Why Can’t We Criticize Islam?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Anas Al Horani, Al Jumhuriya. First posted on Al-Jumhuriya on April 3, 2017. Historically, whenever a criticism was leveled against Islam, what seems like a majority of Muslims were…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tam Hussein, Joshua Landis blog. Posted by Tam Hussein on Friday, April 14th, 2017 @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The…

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The Genealogy of Daesh-ISIS

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. Even though the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or Da’esh) emerged in Syria in 2013, its structure can be traced back to…

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The roots of sectarianism in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Omar Hassan. First published at Red Flag and appeared in Socialist Worker on February 1, 2017. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream news report about the…

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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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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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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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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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US will never separate its fighters from ‘Islamists’ because it depends on them

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dan Glazebrook, Information Clearing House. It was the big idea that was supposed to herald a new era of US-Russian co-operation in Syria: the separation of Western-backed ‘moderate…

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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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Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi export of Wahhabism

Friday, November 11, 2016

James A Dorsey, Redress Information & Analysis. There has long been debate about the longevity of the Saudi ruling family. My initial conclusion when I first visited Saudi…

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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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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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Islamic State v al-Qaida: Book review

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Owen Bennet-Jones, London Review of Books. Isis: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges Princeton; Isis: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, Regan Arts;…

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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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Leila Khaled on ISIS and Islamism, Syria and the Palestinians

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Defend Democracy Press. ISIS is a criminal organization which was created, and is used, by the USA. As for Syria, it was not only the intervention…

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Chaos and Caliphate: the Struggle for the Middle East. Book Review

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sean Ledwith, Counterfire. Recent events in both North America and the Middle East have illustrated how the chilling potency of the Islamic State group is far from exhausted….

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Political Islam, Part 3: How it effects society

Friday, August 19, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad, Illustrations by Ardeshir Mohassess. An illegitimate child of advanced capitalism, Political Islam has profound effects on the society that gives birth to it both before and…

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The fall of the Turkish model: Book review

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ece Temelkuran reviews book in New Left Review Fall of the Turkish model, by Cihan Tuğal, Verso books, 2016 If Cihan Tuğal’s book was filmed as a political…

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“Jihadist” terror: The radical Left after the Brussels attacks

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pierre Rousset International Viewpoint Since January 2015, the scale and momentum of “Jihadist” terror attacks in Europe have been without precedent. In spite of this, a large section…

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The “New Turkey”: Fetishizing Growth with Fatal Results

Friday, June 3, 2016

Zuhal Yeşilyurt Gündüz Monthly Review Turkey’s ruling party has turned the country, which it calls “the new Turkey,” into a capitalist nightmare: a triad of neoliberal economics, political…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East: Interview

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Syria Freedom Forever Recent mass movements in Middle Eastern and North African countries, despite their defeats and failures, showed prospects and possibilities of a progressive change…

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The Corruption Revealed in the Panama Papers Opened the Door to Isis

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Patrick Cockburn Counterpunch Three years ago I was in Baghdad after it had rained heavily, driving for miles through streets that had disappeared under grey-coloured flood water combined…

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Kurdish PYD leader: Time has proved us right

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Interview by Karlos Zurutuza Links Salih Muslim Muhammad is co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party – PYD, the political force that has led the uprising of the Kurds in…

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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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The Global disorder of Capital

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Alain Badiou translated by Yassamine Mather Weekly Worker Alain Badiou discusses the consequences of neoliberal capital’s disastrous policies worldwide and what he calls new imperial practices. He writes:…

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Experiment in communal living in Eastern Turkey destroyed

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Abdullah Demirbas New York Times Former mayor of Diyarbakir’s historic Sur district in eastern Turkey describes how an experiment in peaceful communal living among different ethnic and religious…

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On ISIS

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Editorial commentary – MER276 Middle East Research and Information Project In early June 2014 the world was shocked by news of the fall of Mosul, the third largest…

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The French Emergency

Sunday, December 6, 2015

By Gray Anderson in Jacobin From Algeria to the Paris attacks, French elites have used state of emergency legislation to consolidate power and repress dissent. Read more

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Political Islam, class and capital Part 1: what are its common features?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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By Ardeshir Mehrdad Illustration by Ardeshir Mohasses The last three decades have witnessed a relentless growth of Islamist movements, so that today political Islam is an undeniable reality…

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