Observations on the recent protests in Iran

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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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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Will 2018 Usher in a New Palestinian Strategy?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

 Ramzy Baroud. Posted on Znet December 27, 2017. 2017 will be remembered as the year that the so-called ‘peace process’, at least in its American formulation, has ended….

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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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On the Concatenation in the Arab World: Editorial in New Left Review

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Perry Anderson Published in New Left Review March-April 2011 The Arab revolt of 2011 belongs to a rare class of historical events: a concatenation of political upheavals, one…

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Revolution, counterrevolution, and imperialism in Syria: Interview with Yassin al-Haj Salah

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh interviewed by Ashley Smith. Posted on International Socialist Review, Issue 107 Yassin al-Haj Saleh is one of the pivotal figures in the Syrian Revolution. He…

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Balfour Declaration: Britain Broke Its Feeble Promise to the Palestinians

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Jonathan Cooke. Posted on Counterpunch on November 2, 2017. There is more than a little irony in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to attend a “celebration” dinner…

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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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Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917–2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

John Bellamy Foster Published in Monthly Review volume 69 number 3, July August 2017. The Russian Revolution of 1917 erupted on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of…

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Revolution without revolutionaries: Asef Bayat

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Asef Bayat Posted by Stanford University Press: excepts from chapter one Revolutions of Wrong Times ……… Novel Revolutions? Why did the revolutions of 2011 turn out to be…

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Does the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan fulfill with the right to self-determination?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hedayat Soltanzadeh The following is an abridged translation of an article that has been published on several Farsi language sites. It was written on the eve of the…

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Political power and dissent in post-revolutionary societies

Friday, October 13, 2017

István Mészáros. Posted on Monthly Review on line on October 11, 2017 Originally published: Verso (October 6, 2017) We were saddened to learn of the death of István Mészáros…

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Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917–2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

John Bellamy Foster. Posted on Monthly Review Volume 69, Issue 03 (July-August 2017) . The Russian Revolution of 1917 erupted on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of…

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How Palestinians can reverse Israel’s divide and conquer tactics

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sam Bahour. Posted on +972 on September 5, 2017. Oslo allowed Israel to reduce Palestinians to disparate fragments, each with their own challenge to merely survive. It’s time…

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Israel backs Saudi Arabia in confrontation with Qatar

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 Ali Abunimah. First posted on Electronic Intifada on June 11, 2017. Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a…

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Socialist Register 2017, Rethinking Revolution: Book Review

Friday, June 2, 2017

Gregory Albo and Leo Panitch One hundred years ago, “October 1917” galvanized leftists and oppressed peoples around the globe, and became the lodestar for 20th century politics. Today,…

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The Experience of Local Councils in the Syrian Revolution

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Walid Daou Tranlated by Ghassan Makarem Posted on April 4, 2017 on Al Manshur “We are not less that the workers of the Paris Commune… They lasted 70…

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Yemen’s Disaster

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Helen Lackner, Jacobin. Yemen had the longest and deepest Arab Spring — why did the country collapse into civil war? First published by Jacobin, May 12. The first…

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2572. Is Palestinian Right to Self-Determination Compatible with the Israel’s “Right to Exist?”

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kamran Nayeri. This article first appeared in Forum for Liberation on March 1, 2017. In discussions and debates about the “Arab-Israeli conflict” the questions of Palestinian right to…

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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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Resurrecting the antiwar movement: possible attack on Iran

Saturday, February 25, 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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Turkey and the Road to Genocide

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Djene Bajalan, Jacobin. On Sunday, April 24, 1915, Ottoman minister of the interior, Talat Pasha, ordered the arrest and detention of Armenian community leaders residing within the empire….

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A Kurdish response to climate change

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anna Lau, Erdelan Baran, and Melanie Sirinathsingh, Open Democracy UK. For 4000 years since the breakdown of the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia, almost every major societal collapse has…

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Syria: understanding the anti-war position

Saturday, November 19, 2016

David Bush, Counterfire. However confusing the situation in Syria, the anti-war movement provides political clarity, argues David Bush in his latest online post. There is major disorientation on…

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The Legacy of Omar Aziz: Building autonomous, self-governing communes in Syria

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Leila Al Shami, Leila’s blog. Omar Aziz was in his sixties when he returned to Syria in 2011. He’d been working for an information technology company in Saudi…

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Majoritarian Syria: Justice in Conflict Resolution

Friday, October 28, 2016

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. What is a resolution in Syria? Syrians engaged in public affairs are always being asked about our conception of a resolution to the Syrian…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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Five years after the Arab uprisings: An interview with Asef Bayat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Özgür Gökmen, Jadaliyya. Özgür Gökmen (ÖG): In Life as Politics you refer to the dangers of foreign intervention more than once. Expectations were not high but there was…

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Book review: does terrorism work? A History

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thomas Nagel, London Review of Books. Does Terrorism Work? A History by Richard English, Oxford When I am hit with news of yet another terrorist attack, I often…

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Book Review: women fight the Islamic state

Monday, August 29, 2016

Janet Biehl, Roar. A Road Unforseen: Women fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax. Second Wave feminism, once it erupted in the late 1960s, called out misogyny where…

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