Diplomacy, not bombing, the way to end Syria’s agony

Monday, April 16, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn. Posted on the Guardian April 15 and ZNet on April 16. These are serious times. Following the missile attacks on Syria, now is the moment for a powerful…

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Trump’s Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack: Illegal and Deadly

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Marjorie Cohn. Posted on Truthout on April 12, 2018. Donald Trump says the United States is about to bomb Syria, and Russia has vowed to shoot down US…

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War in Syria: remember the hypocricy over chemical warfare in the Middle East

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Independent April 12, 2018 and ZNet April 14, 2018. Oh, the hypocrisy of it. The ignoble aims. The distraction. The outrageous lies and excuses….

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Iran: Triple alliance of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia piles on pressure

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Yassamine Mather. Posted on Weekly Worker no 1197, April 5, 2018. The first two weeks of the Iranian new year have been eventful times. Sections of the local…

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Survivors of the Syrian Wars

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Published in London Review of Books Volume 40 number 7 April 5, 2018. When I first visited Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, early in 2015, it…

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The Ignorant and the Arrogant: How Pompeo and Bolton Bring Us Closer to War in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch April 2, 2018. Armed conflict between the US and Iran is becoming more probable by the day as super-hawks replace hawks in the…

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The Fall of Afrîn

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Güney Işıkara and Alp Kayserilioğlu. Posted on Jacobin 22nd March 2018. On January 20, the Turkish military launched its invasion of the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrîn in northwest…

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The War in Yemen and the Making of a Chaos State

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ben Watson Posted on the Atlantic February 3, 2018. A strange and worrisome silence settled over Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa after Houthi rebels seized power in broad…

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Patterns of civilian and child deaths due to war-related violence in Syria: a comparative analysis from the Violation Documentation Center dataset, 2011–16

Friday, March 2, 2018

Posted on Lancet Global Health volume 6, number 1. Background Since March, 2011, the Syrian civil war has lowered life expectancy by as much as 20 years. We…

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America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Geoff Dutton. Posted in CounterPunch on February 16, 2018. By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation….

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The Boomerang Effect: How Netanyahu Made Israel an American Issue, and Lost

Saturday, February 17, 2018

 Ramzy Baroud Posted on ZCommunications February 17, 2018. Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends…

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The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ceren Lord. Posted by MERIP on February 4, 2018. At the heart of the controversy over Islamization in Turkey has been the accelerated rise and visibility of the…

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Hejab, Islamic totalitarianism and the opposition in Iran

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jaleh Ahmadi. This article was first published in Iran Bulletin-Middle East Forum number 1,  2004. We are posting it in Middleast4Change because of its relevance in the current…

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Iran: Observation on the protests of December 2018: Part 2, Prospects and Pitfalls

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad.   Part 1 of this article discussed what features distinguished the latest wave of protests from all previous ones. In Part 2 we discuss its actual…

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How the Mass Media Misread the Iranian Protests

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rahman Bouzari. Posted on Counterpunch on January 24, 2018. One of the largest social and political uprisings since the 1979 revolution in Iran has died down for now….

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The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent January 22, 2018.   Syria cannot countenance Kurdish presence on its territory and Turkey cannot tolerate a Kurdish enclave along its southern…

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The Destabilizer: Trump’s Escalating Threats Against Iran

Friday, January 19, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on CounterPunch on January 18, 2018. The US-Iran confrontation is already destabilising parts of the Middle East that were starting to settle down after the…

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Iran: Observations on the protests of December 2018: Part 1, the watershed moment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad. 1 The wave of protest and demonstrations began at the end of last December and enveloped most of Iran’s towns and cities will be recorded as…

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Protesters in Iran express outrage at economic conditions, a testament to a failed domestic agenda of neoliberalism and privatization

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mohammad Tootkaboni. Posted on Left Voice, January 8, 2018. Over the past week, protests have erupted in the streets of Iranian cities. This might not be surprising for…

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The Detention of Palestinian Children and Its Impact on Their Education and Development

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Leo Wiggen-Bush. Posted on Jadaliyya on January 3, 2018. This article shows how the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces impacts education and development. It explores…

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Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

 Ramzy Baroud. Posted on Znet December 27, 2017. 2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended….

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Iran protests: is this time different?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Demonstrating in Trehran

The protest movement that began on 28 December differs from those in previous years. There is universal recognition that the protests were triggered off by the worsening economy…

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Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Daesh

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent February 2017. We reproduce it on ME4Change as a useful summary of US involvement in the Middle East President Trump made great play…

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A War Within a War: Chechnya’s Expanding Role in Syria

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Neil Hauer. Posted on Souciant on December 4, 2017. TBILISI – International actors have been positioning themselves to exploit new realities in Syria and solidify their involvement in…

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The GOP Plan Is the Biggest Tax Increase in American History, By Far

Monday, December 18, 2017

Ryan Grim. Posted on the Intercept_ on December 1, 2017 The tax bill moving its way through Congress is routinely referred to as a $1.5 trillion tax cut….

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Capitalism unhinged: crisis of legitimacy in the United States

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Victor Wallis. Posted on Monthly Review online on November 28, 2017. Originally published: Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 31, No. 3 (November 2017) I I recall that in the…

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White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Isaac Arnsdorf. This story was originally published on ProPublica on  November 29, 2017. The overture follows an intense and secretive lobbying push involving Michael Flynn, Tom Barrack, Rick…

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The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News. Posted in Colonialism & Occupation, Geopolitics, Global Economy, Media Analysis on 1 December 2017. Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hamidreza Azizi. Posted by al Monitor on December 6, 2017. TEHRAN, Iran — The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently…

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Last ditch democracy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Karam Hilo. Posted on Al Jadalyyah and Qantara.de 2017. In this essay, Lebanese journalist Karam Hilo asks whether it is possible to apply the Western concept of democracy…

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