Long Range Attack On Saudi Oil Field Ends War On Yemen

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Today Saudi Arabia finally lost the war on Yemen. It has no defenses against new weapons the Houthis in Yemen acquired. These weapons threaten the Saudis economic lifelines….

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Rattling the Nuclear Cage: India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran and the US

Monday, August 19, 2019

Robert Fisk. We like our anniversaries in blocks of 50 or 100 – at a push we’ll tolerate a 25. The 100th anniversary of the Somme (2016), the 75th anniversary of…

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Persian Gulf: Tanker wars and propaganda

Monday, July 29, 2019

Yassamine Mather. The conflict between Iran and the United States is in its early stages, yet we are already witnessing war propaganda, and the presentation of outright lies…

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It’s Trump Who Needs to be Deterred From War Not Iran

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Robert Fisk. It’s about time we wised up to what is going on in this utterly farcical “crisis” in the Gulf, this charade of lies and pomposity which…

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Lights out: Tehran’s clampdown on Western habits

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Iran is a country in which many aspects of public life: governance, education, foreign relations and even people’s lifestyles are peculiarly determined by ideology. The authorities…

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Is Iran’s influence in Iraq waning?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hamidreza Azizi Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree July 1 obliging the overwhelmingly pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) to fully integrate into the Iraqi armed…

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Iran’s Water Pressure: Droughts, Floods and a Looming Crisis

Monday, July 8, 2019

Xander Sneider. Summary Iran has long struggled to manage its paltry water resources. As Tehran wrestles with the effects of decadeslong drought and record flooding, it’s clear that…

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US Media Creating a Climate for War With Iran

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Media outlets are creating a climate for a US military attack on Iran by hyping the idea that Iran is an imminent threat to peace, by failing to…

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Suitcases & Theater: Two poems

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Solmaz Sharif. Suitcases Suitcases of dried limes, dried figs, pomegranate paste, parsley laid in the sun, burnt honey, sugar cubes hardened on a baking sheet. Suitcases of practical…

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Iran Had the Legal Right to Shoot Down US Spy Drone

Monday, June 24, 2019

Marjorie Cohn. The New York Times is reporting that on June 20, President Trump ordered military strikes against Iran to retaliate for its shootdown of a U.S. drone, but then pulled back…

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Persian Gulf: The War Of Oil Tankers

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Dr Alias Ankle. The economic war waged by Trump’s administration against Iran seems to have been escalated to involve false flag attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf…

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Tehran 2019: City On Edge, Iranians In Anticipation

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fariba Amini. May this year was a very pleasant time in Tehran when it comes to the weather. The abundant rain had cleared the pollution for a while,…

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U.S. Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks as Much of World Pushes for Diplomacy

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Vijay Prashad. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil…

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Yemen: Why the Houthi drone strikes targeted Saudi oil facilities

Monday, June 10, 2019

Samuel Ramani. On May 14, Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen launched multiple drone strikes against Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. These drone strikes targeted a major oil pipeline located…

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Arms Manufacturers Tell Investors That Iran Tension Fuels Business

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lee Fang. Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs’ glimmering tower in downtown Manhattan in mid-May, eager to present before a conference of bankers and financial analysts….

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9 Easy Propaganda steps to War with Iran

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Juan Cole. The Trump administration is now in full disinformation mode, using all the classical techniques of propaganda to put the gullible US public on a war footing…

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Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Melvin Goodman. Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump’s personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous.  President…

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Threat of war in the Middle East is real

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Yassamine Mather. A common question journalists ask these days – if they are not asking about Brexit – is ‘Will there be a war against Iran?’ and, if…

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Three poems by Forugh Farrokhzad, a woman alone

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

English Translations of selected Poems and Poetry of the great Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad فروغ فرخزاد Forugh, one of the most famous Persian Women poets died in a…

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Will Iran Be Forced To Close the Strait Of Hormuz? Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Monday, May 6, 2019

Vincent Lofazo. With the United States strangling Iran’s oil exports, Iran threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. On…

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Protesting Clerical Welfarism in Iran’s Pious City

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mehdi Farji. Located 125 kilometers south of Tehran, Qom is a holy city known for its many seminaries and the thousands of clerics and seminarians who live and…

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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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Vartan: a poem of resistance by Ahmad Shamlou

Friday, April 12, 2019

“Vartan didn’t Say a Word” is a political poem by Ahmad Shamlou that underwent censorship because of being addressed to a political prisoner who was tortured to death…

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At least 62 people killed in Iran floods as US accused of blocking aid

Friday, April 5, 2019

Emma Graham-Harrison. The death toll from two weeks of flooding in Iran has risen to 62 as frustration mounts inside the country at the government’s handling of the…

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Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ian Black. The meeting publicly showcased the remarkable fact that Israel, as Netanyahu was so keen to advertise, is winning acceptance of a sort from the wealthiest countries…

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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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Iran: Women’s right and the class struggle

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Friday March 8 is International Women’s Day, which this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first major protest by Iranian women against the Islamic…

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Iran’s ecologists imprisoned as water shortage threatens the country

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Maya Margit. Amid worsening diplomatic and economic isolation, Iran is continuing its crackdown on perceived dissidents. Among the targets: environmental scientists. A recent Amnesty International report claimed the…

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Iranian Revolution: 40 years of inequality

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the February 1979 uprising in Iran has been marked by dozens of scholarly seminars in Europe, numerous documentaries produced by…

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Poems: Lanat Abad / The Place of the Damned & [Persian Letters]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Two poems by Solmaz Sharif Lanat Abad / The Place of the Damned By Solmaz Sharif this mangy plot where by nowonly mothers still come, only mothers guard…

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