Revolution, counterrevolution, and imperialism in Syria: Interview with Yassin al-Haj Salah

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh interviewed by Ashley Smith. Posted on International Socialist Review, Issue 107 Yassin al-Haj Saleh is one of the pivotal figures in the Syrian Revolution. He…

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Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dalia Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Book review: Posted on Jadalyya on October 20, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Daanish Faruqi (DF): As preface, it’s…

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Labor and Class in Iran: An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paola Rivetti. Published by MERIP on May 26, 2017. Mohammad Maljoo is a Tehran-based economist researching labor issues and the transformation of capital-labor relations in post-revolutionary Iran. Widely…

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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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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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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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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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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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Elections in Iran: Rouhani’s victory is good news for Iran, but bad news for Trump and his Sunni allies

Monday, May 22, 2017

Robert Fisk, The Independent. So it’s a good win for the Iranian regime – and its enormous population of young people – and a bad win for Trump’s…

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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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The Experience of Local Councils in the Syrian Revolution

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Walid Daou Tranlated by Ghassan Makarem Posted on April 4, 2017 on Al Manshur “We are not less that the workers of the Paris Commune… They lasted 70…

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Yemen’s Disaster

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Helen Lackner, Jacobin. Yemen had the longest and deepest Arab Spring — why did the country collapse into civil war? First published by Jacobin, May 12. The first…

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To the barricades: Has protesting become too easy?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Isaac Chotiner Slate. Book Review: Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. Interview with author Zenep Tufekc. First posted on Slate May 8, 2017….

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Why Can’t We Criticize Islam?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Anas Al Horani, Al Jumhuriya. First posted on Al-Jumhuriya on April 3, 2017. Historically, whenever a criticism was leveled against Islam, what seems like a majority of Muslims were…

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Fear and Loathing in Turkey: The Backstory to Erdoğan’s Referendum

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ümit Cizre, Merip Report. This article was first posted on Merip Report on April 26, 2017. Shortly after the failed coup attempt of July 16, 2016 in Turkey,…

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The freedom to say “No”: Interview with dismissed Turkish academic and Yeniyol editor Uraz Aydin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This interview was posted on Links International from Left East before the constitutional referendum in Turkey. However, it covers many points that remain relevant regardless of the result…

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2572. Is Palestinian Right to Self-Determination Compatible with the Israel’s “Right to Exist?”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kamran Nayeri. This article first appeared in Forum for Liberation on March 1, 2017. In discussions and debates about the “Arab-Israeli conflict” the questions of Palestinian right to…

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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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1,736 social, economic and labor protests across Egypt in 2016: ECESR

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mada Masr. This report first appeared in Mada Masr on December 26, 2016 According to a report published by the independent Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) on…

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No easy answers: why left-wing economics is not the answer to right-wing populism

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zack Beauchamp, Vox. On November 20, less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s upset win, Bernie Sanders strode onto a stage at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center to give…

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Le Populisme de gauche, un oxymore dangereux

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pierre Khalfa , Ensemble! Ce texte a été écrit en vue d’un débat sur la question du populisme qui a été introduit à partir des interventions et des…

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All or nothing: Erdoğan is going for bust in an attempt to cling onto power,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. The winds of change sweeping the turbulent waters of Turkish politics have been pounding president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rocking and rolling caïque and driving…

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Women: Middle East ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The New Arab. Women in the Middle East have faced patriarchal prejudice and deeply-rooted discrimination in efforts to bridge the gender chasm and improve female participation in public…

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Egyptian State responds to labor protests with heightened repression

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jano Charbel, Mada Masr. Recent nationwide labor protests have found themselves confronted by extraordinary measures of repression as the country continues to weather economic struggles, austerity measures and…

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Mahalla textile workers call off strike as strike leaders face disciplinary hearings

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mada Masr, Al Arabiya. Over 2,000 workers from the state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla called off their partial strike on Wednesday. Five of the strike…

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The art of the bigger deal on Israel, Palestine and the occupied territories

Friday, March 3, 2017

Adam Shatz, LRB Blog. ‘So, I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like … I can live with either one,’ Donald…

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Palestinian women in the Occupied Territories: an interview with Laila al-Hamdani

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Libcom.org Interview with Laila al-Hamdani describing the role of women in the Occupied Territories as well as the central role they played during the first intifada. Q. Perhaps…

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Turkey’s Fragile Bonapartism

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Barış Yıldırım and Foti Bensiloy, Left Voice. Turkey may hold a referendum on the transition to an authoritarian presidential system as soon as late March; however, Erdoğan’s Bonapartist…

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy: the “logic of an illogical mind”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Ali Damavandi: In part one of our interview (with Barabari TV) you covered the background to the ascent of Trump to the presidency of…

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