Iran in crosshairs as Syrian war winds down

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ali Hashem, Al Monitor. A new wave of violence seems to be shaking the fragile truce in Syria. On March 19, opposition groups launched a surprise attack on Damascus in apparent coordination with a…

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How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor. Some factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are less than satisfied with the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington on March 19-23,…

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Trump and the Middle East: A talk with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mehdi Kia: In an earlier interview with Barabari television station you talked about the apparent change of direction in Trump administration’s foreign policy which you called “going beyond…

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Will the re-launch of the Mosul battle by the Iraqi PM reverse Trump’s hostile stance?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Zaid Alisa, Open Democracy. This article first appeared in Open Democracy on March 10, 2017. The highly unexpected victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections sent…

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Controlling the Narrative on Syria

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Louis Allday, Monthly Review on-line. Since 2011, the torrent of ill-informed, inaccurate and often entirely dishonest analysis of events in Syria has been unremitting. I have written previously…

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Revolution in Iran: was it possible in 1921?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fred Halliday, Libcom. Article discussing the little-known 1920-21 uprising in the Gilan province of northern Iran, and its importance for the workers’ movement in both Iran itself and…

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Resurrecting the antiwar movement: possible attack on Iran

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Greg Shupak, Jacobin. As President Trump tries to ban refugees, he looks poised to create more of them. The structural logic should be familiar by now — and…

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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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Hezbollah and the Workers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Joseph Daher, Jacobin. Though its reputation has waned in recent years, Hezbollah has long earned plaudits from the Left for its military resistance to Israel. Many, too, have…

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Russia Is Not Iraq (and Neither Was Syria)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Charles Davis, Pulse. With right-wing authoritarians ruling in Moscow and Washington, leftists should find it easy to oppose these evil empires — but some, poisoned by pre-election contrarianism,…

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Serving the Leviathan

Friday, January 20, 2017

Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi & Siavush Randjbar-Daemi, Jacobin. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s life and death highlight what’s at stake in Iran today. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chairman of Iran’s Expediency Discernment…

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The fall of Aleppo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sam Hamad, The New Arab. The fall of Aleppo to pro-Assad militias is a catastrophic blow to the revolutionary forces in Syria. Of this there is no doubt. Even…

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Socialists and wars in the 21st century – The case of Syria

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Richard Fidler, Links. In Syria the rebel cities that rose up four years ago in revolt against the brutal Assad dictatorship are now under a genocidal siege, bombed…

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Civil war in Syria: interview with Aziz Al-Azmeh

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ardeshir Mehrdad. Thank you professor Aziz Al Azmeh for agreeing to this interview. Our world is entering a grave crisis.  War and terrorism feed off escalating poverty, with…

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Women in Middle East: Region ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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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Iraq: Mosul offensive poses new questions amid Western hypocrisy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tony Iltis, Green Left. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an assault to recapture Mosul, the most important Iraqi city held by ISIS, on October…

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The Kurdish Question Then and Now

Friday, October 14, 2016

Semir Amin, Monthly Review. The political chaos that has recently dominated the scene in the Middle East is expressed, among other ways, by the violent resurgence of the…

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First ISIS, then Iran: Kurdish-Iranian leader has eyes on Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kim Dean, Middle East Eye. Erbil, Iraq – A small range of hills outside of Kirkuk has been the frontline with the Islamic State since the group fled…

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Proxies and politics: Why Iran funds foreign militias

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Karim El-Bar, Middle East Eye. In wake of Arab Spring, Iran’s backing of foreign militias has drawn much attention. Why is this support so central to Iranian foreign…

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Will the ‘Iranian threat’ push Arabs closer to Israel?

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Badr al-Rashed, The New Arab. Arab officials and academics joined former Israeli foreign minister, MK Tzipi Livni at a conference earlier this week attempting to unite leaders under…

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Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

International Crisis Group, Jadalyya. Beset by political dysfunction, endemic corruption and a jihadist threat, Iraq is squandering its greatest asset: its youth. By failing to provide a vision…

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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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Challenging Intellectuals Who Justify Iranian Imperialism; Searching for Socialist Solidarity

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Alliance of Middle East Socialists. Below we print a summary of a longer article by two Iranian socialists who are opposed to Iran’s military intervention in Syria.  Their…

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Iran in Yemen

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bilal Ahmed, Souciant. Although a few months old the issues raised here are still relevant (ME4change). The Saudi-led invasion of Yemen has opened new discussions on the Houthis,…

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Political prisoners in Syria, Iran and throughout the Middle East

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Joseph Daher, Alliance of Middle East Socialists. The repressive policies and actions of authoritarian regimes to crush popular movements and any forms of resistance have increased the number…

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Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Frieda Afari, Alliance of Middle East Socialists from Radio Zamaneh. An analysis of Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al Shami.  Burning Country:  Syrians in Revolution and War,   Pluto…

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Abbas Kiarostami: a profoundly political filma

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Yassamine Mather. Weekly Worker. The film director, painter, poet and photographer, Abbas Kiarostami, who died on July 4 2016, was one of Iran’s most important contemporary artists. He…

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Resistance of political prisoners in Syria and Iran

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Joseph Daher Alliance of Middle East Socialist The repressive policies and actions of authoritarian regimes to crush popular movements and resistance has increased the number of political prisoners…

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Political Islam, class and capital. Part 2: Manifestation of centre-periphery crisis

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad Illustration by Ardeshir Mohassess Despite claims to the contrary, political Islam is a child of late capitalism, growing where capitalist development is more advanced. There are…

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