Turkey’s Continued Care For ISIS Will End Badly

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Eight and a half years ago when the war on Syria began, Turkey played the most important role. Weapons were smuggled from Libya through Turkey to be delivered…

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Fear on the Streets: Hezbollah and the Protests in Lebanon

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Robert Fisk Those tens of thousands of largely young protesters demanding a non-sectarian Lebanon were joyful, filled with happiness, determined that this time they would change the wretched…

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The Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Jonathan Cook There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria….

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Why Hezbollah is now focused on Lebanon’s domestic politics

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Paul Khalifeh. The New Hezbollah has emerged.  In the past, the Lebanese Shia party proclaimed its allegiance to Iran through resistance to the state of Israel, and by…

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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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Uprising in Sudan: Interview with Sudanese Comrades

Friday, June 7, 2019

As the Sudanese uprising enters its most critical conjuncture, with negotiations between the military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change collapsing, and the…

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Michael Rakowitz review – horribly entertaining tour of ruined utopias

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Adrian Searle. Whitechapel Gallery, London: The Beatles play a presidential funeral while Nimrud’s Palace is rebuilt with sardine cans in this angry, thought-provoking journey though time. Michael Rakowitz’s…

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Adonis, The Man Who Remade Arabic Poetry

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Robyn Creswell. In March, 2011, when civil protests broke out in cities and towns across Syria, the country’s most famous poet, Adonis—who is in his eighties and has…

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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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Don’t believe the hype, Isis has not yet been defeated

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Robert Fisk. After all the headlines about the supposed defeat of Isis, anyone who doesn’t believe a word of it may seem a bit of a spoilsport. But whenever…

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How the Assad regime has exploited “evacuation deals” to redirect Isis against the rebels

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Omar Sabbour. In September 2018, when the Assad regime was preparing to launch its (now on-hold) offensive against rebel-held Idlib in northern Syria, a rather surprising report emerged in the…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation: Part III Women, democracy and political Islamisms

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Concluding part of dialogue: Political Islamism, women and democracy Ardeshir Mehrdad: As you have probably observed, amongst the authors dealing with feminist-Islamism some place their emphasis on the…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation Part 2: Political Islamisms the labour movement and women

Friday, December 7, 2018

This is the second part of a three-part conversation carried out with the Syrian academic Aziz Al-Azmeh. Here Professor Al-Azmeh addresses the various forms that political islams take…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation Part 1: political Islams, modernities and conservative-populist ideologies

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This is the first part of a three-part conversation carried out with the Syrian academic Aziz Al-Azmeh. Here Aziz Al-Azmeh addresses the relation of contemporary political islams and…

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Saudi hit squad is another godsend for Erdoğan

Monday, October 29, 2018

Esen Uslu. Almost two years ago, when the military challenged his rule by attempting a coup and were beaten back, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan famously said: “It was…

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Israel: Netanyahu’s flirtation with the far right

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Domunique Vidal. As the extreme right continues its rise across Europe, Israel’s prime minister has decided to get closer. This decision, in the name of the fight against…

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Nadia Murad: I tell my story because it is the best weapon I have

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Nadia Murad. The slave market opened at night. We could hear the commotion downstairs where militants were registering and organising, and when the first man entered the room,…

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad speaks with National Geographic

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Romy Roynard. The young Yazidi woman, the victim of horrific crimes, has spoken out worldwide in her campaign to end sexual assault as a weapon of war. Nadia…

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Squeezing Iran: Part two the Iranian perspective

Friday, September 28, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: In the first part of the interview[1]http://www.middleast4change.org/squeezing-iran-part-1-trumps-project-in-the-middle-east/we talked of the evolving line-ups in the Middle East in the backdrop of recent massive…

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Idlib, Syria: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Monday, September 17, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Sept 13, 2108. The forces of Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Russia, are poised to strike deep into Syria’s Idlib…

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Turkey: Capitalism nurtured by the state

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Esen Eslu. Posted on Weekly Worker August 16, 2018. The downward spiral of the lira has meant that suddenly Turkey is headline news in the international media, as…

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The Syrian War in Five Sieges

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books Vol 40, July 19, 2018. The road to Raqqa, once the de facto Syrian capital of Islamic State, looks surprisingly…

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Women are at the forefront of challenging extremism in Idlib

Friday, July 6, 2018

Leila Al Shami. Posted on Leila’s Blog July 5, 2108. This was originally published at Chatham House. Here is a longer, un-edited version. In May, SMART News Agency,…

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‘The growth of right-wing forces is ominous’: Interview with Noam Chomsky

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 Jipson John and Jitheesh P.M. Posted on Frontline June 22, 2018. NOAM AVRAM CHOMSKY is one of the greatest intellectuals in modern times. For the past six decades…

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Syria’s New Housing Law Will Displace Tens of Thousands of Refugees, But Even That Won’t Help the Regime Win the War

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on CounterPunch June 4, 2018. When wars end, the winners redraw the maps. That’s what the British and French did to the Ottoman Empire after…

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Yazidi women: in defense of human rights sympathy is not enough

Monday, June 4, 2018

Richard Falk. Posted Richard Falk June 1 2018. Ten days ago, while attending the opening ceremony of a conference in Vienna commemorating the 25thanniversary of the Vienna Declaration…

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Erdoğan’s ‘new’ Turkey: Purges and Paranoia

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Ella George. Published by London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018 The elections due to be held on 24 June, brought forward abruptly…

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The Shia Shift: Why Iran and Hezbollah Abandoned Suicide attacks

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Zachary Keckand Matthew Sparks. Posted on The National Interest May 28, 2018. Thirty-five years ago last month, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a delivery van packed with explosives…

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Turkey: Erdoğan’s Cesspit

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Daniel Finn. Editorial in New Left Review number 107. For the gatekeepers of established wisdom in the West, the rise of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) was…

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Obituary: Abbas, Iranian photographer of revolutions, war and religion

Friday, April 27, 2018

Diane Smyth. Posted by British Journal of Photography April 26, 2018. The Iranian photographer died on 25 April in Paris, after a 60-year career that included a 27-year…

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