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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Why US Sanctions Won’t Change Iran’s Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Maysam  Behravesh. The messages from Tehran are stark. On October 1, Iranian forces fired six missiles at Daesh positions in eastern Syria. The weapons landed within three miles…

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Iran Truck Drivers Go On Strike, Crippling Oil Infrastructure

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tsvetana Paraskova. Oil truck drivers in Iran have started a new strike demanding improved working conditions, and the industrial action has resulted in large lines forming at gasoline…

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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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Iran’s Ahvaz Attack Worsens Gulf Tensions

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Joost Hiltermann, Ali Vaez, Elizabeth Dickinson, and Daniel Scheiderman. Posted on Lobelog Sept 24, 2018. An attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on…

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Yemen’s Descent into Hell: A Saudi-American War of Terror

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Rajan Menon. Posted on TomDispatch and CounterPunch September 20, 2018. It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with…

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Idlib, Syria: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Monday, September 17, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Sept 13, 2108. The forces of Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Russia, are poised to strike deep into Syria’s Idlib…

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Iran missile strike opens door to escalation with Kurdish armed groups

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fazel Hawramy. Posted on Al-Monitor Sept 14, 2018. The patience of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) with Iranian Kurdish groups operating from northern Iraq was wearing thin. Spiraling…

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Iranian Kurds begin strike against executions and missile attacks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wladimir van Wilgenburg. Posted on Kurdistan24, September 12 2018. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers on Wednesday began Rojhilat-wide (Iranian Kurdistan) strike against the executions of Kurdish…

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A Look Inside MEK’s Secretive Camp In Albania

Monday, September 10, 2018

Lindsey Hilsum. Broadcast on Channel 4 news, UK,  September 10, 2018. A Look Inside MEK’s Secretive Camp In Albania Published on the Iranian

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Lebanon is on a tightrope, balancing the Saudis, Iran and the West

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Zcommunications and the Independent September 4, 2018. Facing possible invasion from both Britain and Germany in 1940 and determined to remain neutral, the Irish government in Dublin asked one of…

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Squeezing Iran: Part 1, Trump’s project in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: The last few weeks has seen an escalation of US pressures on an Iran already reeling under economic and political crisis and…

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Asia’s Shifting Alliances in the Time of Trump

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Conn Hallinan. Posted on ZNet August 30, 2018. “Boxing the compass” is an old nautical term for locating the points on a magnetic compass in order to set…

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Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dennis Ross. Posted on Washington Institute August 15, 2108. Defiant warnings aside, Tehran will eventually negotiate with President Trump—as long as Vladimir Putin mediates. Even in its afterlife,…

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New Caspian Accord Resolves Some Issues, Not All

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mark N Katz. Posted on Lobelog August 15, 2018. Ever since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five states bordering the Caspian Sea (Russia, Kazakhstan,…

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No attack on Iran, yet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Andrew Levine. Posted on Counterpunch August 11, 2018. Donald Trump is in enough trouble, legally and politically, to need a war – or so one would think. Sanctions…

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Is Israel Preparing A War On Hezbollah In Lebanon? Would Russia Expand Its Presence To South Lebanon?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Elijah J Magnier. Posted on American Herald Tribune August 13, 2018. Tension is silently mounting between Israel and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border, where frenetic preparations are taking…

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While Iran Braces for Sanctions, What Comes Next?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Derek Davidson. Posted on lobe log August 7, 2018. Consistent with his decision in May to breach the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or…

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Is Russia Facilitating Trump’s Strangulation of Iran?

Monday, August 6, 2018

 Dan Glazebrook. Posted on Counterpunch August 3, 2018. Since the earliest days on the campaign trail, it has never been in doubt who Trump and his team have…

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Yemen’s Turn

Friday, August 3, 2018

Tariq Ali. Posted on New Left Review 111, May-June 2018. Some general characteristics of the imperialist recolonization of the Arab world, which began with that brutal dress-rehearsal, the…

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‘Tweet of Mass Destruction’ ratchets up tension on Iran

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pepe Escobar Posted on Asia Times July 24, 2018. President Trump’s late-night, all-caps Tweet of Mass Destruction threatening Iran is bound to be enshrined in the Art of Diplomacy…

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Warnings of ‘Iraq War Redux’ as Bolton and Pompeo Are Reportedly Leading Push to ‘Forment Unrest’ in Iran

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Jake Johnson. Posted on Common Dreams July 12, 2018. n writings and speeches over just the past several months, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and…

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From Gaza to Jerusalem to Iran: Shifts in the Middle East and the Place of Palestine

Monday, July 23, 2018

Joel Beinin.  Published by MERIP July 12, 2018 The Palestinian Great March of Return, which began on March 30, 2018 and continued into June, was a popular mobilization…

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Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Friday, July 20, 2018

Marianna Belenkay. Posted on Al-Monitor On July 11, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his third visit to Russia this year to meet with President Vladimir Putin. The talks were…

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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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From Gaza to Jerusalem to Iran: Shifts in the Middle East and the Place of Palestine

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Joel Beinin. Posted on MERIP July 12, 2018. The Palestinian Great March of Return, which began on March 30, 2018 and continued into June, was a popular mobilization…

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Bolton, MEK and Trump’s Iran Strategy

Friday, July 13, 2018

Garry Leupp. Posted on Counterpunch July 11, 2018. There are growing indications that the Trump administration plans to use the Mojahedin-e Khalq (People’s Mojahedin of Iran, or MEK)…

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Why Are We Still Talking About Iran In The World Cup?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sophia Akram. Posted on the Iranian June 30 2018. While it may not have been an all out win for Iran this World Cup, there were nonetheless still…

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Iran’s Labor Protests/strikes, Revolutionary Socialist Direction and International Solidarity

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Frieda Afary. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists June 13, 2018. Below is the text of Frieda Afary’s presentation to a group of international  labor activists on…

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The Ever-Shrinking Space for Hazara Ethnic Group

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rohullah Naderi. Posted on Counterpunch June 22, 2018. The hunger strike by Ms. Jalila Haider, a human rights attorney and founder of a nonprofit organization, “We the Human…

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