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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Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here’s why

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pepe Escobar. First posted  on Asia Times October 18, 2017. The Battle of Kirkuk lasted less than 24 hours. In a lightning – and mostly bloodless – offensive,…

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Does the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan fulfill with the right to self-determination?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hedayat Soltanzadeh The following is an abridged translation of an article that has been published on several Farsi language sites. It was written on the eve of the…

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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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Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Why international powers fear independence vote could derail fight against Isis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent on line on September 19, 2017. The Kurdish leadership is coming under intense international pressure to postpone the referendum on independence due to…

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The Saudi Arabian Trillions

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Malise Ruthven. Published on London Review of Books volume 39, no 17, September 7, 2017. It made perfect sense that the first port of call on President Trump’s…

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Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under ‘Moderate’ Rebel Rule

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eva Bartlett. Posted on MPN News on August 23, 2017. Since the liberation of Aleppo, and the restoring of peace to Madaya and al-Waer, most Western media have…

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Endtimes in Mosul: eyewitness account of the costs of retaking of the city

Friday, August 18, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books vol 39 no 16, August 17, 2017 . On 22 May, Ahmed Mohsen, an unemployed taxi driver, left his house…

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With the imminent defeat of ISIS in Syria Russia re-examines relationship with Iran

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Anton Mardasov. Posted on Al-Monitor on August 14, 2017. As the Islamic State (IS) has been in steady retreat, Iran and Russia are facing real difficulties sustaining their…

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Mosul: Oppression from all sides

Monday, August 14, 2017

Haifa Zangana, First posted on Weekly Worker on 10th August 2017. Firstly, a few words about the recent history of Mosul, so we can understand the context of…

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A Shameful Silence: Where is the Outrage Over the Slaughter of Civilians in Mosul?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. First posted on Counterpunch on July 24, 2017. The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in…

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Five Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Richard Sokolsky and  Aaron Miller. This article was first posted on Carnagie Endowment for International Peace on June 27, 2017. The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and…

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Refugees: Should we build a wall around North Wales? Book Review

Monday, July 10, 2017

Daniel Trilling. First published London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 14 · 13 July 2017 Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones. Verso, 208 pp,…

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Arab Spring after six years: “I see the potential for something good.” – interview with Asef Bayat

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sonja Zekri. Sociologist Asef Bayat talks to journalist Sonja Zekri about his views on the Arab spring and his concept of post-Islamism. First published on Koepfe und Ideen…

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The Signal in Syria’s Noise

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sam Heller. This post appeared on War on The Rocks on June 30, 2017. It provides an interesting analysis of the current line-ups in Syria and policy advise…

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After years of battling low-level Sunni insurgency, Iran hit by first IS attack

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mona Alami. Posted on Middle East Eye on June 9, 2017. The first attack in Iran claimed by IS follows years of low-level intensity Sunni militant activity. Already…

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The Baghdad Road: eyewitness in Mosul

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad. This article frist appeared on London Review of Books volume 39, number9, May 5, 2017. On the morning of 5 March a group of soldiers belonging…

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Iraq: US military admits failures to monitor over $1 billion worth of arms transfers

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Posted Amnesty International May 24, 2017. The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and…

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Now Turkey is bombing Kurdish-led revolutionaries in Syria — with Western complicity

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Tony Iltis. Posted on The Green Left on April 28. Turkish war planes launched air strikes against Syria and Iraq on April 24. For months local and foreign…

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Alliance of Syrian & Iranian Socialists’ Statement on Assad’s Chemical Bombing & Trump’s Latest Airstrikes

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Joseph Daher and Frieda Afary. The Trump administration’s  April 6 targeted missile strike on the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched, is not a reflection…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tam Hussein, Joshua Landis blog. Posted by Tam Hussein on Friday, April 14th, 2017 @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The…

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Is Trump Rescuing Al-Qaeda’s ‘Heartland’ in Syria?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Max Blumenthal, Ben Norton, AlterNet. After formally calling off the longstanding U.S. policy of regime change in Syria, the Trump administration is sending signals of shifting its Syria…

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The Genealogy of Daesh-ISIS

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. Even though the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or Da’esh) emerged in Syria in 2013, its structure can be traced back to…

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In Syria, civilian lives don’t matter

Friday, April 7, 2017

Leila Al Shami, Leila’s blog. Originally published at Hummus for Thought and Leila’s blog. Since Trump came to power there has been a marked escalation of the US…

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How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor. Some factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are less than satisfied with the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington on March 19-23,…

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Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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The roots of sectarianism in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Omar Hassan. First published at Red Flag and appeared in Socialist Worker on February 1, 2017. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream news report about the…

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Iraq and beyond: hidden, secret wars from air, land and drone

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paul Rogers. This report first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017 The west’s military focus has shifted towards covert use of special forces. Both the human…

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Will the re-launch of the Mosul battle by the Iraqi PM reverse Trump’s hostile stance?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Zaid Alisa, Open Democracy. This article first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017. The highly unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections sent…

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The Syrian uprising six years on: interview

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Razan Ghazzawi & Ramah Kudaimi, Jacobin. In a few weeks, many Syrians, Syrian-Palestinians, and their supporters will be commemorating the sixth anniversary of the Syrian uprising. Amid ongoing…

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