Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfers

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Posted Amnesty International May 24, 2017. The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and…

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Southern Insurgency: Challenging the narrative of working-class powerlessness. Book Review

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review by Kyle Brown, International Socialist Review. Challenging the narrative of working-class powerlessness. By Immanuel Ness: Pluto Press, 2015 · 240 pages · $28.00 There is perhaps…

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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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Now Turkey is bombing Kurdish-led revolutionaries in Syria — with Western complicity

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tony Iltis. Posted on The Green Left on April 28. Turkish war planes launched air strikes against Syria and Iraq on April 24. For months local and foreign…

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Alliance of Syrian & Iranian Socialists’ Statement on Assad’s Chemical Bombing & Trump’s Latest Airstrikes

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Joseph Daher and Frieda Afary. The Trump administration’s  April 6 targeted missile strike on the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched, is not a reflection…

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Syrian People Betrayed By All Sides

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept. Where do you stand on the conflict in Syria? This question has become perhaps the ultimate political and sectarian Rorschach test of our time.Are…

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Pseudo-left endorses imperialist onslaught against Syria

Monday, April 24, 2017

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site. First posted on WSWS on April 11, 2107. Nearly 16 years after the beginning of the “war on terror” and more than…

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Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria – and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation

Friday, April 21, 2017

Norman Solomon, Norman Solomon’s blog. Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the…

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US secretary of state issues war threat against Iran

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Website. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a threat of military confrontation with Iran Wednesday at a hastily called news conference in…

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The Menace of Trump and the New Authoritarianism: An Interview With Henry Giroux

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Joan Pedro-Carañana, Truthout. Trump’s brand of populism and politics are a tragedy for democracy and a triumph for authoritarianism. Using manipulation, misrepresentation and a discourse of hate, he…

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Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda’s ‘Heartland’ in Syria?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, AlterNet. After formally calling off the longstanding U.S. policy of regime change in Syria, the Trump administration is sending signals of shifting its Syria…

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What Trump’s Missile Strike Means for Syrians Like Me

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Loubna Mrie, Vice. Personal view: In the moments following Donald Trump’s missile strike on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on Thursday, voices…

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“Russia Is Preparing For Hot War”

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stephen Cohen and Abby Martin, Information Clearinghouse. This video was posted on April 11, 2017 ABBY MARTIN: While many in power recklessly escalate tensions with Russia, there is…

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A multi-level analysis of the US cruise missile attack on Syria and its consequences

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Sacker. This analysis was posted on April 11, 2017 . The latest US cruise missile attack on the Syrian airbase is an extremely important event in so…

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Trump and Iran: Yet Another Hostage Crisis?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Robin Wright, The New Yorker. Short of last-minute diplomacy, Donald Trump will inherit another hostage crisis with Iran on Inauguration Day—thirty-five years after the first hostage drama at…

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Is US Policy to Prolong the Syrian War?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sam Husseini, Counterpunch. Many are claiming that Trump is being inconsistent in illegally attacking the Syrian regime with cruise missiles. After all, he had been saying the U.S….

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In Syria, civilian lives don’t matter

Friday, April 7, 2017

Leila Al Shami, Leila’s blog. Originally published at Hummus for Thought and Leila’s blog. Since Trump came to power there has been a marked escalation of the US…

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How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor. Some factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are less than satisfied with the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington on March 19-23,…

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Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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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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The most expensive weapon ever built

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daniel Soar, London Review of Books. On the night of 12 January, there was a series of explosions at Mezzeh military airport on the outskirts of Damascus. A…

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Reality and the U.S.-Made Famine in Yemen

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kathy Kelly. This article was first posted on Counterpunch on March 22, 2017. This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby…

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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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The roots of sectarianism in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Omar Hassan. First published at Red Flag and appeared in Socialist Worker on February 1, 2017. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream news report about the…

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Introduction to Pambazuka’s Special Edition on the labour movement in Africa

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shaun Whittaker. This article first appeared in Europe Solidaire Sans Fronitiers on 26 January 2017. In the face of multiple crises of profit-driven socio-economic systems that have driven…

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Iraq and beyond: hidden, secret wars from air, land and drone

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paul Rogers. This report first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017 The west’s military focus has shifted towards covert use of special forces. Both the human…

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Will the re-launch of the Mosul battle by the Iraqi PM reverse Trump’s hostile stance?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Zaid Alisa, Open Democracy. This article first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017. The highly unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections sent…

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Imperialism in the Twenty First Century: Book Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

Michael Roberts blog. A review of imperialism in the Twenty First century by John Smith, published by Monthly Review Press John Smith’s book is a powerful and searing…

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Trump, Netanyahu and the burial of the two-state ‘solution’ for Israel

Friday, March 10, 2017

Moshé Machover, Weekly Worker. On February 15 the desiccated corpse of the two-state ‘solution’ (2SS) to the conflict between the Israeli Zionist settler state and the colonised Palestinian…

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Controlling the Narrative on Syria

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Louis Allday, Monthly Review on-line. Since 2011, the torrent of ill-informed, inaccurate and often entirely dishonest analysis of events in Syria has been unremitting. I have written previously…

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