Syria and Leftwing Hasbara

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sergio Pérez, Pulse. Or how hawkish and dovish leftwing denialists on Syria echo hawkish and dovish Zionists on Palestine While Syrians continue to lose their lives, or struggle…

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The Moral Dysfunction of Assadism

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Abed Abu-Shehade (translated by Ofer Neiman), Pulse Media. During one of the last lectures given at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna before his passing, Professor Sadiq al-Azm rejected…

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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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Aleppo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Craig Murray. The Morning Star has today come under massive criticism for hailing the near total recapture of Aleppo by pro-Government forces as a “liberation.” I would agree…

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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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Turkey and the Road to Genocide

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Djene Bajalan, Jacobin. On Sunday, April 24, 1915, Ottoman minister of the interior, Talat Pasha, ordered the arrest and detention of Armenian community leaders residing within the empire….

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Only power rules: Turkey after the failed coup

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Nick Ashdown, Los Angeles Review of Books. There are some things I remember about the night of July 15 in Istanbul. I was with my then girlfriend and…

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Turkey: HDP on the arrests of party co-chairs and MPs and the eradication of rule of law

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hişyar Özsoy and Aysel Tuğluk, Links. This brief presents an overview of the illegality of the entire political and judicial process leading up to the arrest of our…

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Morroco’s Makhzen: repression and resistance

Monday, November 28, 2016

Richard Greeman, Counterfire. On Wednesday 26 October, the well-known Moroccan historian and human rights activist Maâti Monjib and five of his colleagues were hauled into the High Court…

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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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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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Western leaders grow deaf to Israeli abuses

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jonathan Cook, Redress, Information & Analysis. Israel has just emerged from its extended, three-week high holidays, a period that in recent years has been marked by extremist religious…

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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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Majoritarian Syria: Justice in Conflict Resolution

Friday, October 28, 2016

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. What is a resolution in Syria? Syrians engaged in public affairs are always being asked about our conception of a resolution to the Syrian…

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Class “justice”: Baba Jan and his comrades sentenced to 40 years in prison

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Jan Malewski, Links. Accused without evidence of acts that he could not have committed, since he was at the time about sixty kilometres away, Baba Jan was tortured,…

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Fight or Flight: The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s “Generation 2000”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

International Crisis Group, Jadalyya. Beset by political dysfunction, endemic corruption and a jihadist threat, Iraq is squandering its greatest asset: its youth. By failing to provide a vision…

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Research: No man’s land in Egypt

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aya Nader, Al Monitor. An Egyptian was conducting a study on sewage systems back during the times of Khedivial Cairo (1867-1914). He had to apply for a permit…

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The prison: Book review

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab, Qunfuz. From ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ to ‘Orange is the New Black’, prison dramas fill the Anglo-Saxon screen. In the Arab world, you’re more likely to…

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Challenging Intellectuals Who Justify Iranian Imperialism; Searching for Socialist Solidarity

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Alliance of Middle East Socialists. Below we print a summary of a longer article by two Iranian socialists who are opposed to Iran’s military intervention in Syria.  Their…

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The Decay of the Syrian Regime is Much Worse Than You Think

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

 Tobias Schneider, War on the Rocks. In a recent interview conducted by Aaron David Miller for Foreign Policy, Robert Malley, one of the president’s most trusted advisors on…

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From revolution to reaction in Egypt

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sameh Naguib, Open Democracy. Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Mubarak’s ouster, but the current conditions in Egypt do not match the jubilation that erupted onto the streets…

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How Turkey’s Reconciliation Deal with Israel Harms the Palestinians

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Jeremy R Hammond, Counterpunch. With Israel and Turkey having announced a reconciliation agreement this week, Turkey is portraying itself as a protector of the oppressed by arguing that…

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Life and death in Palestine

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ben Ehrenreich, The Guardian Journal. Planet Hebron is far, far away. The fact that you can drive there, or take a bus, only makes things more confusing. If…

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Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Frieda Afari, Alliance of Middle East Socialists from Radio Zamaneh. An analysis of Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al Shami.  Burning Country:  Syrians in Revolution and War,   Pluto…

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It’s the will of the Turkish people, Erdogan says. But which people?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

 Ayça Çubukçu, The Guardian. There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen,” Lenin said. Turkey is having weeks like that. After the failed…

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Erdoğan’s counter-coup coup in Turkey

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Esen Uslu, Weekly Worker. When I was writing the following lines two years ago, I was almost able to see the smirk on the face of some of…

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Turkey: Kurdish movement condemns coup and counter-coup

Friday, July 22, 2016

Green Left. The umbrella organisation of the Kurdish movement, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency, released the following statement on July 16: There has been a…

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PKK on Turkey coup: No democracy in ‘fascist’ Erdogan-led government

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Open Democracy. In a statement published on July 16, the political affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Koma Civakên Kurdistan (Group of Communities in Kurdistan –…

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Turkey after the failed coup: Defend democratic rights!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Joint Statement of Dördüncü Blok (Turkey) and the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT/DKUE), 16.7.2016. After the coup-attempt by part of the Turkish military was defeated in the streets…

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‘Lets take the stairs’: glimpse into the occupation in Hebron

Friday, July 15, 2016

Ben Ehrenreich. London Review of Books. For a glimpse into the nightmarish world of occupied Hebron read this report: I was surprised a few weeks ago to find…

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