Israel’s elections: The three political dimensions

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Moshé Machover I would like to deal with two aspects of Israeli politics: the attitude to Iran and the internal situation. Common to both parts is the intertwining…

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Syria: “More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever” An Interview with Joseph Daher

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most…

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The difficult relationship between the Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gülistan Gürbey. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) was able to win the mayoral election in Istanbul (31 March and 23 June 2019) and at the same time experienced…

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Are human rights history?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman Not so long ago, human rights were seen as a way out of the crises of a divided world. From the late 1970s, almost all political…

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Syria: Donor Conditionality, Sanctions, and the Question of Justice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Omar Dahi. The question of donor conditionality and how it could be used to influence behavior and promote respect for human rights and political inclusion has increasingly gained…

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Indian elections: it wasn’t the economy, stupid!

Monday, June 3, 2019

L K Sharma. The people accepted electoral authoritarianism for their security. This neutralised warnings by intellectuals and opposition parties that Modi’s India was heading towards fascism. Narendra Modi’s…

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Eyewitness Report: Venezuela Up Close

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pat Fry. It was 7 AM April 30th in Caracas when I awoke to hear gun shots outside my hotel. Our group, seven US citizens and one Canadian,…

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Istanbul Elections: a Turkish Constitutional Crisis?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Richard Falk. Prefatory Note: There are important recent developments in Turkey. An unprecedented decision by the High Electoral Council (HEC) of Turkey to cancel the outcome of the…

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Populism, annexationism, messianism: increasing influence of religious zealots

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Moshé Machover. Binyamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu’s motive for calling an early election to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), one year before the end of its term, was purely personal: it…

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The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring…

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Trump’s America, Netanyahu’s Israel

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Adam Shatz. Israel’s legislative elections on 9 April were a tribute to Binyamin Netanyahu’s transformation of the political landscape.​ At no point were they discussed in terms of…

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Noam Chomsky: Confronting Ultranationalist, Reactionary Movements Across the Globe

Sunday, April 14, 2019

On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at…

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Algeria in revolt: “We woke up and you will pay!”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Hamza Hamouchene. What is happening in Algeria is truly historic. The people won the first battle in their struggle to radically overhaul the system. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, president for…

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Elections in Israel: Ever further to the right

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Tony Greenstein. In most western countries, political parties compete in general elections over issues such as taxation, nationalisation/privatisation, poverty, etc. Those in most European countries, with the exception…

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As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power

Friday, February 8, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a ‘government of national reconciliation’, Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. “We put our…

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5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall in Kerala

Monday, January 14, 2019

Vijay Prashad. On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies. They stood from one end…

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Lessons to Learn on the 25th Anniversary of the Zapatista Uprising

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Hilary Klein Twenty-five years ago today, the Zapatistas rose up in arms. Twenty-five years – it’s hard to believe! It’s been many years since the Zapatistas were the…

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Globalised Authoritarianism: Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco – Book Review

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Koenraad Bogaert, Globalized Authoritarianism: Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Koenraad Bogaert (KB):…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation: Part III Women, democracy and political Islamisms

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Concluding part of dialogue: Political Islamism, women and democracy Ardeshir Mehrdad: As you have probably observed, amongst the authors dealing with feminist-Islamism some place their emphasis on the…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation Part 2: Political Islamisms the labour movement and women

Friday, December 7, 2018

This is the second part of a three-part conversation carried out with the Syrian academic Aziz Al-Azmeh. Here Professor Al-Azmeh addresses the various forms that political islams take…

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Books on Middle East 2018 – tales of repression, ruse and resistance

Thursday, November 29, 2018

 Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East. David Kirkpatrick, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. From 2011 to 2015, David Kirkpatrick was the…

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition struggles to be heard

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ayla Jean Yackley. ISTANBUL — Five months ago, Selahattin Demirtas, a popular Kurdish politician jailed for his fiery speeches targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, staged an unlikely challenge…

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The Women of the Revolution: inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

David Pratt. A remarkable story is unfolding that defies the usual narrative about Syria. In contrast to the misogyny and anti-democratic values of the jihadists of the Islamic…

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After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Changes of government in Iraq are often fiercely disputed and frequently violent. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, the young King Faisal II was machine gunned in…

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Book Review: Women in crossfire, Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

Friday, October 12, 2018

Robin Yassin-Kassab. ‘A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution’ by novelist Samar Yazbek is part journalism, part personal memoir, and all literature. It’s literature of…

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Iraq: Haider al-Abadi is losing his grip on power

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on ZCommunications September 25, 2018. An Iraqi joke says that their country must have the most environmental government in the world since the same political leaders are…

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Squeezing Iran: Part two the Iranian perspective

Friday, September 28, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: In the first part of the interview[1]http://www.middleast4change.org/squeezing-iran-part-1-trumps-project-in-the-middle-east/we talked of the evolving line-ups in the Middle East in the backdrop of recent massive…

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The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Revolutionary Theories and Anticapitalist Dreams of Subcomandante Marcos

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Benjamin Dangle. Book Review: The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos. By Subcommander Marcos. Introduction by Nick Henck. Translation by Henry Gales. (AK Press, 2018)….

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The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu: Book Review

Friday, September 7, 2018

Adam Shatz. Posted on London Review of Books vol 40 no 16, August 30 2018. Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu by Anshel Pfeffer, Hurst, 423 pp,…

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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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