish the state of Israel between the river…

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Antisemitism threats will keep destroying the UK Labour party

Friday, February 21, 2020

Jonathan Cook If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change –…

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A Moon-Lit Night: a poem by Ahmad Shamlu

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Translated by Sheida Dayani On a Moon-Lit Night On a moon-lit night Moon is in my dream It takes me with it Alley to alley, Into the vineyards…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi It should be noted that this virtual roundtable took place in…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 1)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi Introduction Much of the discussion about politics in the Islamic Republic…

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Backdrop & Reverberations of Soleimani’s Assassination (Part 2: Iraq, Syria, and Yemen)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

[On 3 January 2020, the United States assassinated Major General Qassem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps Guard (IRGC). The event was an escalation by the Trump Administration…

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Four poems by Kajal Ahmad, translated from the Kurdish

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Were I a Martyr Trans. Darya Ali andAlana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse I want no flowers, no epoch of union, no dawn of disunion. I want no flowers for I…

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Can the U.S. and Iran Avoid a Disastrous Collision?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Prabir Purkayastha With the United States walking out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—more commonly known as the Iran accord—we all enter into a heightened zone…

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Iraq Is On The Brink Of An Energy Crisis

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Simon Watkins As the deadline for the U.S. to renew its waiver on Iraq importing gas and electricity from Iran approaches later this month, the three key players…

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Two poems from prison: Nazim Hekmat

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Letters From A Man In Solitary 1 I carved your name on my watchband with my fingernail. Where I am, you know, I don’t have a pearl-handled jackknife…

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Democratic revolution in Lebanon and Iraq

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Phil Hearse The Arab Spring of 2011-13 was drowned in rivers of blood, sometimes after being first diverted by the dead-end of political Islam. But in the last…

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Western “Anti-Imperialists” Silence Middle Eastern and North African Voices

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Daliah Lina “You stand with the terrorist troops. You are a jihadist.” This just covers a part of the public smearing I had to face the last couple…

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