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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Iran’s street art siblings on censorship, activism & advocacy

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Peter Corboy. Born in tabriz, iran in 1985 and 1991 respectively, street art siblings ICY and SOT began making work under less than hospitable conditions. initially influenced by…

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Books on Middle East 2018 – tales of repression, ruse and resistance

Thursday, November 29, 2018

 Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East. David Kirkpatrick, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. From 2011 to 2015, David Kirkpatrick was the…

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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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“Nothing to lose but their chains”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Michael D Yates. “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!” These are the final three…

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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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Izzeldin Abuelaish’s three daughters were killed in Gaza

Friday, November 16, 2018

Robert Fisk. Rarely can history have dictated that the blood of three beheaded daughters should be injected into a vein of hope. The operation, I suppose, was self-administered…

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Poems by Ahmad Shamlu, Iranian poet

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

“Ahmad Shamlou, also known under his pen name, Alef Bamdad, is among the most influential Iranian literary voices of the twentieth century and widely known as the father…

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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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Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar, on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar…

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The Women of the Revolution: inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

David Pratt. A remarkable story is unfolding that defies the usual narrative about Syria. In contrast to the misogyny and anti-democratic values of the jihadists of the Islamic…

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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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The Real Reasons Behind Washington’s War on Palestinian Refugees

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. The US government’s decision to slash funds provided to the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), is…

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Book Review: Women in crossfire, Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

Friday, October 12, 2018

Robin Yassin-Kassab. ‘A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution’ by novelist Samar Yazbek is part journalism, part personal memoir, and all literature. It’s literature of…

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Nadia Murad: I tell my story because it is the best weapon I have

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Nadia Murad. The slave market opened at night. We could hear the commotion downstairs where militants were registering and organising, and when the first man entered the room,…

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad speaks with National Geographic

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Romy Roynard. The young Yazidi woman, the victim of horrific crimes, has spoken out worldwide in her campaign to end sexual assault as a weapon of war. Nadia…

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Iran Truck Drivers Go On Strike, Crippling Oil Infrastructure

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tsvetana Paraskova. Oil truck drivers in Iran have started a new strike demanding improved working conditions, and the industrial action has resulted in large lines forming at gasoline…

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Iraq: Haider al-Abadi is losing his grip on power

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on ZCommunications September 25, 2018. An Iraqi joke says that their country must have the most environmental government in the world since the same political leaders are…

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Squeezing Iran: Part two the Iranian perspective

Friday, September 28, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: In the first part of the interview[1]http://www.middleast4change.org/squeezing-iran-part-1-trumps-project-in-the-middle-east/we talked of the evolving line-ups in the Middle East in the backdrop of recent massive…

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The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Revolutionary Theories and Anticapitalist Dreams of Subcomandante Marcos

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Benjamin Dangle. Book Review: The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos. By Subcommander Marcos. Introduction by Nick Henck. Translation by Henry Gales. (AK Press, 2018)….

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Arabic poetry: Five Poems by Mu’ayyad al-Rawi

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Translated by Sinan Antoon Posted by Jadaliyya Dream I dreamt of a field of butterflies Where a child is jumping in a meadow of flowers A butterfly embroidered…

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Iranian Kurds begin strike against executions and missile attacks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wladimir van Wilgenburg. Posted on Kurdistan24, September 12 2018. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers on Wednesday began Rojhilat-wide (Iranian Kurdistan) strike against the executions of Kurdish…

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It only takes one dissenting voice

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Nicholas Lalaguna. Posted on ZNet August 28, 2018. DURING the decades leading up to World War II, fascists around the world were very publicly supported by highly influential…

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Israeli Cruelty and Palestine’s Predicament

Monday, August 27, 2018

Vijay Prashad. Posted on Counterpunch August 27, 2018. Standing on the campus of Birzeit University in Ramallah (Palestine) one gets a full flavour of the beauty of Palestine…

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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Alan Macleod. Posted on FAIR August 22, 2018. On August 6, a number of giant online media companies, including Facebook, YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Pinterest, took the seemingly…

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Gunshot Gaza: hospitals struggle to treat surge in firearms injuries

Monday, August 20, 2018

Jonathan Owen Published by BMJ August 10, 2018. New types of complex injuries in the Palestinian territory are leading to lifelong disabilities as prompt comprehensive care is beyond…

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Iraqi Protests: Deep Anger and Simple Demands

Monday, August 13, 2018

Darya Najim and Krekar Mustafa. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists August 2, 2018 Editor’s Note: Below we print an opinion article submitted by two Iraqi Kurdish…

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US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee approves the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Amjad Iraqi. Posted on London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 14 · 19 July 2018. Late last month, the US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee approved…

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From Gaza to Jerusalem to Iran: Shifts in the Middle East and the Place of Palestine

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Joel Beinin. Posted on MERIP July 12, 2018. The Palestinian Great March of Return, which began on March 30, 2018 and continued into June, was a popular mobilization…

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