Iran and the Belt and Road Initiative: Amid Hope and Fear

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Iran is one of the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). What effects will the realization of the BRI have on the geo economical and…

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پاندمی کرونا، فاجعه زیست محیطی و سرمایه داری جهانی: یک پدیده در هم تنیده

Sunday, May 31, 2020

مهدی کیا Read Farsi translation of article in pdf format: https://www.rahekargar.net/theoritical_socialism/2020-05-31_206_mehdi-kia.pdf Translated in Farsi from:

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Iran Quietly Lowers the Temperature With U.S.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Alissa J. Rubin and Farnaz Fassihi After years of increasing tensions that nearly led to war, Iran has moderated its approach to the West, shifting from a policy…

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China in the post-pandemic 2020s

Friday, May 22, 2020

Michael Roberts China’s National Peoples Congress (NPC) opened today, having been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.  The NPC is China’s version of a parliament and used by the…

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How Economic Misery Helped Fuel the Syrian War: Book review

Friday, May 15, 2020

Louis Proyect Ever since the civil war began in Syria in early 2011, the left has largely ignored the social and economic circumstances that led to a conflict…

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The Coronavirus pandemic, ecological catastrophe and global capitalism: an interlocking phenomenon

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mehdi Kia The Covid-19 pandemic has unravelled the close structural links between the climate crisis and the global capitalist mode of production.[1] See John Bellamy Foster and Brett…

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COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves and Rodrick Wallace Calculation COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the second severe acute respiratory syndrome virus since 2002, is…

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The Beginning of the End for Oil?

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Michael T. Klare Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise….

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Essential Books: Environment and Politics in the Middle East

Thursday, April 30, 2020

While scholars of the Middle East have long been attentive to problems of land and property, resource extraction and accumulation, and the political nature of knowledge production, it…

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Why coronavirus could spark a capitalist supernova

Thursday, April 16, 2020

John Smith “Global yields lowest in 500 years of recorded history. $10 trillion of negative rate bonds. This is a supernova that will explode one day,” tweeted Bill…

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COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves and Rodrick Wallace This article is the Review of the Month for the May 2020 issue. The print version will carry…

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Covid-19 pandemic: A war economy?

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Michael Roberts If all country pandemics were the same, then the figure below would be how this pandemic will come to an end.  The start-to-peak ratio of Covid-19…

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Global economy: The ’emerging market’ slump

Friday, March 20, 2020

Michael Roberts Forecasts of a global slump in the rest of 2020 are coming in droves from mainstream economists – it’s now the consensus that there will be…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 1)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi Introduction Much of the discussion about politics in the Islamic Republic…

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Iraq Is On The Brink Of An Energy Crisis

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Simon Watkins As the deadline for the U.S. to renew its waiver on Iraq importing gas and electricity from Iran approaches later this month, the three key players…

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Lebanon: Clientelism and the Destruction of Ancient Water Systems in Saida

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lyne Jabri An overview of the modern urban history of Saida, Lebanon, reveals that the biggest changes to the city occur during times of crisis. During such critical…

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بی‌خانمانی و پدیده تراژیک فرودستان حاشیه‌ای؛ از خانه تا خیابان

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

مرتضی دیّاری مقدمه مسئلۀ بی‌خانمانی و آثار فردی و اجتماعی آن، به عنوان یکی از مسائل اجتماعی ایران، از ابعاد مختلف قابل بررسی است. با گسترش این پدیده…

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Understanding Socialism by Richard Wolff: Book Review

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Michael Roberts The New York Times magazine has described Richard Wolff as “probably America’s most prominent Marxist economist”.  And that is probably not an exaggeration as a description of this emeritus Professor of…

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A global manufacturing recession

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Michael Roberts As we enter October, the global recession is with us – in manufacturing.  The PMI manufacturing activity indexes for most of the major economies are below…

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Neoliberal Capitalism at a Dead End

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik. Harry Magdoff’s The Age of Imperialism is a classic work that shows how postwar political decolonization does not negate the phenomenon of imperialism….

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Digital Socialism? The Calculation Debate in the Age of Big Data

Monday, July 1, 2019

Evgeny Morozov. More than a decade after the onset of the financial crisis, capitalist ideologues are eager for good publicity. Once-alluring promises of meritocracy and social mobility ring…

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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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Four Futures: Life After Capitalism review – will robots bring utopia or terror?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Book Review by Ben Tarnoff. The idea that computers will soon steal our jobs is an article of faith among many of the world’s most powerful people. The…

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Syria: Donor Conditionality, Sanctions, and the Question of Justice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Omar Dahi. The question of donor conditionality and how it could be used to influence behavior and promote respect for human rights and political inclusion has increasingly gained…

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Global slump: the trade and technology trigger

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Michael Roberts. Despite all the optimistic talk by President Trump about the state of the US economy, the latest data on economic activity and industrial production suggest that…

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A Green New Deal must deliver global justice

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Asad Rehman. For too long the severity and scale of the climate crisis has been deliberately understated, but October’s release of the IPCC’s Special Report on the Global…

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The Iran Floods and US Sanctions: 10 Million at Risk, But Does Anyone Care?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jan Oberg. You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn’t get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions…

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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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China’s Rise in the Middle East: Beyond Economics

Monday, March 11, 2019

Nicholas Lyall. The Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia and away from the Middle East, followed by current President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach, has seen U.S. attention on…

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Why artists are speaking up against ‘dirty money’ in Iranian cinema?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Rohollah Faghihi. The phenomenon of “dirty” or suspicious money appears to have increasingly found a new haven: Iran’s cinema and TV production industry. In 2015, Interior Minister Abdolreza…

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