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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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 “New Turkey”: Fetishizing Growth with Fatal Results

Monday, June 13, 2016

Zuhal Yeşilyurt Gündüz Monthly Review This article is part of a series Middle-East-4-Change is highlighting that look at the economic impact of imperialist globlisation on peripheral countries Turkey’s…

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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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Number of civilians killed or injured by explosives rises 50% in five years

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian More than 33,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2015, an increase of more than 50% in five years, according to…

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Exposing the Libyan agenda: a closer look at Hillary’s emails

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ellen Brown Counterpunch Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton’s private email server in late December 2015, about a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal,…

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For Arab Youth, ISIS Is Middle East’s ‘Biggest Obstacle’

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Julia Glum msn As the Islamic State group grows its presence online and in headlines, its influence among young people is shrinking. At least, that’s according to the…

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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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Iran: Democracy and the coming parliamentary elections

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ardeshir Mehrdad in interview with the Farsi site tabaqeh (class) You can see in the coming parliamentary election the central and ongoing contradiction of the Islamic regime. On…

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A brief history of ISIS – ISIS emerged out of the dashed hope of the Arab Spring

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

by Adam Hanieh Jacobin In the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris, much of the Left has linked the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq…

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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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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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Islam and modernism VI – Is Islam open to modernity

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni There is a prevalent view of Islam that portrays it as incompatible with modernism. In its more extreme form, this  is considered the main reason for the…

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Islam and Modernism IV – Islam and women

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni How flexible is Islam when it comes to women’s rights? The absence of rights for women in Islamic countries is usually taken as the…

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Islam and Modernism III – the myth of unadaptability

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Like all religions Islam was born under special social circumstances, and has changed under the influence of changes in social relations.  In part three…

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Islam and modernism I – Religions and social change

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mohammad-Reza Shalguni Islam is no more incompatible with modernisation or even modern culture than other religions There is a view that in countries where Muslims form the majority,…

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