How Iran uses a compulsory hijab law to control its citizens – and why they are protesting

Friday, February 9, 2018

Moujan Mirdamadi. Posted on The Conversation February 9, 2018. Protests against Iran’s mandatory hijab law – which requires all women to wear it in public – have sprung…

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Showdown in Afrin: Turkey’s Attack on Syria’s Kurds Threatens That Country’s Most Democratic, Pluralist Force

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Meredith Tax. Posted on the Nation 26th January 2018. The Kurds have said they will fight to the death before they give up an inch of Afrin. Last…

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How the Mass Media Misread the Iranian Protests

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Rahman Bouzari. Posted on Counterpunch on January 24, 2018. One of the largest social and political uprisings since the 1979 revolution in Iran has died down for now….

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The next Kurdish war is on the horizon – Turkey and Syria will never allow it to create a mini-state

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent January 22, 2018.   Syria cannot countenance Kurdish presence on its territory and Turkey cannot tolerate a Kurdish enclave along its southern…

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Shifting Relations Between Turkey and the U.S. and the State of the Turkish Left

Saturday, January 13, 2018

 Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left Voice on January 4, 2018. Foti Benlisoy describes the rising authoritarianism in Turkey after the 2017 referendum, the role of Turkey in the…

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What’s behind the protests in Iran and what can you do?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Owen Tudor. Posted by the Trade Union Congress of UK on January 2, 2108. Over the New Year, a wave of protests has erupted in Iran, as people…

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A Looming Crisis for Turkey’s President

Friday, December 22, 2017

Conn Hallinan. Posted on Znet on December 21, 2017. Viewed one way, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks unassailable: He weathered last year’s coup attempt, jailed more than…

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Last ditch democracy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Karam Hilo. Posted on Al Jadalyyah and Qantara.de 2017. In this essay, Lebanese journalist Karam Hilo asks whether it is possible to apply the Western concept of democracy…

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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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How Israeli leftists trivialize the Palestinian cause

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Zena Tahhan. Posted on +972 on November 28, 2017. Ask any Palestinian on the street and they will tell you that the 1948 territories—those areas that now make…

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On the Concatenation in the Arab World: Editorial in New Left Review

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Perry Anderson Published in New Left Review March-April 2011 The Arab revolt of 2011 belongs to a rare class of historical events: a concatenation of political upheavals, one…

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The Long Ecological Revolution

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

John Bellamy Foster. Posted on Monthly Review, Volume 69, Issue 06 , November 2017.  Aside from the stipulation that nature follows certain laws, no idea was more central…

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Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dalia Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Book review: Posted on Jadalyya on October 20, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Daanish Faruqi (DF): As preface, it’s…

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Revolution without revolutionaries: Asef Bayat

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Asef Bayat Posted by Stanford University Press: excepts from chapter one Revolutions of Wrong Times ……… Novel Revolutions? Why did the revolutions of 2011 turn out to be…

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Israel deepens apartheid with proposed new measures

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lisa Gleeson. Posted on Green Left October 14, 2107 A member of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) for the ruling Likud party, Anat Berko has presented Prime Minister Benjamin…

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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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Political power and dissent in post-revolutionary societies

Friday, October 13, 2017

István Mészáros. Posted on Monthly Review on line on October 11, 2017 Originally published: Verso (October 6, 2017) We were saddened to learn of the death of István Mészáros…

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Spike in Labour Protest in Iran is Changing the Political Milieu

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Posted on Zamaeh Media September 29, 2017. In the past weeks labor protests and strikes have increased across Iran with workers speaking out against layoffs and nonpayment of…

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Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1917–2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

John Bellamy Foster. Posted on Monthly Review Volume 69, Issue 03 (July-August 2017) . The Russian Revolution of 1917 erupted on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of…

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Labor and Class in Iran: An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Paola Rivetti. Published by MERIP on May 26, 2017. Mohammad Maljoo is a Tehran-based economist researching labor issues and the transformation of capital-labor relations in post-revolutionary Iran. Widely…

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Sketching war: the writer who depicts Middle East conflict – in watercolour

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kilian Fox Posted on The Guardian/Observer on September 10, 2017 Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s drawings have helped him cope with reporting from the frontline. Now they will illustrate…

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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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Afghanistan: As US Empire Fails, Trump Enters a Quagmire

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kevin Zeese. First published by Counterpunch on August 29, 2017. A quagmire is defined as a complex or unpleasant position that is difficult to escape. President Trump’s recently announced…

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How the Pentagon Views the World Situation

Monday, August 7, 2017

Michael Pröbsting and Almedina Gunić. Posted on Revolutionary Communist International Tendency, 25 July 2017. The Pentagon recently published a major study reflecting how US imperialism views its own…

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The Revolutionary Imagination: Rosa for Our Times

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mark Harris. Posted on Counterpunch on July 21, 2017. “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”—Rosa Luxemburg It was 98 years ago that the brilliant…

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Turkey: Kemalists seize the moment

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Esen Uslu. This post appeared on Weekly Worker July 13, 2017. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu decided on his ‘Justice’ march in response to the 25-year jail sentence imposed on Enis…

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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 Syrian Cause and Anti-Imperialism

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh Translated by: Yaaser Azzayyaat This post first appeared on Al-Jumhuriya on May 5, 2017. In memory of Michel Seurat, our martyr. I was in Istanbul…

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Lessons Learned (and Ignored): Iran’s 2017 Election in Context

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arang Keshavarzian and Naghmeh Sohrabi First published May 26, 2017 on MERIP Report On May 23, 1997, Mohammad Khatami, who had spent most of the 1990s as head of…

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Don’t Go to the Doctor: The absurdities of the Prevent anti-terrorism program

Friday, May 26, 2017

Karma Nabulsi, London Review of Books. This essay appeared on LRB volume 39, May 18 2017. A colleague of mine at Oxford was asked to see an undergraduate…

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