Dispossession, proletarianization and the uprising of dispossessed Arabs in Iran’s Khuzestan province

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Soon after the election of Raisi as new President of Iran with a historically low turnout, Iran faced a widespread wave of protests and strikes. The…

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سلب‌مالکیت، پرولتریزه‌شدن و خیزش‌های فرودستان عرب خوزستان

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Ardeshir Mehrdad argues that the recent protests by the Arab population of Khuzestan province of Iran was not only the result of ethnic-national discrimination suffered by…

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Iran: The Imam, the strikers and the black, black oil

Monday, August 9, 2021

Peyman Jafari “We are melting away,” lamented the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, on December 26 1978 in a phone tap of a conversation with his advisor and former…

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Iran accused of using ‘unlawful force’ against water protesters

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Middle East Eye staff Iran is using unlawful and excessive force in a crackdown against protests over water shortages in its oil-rich but arid southwestern Khuzestan province, international…

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Struggles in Iran – Another response

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

We published a letter we received from comrades Iman Ganji and Jose Rosales on the current strikes in Iran. We asked them how these strikes related to the…

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Petrochemical workers in Iran strike over pay and conditions

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Jean Shaoul Petrochemical workers across Iran have been waging strikes since June 19 to demand higher pay, the payment of back wages, the elimination of intermediary contractors and…

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Ghosts in the Land

Friday, May 28, 2021

Adam Shatz on the war in Israel-Palestine On 21 May​  Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire after eleven days of fighting, but the days of ‘quiet’ – as the New…

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Stench of Zionist colonialism

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Moshé Machover The Zionist colonisation regime spreads a nauseating stench – literally. I am referring to an Israeli invention, appropriately named ‘Skunk’ and described as a “non-lethal weapon…

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Two Poems of Palestine by Rafeef Ziadeh

Monday, May 17, 2021

Her poem ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ – an impassioned attack on media misrepresentation of the Palestinian cause – went viral within days of its release. We teach life,…

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Why Israel won’t win in Gaza

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Maureen Clare Murphy Palestinian armed groups made good on their threats to strike Tel Aviv with unprecedented fire after Israel leveled a residential tower in Gaza on Tuesday….

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A Bit of Hope That Doesn’t Come from Miami

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Vijay Prashad After twenty years, the United States government – and the forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) – will depart from Afghanistan. They said that…

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Quick Thoughts: Nazan Üstündağ on the Protests at Turkey’s Boğaziçi University

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Nazan Üstündağ Academics and students at Boğaziçi University responded with protest when President Erdoğan appointed Melih Bulu as the new rectorate. The protests of students were repressed violently…

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Poems by Mohammad Mokhtari

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Iranian writer, poet and left-wing activist, he was an active member of the Iranian Writers Association. He was murdered during the chain of extrajudicial murders of progressive intellectuals…

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The limits of guerillaism: interview with Mohammad Reza Shalguni

Monday, February 8, 2021

Mohamad Reza Shalgouni was a founder-member of the Organisation of Revolutionary Workers of Iran (Rahe Kargar). He spoke to Yassamine Mather about his strategic reassessment as a prisoner…

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After ISIS

Friday, February 5, 2021

Patrick Cockburn Alend Shoresh​ is a Kurdish farmer and teacher from north-east Syria who was conscripted into fighting Islamic State in 2018: he joined the Syrian Democratic Forces…

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Letter from Palestinian Woman Prisoner, Khalida Jarrar

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Khalida Jarrar is a feminist, human rights activist and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She lives in Ramallah, but has been held by Israel in administrative…

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Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin’

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Ramzy Baroud On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who…

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Iran: Three waves of urban protest, 1992-2019

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Since the beginning of the 1990s, Iranian society has witnessed successive waves of protest movements. One could argue that it has been in a perpetual state…

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Iran: Three waves of urban protest (Farsi)

Friday, January 1, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad ME4Change summary of the article: The author analyses the three large waves of urban protests in Iran over the last three decades. The three waves differ…

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The House of Zion

Monday, December 28, 2020

Perry Anderson Since the turn of the century, the Arab states have come to constitute a zone for Western military intervention without parallel in the post-Cold War world—us…

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The Hirak: Algerian Uprisings of 2019 – Essential reading

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Muriam Haleh Davis, Thomas Serres, and the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) This collection of texts in English, Arabic and French is a first attempt to gather…

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Can social movements democratise democracy?

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Lessons from the Yellow Vests movement in France Maxime Combes “Democracy is not about Saturday afternoons”, French president Emmanuel Macron said, speaking about the Yellow Vests movement (YVM)…

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The Prison Cell: poem by Mahmoud Darwish

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

It is possible…It is possible at least sometimes…It is possible especially nowTo ride a horseInside a prison cellAnd run away… It is possible for prison wallsTo disappear,For the…

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More than ever, the struggle for justice unites the Middle East and the world

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jade Saab “A spectre is haunting Europe…” This is how Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels opened their Communist Manifesto, written on the eve of several uprisings on the continent…

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Iranian writers Association and PEN protest at imprisonment of writers and repression in Iran.

Friday, November 6, 2020

The protest by the Iranian Writers Association in Exile and Iranian PEN Association in Exile against the arrest and long prison sentence by the Islamic Republic on three…

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One Year after the Lebanese Protests

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Julia Kassem A year after Lebanese ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned amidst anti-government protests that sparked out of IMF austerity measures, the Lebanese government surprisingly is renewing talks…

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With love and fury: the Syrian writers proving there’s more than one war story: Book Review

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Robin Yassin-Kassab “Syrians. I hated the deceptive simplicity of that word. We were twenty-three million people. Soldiers and fighters. Revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries. The torturer and the victim. How…

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One year on, has Iraq’s anti-government protest movement changed the country?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Alex MacDonald In the year since Iraqis took to the streets en masse to protest against unemployment, corruption, foreign interference and a creaking political system, the country has…

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Digital Democracy: The Tools Transforming Political Engagement

Monday, September 21, 2020

Julie Simon, Theo Bass, Victoria Boelman, Geoff Mulgan​ This paper shares lessons from Nesta’s research into some of the pioneering innovations in digital democracy which are taking place…

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Death by Stoning: Poem by Ziba Karbassi

Sunday, September 13, 2020

translated by Stephen Watts and Ziba Karbassi little morning starare you here withyour star-gaze gone?little wrenare you staying in the busheswhen you go to the skies?little silver coinare…

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