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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Political prisoners in Syria, Iran and throughout the Middle East

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Joseph Daher, Alliance of Middle East Socialists. The repressive policies and actions of authoritarian regimes to crush popular movements and any forms of resistance have increased the number…

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BDS: Discussing Difficult Issues in a Fast-Growing Movement

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Omar Barghouti Al-Shabaka Israel’s attacks on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and other human rights defenders living under occupation, such as Al Haq staff, have dominated…

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Iraq’s forgotten uprising

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Qunfuz A great deal has been written on the factors behind the rise of ISIS, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria. Too much of the commentary…

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Committees, Councils and Cultural Production

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gunfuz Middle East for Change links to this podcast because of the light it throws on democratic achievements and self-government in Syria. In this presentation on Syria –…

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Resistance of political prisoners in Syria and Iran

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Joseph Daher Alliance of Middle East Socialist The repressive policies and actions of authoritarian regimes to crush popular movements and resistance has increased the number of political prisoners…

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A Commune in Rojava?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alex de Jong New Politics The siege of Kobani by Islamic State (ISIS) brought worldwide attention to the Syrian Kurdish PYD (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, Democratic Union Party), the…

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Towards Progressive Politics in the Middle East

Friday, May 6, 2016

Abbas Shahrabi Farahani & Gilbert Achar Problematica/New Politics Abbas Shahrabi: How do you define “Left” and “Leftist Politics”? What are the main theoretical elements of a leftist politics?…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Alliance of Middle East Socialist In this interview with the Iranian site,  Problematica,  Daher investigates issues such as the relationship between  socialism, secularism and democracy,  the…

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Poor Shiites invade Iraqi Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Juan Cole Informed Comment Baghdad is under a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the…

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BDS 10 Years On: Anti-Colonial Demands in a Liberal Framework

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mohammed Nabulsi Warscapes The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, launched on July 9, 2005 by the Palestinian Civil Society (consisting of more than 170 Palestinian civil organizations),…

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A left-wing refugee policy for the European Union

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gabi Zimmer Links International Speech given by Gabi Zimmer, chair of GUE/NGL, in Athens at the International Conference “Alliance For Democracy – Against Austerity in Europe”, 18-20 March…

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A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a new poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. The Harvard…

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Statement on “Labour’s problem with antisemitism”

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Jewish Socialist Group’s response to the right wing witch-hunt sparked by accusations of anti-semitism by prominent British Labour Party members Naz Shah MP and Ken Livingstone. “Antisemitism…

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Revolution Never Sleeps: Nuit Debout in France and Beyond

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gabriel Rockhill Counterpunch The movement Nuit debout—‘night on our feet’ or ‘stand up night!’—is a potent reminder of the existence of an indefatigable global struggle against the neoliberal…

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