COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves and Rodrick Wallace This article is the Review of the Month for the May 2020 issue. The print version will carry…

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Coronavirus: How Iran could become the guinea pig for the herd immunity strategy

Monday, March 30, 2020

Maziyar Ghiabi Pandemics such as the coronavirus outbreak produce exceptional times, affecting ordinary people fearing contagion as much as those in power, including government and state institutions.  The…

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Messianic Zionism: The Ass and the Red Heifer

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Moshé Machover The relation between Zionism and Judaism (the Jewish religion) is paradoxical and complex. In its early days, Zionism was apparently a thoroughly secular political movement. Apparently….

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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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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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Protests in Iran: interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Friday, January 31, 2020

Interviewer: Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen wild swings in protests in Iran: from the anti-regime protests before Soleimaini’s assassination, through the huge funeral mobilisations, to renewed…

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Blundering into War: What Trump doesn’t know about Iran

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Patrick Cockburn At the time of his assassination, General Qasem Soleimani’s strat­egy in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East with large Shia populations had become counterproductive. He is…

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Lebanon: Clientelism and the Destruction of Ancient Water Systems in Saida

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lyne Jabri An overview of the modern urban history of Saida, Lebanon, reveals that the biggest changes to the city occur during times of crisis. During such critical…

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The Embalming of Syria

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Edward Hunt The Syrian civil war, which has been raging since 2011, is one of the worst tragedies of the early twenty-first century. Approximately half a million people…

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Trump Administration declares US an Occupying Power in Iraq

Monday, January 13, 2020

Juan Cole The Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdulmahdi late last week requested a meeting with the US government to plan out the departure of US troops, which has…

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Iran’s Military Strategy

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Hadi Ajili and Mahsa Rouhi On 20 June 2019, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a United States RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone over the…

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The Descent into Violence: Critique and Crisis in Contemporary Iran

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Milad Odabaei On 15 November 2019, after a surprise announcement on Iranian state television that there would be a three-fold increase in fuel prices, a series of protests…

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Understanding Socialism by Richard Wolff: Book Review

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Michael Roberts The New York Times magazine has described Richard Wolff as “probably America’s most prominent Marxist economist”.  And that is probably not an exaggeration as a description of this emeritus Professor of…

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Two impossibilities: Neither a one-state or two-state solution is feasible

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Moshé Machover It is generally accepted – except by people who know better – that there are just two possible resolutions to the Israeli-Palestinian national/colonial conflict: either a…

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Iran Nationwide Popular Protests Call for Overthrow of Demagogic Regime

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Frieda Afari Police stations, banks, some public buildings,  a few religious seminaries and  many posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been set on fire.  Demonstrators have…

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Why is Iran so paranoid about environmentalism?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Kaveh Madani A group of Iranian conservationists, working for the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) and known for their exemplary efforts in preserving the endangered Asiatic (Iranian) cheetahs,…

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Lebanon: The People Want the Fall of the Regime

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Joseph Daher Over the last week, Lebanon has been rocked by a massive protest movement, larger than any the country has seen in decades. The demonstrations erupted after…

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the Arab region’s long-term revolutionary process

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Gilbert Achar When in late 2018 the people of Sudan took to the streets demanding an end to Omar al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule, this immediately triggered memories of 2010,…

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Turkey’s Continued Care For ISIS Will End Badly

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Eight and a half years ago when the war on Syria began, Turkey played the most important role. Weapons were smuggled from Libya through Turkey to be delivered…

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Up In Smoke: The Neocon Assault on Syria Is Finally Over

Saturday, October 26, 2019

David Stockman By a vote of 354-60 last week the U.S. House of Representative proved that Imperial Washington is addicted to war, and that the level of ignorance,…

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Netanyahu on Steroids: elections opens road to annexation of West Bank?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Ramzy Baroud Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception. Although it is still true that no…

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Is Iran at Risk of Becoming a Chinese Colony?

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Shireen Hunter. According to an article in the Petroleum Economist, during Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to China in late August, Tehran and Beijing updated an agreement…

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Israel’s elections reveal a seismic split within Israel’s right

Friday, September 20, 2019

Meron Rapoport. While political analysts wonder if we have come to the end of the Netanyahu era, little attention is being paid to another major outcome of this…

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Why Hezbollah is now focused on Lebanon’s domestic politics

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Paul Khalifeh. The New Hezbollah has emerged.  In the past, the Lebanese Shia party proclaimed its allegiance to Iran through resistance to the state of Israel, and by…

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Long Range Attack On Saudi Oil Field Ends War On Yemen

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Today Saudi Arabia finally lost the war on Yemen. It has no defenses against new weapons the Houthis in Yemen acquired. These weapons threaten the Saudis economic lifelines….

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Neoliberal Capitalism at a Dead End

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik. Harry Magdoff’s The Age of Imperialism is a classic work that shows how postwar political decolonization does not negate the phenomenon of imperialism….

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Iran’s Water Pressure: Droughts, Floods and a Looming Crisis

Monday, July 8, 2019

Xander Sneider. Summary Iran has long struggled to manage its paltry water resources. As Tehran wrestles with the effects of decadeslong drought and record flooding, it’s clear that…

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The difficult relationship between the Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gülistan Gürbey. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) was able to win the mayoral election in Istanbul (31 March and 23 June 2019) and at the same time experienced…

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