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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Doubts, law and grand strategy: preparation for regime change in Iran

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Yassamine Mather Posted on Weekly Worker issue 1199, April 19, 2o18.  Behind the cruise missile strikes in Syria lies the plan to bring about regime change in Iran…

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Seven years after: what is next for Syria?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar moderates a panel on seven years of the Syrian revolution featuring the great Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Thomas Pierret and Kristin Helberg. The 18th…

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Gravequake and Death by Stoning – two poems by Ziba Karbassi

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gravequake The song of the nightingale Is not up for sale. Tell your black crows tell Your black crows Caw Caw The song of the nightingale Is not…

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Bread, water and roses: The guerrillas of Shengal (Sinjar)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marcel Cartier. Posted on The Region on April 4, 2018. Powerful, sobering and heart-wrenching images are once again to be seen from the Yazidi heartland of Shengal, otherwise…

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The Fall of Afrîn

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Güney Işıkara and Alp Kayserilioğlu. Posted on Jacobin 22nd March 2018. On January 20, the Turkish military launched its invasion of the Syrian-Kurdish canton of Afrîn in northwest…

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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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Syria’s war of ethnic cleansing: Kurds threatened with beheading by Turkey’s allies if they don’t convert to extremism

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on the Independent and on ZCommunications 17 March 2018. Syrian Arab militiamen leading the Turkish attack on Afrin in northern Syria are threatening to massacre…

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Sara R. Farris, In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism – Book Review

Friday, March 16, 2018

Catherine Rottenberg. Posted on Jadaliyya on February 12, 2018. Farris’ new book In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism illuminates the particular ways in which…

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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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America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Geoff Dutton. Posted in CounterPunch on February 16, 2018. By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation….

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The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ceren Lord. Posted by MERIP on February 4, 2018. At the heart of the controversy over Islamization in Turkey has been the accelerated rise and visibility of the…

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