Dispossession, proletarianization and the uprising of dispossessed Arabs in Iran’s Khuzestan province

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Soon after the election of Raisi as new President of Iran with a historically low turnout, Iran faced a widespread wave of protests and strikes. The…

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سلب‌مالکیت، پرولتریزه‌شدن و خیزش‌های فرودستان عرب خوزستان

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Ardeshir Mehrdad argues that the recent protests by the Arab population of Khuzestan province of Iran was not only the result of ethnic-national discrimination suffered by…

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Iran: The Imam, the strikers and the black, black oil

Monday, August 9, 2021

Peyman Jafari “We are melting away,” lamented the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, on December 26 1978 in a phone tap of a conversation with his advisor and former…

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Reflections on the State of Democracy in Iran after the 2021 Elections: An Elegy for the Voting Non-Voter

Monday, August 2, 2021

Shervin Malekzadeh SpongeBob SquarePants showed up on the boulevard halfway to midnight, almost two hours after state officials confirmed Hassan Rouhani as the seventh President of the Islamic Republic…

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Each rock has two names: the war over Nagorno-Karabakh

Friday, June 25, 2021

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad  Outside the town​ of Agdam, in the foothills of Nagorno-Karabakh, trucks and tank carriers had left tracks in the muddy road. Bomb craters and mangled military…

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Ghosts in the Land

Friday, May 28, 2021

Adam Shatz on the war in Israel-Palestine On 21 May​  Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire after eleven days of fighting, but the days of ‘quiet’ – as the New…

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Stench of Zionist colonialism

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Moshé Machover The Zionist colonisation regime spreads a nauseating stench – literally. I am referring to an Israeli invention, appropriately named ‘Skunk’ and described as a “non-lethal weapon…

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Turkey at the Crossroad

Monday, April 5, 2021

Cihan Tuğal Ten years ago, Erdoğan’s Turkey was hailed in Washington as an example to the Muslim world—a free-market, pro-American Islamic democracy with high growth rates, renowned cultural…

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Turkey at the Crossroads?

Friday, February 26, 2021

Cihan Tuğal Ten years ago, Erdoğan’s Turkey was hailed in Washington as an example to the Muslim world—a free-market, pro-American Islamic democracy with high growth rates, renowned cultural…

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Arab Spring: The End of Political Islam as We Know It

Monday, February 15, 2021

Abdullah Al-Arian Last month, Tunisia’s parliamentary speaker and head of the Ennahda Party, Rached Ghannouchi, came under fire for comments he made following a meeting with the French ambassador.  Following a recent string…

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Iran: Three waves of urban protest, 1992-2019

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Since the beginning of the 1990s, Iranian society has witnessed successive waves of protest movements. One could argue that it has been in a perpetual state…

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The House of Zion

Monday, December 28, 2020

Perry Anderson Since the turn of the century, the Arab states have come to constitute a zone for Western military intervention without parallel in the post-Cold War world—us…

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Arab Spring: The end of political Islam as we know it

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Abdullah Al-Arian Last month, Tunisia’s parliamentary speaker and head of the Ennahda Party, Rached Ghannouchi, came under fire for comments he made following a meeting with the French ambassador.  Warning…

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Can social movements democratise democracy?

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Lessons from the Yellow Vests movement in France Maxime Combes “Democracy is not about Saturday afternoons”, French president Emmanuel Macron said, speaking about the Yellow Vests movement (YVM)…

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More than ever, the struggle for justice unites the Middle East and the world

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jade Saab “A spectre is haunting Europe…” This is how Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels opened their Communist Manifesto, written on the eve of several uprisings on the continent…

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Syria alone

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Patrick Cockburn Suha Ahmad​ lives on the outskirts of the port city of Tartus in north-west Syria. Her husband was killed in March while fighting on the government…

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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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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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Some reflections on Occupied Iraq

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Mike Phipps I  Introduction Iraq is back in the news again, partly due to the airing of a five-part BBC documentary. Once Upon a Time in Iraq has…

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Palestinian Workers in Israel Caught Between Indispensable and Disposable

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Lucy Garbett In Jerusalem under strict lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the abnormal quiet of the streets is disturbed by the familiar din of business-as-usual drilling and…

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Lebanon: Past weighs heavy on present

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Yassamine Mather Less than a week after the massive port explosion that cost more than 200 lives, the entire Lebanese government resigned. Of course, long before that, serious…

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How do you save a truly corrupt country like Lebanon?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Robert Fisk Well, we can all agree that the sea took 70 per cent of the blast!” a close Lebanese friend announced to me this week, with intriguing…

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War and Pandemic Journalism: the Truth Can Disappear Fast

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Patrick Cockburn The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the…

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Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles Mel Gurtov COVID-19 and the protests for racial justice have drawn attention away from the mostly bad news about the environment. Yes, the skies…

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Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. War Machine Presses On

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jeff Mackler That Russia paid the Taliban financial bounties to kill 18 U.S. and “coalition” soldiers in Afghanistan is in dispute to say the least. Both Democrats and…

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Sweatshops and monopsony power – a review

Friday, July 17, 2020

Michael Roberts ME4Change has posted this article because the condition of garment workers in the UK city of Leicester is replicated throughout the Middle East and to underline…

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COVID-19, Capitalist Crises, Class Resistance

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic arrived at a moment of multiple crises of the capitalist system: capital accumulation, ecology, governance, and science. The uprising following the murder of George Floyd…

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Why capitalism can’t cure global pandemics

Friday, June 12, 2020

We frequently hear that COVID-19 is the worst pandemic since the influenza of 1918. It is forgotten that another pandemic known as “the third plague” (because it was “the third major bubonic…

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Coronavirus in the Middle East: A perfect storm

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Marco Carnelos The impacts of coronavirus have been tremendous everywhere, but in the Middle East, the situation seems to be assuming the features of a perfect storm. In…

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خطر تشکل های سازش طبقاتی (کورپورات) در ایران

Sunday, June 7, 2020

هدایت سلطان زاده یاد داشتی کوتاه در این زمینه این نوشته حدود سی سال قبل در « راه کارگر تئوریک » شماره ۳ منتشر شده است و بنابراین…

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