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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Donald Trump’s New World Order: How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Adam Entous. Posted on the New Yorker June 18, 2018. On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, rode from his…

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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 2

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Joe Hayns & Joseph Daher. Posted on RS21 May 10, 2018. This is Part 2 of an interview with Joseph Daher, on revolution and counter-revolution in Syria.  In…

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The Shia Shift: Why Iran and Hezbollah Abandoned Suicide attacks

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Zachary Keckand Matthew Sparks. Posted on The National Interest May 28, 2018. Thirty-five years ago last month, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a delivery van packed with explosives…

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Iran: Sanctions & War

Monday, May 28, 2018

Conn Hallinan. Posted on CounterPunch May 25, 2018. The question is: has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the…

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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 1

Friday, May 25, 2018

Joe Hayns. Posted on Revolutionary Socialism April 27, 2018. Last summer, in Rabat, a friend explained the Syrian families begging from the passing crowds, five minutes from Parliament,…

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Scourging Yemen: civilians are being punished with death

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kathy Kelly. Posted on ZCommunications 22 May, 2018. On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that…

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Yanis Varoufakis on Lost U.S. Credibility in Middle East, from Iran Deal to Israel Embassy Move

Friday, May 18, 2018

Posted on Democracy Now 14 May 2018. In the latest economic fallout from President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Iran nuclear agreement,…

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Israel repurposes Nakba myths to justify today’s massacre in Gaza

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Jonathan Cook. Posted on ZCommunications 15th May 2018. On Monday and Tuesday, Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, their mass expulsion and dispossession 70 years…

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Iran, USA and Israel: The drift towards War

Friday, May 11, 2018

Adam Shatz. Posted on London Review of Books May 11, 2018. Benjamin Netanyahu first met Donald Trump in 1986, when they were introduced by Ronald Lauder, the heir…

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Playing Tehran’s game. The Islamic Republic thrives on crisis.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker May 10, 2018. Those who believe Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will damage the Islamic Republic are badly mistaken. When Donald…

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Secret Teams in Another Deadly Imperial War

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jeremy Kuzmarov. Posted on ZNet May 10, 2013. The New York Times has reported of the presence of secret teams of American Green Berets on the Saudi Arabian…

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Israel and Iran on brink of full-scale war after unprecedented Syria bombardment in response to alleged Golan Heights attack

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bethan McKernan. Posted on the Independent 10 May 2018. Israel has launched its most intensive attack on Iranian positions in neighbouring Syria since the civil war began in 2011,…

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How Will Europe React to Trump’s Dumping the Iran Deal?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gary Leupp. Posted on Counterpunch 9th May 2018. People are asking how Iran will respond to Trump’s announcement about U.S.withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed…

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The war on Iran has begun. Russia must end it

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dan Glazebrook. Posted on Middle East Eye, May 4, 2018. The destruction of states such as Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran is about isolating Russia when its own…

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De-escalation With North Korea, Escalation With Iran

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch April 30, 2018. As a journalist, I have always dreaded reporting on meetings between world leaders billed as “historic” or “momentous” or just…

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Writing about Violence: A Joint Reflection from Latin America and the Middle East

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hiba Bou Akar , Roosbelinda Cárdenas This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared on MER284 This essay reflects on some of the challenges of…

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The Southern Transitional Council and the War in Yemen: Consolidating Power in the Unified Southern Territories

Monday, April 30, 2018

Susanne Dahlgren Published MERIP April 26, 2018 In late January this year, an armed conflict erupted in Aden between troops under command of President ‘Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi…

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Israel vs Iran, a looming war

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Paul Rogers. Posted on Open Democracy April 26, 2018. The joint cruise-missile attack on Syria by forces of the United States, France and the United Kingdom on the…

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Obituary: Abbas, Iranian photographer of revolutions, war and religion

Friday, April 27, 2018

Diane Smyth. Posted by British Journal of Photography April 26, 2018. The Iranian photographer died on 25 April in Paris, after a 60-year career that included a 27-year…

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Systematic destruction of healthcare in Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Posted on BMJ 28 March 2018. Systematic attacks on hospitals, patients, doctors, and civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Syria, have killed nearly 1600 civilians and resulted in the internal…

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Exclusive emails show how the White Helmets tried to recruit Roger Waters with Saudi money

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Max Blumenthal.  Posted on MRonline (April 22, 2018). Originally published: Gray Zone (April 19, 2018). During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets…

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Doubts, law and grand strategy: preparation for regime change in Iran

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Yassamine Mather Posted on Weekly Worker issue 1199, April 19, 2o18.  Behind the cruise missile strikes in Syria lies the plan to bring about regime change in Iran…

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Seven years after: what is next for Syria?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar moderates a panel on seven years of the Syrian revolution featuring the great Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Thomas Pierret and Kristin Helberg. The 18th…

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Open Letter from the Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists to Iranian labor Unions

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Posted on Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists April 15, 2018. Currently, the military interventions of the Islamic Republic in the region and especially in Syria have become so…

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Diplomacy, not bombing, the way to end Syria’s agony

Monday, April 16, 2018

Jeremy Corbyn. Posted on the Guardian April 15 and ZNet on April 16. These are serious times. Following the missile attacks on Syria, now is the moment for a powerful…

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Trump’s Rush to Judgment on Syrian Chemical Attack: Illegal and Deadly

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Marjorie Cohn. Posted on Truthout on April 12, 2018. Donald Trump says the United States is about to bomb Syria, and Russia has vowed to shoot down US…

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War in Syria: remember the hypocricy over chemical warfare in the Middle East

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Independent April 12, 2018 and ZNet April 14, 2018. Oh, the hypocrisy of it. The ignoble aims. The distraction. The outrageous lies and excuses….

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U.S. & Israel Revving Up War Machine Won’t Help Suffering Syrian Civilians

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Glenn Greenwald. Posted on Democracy Now April 9, 2018. We begin today’s show in Syria, where Israeli F-15 bomber jets have reportedly bombed a Syrian air base used…

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Iran: Triple alliance of US, Israel and Saudi Arabia piles on pressure

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Yassamine Mather. Posted on Weekly Worker no 1197, April 5, 2018. The first two weeks of the Iranian new year have been eventful times. Sections of the local…

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