Erdogan: Main enemy is at home … and abroad

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Esen Uslu. As the temperature rose to an unprecedented high at the beginning of August, the Turkish army was poised to invade Rojava in Syria. While this was…

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Syria: “More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever” An Interview with Joseph Daher

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most…

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Turkey’s arms industry is on a war footing – High-risk foreign adventures

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Esen Uslu. In the aftermath of the defeat of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the Istanbul mayoral elections, the survival instincts of his…

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Syria: Donor Conditionality, Sanctions, and the Question of Justice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Omar Dahi. The question of donor conditionality and how it could be used to influence behavior and promote respect for human rights and political inclusion has increasingly gained…

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Syria: The Evidence We Were Never Meant to See About the Douma Gas Attack

Monday, May 27, 2019

Robert Fisk. We like to take the Big Boys on trust. No longer do we believe in our meretricious little leaders with their easy lies and twitters: the…

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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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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…

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Book Review: Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Charles R Larson. Syria’s gut-wrenching civil war serves as the background to Khaled Khalifa’s award-winning new novel, Death Is Hard Work, though incidents in the story often appear…

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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…

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Three Years Later: The Evolution of Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Joseph Daher. As it draws closer to the eve of September 30—when three years earlier Russian military intervention in Syria first began—it is telling that Russia’s influence in…

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How the Assad regime has exploited “evacuation deals” to redirect Isis against the rebels

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Omar Sabbour. In September 2018, when the Assad regime was preparing to launch its (now on-hold) offensive against rebel-held Idlib in northern Syria, a rather surprising report emerged in the…

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Iran’s Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Maysam Behravesh. US President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It…

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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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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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Overstating Climate Change in Egypt’s Uprising

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Jessica Barnes. The possible link between climate change and political upheaval in the Middle East has attracted increasing media attention and is generating a new wave of academic…

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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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Engaging Books Series: Pluto Press Selections on Radical Politics

Friday, November 23, 2018

ENGAGING BOOKS SERIES Pluto Press Selections On Radical Politics Engaging Books is a new series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an…

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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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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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Why US Sanctions Won’t Change Iran’s Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Maysam  Behravesh. The messages from Tehran are stark. On October 1, Iranian forces fired six missiles at Daesh positions in eastern Syria. The weapons landed within three miles…

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Idlib, Syria: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Monday, September 17, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Sept 13, 2108. The forces of Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Russia, are poised to strike deep into Syria’s Idlib…

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Lebanon is on a tightrope, balancing the Saudis, Iran and the West

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Zcommunications and the Independent September 4, 2018. Facing possible invasion from both Britain and Germany in 1940 and determined to remain neutral, the Irish government in Dublin asked one of…

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Squeezing Iran: Part 1, Trump’s project in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: The last few weeks has seen an escalation of US pressures on an Iran already reeling under economic and political crisis and…

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Queens of Syria: Voices of the dispossessed

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tanushka Marah. Posted Middle East Eye July 24, 2018. Performed by 14 Syrian women who have fled their homeland, Queens of Syria is a theatrical adaptation of Euripides…

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Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Friday, July 20, 2018

Marianna Belenkay. Posted on Al-Monitor On July 11, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his third visit to Russia this year to meet with President Vladimir Putin. The talks were…

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The Syrian War in Five Sieges

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books Vol 40, July 19, 2018. The road to Raqqa, once the de facto Syrian capital of Islamic State, looks surprisingly…

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Women are at the forefront of challenging extremism in Idlib

Friday, July 6, 2018

Leila Al Shami. Posted on Leila’s Blog July 5, 2108. This was originally published at Chatham House. Here is a longer, un-edited version. In May, SMART News Agency,…

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Syria’s New Housing Law Will Displace Tens of Thousands of Refugees, But Even That Won’t Help the Regime Win the War

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on CounterPunch June 4, 2018. When wars end, the winners redraw the maps. That’s what the British and French did to the Ottoman Empire after…

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Yazidi women: in defense of human rights sympathy is not enough

Monday, June 4, 2018

Richard Falk. Posted Richard Falk June 1 2018. Ten days ago, while attending the opening ceremony of a conference in Vienna commemorating the 25thanniversary of the Vienna Declaration…

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