Israel backs Saudi Arabia in confrontation with Qatar

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 Ali Abunimah. First posted on Electronic Intifada on June 11, 2017. Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a…

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After years of battling low-level Sunni insurgency, Iran hit by first IS attack

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mona Alami. Posted on Middle East Eye on June 9, 2017. The first attack in Iran claimed by IS follows years of low-level intensity Sunni militant activity. Already…

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Qatar Real Story

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Robert Fisk. Posted on ZNet on June 10, 2017. Only Shakespeare’s plays could come close to describing such treachery – the comedies, that is The Qatar crisis proves two…

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The Syrian Cause and Anti-Imperialism

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh Translated by: Yaaser Azzayyaat This post first appeared on Al-Jumhuriya on May 5, 2017. In memory of Michel Seurat, our martyr. I was in Istanbul…

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Lines of Debate: the Subaltern and the Proletariat of the World

Monday, May 29, 2017

Marcel van der Linden Interviewed by Paula Varela Left Voice. Reverberations of the international crisis have resurrected the idea of the working class as revolutionary political actor from…

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Lessons Learned (and Ignored): Iran’s 2017 Election in Context

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arang Keshavarzian and Naghmeh Sohrabi First published May 26, 2017 on MERIP Report On May 23, 1997, Mohammad Khatami, who had spent most of the 1990s as head of…

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Don’t Go to the Doctor: The absurdities of the Prevent anti-terrorism program

Friday, May 26, 2017

Karma Nabulsi, London Review of Books. This essay appeared on LRB volume 39, May 18 2017. A colleague of mine at Oxford was asked to see an undergraduate…

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Israel’s nation-state bill threatens the mother tongue of Mizrahi Jews

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Netta Amar-Shiff, +972. The Israeli government’s attempts, via the nation-state bill, to erase the Arabic language from this country not only threatens Palestinians, it also undermines Mizrahi identity….

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The Experience of Local Councils in the Syrian Revolution

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Walid Daou Tranlated by Ghassan Makarem Posted on April 4, 2017 on Al Manshur “We are not less that the workers of the Paris Commune… They lasted 70…

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Yemen’s Disaster

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Helen Lackner, Jacobin. Yemen had the longest and deepest Arab Spring — why did the country collapse into civil war? First published by Jacobin, May 12. The first…

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Why Can’t We Criticize Islam?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Anas Al Horani, Al Jumhuriya. First posted on Al-Jumhuriya on April 3, 2017. Historically, whenever a criticism was leveled against Islam, what seems like a majority of Muslims were…

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Palestine and Israel: No self-determination – a reply to Moshé Machover

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tony Greenstein, Weekly Worker. The overthrow of Zionism is incompatible with a Hebrew nation. Moshé Machover, who I count as a friend and comrade, is a legend in…

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Syrian People Betrayed By All Sides

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept. Where do you stand on the conflict in Syria? This question has become perhaps the ultimate political and sectarian Rorschach test of our time.Are…

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Pseudo-left endorses imperialist onslaught against Syria

Monday, April 24, 2017

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site. First posted on WSWS on April 11, 2107. Nearly 16 years after the beginning of the “war on terror” and more than…

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Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria – and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

Friday, April 21, 2017

Norman Solomon, Norman Solomon’s blog. Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tam Hussein, Joshua Landis blog. Posted by Tam Hussein on Friday, April 14th, 2017 @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The…

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Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda’s ‘Heartland’ in Syria?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, AlterNet. After formally calling off the longstanding U.S. policy of regime change in Syria, the Trump administration is sending signals of shifting its Syria…

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A multi-level analysis of the US cruise missile attack on Syria and its consequences

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Sacker. This analysis was posted on April 11, 2017 . The latest US cruise missile attack on the Syrian airbase is an extremely important event in so…

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The Genealogy of Daesh-ISIS

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. Even though the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or Da’esh) emerged in Syria in 2013, its structure can be traced back to…

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Is US Policy to Prolong the Syrian War?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sam Husseini, Counterpunch. Many are claiming that Trump is being inconsistent in illegally attacking the Syrian regime with cruise missiles. After all, he had been saying the U.S….

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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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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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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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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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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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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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