Exclusive emails show how the White Helmets tried to recruit Roger Waters with Saudi money

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Max Blumenthal.  Posted on MRonline (April 22, 2018). Originally published: Gray Zone (April 19, 2018). During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets…

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Syria’s war of ethnic cleansing: Kurds threatened with beheading by Turkey’s allies if they don’t convert to extremism

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on the Independent and on ZCommunications 17 March 2018. Syrian Arab militiamen leading the Turkish attack on Afrin in northern Syria are threatening to massacre…

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Sara R. Farris, In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism – Book Review

Friday, March 16, 2018

Catherine Rottenberg. Posted on Jadaliyya on February 12, 2018. Farris’ new book In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism illuminates the particular ways in which…

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The Story Behind the Rise of Turkey’s Ulema

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ceren Lord. Posted by MERIP on February 4, 2018. At the heart of the controversy over Islamization in Turkey has been the accelerated rise and visibility of the…

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Hejab, Islamic totalitarianism and the opposition in Iran

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jaleh Ahmadi. This article was first published in Iran Bulletin-Middle East Forum number 1,  2004. We are posting it in Middleast4Change because of its relevance in the current…

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Iran: Observations on the protests of December 2018: Part 1, the watershed moment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ardeshir Mehrdad. 1 The wave of protest and demonstrations began at the end of last December and enveloped most of Iran’s towns and cities will be recorded as…

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Protesters in Iran express outrage at economic conditions, a testament to a failed domestic agenda of neoliberalism and privatization

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mohammad Tootkaboni. Posted on Left Voice, January 8, 2018. Over the past week, protests have erupted in the streets of Iranian cities. This might not be surprising for…

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A War Within a War: Chechnya’s Expanding Role in Syria

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Neil Hauer. Posted on Souciant on December 4, 2017. TBILISI – International actors have been positioning themselves to exploit new realities in Syria and solidify their involvement in…

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Last ditch democracy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Karam Hilo. Posted on Al Jadalyyah and Qantara.de 2017. In this essay, Lebanese journalist Karam Hilo asks whether it is possible to apply the Western concept of democracy…

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Tukey’s New Left

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cengiz Gunez. Posted by New Left Review 107, September-October 2017. In the Turkish general election of June 2015, the left-wing Peoples’ Democratic Party (hdp) won 13 per cent…

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On the Concatenation in the Arab World: Editorial in New Left Review

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Perry Anderson Published in New Left Review March-April 2011 The Arab revolt of 2011 belongs to a rare class of historical events: a concatenation of political upheavals, one…

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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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Revolution, counterrevolution, and imperialism in Syria: Interview with Yassin al-Haj Salah

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh interviewed by Ashley Smith. Posted on International Socialist Review, Issue 107 Yassin al-Haj Saleh is one of the pivotal figures in the Syrian Revolution. He…

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Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dalia Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Book review: Posted on Jadalyya on October 20, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Daanish Faruqi (DF): As preface, it’s…

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Revolution without revolutionaries: Asef Bayat

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Asef Bayat Posted by Stanford University Press: excepts from chapter one Revolutions of Wrong Times ……… Novel Revolutions? Why did the revolutions of 2011 turn out to be…

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Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State: Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alfred McCoy. First published on TomDispatch.com on August 24, 2017. [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the…

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Syria War Diary: What Life Is Like Under ‘Moderate’ Rebel Rule

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eva Bartlett. Posted on MPN News on August 23, 2017. Since the liberation of Aleppo, and the restoring of peace to Madaya and al-Waer, most Western media have…

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Five Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Richard Sokolsky and  Aaron Miller. This article was first posted on Carnagie Endowment for International Peace on June 27, 2017. The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and…

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Rollback? Trump’s Iran claims not just flawed but dangerous

Friday, July 14, 2017

Steven Simon, John J. McCloy. Originally published on IISS on July 5, 2017. The Trump administration, for all its disarray, has a clear and consistent policy toward the…

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Lessons Learned (and Ignored): Iran’s 2017 Election in Context

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Arang Keshavarzian and Naghmeh Sohrabi First published May 26, 2017 on MERIP Report On May 23, 1997, Mohammad Khatami, who had spent most of the 1990s as head of…

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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 freedom to say “No”: Interview with dismissed Turkish academic and Yeniyol editor Uraz Aydin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This interview was posted on Links International from Left East before the constitutional referendum in Turkey. However, it covers many points that remain relevant regardless of the result…

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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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Turkey’s Fragile Bonapartism

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Barış Yıldırım and Foti Bensiloy, Left Voice. Turkey may hold a referendum on the transition to an authoritarian presidential system as soon as late March; however, Erdoğan’s Bonapartist…

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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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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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Green Gold: How ISIS Is making as much money from wheat as from oil

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Annia Ciezadlo, Souciant. As ISIS comes under increased attack in some of the region’s most fertile lands, Middle East agriculture researcher Eckart Woertz discusses how the militant group…

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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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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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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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