Syria: Underground in Raqqa

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Published on London Review of Books October 2017, volume 39 number 20 pp15-17. Shortly before the siege of Raqqa began in June, Islamic State officials arrested…

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Iran’s blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

Friday, October 6, 2017

Published on Al-Monitor on October 1, 2017 A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women’s heads, young…

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How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alastair Crooke. Posted on Consortium News on September 30, 2017. Plainly, Syria’s success – notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are…

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Spike in Labour Protest in Iran is Changing the Political Milieu

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Posted on Zamaeh Media September 29, 2017. In the past weeks labor protests and strikes have increased across Iran with workers speaking out against layoffs and nonpayment of…

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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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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent on line on September 19, 2017. The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to…

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Iran, Israel and the big mess in Washington

Monday, September 11, 2017

Giulietto Chiesa. Posted on Defend Democracy Press on September 5, 2017. In the big mess of the current American foreign policy, which is an effect of the internal…

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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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Five Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Richard Sokolsky and  Aaron Miller. This article was first posted on Carnagie Endowment for International Peace on June 27, 2017. The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and…

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Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous

Friday, July 14, 2017

Steven Simon, John J. McCloy. Originally published on IISS on July 5, 2017. The Trump administration, for all its disarray, has a clear and consistent policy toward the…

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Arab Spring after six years: “I see the potential for something good.” – interview with Asef Bayat

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sonja Zekri. Sociologist Asef Bayat talks to journalist Sonja Zekri about his views on the Arab spring and his concept of post-Islamism. First published on Koepfe und Ideen…

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Labor and Class in Iran: An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo

Friday, June 23, 2017

 Paola Rivetti. This article was posted on MERIP online on May 26 2017. Following the July 2015 signature of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or “nuclear…

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64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian. This article was posted on Foreign Policy on June 20, 2017. New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup — only…

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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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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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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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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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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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The Simplicity of Iranian Architecture’s Complex Geometry

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ariana Zilliacus, Arch Daily. This article was first published on Arch Daily on 17 February 2017 Iran’s geography consists largely of a central desert plateau, surrounded by mountain…

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Iran in crosshairs as Syrian war winds down

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ali Hashem, Al Monitor. A new wave of violence seems to be shaking the fragile truce in Syria. On March 19, opposition groups launched a surprise attack on Damascus in apparent coordination with a…

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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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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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