Political power and dissent in post-revolutionary societies

Friday, October 13, 2017

István Mészáros. Posted on Monthly Review on line on October 11, 2017 Originally published: Verso (October 6, 2017) We were saddened to learn of the death of István Mészáros…

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Is the global economy about to recover from the long depression?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The following is an extract from Michael Robert’s recent blog:  Sunny period followed by showers, in October 2017. …. In an accompanying report [to Christine Lagarde’s report to…

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How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alastair Crooke. Posted on Consortium News on September 30, 2017. Plainly, Syria’s success – notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are…

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Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917–2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

John Bellamy Foster. Posted on Monthly Review Volume 69, Issue 03 (July-August 2017) . The Russian Revolution of 1917 erupted on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of…

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Global Burden of Disease 2016

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The medical journal Lancet (volume 390, number 10100, Sep 16, 2017, p 1083​-​1464) has published a series of articles on global health 2016 that shows the changing pattern…

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How Palestinians can reverse Israel’s divide and conquer tactics

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sam Bahour. Posted on +972 on September 5, 2017. Oslo allowed Israel to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive. It’s time…

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Iran’s water crisis: A talk by Dr Kaveh Madani

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A lecture by Dr. Kaveh Madani, November 17, 2016 in Stanford. Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, Iran is experiencing a…

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The Saudi Arabian Trillions

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Malise Ruthven. Published on London Review of Books volume 39, no 17, September 7, 2017. It made perfect sense that the first port of call on President Trump’s…

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Looming recession in USA and its social consequences

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Posted on Marty Hart-Landsberg blog on August 28, 2017. According to Bloomberg News, analysts at a number of major financial institutions see “mounting evidence” that a recession is…

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Afghanistan: As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters a Quagmire

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kevin Zeese. First published by Counterpunch on August 29, 2017. A quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump’s recently announced…

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Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State: Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alfred McCoy. First published on TomDispatch.com on August 24, 2017. [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the…

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With the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria Russia re-examines relationship with Iran

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Anton Mardasov. Posted on Al-Monitor on August 14, 2017. As the Islamic State (IS) has been in steady retreat, Iran and Russia are facing real difficulties sustaining their…

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Is Turkey the next country for a “proxy and long war” of the Transnational Elite?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ylli Përmeti, Posted on Pravda.ru on July 31, 2017. While Russia helped Ankara ‘without conditions’ during the coup – a massive fire exploded near the military base of…

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Financialization Has Turned the Global Economy Into a House of Cards: An Interview With Gerald Epstein

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

C.J. Polychroniou, First posted on Truthout on July 23, 2017. Contemporary capitalism revolves around neoliberalism, globalization and financialization, with the latter being the dominant force in this triad….

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How the Pentagon Views the World Situation

Monday, August 7, 2017

Michael Pröbsting and Almedina Gunić. Posted on Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 25 July 2017. The Pentagon recently published a major study reflecting how US imperialism views its own…

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How the Syrian Regime Capitalises on Property Destruction and Land Legislation

Friday, August 4, 2017

Jihad Yazigi. Posted on All4Syria on 27 July 2107 For decades, land and property issues have been a source of conflict in Syria. Over the course of the…

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Assad’s Secret Ingredient? The Iraqi Military’s Unknown Invasion Of Syria

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Omar Sabbour. Posted Huffington Post 22 July, 2017 In the past year or so, much has been made of the Assad regime’s victories in different areas of Syria….

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The Revolutionary Imagination: Rosa for Our Times

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mark Harris. Posted on Counterpunch on July 21, 2017. “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”—Rosa Luxemburg It was 98 years ago that the brilliant…

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Iran: An unsavoury alliance

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yassamine Mather. First posted on Weekly Worker on 6th July 2017. Over the last couple of weeks Iranian leaders have shown unprecedented signs of paranoia about a possible…

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Iran’s Strategic Goals in Post-ISIS Syria

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aida Ghajar. First posted on The Iranian on June 29, 2017. ISIS has recently suffered a series of significant defeats in Iraq and Syria, leading Iran and other…

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Turkey: Kemalists seize the moment

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Esen Uslu. This post appeared on Weekly Worker July 13, 2017. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu decided on his ‘Justice’ march in response to the 25-year jail sentence imposed on Enis…

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The Signal in Syria’s Noise

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sam Heller. This post appeared on War on The Rocks on June 30, 2017. It provides an interesting analysis of the current line-ups in Syria and policy advise…

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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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