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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Book Review: Women in crossfire, Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

Friday, October 12, 2018

Robin Yassin-Kassab. ‘A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution’ by novelist Samar Yazbek is part journalism, part personal memoir, and all literature. It’s literature of…

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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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Gaza’s economy goes into freefall: World Bank

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jonathan Cook. Posted on ZCommunications October 2, 2018. The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a…

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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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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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In memoriam: Samir Amin at 80, an Introduction and Tribute

Sunday, September 9, 2018

John Bellamy Foster. Published by Monthly Review in 2011, re-posted by Middle East 4 Change as a memorial to Semir Amin who died on August 12, 2018. Samir…

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Turkey’s economy in full meltdown

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Michael Roberts. Posted on August 11, 2017. The Turkish lira is in total meltdown.  It has lost 40% of its value against the dollar in the last six…

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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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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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One Question: The future of Gaza

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Posted on State of Nature June 28, 2018. One Question is a monthly series in which we ask leading thinkers to give a brief answer to a single…

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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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Istanbul’s Gezi Park: how did visual communication between protesters help create a movement?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Olu Jenzen and Aidan McGarry. Posted on Open Democracy. This article is part of Right to Protest, a partnership project with human rights organisations CELS and INCLO, with support from…

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Siege and resistance in Gaza: an interview with Toufic Haddad

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Posted on Red Flag June 4, 2018. For more than 10 weeks, Palestinians have gathered in protest every Friday at the Israeli-Gaza Strip buffer zone, located in the…

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The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fadi Abu Shammalah and Jen Marlowe Posted on Znet on June 13, 2018 from TomDispach on June 12, 2018 “I am here because I heard my town call…

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Donald Trump’s New World Order: How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Adam Entous. Posted on the New Yorker June 18, 2018. On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, rode from his…

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Lebanon’s mountains are being wiped from the map – but does anyone care?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on the Independent June 2018. Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of…

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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part 2: from the 1980 Coup to the Present

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left East. This is the second part of our interview with Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish Left from its late-Ottoman beginnings…

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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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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 1

Friday, May 25, 2018

Joe Hayns. Posted on Revolutionary Socialism April 27, 2018. Last summer, in Rabat, a friend explained the Syrian families begging from the passing crowds, five minutes from Parliament,…

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“There is a consensus. The proximate cause of the horror in Gaza is the Israeli blockade. It is not Hamas”

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Norman Finkelstein. Posted on Democracy now facebook Norman Finklestein on the Gaza blockade. Norman Finkelstein on Gaza blockade Norman Finkelstein: "There is a consensus. The proximate cause of…

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Yanis Varoufakis on Lost U.S. Credibility in Middle East, from Iran Deal to Israel Embassy Move

Friday, May 18, 2018

Posted on Democracy Now 14 May 2018. In the latest economic fallout from President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Iran nuclear agreement,…

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Spirit of the Orchard: A Palestinian Story

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. Posted on Toward Freedom May 10, 2018. Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last…

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Israel and Iran on brink of full-scale war after unprecedented Syria bombardment in response to alleged Golan Heights attack

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bethan McKernan. Posted on the Independent 10 May 2018. Israel has launched its most intensive attack on Iranian positions in neighbouring Syria since the civil war began in 2011,…

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How Will Europe React to Trump’s Dumping the Iran Deal?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gary Leupp. Posted on Counterpunch 9th May 2018. People are asking how Iran will respond to Trump’s announcement about U.S.withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed…

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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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De-escalation With North Korea, Escalation With Iran

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch April 30, 2018. As a journalist, I have always dreaded reporting on meetings between world leaders billed as “historic” or “momentous” or just…

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Writing about Violence: A Joint Reflection from Latin America and the Middle East

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hiba Bou Akar , Roosbelinda Cárdenas This is a shortened version of an article that first appeared on MER284 This essay reflects on some of the challenges of…

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Israel vs Iran, a looming war

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Paul Rogers. Posted on Open Democracy April 26, 2018. The joint cruise-missile attack on Syria by forces of the United States, France and the United Kingdom on the…

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