Iran’s water crisis: A talk by Dr Kaveh Madani

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A lecture by Dr. Kaveh Madani, November 17, 2016 in Stanford. Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, Iran is experiencing a…

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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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With the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria Russia re-examines relationship with Iran

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Anton Mardasov. Posted on Al-Monitor on August 14, 2017. As the Islamic State (IS) has been in steady retreat, Iran and Russia are facing real difficulties sustaining their…

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Iran: An unsavoury alliance

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yassamine Mather. First posted on Weekly Worker on 6th July 2017. Over the last couple of weeks Iranian leaders have shown unprecedented signs of paranoia about a possible…

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Iran’s Strategic Goals in Post-ISIS Syria

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Aida Ghajar. First posted on The Iranian on June 29, 2017. ISIS has recently suffered a series of significant defeats in Iraq and Syria, leading Iran and other…

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After years of battling low-level Sunni insurgency, Iran hit by first IS attack

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mona Alami. Posted on Middle East Eye on June 9, 2017. The first attack in Iran claimed by IS follows years of low-level intensity Sunni militant activity. Already…

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Qatar Real Story

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Robert Fisk. Posted on ZNet on June 10, 2017. Only Shakespeare’s plays could come close to describing such treachery – the comedies, that is The Qatar crisis proves two…

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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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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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Resurrecting the Antiwar Movement

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Greg Shupak, Jacobin. As President Trump tries to ban refugees, he looks poised to create more of them. The structural logic should be familiar by now — and…

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Russia Is Not Iraq (and Neither Was Syria)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Charles Davis, Pulse. With right-wing authoritarians ruling in Moscow and Washington, leftists should find it easy to oppose these evil empires — but some, poisoned by pre-election contrarianism,…

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Serving the Leviathan

Friday, January 20, 2017

Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi & Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, Jacobin. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s life and death highlight what’s at stake in Iran today. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Iran’s Expediency Discernment…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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Proxies and politics: Why Iran funds foreign militias

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Karim El-Bar, Middle East Eye. In wake of Arab Spring, Iran’s backing of foreign militias has drawn much attention. Why is this support so central to Iranian foreign…

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Will the ‘Iranian threat’ push Arabs closer to Israel?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Badr al-Rashed, The New Arab. Arab officials and academics joined former Israeli foreign minister, MK Tzipi Livni at a conference earlier this week attempting to unite leaders under…

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Five years after the Arab uprisings: An interview with Asef Bayat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Özgür Gökmen, Jadaliyya. Özgür Gökmen (ÖG): In Life as Politics you refer to the dangers of foreign intervention more than once. Expectations were not high but there was…

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Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Frieda Afari, Alliance of Middle East Socialists from Radio Zamaneh. An analysis of Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al Shami.  Burning Country:  Syrians in Revolution and War,   Pluto…

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Iran: Democracy and the coming parliamentary elections

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ardeshir Mehrdad in interview with the Farsi site tabaqeh (class) You can see in the coming parliamentary election the central and ongoing contradiction of the Islamic regime. On…

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Military to Military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Seymour M Hersh London Review of Books The investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports on the confusions and disagreements within the US over its policy in Syria. He also…

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Along the divide – Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies

Thursday, December 10, 2015

By Nathan Thrall London Review of Books Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies by Yossi Alpher Rowman and Littlefield, 196 pp, £23.95, January, ISBN 978 1 4422 3101 6 Israel is now confronted…

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