The Syrian Mercenaries Fighting Foreign Wars for Russia and Turkey

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Elizabeth Tsurkov “They sent us directly to the front lines. The situation is terrible. Terrible. There is fighting every day. We are charged with storming. There is no…

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With love and fury: the Syrian writers proving there’s more than one war story: Book Review

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Robin Yassin-Kassab “Syrians. I hated the deceptive simplicity of that word. We were twenty-three million people. Soldiers and fighters. Revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries. The torturer and the victim. How…

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What’s Really Driving the Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Djene Rhys, BajalanSara Nur Yildiz, Vazken Khatchig Davidian The outbreak of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has thrust the long-running dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh (Mountainous Karabakh, known to Armenians…

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How filmmaker Khosrow Sinai uncovered the hidden history of Polish refugees in Iran

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Aga Sablinska Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai passed away in August from COVID-19, leaving behind an important and eye-opening document of Polish exodus during the Second World War. His…

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Water in the Middle East: A Primer

Monday, October 19, 2020

Jessica Barnes Water is a prominent topic in discussions about the Middle East. Fishing at the Chebayesh marsh in Dhi Qar province, Iraq, April 2019. Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters Yet…

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Syrian rebels sign up to fight for Azeris in Nagorno-Karabakh to feed families

Sunday, October 4, 2020

MEE and agencies Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria’s war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan, hoping to earn almost 80…

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One year on, has Iraq’s anti-government protest movement changed the country?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Alex MacDonald In the year since Iraqis took to the streets en masse to protest against unemployment, corruption, foreign interference and a creaking political system, the country has…

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