Turkey: conflicts on many fronts

Monday, March 12, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker, number 1193, March 8, 2018. Despite the popularity of Turkish actions in Syria, Cyprus and the Aegean, the ruling AKP is forced…

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Patterns of civilian and child deaths due to war-related violence in Syria: a comparative analysis from the Violation Documentation Center dataset, 2011–16

Friday, March 2, 2018

Posted on Lancet Global Health volume 6, number 1. Background Since March, 2011, the Syrian civil war has lowered life expectancy by as much as 20 years. We…

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Turkish armed forces meet determined resistance

Monday, February 26, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Issue 1191 February 22, 2018. ‘Operation Olive Branch’ has given rise to increased repression and an intense outburst of chauvinism, writes Esen…

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America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Geoff Dutton. Posted in CounterPunch on February 16, 2018. By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation….

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The Wounds of Afrin, the Promise of Rojava: an Interview with Nazan Üstündağ

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Nazan Üstündağ. Posted LeftEast Februry 14, 2018. LeftEast interviewed sociologist and feminist Nazan Üstündağ on Afrin, Rojava and the social stakes of the resistance to Turkey’s current military…

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New book reveals Israel’s covert operations, including nearly 2,700 assassinations

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Posted MR Online Feb 13, 2018.  Originally published: teleSUR (January 28, 2018).   | The book’s title is derived from the ancient Jewish Talmud admonition, “If someone comes to…

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The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ceren Lord. Posted by MERIP on February 4, 2018. At the heart of the controversy over Islamization in Turkey has been the accelerated rise and visibility of the…

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On the front line in Syria, a confusing conversation with a doctor who may be an official of the YPG

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted by the Independent on February 2, 2018. Dr Heddo – trained as a doctor at the Aleppo medical school, he confided – wouldn’t exactly confirm…

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As my recent trip to Syria proved, wars can be at their most dangerous when they’re coming to an end

Friday, February 2, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Independent February, 1, 2018. Debts will have to be paid for the casualties of this war, and some soldiers are becoming rather too over-confident….

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Female Kurdish Fighter Kills Turkish Troops in Likely Suicide Bombing in Syria

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rod Nordland. Posted on New York Times, January 28, 2018. QAMISHLI, Syria — A female Kurdish fighter carried out what appeared to be a suicide bombing attack on…

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The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent January 22, 2018.   Syria cannot countenance Kurdish presence on its territory and Turkey cannot tolerate a Kurdish enclave along its southern…

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The Destabilizer: Trump’s Escalating Threats Against Iran

Friday, January 19, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on CounterPunch on January 18, 2018. The US-Iran confrontation is already destabilising parts of the Middle East that were starting to settle down after the…

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The role of Iran’s water crisis in the recent protests

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Louis Proyect. Posted on louisproyect.org on January 10, 2018. On January 2nd, an NY Times article about the protests in Iran included a couple of paragraphs that caught…

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A War Within a War: Chechnya’s Expanding Role in Syria

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Neil Hauer. Posted on Souciant on December 4, 2017. TBILISI – International actors have been positioning themselves to exploit new realities in Syria and solidify their involvement in…

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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hamidreza Azizi. Posted by al Monitor on December 6, 2017. TEHRAN, Iran — The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently…

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The Smart Weapons Fallacy: Civilian Casualties From “Precision” Air Strikes in Iraq and Syria

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch December 4, 2017. The final elimination of Isis in Iraq and Syria is close, but welcome though the defeat of these monstrous movements may be, it has…

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The Ossington Circle Episode 16: The Destruction of Syria and Solidarity with Max Ajl

Friday, December 8, 2017

Max Ajl and Justine Podur. Interview transcript posted on podur.org on April 29, 2017. In this episode of The Ossington Circle, academic, activist, and editor at Jadaliyya Max…

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Socialist Action and Syrian Revolution Solidarity

Sunday, December 3, 2017

On November 4 Socialist Action is sponsoring a conference at Central Connecticut State University entitled “The Solution is Socialism.” This conference comes at a time in American history…

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New alliance against Iran

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on Weekly Worker issue 1180, November 23, 2017. Last year, when Donald Trump was elected US president, old-order defenders of imperialism were telling the citizens…

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On the Concatenation in the Arab World: Editorial in New Left Review

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Perry Anderson Published in New Left Review March-April 2011 The Arab revolt of 2011 belongs to a rare class of historical events: a concatenation of political upheavals, one…

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Book review: War of All Against All

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lindsey Hilsom Posted on New York Review of Books, 23 November 2017 The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy by Yassin al-Haj Saleh, with a foreword…

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Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jean-Marie Guéhenno. Published in Foreign Policy . The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our…

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Revolution, counterrevolution, and imperialism in Syria: Interview with Yassin al-Haj Salah

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh interviewed by Ashley Smith. Posted on International Socialist Review, Issue 107 Yassin al-Haj Saleh is one of the pivotal figures in the Syrian Revolution. He…

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Revolution without revolutionaries: Asef Bayat

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Asef Bayat Posted by Stanford University Press: excepts from chapter one Revolutions of Wrong Times ……… Novel Revolutions? Why did the revolutions of 2011 turn out to be…

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Redrawing the map: Why is Trump abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker 19th October 2017. In a single speech on October 13, lasting just a few minutes, Donald Trump managed to succeed in doing…

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Syria: Underground in Raqqa

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Published on London Review of Books October 2017, volume 39 number 20 pp15-17. Shortly before the siege of Raqqa began in June, Islamic State officials arrested…

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How Syria’s Victory Reshapes Mideast

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Alastair Crooke. Posted on Consortium News on September 30, 2017. Plainly, Syria’s success – notwithstanding the caution of President Bashar al-Assad in saying that signs of success are…

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Syria: Assad and allies target the YPG: The marriage of convenience hits a wall

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kareem Chehayeb. Posted on Middle East Eye on September 28, 2017. The alliance of convenience between the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –…

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Global Burden of Disease 2016

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The medical journal Lancet (volume 390, number 10100, Sep 16, 2017, p 1083​-​1464) has published a series of articles on global health 2016 that shows the changing pattern…

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Sketching war: the writer who depicts Middle East conflict – in watercolour

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kilian Fox Posted on The Guardian/Observer on September 10, 2017 Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s drawings have helped him cope with reporting from the frontline. Now they will illustrate…

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