Behind Terror and Anti-Terror

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press Stop discussing about the roots of terrorism, stop debating our policies in the Middle East (and all the Third World, but those are…

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How the Syrian Revolt Became Armed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Robin Yassib-Kassab/Leila al-Shami The Daily Beast The Bashar al-Assad regime has burned Syria with artillery, Scud missiles, barrel bombs and sarin gas. According to the United Nations Human…

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Iraq’s forgotten uprising

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Qunfuz A great deal has been written on the factors behind the rise of ISIS, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria. Too much of the commentary…

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Committees, Councils and Cultural Production

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gunfuz Middle East for Change links to this podcast because of the light it throws on democratic achievements and self-government in Syria. In this presentation on Syria –…

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Mobilizing in Exile: Syrian Associational Life in Turkey and Lebanon

Friday, June 10, 2016

Killian Clarke, Gözde Güran MERIP Report The experience of self-organisation by Syrian refugees in Turkey and Lebanon The neighborhood of Narlıca sits on the outskirts of the small…

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The Syrian Humanitarian Food Farce

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Emma Beals Daily Beast Lice shampoo—more than one bottle for every two residents. Sand-fly nets—more than 1,000 of them, designed to stop the spread of leishmaniasis, a sand-fly-borne…

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America’s War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Andrew Bacevich Democracy Now When will the United States realize a military victory is impossible in the Middle East? Military historian Andrew Bacevich asks this question in his…

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Resistance of political prisoners in Syria and Iran

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Joseph Daher Alliance of Middle East Socialist The repressive policies and actions of authoritarian regimes to crush popular movements and resistance has increased the number of political prisoners…

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A Commune in Rojava?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Alex de Jong New Politics The siege of Kobani by Islamic State (ISIS) brought worldwide attention to the Syrian Kurdish PYD (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat, Democratic Union Party), the…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Alliance of Middle East Socialist In this interview with the Iranian site,  Problematica,  Daher investigates issues such as the relationship between  socialism, secularism and democracy,  the…

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A left-wing refugee policy for the European Union

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gabi Zimmer Links International Speech given by Gabi Zimmer, chair of GUE/NGL, in Athens at the International Conference “Alliance For Democracy – Against Austerity in Europe”, 18-20 March…

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Number of civilians killed or injured by explosives rises 50% in five years

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian More than 33,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2015, an increase of more than 50% in five years, according to…

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What Is The Kurdish Calculation In Rojava?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fehim Taştekin interviews Eldar Halill Links The US Department of State and the Pentagon had given certain warnings to the YPG, in an attempt to appease Turkey’s anger…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East: Interview

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Syria Freedom Forever Recent mass movements in Middle Eastern and North African countries, despite their defeats and failures, showed prospects and possibilities of a progressive change…

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The Corruption Revealed in the Panama Papers Opened the Door to Isis

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Patrick Cockburn Counterpunch Three years ago I was in Baghdad after it had rained heavily, driving for miles through streets that had disappeared under grey-coloured flood water combined…

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Assad’s fateful choice

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

David W Leach Syria Comment This spring marks the fifth year anniversary of the events that launched a civil war in Syria.  Typically, there were some huge miscalculations…

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The revolution continues, chant Syrian revolutionaries

Monday, April 11, 2016

Syrian freedom forever On Friday March 4, 2016 massive popular demonstrations throughout the liberated areas of Syria occurred under the slogan “The revolution continues”. More than 100 protests…

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The perils and promise of wartime analysis: Lessons from Syria

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ghaleb Attrache Berkley Journal of Sociology For many, the “Syrian tragedy” is a prime example of popular aspirations gone disastrously awry, the “revolution-turned-civil-war”. Was any of this was…

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Burning country: Syrians in revolution and war

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Syria Solidarity UK Talk given at LSE on March 21 2016. Robin Yassin Kassab is author of Road from Damascus and is closely involved with the…

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Kurdish PYD leader: Time has proved us right

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Interview by Karlos Zurutuza Links Salih Muslim Muhammad is co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party – PYD, the political force that has led the uprising of the Kurds in…

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The end of Syria’s Baathist dictatorship?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fred H Lawson Le Monde Diplomatique As Syria’s civil war enters its sixth year, President Bashar al-Assad finds himself steadily gaining strength relative to the country’s disparate collection…

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On Texas secession, Syrian partition and imploding nation-states

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Christina Lin Asia Times The house of international law could be shaken to its foundations if Secretary of State John Kerry removes a critical cornerstone that holds it…

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The ethics of drones

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thomas Nagel London Review of Books American philosopher Thomas Nagel attempts to lay out an ethical framework for how the rights and wrongs of drone warfare may be…

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The Global disorder of Capital

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Alain Badiou translated by Yassamine Mather Weekly Worker Alain Badiou discusses the consequences of neoliberal capital’s disastrous policies worldwide and what he calls new imperial practices. He writes:…

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Military to Military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Seymour M Hersh London Review of Books The investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports on the confusions and disagreements within the US over its policy in Syria. He also…

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A brief history of ISIS – ISIS emerged out of the dashed hope of the Arab Spring

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

by Adam Hanieh Jacobin In the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris, much of the Left has linked the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq…

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On ISIS

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Editorial commentary – MER276 Middle East Research and Information Project In early June 2014 the world was shocked by news of the fall of Mosul, the third largest…

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Syrian Democratic and Revolutionary Opposition

Monday, December 14, 2015

Interview with Joseph Daher Radio Zamaneh Joseph Daher is a  Syrian-Swiss Marxist intellectual with a PhD in Development at  the University of SOAS, London. He is also a member of Solidarités…

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Along the divide – Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies

Thursday, December 10, 2015

By Nathan Thrall London Review of Books Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies by Yossi Alpher Rowman and Littlefield, 196 pp, £23.95, January, ISBN 978 1 4422 3101 6 Israel is now confronted…

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Pipeline politics in Syria

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

By Major Rob Taylor Armed Forces Journal You can’t understand the conflict without talking about natural gas. Much of the media coverage suggests that the conflict in Syria…

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