In memoriam: Samir Amin at 80, an Introduction and Tribute

Sunday, September 9, 2018

John Bellamy Foster. Published by Monthly Review in 2011, re-posted by Middle East 4 Change as a memorial to Semir Amin who died on August 12, 2018. Samir…

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Queens of Syria: Voices of the dispossessed

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tanushka Marah. Posted Middle East Eye July 24, 2018. Performed by 14 Syrian women who have fled their homeland, Queens of Syria is a theatrical adaptation of Euripides…

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A Poem by Ahmad Yamani, Egyptian poet.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Translated by Robin Moger. My sister screamed in the night Take me to my brother’s house And there she screamed that same night No no! Take me back…

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Poem by Sukaina Habiballah: ‘Everything in You Grew, But Not Your Hand’

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Translated by Robin Moger. Posted on ArabLit May 25, 2o18. Over at Youssef Rakha’s Cosmopolitan Hotel, there are six poems in Robin Moger’s translation, by Moroccan writer Sukaina…

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Israel and Iran on brink of full-scale war after unprecedented Syria bombardment in response to alleged Golan Heights attack

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bethan McKernan. Posted on the Independent 10 May 2018. Israel has launched its most intensive attack on Iranian positions in neighbouring Syria since the civil war began in 2011,…

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Obituary: Abbas, Iranian photographer of revolutions, war and religion

Friday, April 27, 2018

Diane Smyth. Posted by British Journal of Photography April 26, 2018. The Iranian photographer died on 25 April in Paris, after a 60-year career that included a 27-year…

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Gravequake and Death by Stoning – two poems by Ziba Karbassi

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gravequake The song of the nightingale Is not up for sale. Tell your black crows tell Your black crows Caw Caw The song of the nightingale Is not…

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Egyptian Surrealist art at the Tate Liverpool, UK

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Marina Warner. Posted on London Review of Books Vol 40, no 5, March 8, 2018. Art et Liberté was a movement that came into being in 1938 in…

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ID card and the Dice Player: Two Poems by Mahmoud Darwish

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mahmoud Darwish Posted on Resistance Words on June 15, 2017. Last year, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called his poems “fuel for terror attacks”. By that, he meant…

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Iranian graffitists feel walled in

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Zahra Alipour. Posted on Al Monitor February 11, 2018. Feature image reads: ‘peace”. “You are no artist if you are drawing on a wall with spray paint. You…

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The Boustani house: the tragedy and faith of Lebanon

Friday, December 29, 2017

Robert Fisk. Posted on Znet December 28, 2017. Source The Independent. During the great famine in Lebanon and Syria – whose lamentable hundredth anniversary we mark these current…

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Art Versus Cultural Diplomacy

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Maymanah Farhat. Posted on Jadaliyya on December 21, 2017. Between Two Rounds of Fire, the Exile of the Sea: Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art…

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A Looming Crisis for Turkey’s President

Friday, December 22, 2017

Conn Hallinan. Posted on Znet on December 21, 2017. Viewed one way, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks unassailable: He weathered last year’s coup attempt, jailed more than…

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Anuar Brahem: Blue Maqams

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Adam Shatz. Posted on London Review of Books blog on December 5, 2017. Anouar Brahem first heard jazz when he was studying the oud at the National Conservatory…

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A Visit to Heaven and Hell: Mapping Planet Earth: extracts

Monday, November 6, 2017

By Eduardo Galeano, Book extracts Published in TomDispatch, November 2, 2017 The following passages are excerpted from Hunter of Stories, the last book by Eduardo Galeano, who died…

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‘One Hundred Years’, a poem by Steve Bloom on the centenary of the Russian Revolution

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The full poem can be downloaded as a pdf here  And over the evening forest the bronze moon climbs to its place. Why has the music stopped? Why…

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Iran’s blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

Friday, October 6, 2017

Published on Al-Monitor on October 1, 2017 A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women’s heads, young…

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Sketching war: the writer who depicts Middle East conflict – in watercolour

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kilian Fox Posted on The Guardian/Observer on September 10, 2017 Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s drawings have helped him cope with reporting from the frontline. Now they will illustrate…

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Syria Analysts: The Crucial Developments Overshadowed by Recent Headlines

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Kim Bode. This article was posted on Souciant on May 2, 2017 and before that on Syria Deeply Experts in Syria Deeply’s community comment on the important developments…

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The Simplicity of Iranian Architecture’s Complex Geometry

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ariana Zilliacus, Arch Daily. This article was first published on Arch Daily on 17 February 2017 Iran’s geography consists largely of a central desert plateau, surrounded by mountain…

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Fate, Federal Court, Moon – a poem by Anne Carson

Sunday, March 26, 2017

London Review of Books. Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the subject of Anne Carson’s  poem, is an engineer from Yemen whose brother-in-law and nephew were mistakenly killed by a…

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Between Slow and Sudden Death in Turkey

Monday, March 20, 2017

This article was originally published by the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association and  reprinted in Jadaliyya on March 17, 2017. On 25 February 2017,…

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Activestills: documenting Palestinians living under constant military threat

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yonatan Mendel, London Review of Books. The Israeli government says there is no occupation; the documentary group Activestills shoots back with images of Palestinians living under constant military…

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American empire and its discontents

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tariq Ali Speaking at Marxism 2016

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Ancient Syrian Sites: A Different Story of Destruction

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hugh Eakin, New York Review of Books. Among the major turning points of the Syrian conflict, few have been laden with as much symbolism—or geopolitical posturing—as the recapture…

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Breakfast in the ruins

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ingrid D Rowland, New York Review of Books. In September 2015, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired the first photographs ever taken of Palmyra, the great…

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The prison: Book review

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab, Qunfuz. From ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ to ‘Orange is the New Black’, prison dramas fill the Anglo-Saxon screen. In the Arab world, you’re more likely to…

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Truth is always revolutionary

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Jurgen Balzan, Malta Today. Lebanese writer Elias Khoury is one of the leading lights of Arab literature and he says that the Israeli occupation is classical colonialism built…

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Abbas Kiarostami: a profoundly political filma

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yassamine Mather. Weekly Worker. The film director, painter, poet and photographer, Abbas Kiarostami, who died on July 4 2016, was one of Iran’s most important contemporary artists. He…

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How the Syrian Revolt Became Armed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Robin Yassib-Kassab/Leila al-Shami The Daily Beast The Bashar al-Assad regime has burned Syria with artillery, Scud missiles, barrel bombs and sarin gas. According to the United Nations Human…

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