Iranian graffitists feel walled in

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Zahra Alipour. Posted on Al Monitor February 11, 2018. Feature image reads: ‘peace”. “You are no artist if you are drawing on a wall with spray paint. You…

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Hejab, Islamic totalitarianism and the opposition in Iran

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jaleh Ahmadi. This article was first published in Iran Bulletin-Middle East Forum number 1,  2014. We are posting it in Middleast4Change because of its relevance in the current…

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Iran: Observation on the protests of December 2018: Part 2 Prospects and Pitfalls

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad. Part 1 of this article discussed what features distinguished the latest wave of protests from all previous ones. In Part 2 we discuss its actual strengths…

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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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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 Destabilizer: Trump’s Escalating Threats Against Iran

Friday, January 19, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on CounterPunch on January 18, 2018. The US-Iran confrontation is already destabilising parts of the Middle East that were starting to settle down after the…

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Iran: Observations on the protests of December 2018: Part 1, the watershed moment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad. 1 The wave of protest and demonstrations began at the end of last December and enveloped most of Iran’s towns and cities will be recorded as…

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The role of Iran’s water crisis in the recent protests

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Louis Proyect. Posted on louisproyect.org on January 10, 2018. On January 2nd, an NY Times article about the protests in Iran included a couple of paragraphs that caught…

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Protesters in Iran express outrage at economic conditions, a testament to a failed domestic agenda of neoliberalism and privatization

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mohammad Tootkaboni. Posted on Left Voice, January 8, 2018. Over the past week, protests have erupted in the streets of Iranian cities. This might not be surprising for…

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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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Iran protests: is this time different?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Demonstrating in Trehran

The protest movement that began on 28 December differs from those in previous years. There is universal recognition that the protests were triggered off by the worsening economy…

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Reflections on the Growing Anti-Regime Protests in Iran

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Frieda Afary. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialist on December 31, 2017. In comparison to the mass protests that arose in 2009 after the fraudulent presidential election,…

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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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White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Isaac Arnsdorf. This story was originally published on ProPublica on  November 29, 2017. The overture follows an intense and secretive lobbying push involving Michael Flynn, Tom Barrack, Rick…

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The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News. Posted in Colonialism & Occupation, Geopolitics, Global Economy, Media Analysis on 1 December 2017. Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad…

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Russia’s multilayered Syrian diplomacy worries Iran

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hamidreza Azizi. Posted by al Monitor on December 6, 2017. TEHRAN, Iran — The Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi, widely known for its tourist attractions, has recently…

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The War Nerd: A Brief History Of The Yemen Clusterf*ck

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gary Brecher. Posted on Pando on  March 28, 2015. A useful introduction to the war in Yemen. DILI,   EAST TIMOR — I ought to be familiar with the…

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Another Brick in the Wall: Protesting Education in Iran

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Zep Kalb. Published on MERIP on November 2, 2017. At ten o’clock in the morning, Thursday October 5, 2017, about 500 teachers gathered in front of the Budget…

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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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Redrawing the map: Why is Trump abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker 19th October 2017. In a single speech on October 13, lasting just a few minutes, Donald Trump managed to succeed in doing…

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Iran’s blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

Friday, October 6, 2017

Published on Al-Monitor on October 1, 2017 A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women’s heads, young…

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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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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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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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Iran, Israel and the big mess in Washington

Monday, September 11, 2017

Giulietto Chiesa. Posted on Defend Democracy Press on September 5, 2017. In the big mess of the current American foreign policy, which is an effect of the internal…

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Iran’s water crisis: A talk by Dr Kaveh Madani

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A lecture by Dr. Kaveh Madani, November 17, 2016 in Stanford. Despite having a more advanced water management system than most Middle Eastern countries, Iran is experiencing a…

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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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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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Iran: An unsavoury alliance

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Yassamine Mather. First posted on Weekly Worker on 6th July 2017. Over the last couple of weeks Iranian leaders have shown unprecedented signs of paranoia about a possible…

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