Playing with Fire: Trump, the Saudi- Iranian Rivalry, and the Geopolitics of Sectarianization in the Middle East

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi. Sectarian conflict has been on the rise in the Middle East in recent years. From the catastrophic wars in Syria and Yemen to…

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Nadia Murad: I tell my story because it is the best weapon I have

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Nadia Murad. The slave market opened at night. We could hear the commotion downstairs where militants were registering and organising, and when the first man entered the room,…

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad speaks with National Geographic

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Romy Roynard. The young Yazidi woman, the victim of horrific crimes, has spoken out worldwide in her campaign to end sexual assault as a weapon of war. Nadia…

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Turkey: A vindictive and pitiless regime

Monday, October 1, 2018

Esen Uslu. The Turkish army of the modern republican era has never withdrawn from any piece of land it has occupied on whatever pretext. A former British army…

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Iraqi Protests: Deep Anger and Simple Demands

Monday, August 13, 2018

Darya Najim and Krekar Mustafa. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists August 2, 2018 Editor’s Note: Below we print an opinion article submitted by two Iraqi Kurdish…

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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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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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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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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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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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Bread, water and roses: The guerrillas of Shengal (Sinjar)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marcel Cartier. Posted on The Region on April 4, 2018. Powerful, sobering and heart-wrenching images are once again to be seen from the Yazidi heartland of Shengal, otherwise…

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Survivors of the Syrian Wars

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Published in London Review of Books Volume 40 number 7 April 5, 2018. When I first visited Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria, early in 2015, it…

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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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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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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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Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran – which is great news for Daesh

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Independent February 2017. We reproduce it on ME4Change as a useful summary of US involvement in the Middle East President Trump made great play…

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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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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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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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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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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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