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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All or nothing: Erdoğan is going for bust in an attempt to cling onto power,

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. The winds of change sweeping the turbulent waters of Turkish politics have been pounding president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rocking and rolling caïque and driving…

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Women: Middle East ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The New Arab. Women in the Middle East have faced patriarchal prejudice and deeply-rooted discrimination in efforts to bridge the gender chasm and improve female participation in public…

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Egyptian State responds to labor protests with heightened repression

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jano Charbel, Mada Masr. Recent nationwide labor protests have found themselves confronted by extraordinary measures of repression as the country continues to weather economic struggles, austerity measures and…

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Palestinian women in the Occupied Territories: an interview with Laila al-Hamdani

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Libcom.org Interview with Laila al-Hamdani describing the role of women in the Occupied Territories as well as the central role they played during the first intifada. Q. Perhaps…

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Turkey’s Fragile Bonapartism

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Barış Yıldırım and Foti Bensiloy, Left Voice. Turkey may hold a referendum on the transition to an authoritarian presidential system as soon as late March; however, Erdoğan’s Bonapartist…

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Trump presidency: how far will the darkness spread?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mohammad Reza Shalguni Trump’s election to the presidency last November was not a normal event and in all likelihood will be remembered as a watershed moment in history….

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Trump will ignite a war with Iran, which will be great news for ISIS

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch. President Trump made great play when he came into office with his return of a bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, presenting the…

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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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Prominent human rights activists in Egypt targeted by sophisticated hacking attacks

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Sharif Abdel Kouddoust, The Intercept. HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS and individual activists in Egypt have been targeted by a large and sophisticated phishing campaign, according to a joint investigation…

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To “leftist” admirers of Assad’s Syria

Friday, February 3, 2017

Farouk Mardam-Bey, Pulse. As a Syrian who has always identified politically with the left, I am particularly appalled by those men and women who call themselves left-wingers —…

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Activestills: documenting Palestinians living under constant military threat

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yonatan Mendel, London Review of Books. The Israeli government says there is no occupation; the documentary group Activestills shoots back with images of Palestinians living under constant military…

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Combating Al-Qaeda in Syria

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pulsemedia Leading experts on Syria discuss strategies for combating ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria Featuring Faysal Itani Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Atlantic…

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Syria and Leftwing Hasbara

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sergio Pérez, Pulse. Or how hawkish and dovish leftwing denialists on Syria echo hawkish and dovish Zionists on Palestine While Syrians continue to lose their lives, or struggle…

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Aleppo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Craig Murray. The Morning Star has today come under massive criticism for hailing the near total recapture of Aleppo by pro-Government forces as a “liberation.” I would agree…

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Book review: The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Reviewed by Jim Miles, The Palestine Chronicle. The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. Ben Ehrenreich. Granta Books, London, 2016. A small town in Palestinian…

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Why schools have become a battleground in Turkey

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor. When Turkey’s teachers returned to school in September, they found their numbers decimated by expulsions, more than half their textbooks gone, and some…

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Turkey and the Road to Genocide

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Djene Bajalan, Jacobin. On Sunday, April 24, 1915, Ottoman minister of the interior, Talat Pasha, ordered the arrest and detention of Armenian community leaders residing within the empire….

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Only power rules: Turkey after the failed coup

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Nick Ashdown, Los Angeles Review of Books. There are some things I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. I was with my then girlfriend and…

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Turkey: HDP on the arrests of party co-chairs and MPs and the eradication of rule of law

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hişyar Özsoy and Aysel Tuğluk, Links. This brief presents an overview of the illegality of the entire political and judicial process leading up to the arrest of our…

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Morroco’s Makhzen: repression and resistance

Monday, November 28, 2016

Richard Greeman, Counterfire. On Wednesday 26 October, the well-known Moroccan historian and human rights activist Maâti Monjib and five of his colleagues were hauled into the High Court…

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Trump in the White House, by Noam Chomsky

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Noam Chomsky, Defend Democracy Press. CJ Polychroniou: Noam, the unthinkable has happened: in contrast to all forecasts, Donald Trump scored a decisive victory over Hillary Clinton and the man…

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The Sisi coup enters its fourth year

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Sameh Naguib, Revolutionary Socialists. July 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth year of the 3 July coup. The events of the last three years have shown, beyond…

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Western leaders grow deaf to Israeli abuses

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jonathan Cook, Redress, Information & Analysis. Israel has just emerged from its extended, three-week high holidays, a period that in recent years has been marked by extremist religious…

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Etienne Balibar: Laïcité or identity?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Verso Books. The controversial banning of the “Burkini” by several French municipalities – and it’s overturning by the state council – has once again brought the question of…

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Class “justice”: Baba Jan and his comrades sentenced to 40 years in prison

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Jan Malewski, Links. Accused without evidence of acts that he could not have committed, since he was at the time about sixty kilometres away, Baba Jan was tortured,…

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Research: No man’s land in Egypt

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aya Nader, Al Monitor. An Egyptian was conducting a study on sewage systems back during the times of Khedivial Cairo (1867-1914). He had to apply for a permit…

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Working class power & feminism: An interview with Alia Amirali

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Links. Sara Jaffri (SJ): How did you get involved in political work, and with what sort of organizing have you been involved? Alia Amirali (AA): I grew up…

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Immigration, racism and class

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kevin Ovenden, Counterfire. While mainstream ideology repackages its old myths and lies, Kevin Ovenden argues for a radical re-assertion of class-based anti-racism. When people express “concerns” about immigration,…

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Five years after the Arab uprisings: An interview with Asef Bayat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Özgür Gökmen, Jadaliyya. Özgür Gökmen (ÖG): In Life as Politics you refer to the dangers of foreign intervention more than once. Expectations were not high but there was…

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