Three poems from Kurdistan

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Zêdan Xelef, translated by David Shook and Bryar Bajalan Non-Broadcast News Today a fire broke out in two tents The families shouted, the children cried and ran bare-assed…

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Defend the women’s revolution in northeastern Syria

Friday, October 11, 2019

ROAR collective Since 2012, with the leading role of women, the people in North and East Syria have been building a social system that enables a peaceful, radical-democratic,…

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Iraq is in revolt

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Patrick Cockburn Iraq is poised at a turning point in its modern history as its people wait to see if the government curfew and close down of the…

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The U.S. Led Coup Attempt In Iraq May Further Weaken That Country

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The current unrest in Iraq began a week ago after a prominent general was removed from his post: Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi was the great Iraqi military…

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How the youth-led climate strikes became a global mass movement

Monday, September 23, 2019

Nick Engelfried. It began as a call to action from a group of youth activists scattered across the globe, and soon became what is shaping up to be…

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Iraq: Basra Protests Evolve, Confuse And Have The Potential To Change Everything

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mustafa Habib. The process to install new governors in Basra and Baghdad is proving almost as chaotic as the formation of the federal government. In Basra last weekend,…

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What has become of my country: Said Soltanpour, poet of revolution

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Said Soltanpour, poet, playwright and director changed the pace of the revolution that toppled the Shah. It was mid October 1977. Already the voices of protest against the…

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Feminists on the front lines of the Algerian uprising

Monday, September 9, 2019

Leïla Ouitis When in early February Algeria’s ailing octogenarian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his intention to run for the presidency for a fifth term, millions of Algerians took…

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Abdullah Öcalan’s Strategic Success on prison Island of Imralı

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Civaka Azad and Mahmut Şakar. Mahmut Şakar talked to Civaka Azad about his experience as Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s attorney. On May 2, 2019, Öcalan’s lawyers had…

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A Lover From Palestine – Poem by Mahmoud Darwish

Friday, July 26, 2019

Your eyes are a thorn in my heart Inflicting pain, yet I cherish that thorn And shield it from the wind. I sheathe it in my flesh, I…

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Lights out: Tehran’s clampdown on Western habits

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Iran is a country in which many aspects of public life: governance, education, foreign relations and even people’s lifestyles are peculiarly determined by ideology. The authorities…

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Required Reading: Noura Erakat on Palestine and Law

Friday, July 19, 2019

Richard Falk. Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. By Noura Erakat. Stanford University Press, 2019. I make no claim to approach this book with an…

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The Learner (der Lernende): Poem by Brecht

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

First I built on sand, then I built on rock. When the rock caved inI no longer built on anything.Then I often built again On sand and rock,…

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In Afghanistan, We Have Three Dreams

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dr Hakim Young. Dear fellow human beings, Some of us have wondered, “Are people today too disconnected and frantic to calm down, in order to solve global challenges…

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Iran’s Water Pressure: Droughts, Floods and a Looming Crisis

Monday, July 8, 2019

Xander Sneider. Summary Iran has long struggled to manage its paltry water resources. As Tehran wrestles with the effects of decadeslong drought and record flooding, it’s clear that…

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Digital Socialism? The Calculation Debate in the Age of Big Data

Monday, July 1, 2019

Evgeny Morozov. More than a decade after the onset of the financial crisis, capitalist ideologues are eager for good publicity. Once-alluring promises of meritocracy and social mobility ring…

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Making Peace: A poem by Denise Levertov

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A voice from the dark called out,              ‘The poets must give us imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar imagination of…

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Social Media and the internet: a powerful organising tool

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Podcast by David Harvey. Social media has been a powerful took in organising mass movements. Their use in organising more durable structures such as trade unions, women’s organisation…

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‘To sing is not a right in the Gaza Strip’

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hind Khoudary. Abed Nasser, the owner of Cedar restaurant in Gaza City, broke the news to his customers in a Facebook post: the highly-anticipated music night scheduled for…

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Uprising in Sudan: Interview with Sudanese Comrades

Friday, June 7, 2019

As the Sudanese uprising enters its most critical conjuncture, with negotiations between the military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change collapsing, and the…

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Four Poems of Palestinian Resistance by Mahmoud Darwish

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ariel Rodriguez. Sometimes, the best way to understand the complexity of a conflict is through art. Words can echo in people’s hearts as much as images can inspire…

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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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Decolonizing Justice in Tunisia From Transitional Justice to a People’s Tribunal

Friday, May 17, 2019

Corinna Mullin, Nada Trigui and Azadeh Shahshahani Building on decades of struggle, the January 2011 Tunisian uprising triggered a wave of popular revolt that spread across North Africa…

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Welcome to the new Algerian revolution: an interview with Hamza Hamouchene

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Omar Hassan speaks to Algerian scholar and activist Hamza Hamouchene, coordinator of Environmental Justice North Africa and co-founder of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign, about the mass movement sweeping Algeria. In…

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Women and the War in Yemen: Actors or Victims?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

In most conflicts, women are grouped with children; they are categorized among the most vulnerable groups. This designation erases, in many cases, women who are engaged in the…

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Adonis, The Man Who Remade Arabic Poetry

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Robyn Creswell. In March, 2011, when civil protests broke out in cities and towns across Syria, the country’s most famous poet, Adonis—who is in his eighties and has…

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Protesting Clerical Welfarism in Iran’s Pious City

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mehdi Farji. Located 125 kilometers south of Tehran, Qom is a holy city known for its many seminaries and the thousands of clerics and seminarians who live and…

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What Revolutionaries Have Learned Since the Arab Spring

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Patrick Cockburn. Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first…

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Vartan: a poem of resistance by Ahmad Shamlou

Friday, April 12, 2019

“Vartan didn’t Say a Word” is a political poem by Ahmad Shamlou that underwent censorship because of being addressed to a political prisoner who was tortured to death…

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Algeria in revolt: “We woke up and you will pay!”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hamza Hamouchene. What is happening in Algeria is truly historic. The people won the first battle in their struggle to radically overhaul the system. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president for…

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