Last ditch democracy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Karam Hilo. Posted on Al Jadalyyah and Qantara.de 2017. In this essay, Lebanese journalist Karam Hilo asks whether it is possible to apply the Western concept of democracy…

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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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Book review: War of All Against All

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lindsey Hilsom Posted on New York Review of Books, 23 November 2017 The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy by Yassin al-Haj Saleh, with a foreword…

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Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dalia Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Book review: Posted on Jadalyya on October 20, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Daanish Faruqi (DF): As preface, it’s…

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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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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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Endtimes in Mosul: eyewitness account of the costs of retaking of the city

Friday, August 18, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books vol 39 no 16, August 17, 2017 . On 22 May, Ahmed Mohsen, an unemployed taxi driver, left his house…

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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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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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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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The Baghdad Road: eyewitness in Mosul

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad. This article frist appeared on London Review of Books volume 39, number9, May 5, 2017. On the morning of 5 March a group of soldiers belonging…

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The Syrian Cause and Anti-Imperialism

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh Translated by: Yaaser Azzayyaat This post first appeared on Al-Jumhuriya on May 5, 2017. In memory of Michel Seurat, our martyr. I was in Istanbul…

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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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Don’t Go to the Doctor: The absurdities of the Prevent anti-terrorism program

Friday, May 26, 2017

Karma Nabulsi, London Review of Books. This essay appeared on LRB volume 39, May 18 2017. A colleague of mine at Oxford was asked to see an undergraduate…

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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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Why Can’t We Criticize Islam?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Anas Al Horani, Al Jumhuriya. First posted on Al-Jumhuriya on April 3, 2017. Historically, whenever a criticism was leveled against Islam, what seems like a majority of Muslims were…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tam Hussein, Joshua Landis blog. Posted by Tam Hussein on Friday, April 14th, 2017 @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The…

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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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The Genealogy of Daesh-ISIS

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. Even though the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or Da’esh) emerged in Syria in 2013, its structure can be traced back 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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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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Trump will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch. President Trump made great play when he came into office with his return of a bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, presenting the…

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Trump: Al Qaeda and Daesh’s favorite president

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Brett S Morris, The Jacobin. Shortly after Donald Trump’s Election Day victory, many jihadists voiced their pleasure with the result: “Rejoice with support from Allah, and find glad…

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Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil: Interview

Friday, January 27, 2017

Vijay Prashad, Canadian Dimension. Thirty thousand barrels of oil a day. $19 million a month. That’s apparently the revenues that are flowing to the Islamic State. Its oil…

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Hezbollah and the Workers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Joseph Daher, Jacobin. Though its reputation has waned in recent years, Hezbollah has long earned plaudits from the Left for its military resistance to Israel. Many, too, have…

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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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Aleppo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Craig Murray. The Morning Star has today come under massive criticism for hailing the near total recapture of Aleppo by pro-Government forces as a “liberation.” I would agree…

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The fall of Aleppo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sam Hamad, The New Arab. The fall of Aleppo to pro-Assad militias is a catastrophic blow to the revolutionary forces in Syria. Of this there is no doubt. Even…

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America’s Rocky Road to Raqqa

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Daniel Lazare, Information Clearing House. Though the U.S. has no legal right to operate inside Syria, Official Washington is boasting about its plans to liberate Raqqa from ISIS….

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US will never separate its fighters from ‘Islamists’ because it depends on them

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dan Glazebrook, Information Clearing House. It was the big idea that was supposed to herald a new era of US-Russian co-operation in Syria: the separation of Western-backed ‘moderate…

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