Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush’s Radioactive War on Iraq

Monday, December 10, 2018

Jeffrey St. Claire. At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil…

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Cost of war-on-terror

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Neta Crawford, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Nearly half a million people have died from violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since George W. Bush declared a “war…

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A Saudi Murder Becomes a Gift to Iran

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Vali Nasr. The Trump administration is not ready to admit it, but its Middle East strategy is in deep trouble, now compounded by the murder of the dissident…

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The Trojan Horse In Iran Sanctions And Oil Markets

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cyril Widdershoven. The U.S. sanctions on Iran are not biting yet, as global oil markets are well supplied. In the coming weeks, Iranian crude volumes should show a…

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After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Changes of government in Iraq are often fiercely disputed and frequently violent. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, the young King Faisal II was machine gunned in…

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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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Nadia Murad: I tell my story because it is the best weapon I have

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Nadia Murad. The slave market opened at night. We could hear the commotion downstairs where militants were registering and organising, and when the first man entered the room,…

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad speaks with National Geographic

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Romy Roynard. The young Yazidi woman, the victim of horrific crimes, has spoken out worldwide in her campaign to end sexual assault as a weapon of war. Nadia…

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Iraq: Haider al-Abadi is losing his grip on power

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on ZCommunications September 25, 2018. An Iraqi joke says that their country must have the most environmental government in the world since the same political leaders are…

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Arabic poetry: Five Poems by Mu’ayyad al-Rawi

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Translated by Sinan Antoon Posted by Jadaliyya Dream I dreamt of a field of butterflies Where a child is jumping in a meadow of flowers A butterfly embroidered…

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Iraqi Protests: Deep Anger and Simple Demands

Monday, August 13, 2018

Darya Najim and Krekar Mustafa. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists August 2, 2018 Editor’s Note: Below we print an opinion article submitted by two Iraqi Kurdish…

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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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Poems by two poets from Iraqi Kurdistan

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Three Poems by Hero Kurda translated by Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse, Pshtewan Kamal Babakir and Shene Mohammed Posted on World Literature Today July 20§18. You in Me On the shore…

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Iraq Elections: A Step Toward Rebuilding Popular Power

Friday, June 1, 2018

David Bacon. Posted on LobeLog May 30, 2018. The U.S. media quickly dismissed the results of Iraq’s national elections on May 12. Journalists were puzzled by what the…

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The Shia Shift: Why Iran and Hezbollah Abandoned Suicide attacks

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Zachary Keckand Matthew Sparks. Posted on The National Interest May 28, 2018. Thirty-five years ago last month, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a delivery van packed with explosives…

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The war on Iran has begun. Russia must end it

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dan Glazebrook. Posted on Middle East Eye, May 4, 2018. The destruction of states such as Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran is about isolating Russia when its own…

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War in Syria: remember the hypocricy over chemical warfare in the Middle East

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Independent April 12, 2018 and ZNet April 14, 2018. Oh, the hypocrisy of it. The ignoble aims. The distraction. The outrageous lies and excuses….

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Bread, water and roses: The guerrillas of Shengal (Sinjar)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Marcel Cartier. Posted on The Region on April 4, 2018. Powerful, sobering and heart-wrenching images are once again to be seen from the Yazidi heartland of Shengal, otherwise…

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America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Geoff Dutton. Posted in CounterPunch on February 16, 2018. By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation….

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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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The Smart Weapons Fallacy: Civilian Casualties From “Precision” Air Strikes in Iraq and Syria

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch December 4, 2017. The final elimination of Isis in Iraq and Syria is close, but welcome though the defeat of these monstrous movements may be, it has…

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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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Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Jean-Marie Guéhenno. Published in Foreign Policy . The world is entering its most dangerous chapter in decades. The sharp uptick in war over recent years is outstripping our…

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A Visit to Heaven and Hell: Mapping Planet Earth: extracts

Monday, November 6, 2017

By Eduardo Galeano, Book extracts Published in TomDispatch, November 2, 2017 The following passages are excerpted from Hunter of Stories, the last book by Eduardo Galeano, who died…

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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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Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here’s why

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pepe Escobar. First posted  on Asia Times October 18, 2017. The Battle of Kirkuk lasted less than 24 hours. In a lightning – and mostly bloodless – offensive,…

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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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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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Congress fuels Christian rivalries with bid to arm Iraqi militias

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bryant Harris Posted on al-Monitor on September 15, 2017. A little-noticed provision to arm Iraqi Christians in the House version of a must-pass defense bill is inadvertently fueling unrest…

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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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