Tehran 2019: City On Edge, Iranians In Anticipation

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fariba Amini. May this year was a very pleasant time in Tehran when it comes to the weather. The abundant rain had cleared the pollution for a while,…

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Eyewitness Report: Venezuela Up Close

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pat Fry. It was 7 AM April 30th in Caracas when I awoke to hear gun shots outside my hotel. Our group, seven US citizens and one Canadian,…

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Elections in Israel: Ever further to the right

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Tony Greenstein. In most western countries, political parties compete in general elections over issues such as taxation, nationalisation/privatisation, poverty, etc. Those in most European countries, with the exception…

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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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Israel: Netenyahu in alliance with neo-Nazis

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tony Greenstein. In 1984 rabbi Meir Kahane of the ultra-nationalist Kach party entered the Israeli parliament (knesset), having received over 25,000 votes. Kach stood on a programme which,…

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In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Jonathan Cook. You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in…

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The Me Too Movement in the Middle East

Thursday, February 14, 2019

by Lara al-Kateb and  Omar Abbas with contributions from Selin Cagatay, Frieda Afary,  Fatemeh Masjedi and socialist feminists inside Iran  The Me Too movement against sexual assault and…

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As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power

Friday, February 8, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a ‘government of national reconciliation’, Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. “We put our…

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Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan

Friday, February 1, 2019

Kathy Kelly. On January 27th, 2019, the Taliban and the U.S. government each publicly stated  acceptance, in principle, of a draft framework for ongoing negotiations that could culminate…

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Iran’s looming Instagram ban shows hardliner disconnect

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Instagram, widely used in Iran among small business owners, students, influencers and even senior officials, is the latest social media application to come under scrutiny and…

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1,200 Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike in Israel prison

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Posted on Middle East Monitor. More than 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ofer Prison yesterday launched an open-ended hunger strike, in protest against the occupation’s continuous violations against…

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The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. The game is afoot. Israel, believe it or not, is demanding that seven Arab countries and Iran pay $250 billion as compensation for what it claims was the…

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Iran: workers’ strikes and State Department crocodile tears

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Iranian workers have been staging large protests since early November in two major industrial complexes: the Haft Tapeh sugar plant and the Foulad steel factory in…

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5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall in Kerala

Monday, January 14, 2019

Vijay Prashad. On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies. They stood from one end…

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Tehran’s little secret: Cafe where disability is no barrier to talent – and serving tea

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sahar Esfandiari. TAs Mehdi Khakyan’s hands move skilfully across the piano keys, the soft chatter in the room subsides to hone in on the melody of a well-loved…

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Yemen war: At least six times as many killed in conflict than previously thought

Friday, January 4, 2019

Patrick Cockburn The number of people killed by the violence in Yemen has for the first time risen above 3,000 dead in a single month, bringing the total…

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Syrian army says it has entered key city of Manbij after appeal from Kurdish fighters

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bianca Britton and Gul Tuysuz. Syria’s army said Friday it had entered the northern city of Manbij for the first time in years after Kurdish fighters called on…

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The Bombings Will Continue: Phyllis Bennis Warns U.S. Military Role in Syria Is Not Actually Ending

Friday, December 21, 2018

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria, in a move that has been praised by some in the American peace movement and some…

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Will India Help Iran Avert Sanctions-Related Medical Crisis?

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Aveek Sen, Mojtaba Mousavi, and Udayan Tandan. Zeinab, the mother of a four-year-old girl suffering from blood cancer, says that “Mina has been under medication for nearly five…

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US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

Friday, December 14, 2018

Douglas Gerrard. Of the four countries into which Kurdistan is divided, the region spanning Iran is the least prominent in western consciousness. Rojava is well known amongst leftists due…

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Syria, Iran, Georgia: Slippery Slope In Discussing Oil Smuggling And Sanctions

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Seth Ferris. The history of sanctions teaches us that they are like a pole – you can find a way around them, and in the process, find a…

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Israel escalating the demolition of Palestine

Friday, November 30, 2018

Lisa Gleeson. When it comes to the infrastructure of genocide, you could illustrate it using almost any photo of a school, house, shop or village in the West…

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Saudi Arabia: Reports of torture and sexual harassment of detained activists

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Amnesty International. Several Saudi Arabian activists, including a number of women, who have been arbitrarily detained without charge since May 2018 in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahban Prison, have reportedly…

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In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just…

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition struggles to be heard

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ayla Jean Yackley. ISTANBUL — Five months ago, Selahattin Demirtas, a popular Kurdish politician jailed for his fiery speeches targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, staged an unlikely challenge…

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Iran: national teachers’ strike could herald new era of dissent

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Omid Shams. Iran witnessed a nationwide strike by teachers on October 14-15. Iranian social media exploded with photos and videos of the teachers’ sit-ins at elementary and high…

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Google Wipes Palestinian Life Off The Map

Friday, November 2, 2018

Asa Winstanley. Google’s dedication to Israel’s occupation can be seen in its maps and its refusal to recognise the reality of Israel’s apartheid system for Palestinians . Like…

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Yemen war death toll five times higher than we think

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. One reason Saudi Arabia and its allies are able to avoid a public outcry over their intervention in the war in Yemen, is that the number…

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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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In Khan al-Ahmar, I found renewed hope for resisting the occupation

Monday, October 22, 2018

Oren Ziv. Over the last four months I have spent most of my time in Khan al-Ahmar, watching young Palestinians resist, day after day, the Israeli authorities’ attempts to demolish…

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