The Ignorant and the Arrogant: How Pompeo and Bolton Bring Us Closer to War in the Middle East

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch April 2, 2018. Armed conflict between the US and Iran is becoming more probable by the day as super-hawks replace hawks in the…

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Water crisis spurs protests in Iran

Friday, March 30, 2018

Posted on The Region on March 29, 2018. A number of protests have broken out in Iran since the beginning of the year over water, a growing political…

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Iran: Prison sentence for Maryam Shariatmadari for taking off her hejab

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Maryam Shariatmadari, one of the women of Enghelab Street, who took off her compulsory hejab as protest on 23rd February 2018, following the weeks of protest across in…

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Bolton pick underscores Trump’s foreign policy confusion

Friday, March 23, 2018

Michael Crowley and Bryan Bender. Posted on Politico on March 23, 2018. For the Donald Trump who preaches an “America First” foreign policy with little patience for international…

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The War in Yemen and the Making of a Chaos State

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ben Watson Posted on the Atlantic February 3, 2018. A strange and worrisome silence settled over Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa after Houthi rebels seized power in broad…

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New book reveals Israel’s covert operations, including nearly 2,700 assassinations

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Posted MR Online Feb 13, 2018.  Originally published: teleSUR (January 28, 2018).   | The book’s title is derived from the ancient Jewish Talmud admonition, “If someone comes to…

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Iranian graffitists feel walled in

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Zahra Alipour. Posted on Al Monitor February 11, 2018. Feature image reads: ‘peace”. “You are no artist if you are drawing on a wall with spray paint. You…

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Hejab, Islamic totalitarianism and the opposition in Iran

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jaleh Ahmadi. This article was first published in Iran Bulletin-Middle East Forum number 1,  2004. We are posting it in Middleast4Change because of its relevance in the current…

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Iran: Observation on the protests of December 2018: Part 2, Prospects and Pitfalls

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad.   Part 1 of this article discussed what features distinguished the latest wave of protests from all previous ones. In Part 2 we discuss its actual…

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How Iran uses a compulsory hijab law to control its citizens – and why they are protesting

Friday, February 9, 2018

Moujan Mirdamadi. Posted on The Conversation February 9, 2018. Protests against Iran’s mandatory hijab law – which requires all women to wear it in public – have sprung…

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How the Mass Media Misread the Iranian Protests

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rahman Bouzari. Posted on Counterpunch on January 24, 2018. One of the largest social and political uprisings since the 1979 revolution in Iran has died down for now….

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The Destabilizer: Trump’s Escalating Threats Against Iran

Friday, January 19, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on CounterPunch on January 18, 2018. The US-Iran confrontation is already destabilising parts of the Middle East that were starting to settle down after the…

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Iran: Observations on the protests of December 2018: Part 1, the watershed moment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad. 1 The wave of protest and demonstrations began at the end of last December and enveloped most of Iran’s towns and cities will be recorded as…

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The role of Iran’s water crisis in the recent protests

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Louis Proyect. Posted on louisproyect.org on January 10, 2018. On January 2nd, an NY Times article about the protests in Iran included a couple of paragraphs that caught…

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Protesters in Iran express outrage at economic conditions, a testament to a failed domestic agenda of neoliberalism and privatization

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mohammad Tootkaboni. Posted on Left Voice, January 8, 2018. Over the past week, protests have erupted in the streets of Iranian cities. This might not be surprising for…

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What’s behind the protests in Iran and what can you do?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Owen Tudor. Posted by the Trade Union Congress of UK on January 2, 2108. Over the New Year, a wave of protests has erupted in Iran, as people…

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Iran protests: is this time different?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Demonstrating in Trehran

The protest movement that began on 28 December differs from those in previous years. There is universal recognition that the protests were triggered off by the worsening economy…

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Reflections on the Growing Anti-Regime Protests in Iran

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Frieda Afary. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialist on December 31, 2017. In comparison to the mass protests that arose in 2009 after the fraudulent presidential election,…

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Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Daesh

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent February 2017. We reproduce it on ME4Change as a useful summary of US involvement in the Middle East President Trump made great play…

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White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Isaac Arnsdorf. This story was originally published on ProPublica on  November 29, 2017. The overture follows an intense and secretive lobbying push involving Michael Flynn, Tom Barrack, Rick…

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The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News. Posted in Colonialism & Occupation, Geopolitics, Global Economy, Media Analysis on 1 December 2017. Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hamidreza Azizi. Posted by al Monitor on December 6, 2017. TEHRAN, Iran — The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently…

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The War Nerd: A Brief History Of The Yemen Clusterf*ck

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gary Brecher. Posted on Pando on  March 28, 2015. A useful introduction to the war in Yemen. DILI,   EAST TIMOR — I ought to be familiar with the…

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Another Brick in the Wall: Protesting Education in Iran

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Zep Kalb. Published on MERIP on November 2, 2017. At ten o’clock in the morning, Thursday October 5, 2017, about 500 teachers gathered in front of the Budget…

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New alliance against Iran

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on Weekly Worker issue 1180, November 23, 2017. Last year, when Donald Trump was elected US president, old-order defenders of imperialism were telling the citizens…

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Redrawing the map: Why is Trump abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker 19th October 2017. In a single speech on October 13, lasting just a few minutes, Donald Trump managed to succeed in doing…

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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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