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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Egypt’s brutal crackdown on workers’ rights runs far deeper than the fate of two actors

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Robert Fisk. Khaled Abol Naga – an outspoken critic of the Egyptian government – stands accused of treason ( AFP )It was comical, farcical, droll. An actor’s dream if…

Read More

A Political Quake in Turkey as Erdogan’s Party Loses in His Home Base of Support

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Carlotta Gall. Step by step over the years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey sought to ensure nobody could challenge him. He marginalized adversaries. He purged the army,…

Read More

Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. “(At dawn) … I will resist … (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.”…

Read More

Only People Make Their Own History: Writings on Capitalism, Imperialism, and Revolution: Book Review

Friday, March 29, 2019

Semir Amin. Radical political economist Samir Amin (1931–2018) left behind a cherished oeuvre of Marxist writings. Amin’s intellectual range—from economics to culture—was admirable, and his lessons remain essential….

Read More

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s…

Read More

Think we should be at school? Today’s climate strike is the biggest lesson of all

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Anna Taylor. It started in front of the Swedish parliament, on 20 August – a regular school day. Greta Thunberg sat with her painted sign and some homemade…

Read More

Young climate activists around the world: why I’m striking today

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Brianna Fruean and others. Lovina, 15, and Delema Janvier, 17, Alberta, Canada: As indigenous youths we have a close connection to the Earth We strike for the Earth,…

Read More

Hunger striking for peace in Turkey

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dougie Gerrard. By any measure, Leyla Güven is in a bad way. She is assailed by painful cramps, the result of a protein breakdown in her muscular tissue….

Read More

Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

Read More

Iran: Women’s right and the class struggle

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Friday March 8 is International Women’s Day, which this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first major protest by Iranian women against the Islamic…

Read More

Can We Imagine a Just Peace for Palestine?

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Richard Falk. While waiting without even a glimmer of hope for the Trump ‘deal of the century’ the Palestinian ordeal unfolds day by day. Many Israelis would like…

Read More

We Crossed A Bridge and it Trembled: Book Review

Friday, March 1, 2019

Wendy Pearlman: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, Custom House, 2017. Everyone talks about Syrians, but very few are actually talk to them. Perhaps that’s…

Read More

Iran’s ecologists imprisoned as water shortage threatens the country

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Maya Margit. Amid worsening diplomatic and economic isolation, Iran is continuing its crackdown on perceived dissidents. Among the targets: environmental scientists. A recent Amnesty International report claimed the…

Read More

Iranian Revolution: 40 years of inequality

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the February 1979 uprising in Iran has been marked by dozens of scholarly seminars in Europe, numerous documentaries produced by…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Chile’s feminists inspire a new era of social struggle

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bree Busk. It is May 2018 and as winter descends on Santiago, Chile, a new wave of feminist activity is exploding into life. Anti-patriarchal graffiti covers the city…

Read More

Stand with Rojava, oppose Turkey’s war

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Internationalist Commune of Rojava. The threat of yet another war looms over northern Syria once again. Turkish troops and their Islamist mercenaries are massing on the borders of…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

What Is Behind Iran’s New Wave Of Civil Resistance?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mina Yousefi. For a little over a year, Iran has witnessed a new wave of civil resistance, which had been brewing in various towns and cities around the…

Read More