Lights out: Tehran’s clampdown on Western habits

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Iran is a country in which many aspects of public life: governance, education, foreign relations and even people’s lifestyles are peculiarly determined by ideology. The authorities…

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Required Reading: Noura Erakat on Palestine and Law

Friday, July 19, 2019

Richard Falk. Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. By Noura Erakat. Stanford University Press, 2019. I make no claim to approach this book with an…

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‘To sing is not a right in the Gaza Strip’

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hind Khoudary. Abed Nasser, the owner of Cedar restaurant in Gaza City, broke the news to his customers in a Facebook post: the highly-anticipated music night scheduled for…

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Uprising in Sudan: Interview with Sudanese Comrades

Friday, June 7, 2019

As the Sudanese uprising enters its most critical conjuncture, with negotiations between the military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change collapsing, and the…

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Indian elections: it wasn’t the economy, stupid!

Monday, June 3, 2019

L K Sharma. The people accepted electoral authoritarianism for their security. This neutralised warnings by intellectuals and opposition parties that Modi’s India was heading towards fascism. Narendra Modi’s…

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The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring…

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A Palestinian View Of Recent Israeli Elections

Monday, April 22, 2019

Diana Buttu and Dennis J Bernstein Without question, the reporting on recent Israeli elections was devoid of a Palestinian perspective, despite the fact that Palestinians will be deeply…

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Trump’s America, Netanyahu’s Israel

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Adam Shatz. Israel’s legislative elections on 9 April were a tribute to Binyamin Netanyahu’s transformation of the political landscape.​ At no point were they discussed in terms of…

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Egypt’s brutal crackdown on workers’ rights runs far deeper than the fate of two actors

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Robert Fisk. Khaled Abol Naga – an outspoken critic of the Egyptian government – stands accused of treason ( AFP )It was comical, farcical, droll. An actor’s dream if…

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Hunger striking for peace in Turkey

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dougie Gerrard. By any measure, Leyla Güven is in a bad way. She is assailed by painful cramps, the result of a protein breakdown in her muscular tissue….

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Iran: Women’s right and the class struggle

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Friday March 8 is International Women’s Day, which this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first major protest by Iranian women against the Islamic…

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Book Review: Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Charles R Larson. Syria’s gut-wrenching civil war serves as the background to Khaled Khalifa’s award-winning new novel, Death Is Hard Work, though incidents in the story often appear…

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We Crossed A Bridge and it Trembled: Book Review

Friday, March 1, 2019

Wendy Pearlman: We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria, Custom House, 2017. Everyone talks about Syrians, but very few are actually talk to them. Perhaps that’s…

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Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Jonathan Cook. Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies…

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Iran’s ecologists imprisoned as water shortage threatens the country

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Maya Margit. Amid worsening diplomatic and economic isolation, Iran is continuing its crackdown on perceived dissidents. Among the targets: environmental scientists. A recent Amnesty International report claimed the…

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In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Jonathan Cook. You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in…

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Turkish Leader’s Election Woes

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Conn Hallinen. “Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when…

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Egypt: a horror story

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Maged Mandour. Scene One President Abdelfattah Al Sissi, Egypt`s military autocrat is having an interview with the American television program 60 minutes, on CBS. Unlike other interviews, with…

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Iran’s looming Instagram ban shows hardliner disconnect

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Instagram, widely used in Iran among small business owners, students, influencers and even senior officials, is the latest social media application to come under scrutiny and…

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1,200 Palestinian prisoners start hunger strike in Israel prison

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Posted on Middle East Monitor. More than 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israel’s Ofer Prison yesterday launched an open-ended hunger strike, in protest against the occupation’s continuous violations against…

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Iran: workers’ strikes and State Department crocodile tears

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Iranian workers have been staging large protests since early November in two major industrial complexes: the Haft Tapeh sugar plant and the Foulad steel factory in…

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Algeria: From the War of National Liberation to Gentrification:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Conflicting Claims over Property in Algeria. Robert P Parks. December 22, 2013, 40 families living at 11 Boulevard de la Soummam — the Champs Élysées of the western…

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US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

Friday, December 14, 2018

Douglas Gerrard. Of the four countries into which Kurdistan is divided, the region spanning Iran is the least prominent in western consciousness. Rojava is well known amongst leftists due…

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Israel escalating the demolition of Palestine

Friday, November 30, 2018

Lisa Gleeson. When it comes to the infrastructure of genocide, you could illustrate it using almost any photo of a school, house, shop or village in the West…

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Books on Middle East 2018 – tales of repression, ruse and resistance

Thursday, November 29, 2018

 Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East. David Kirkpatrick, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. From 2011 to 2015, David Kirkpatrick was the…

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Saudi Arabia: Reports of torture and sexual harassment of detained activists

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Amnesty International. Several Saudi Arabian activists, including a number of women, who have been arbitrarily detained without charge since May 2018 in Saudi Arabia’s Dhahban Prison, have reportedly…

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Engaging Books Series: Pluto Press Selections on Radical Politics

Friday, November 23, 2018

ENGAGING BOOKS SERIES Pluto Press Selections On Radical Politics Engaging Books is a new series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an…

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In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just…

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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition struggles to be heard

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ayla Jean Yackley. ISTANBUL — Five months ago, Selahattin Demirtas, a popular Kurdish politician jailed for his fiery speeches targeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, staged an unlikely challenge…

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Izzeldin Abuelaish’s three daughters were killed in Gaza

Friday, November 16, 2018

Robert Fisk. Rarely can history have dictated that the blood of three beheaded daughters should be injected into a vein of hope. The operation, I suppose, was self-administered…

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