Turkey: Autopsy of Erdoǧan’s Istanbul Defeat

Friday, November 8, 2019

Certainties that had defined Turkish politics for a generation were thrown into doubt by the overwhelming victory Istanbul voters handed the opposition CHP party’s mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoǧlu…

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Protesters In Lebanon Refuse to Compromise, Call Nationwide General Strike

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Madleine Freeman On the fifth day of a series of massive protests in Lebanon, workers from the country’s largest unions have joined over a million protesters in the…

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Will Massive Lebanese Demos end the Country’s Era of Corruption?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Amira Abo el-Fetouh We may be too optimistic to hope that the massive demonstrations that have spread in all the cities of Lebanon will lead to the collapse…

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Israel’s elections: The three political dimensions

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Moshé Machover I would like to deal with two aspects of Israeli politics: the attitude to Iran and the internal situation. Common to both parts is the intertwining…

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Defend the women’s revolution in northeastern Syria

Friday, October 11, 2019

ROAR collective Since 2012, with the leading role of women, the people in North and East Syria have been building a social system that enables a peaceful, radical-democratic,…

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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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Syria: “More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever” An Interview with Joseph Daher

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most…

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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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Istanbul elections major blow to Erdoğan

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Esen Uslu. The results of the March 30 local elections across Turkey were a blow to the ruling coalition of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the…

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Are human rights history?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman Not so long ago, human rights were seen as a way out of the crises of a divided world. From the late 1970s, almost all political…

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Social Media and the internet: a powerful organising tool

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Podcast by David Harvey. Social media has been a powerful took in organising mass movements. Their use in organising more durable structures such as trade unions, women’s organisation…

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Indian elections: it wasn’t the economy, stupid!

Monday, June 3, 2019

L K Sharma. The people accepted electoral authoritarianism for their security. This neutralised warnings by intellectuals and opposition parties that Modi’s India was heading towards fascism. Narendra Modi’s…

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Eyewitness Report: Venezuela Up Close

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pat Fry. It was 7 AM April 30th in Caracas when I awoke to hear gun shots outside my hotel. Our group, seven US citizens and one Canadian,…

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Istanbul Elections: a Turkish Constitutional Crisis?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Richard Falk. Prefatory Note: There are important recent developments in Turkey. An unprecedented decision by the High Electoral Council (HEC) of Turkey to cancel the outcome of the…

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Populism, annexationism, messianism: increasing influence of religious zealots

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Moshé Machover. Binyamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu’s motive for calling an early election to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), one year before the end of its term, was purely personal: it…

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What Revolutionaries Have Learned Since the Arab Spring

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Patrick Cockburn. Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first…

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The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring…

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A Palestinian View Of Recent Israeli Elections

Monday, April 22, 2019

Diana Buttu and Dennis J Bernstein Without question, the reporting on recent Israeli elections was devoid of a Palestinian perspective, despite the fact that Palestinians will be deeply…

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Trump’s America, Netanyahu’s Israel

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Adam Shatz. Israel’s legislative elections on 9 April were a tribute to Binyamin Netanyahu’s transformation of the political landscape.​ At no point were they discussed in terms of…

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Why the Zionist left died this week

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Edo Konrad. Tuesday’s election results were obvious to anyone paying attention. Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and rival Benny Gantz’s Blue and White won the same…

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Libya’s Incoming Strongman Haftar Will Send The Oil Out To Europe – And Keep Its Migrants In

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Vijay Prashad. The West and the Gulf Arabs have condemned Libya to the strongman. You can well imagine the tension when Libya’s beleaguered Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj met…

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Algeria in revolt: “We woke up and you will pay!”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hamza Hamouchene. What is happening in Algeria is truly historic. The people won the first battle in their struggle to radically overhaul the system. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president for…

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Turkey after the elections: Expect the unexpected

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Esen Uslu. Turkey is no longer a dark space, about which the British public occasionally gets scraps of information – it has become a centre of news fed…

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A Political Quake in Turkey as Erdogan’s Party Loses in His Home Base of Support

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Carlotta Gall. Step by step over the years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey sought to ensure nobody could challenge him. He marginalized adversaries. He purged the army,…

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Elections in Israel: Ever further to the right

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Tony Greenstein. In most western countries, political parties compete in general elections over issues such as taxation, nationalisation/privatisation, poverty, etc. Those in most European countries, with the exception…

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Turkish Leader’s Election Woes

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Conn Hallinen. “Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when…

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As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power

Friday, February 8, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a ‘government of national reconciliation’, Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. “We put our…

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Iran’s looming Instagram ban shows hardliner disconnect

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Instagram, widely used in Iran among small business owners, students, influencers and even senior officials, is the latest social media application to come under scrutiny and…

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5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall in Kerala

Monday, January 14, 2019

Vijay Prashad. On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies. They stood from one end…

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What does democracy look like?

Friday, January 11, 2019

James Miler. “This is what democracy looks like!”—for some of us protesting Trump in New York on January 21, 2017, this was a familiar chant. We’d heard it…

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