Is Iran’s influence in Iraq waning?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hamidreza Azizi Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree July 1 obliging the overwhelmingly pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) to fully integrate into the Iraqi armed…

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The War Nerd: A Brief History Of The Yemen Clusterf*ck

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gary Brecher. Posted on Pando on  March 28, 2015. A useful introduction to the war in Yemen. DILI,   EAST TIMOR — I ought to be familiar with the…

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Why Can’t We Criticize Islam?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Anas Al Horani, Al Jumhuriya. First posted on Al-Jumhuriya on April 3, 2017. Historically, whenever a criticism was leveled against Islam, what seems like a majority of Muslims were…

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How will Abadi handle Iraq’s Shiite militias Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)?

Monday, April 3, 2017

Ali Mamouri, Al Monitor. Some factions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are less than satisfied with the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to Washington on March 19-23,…

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The roots of sectarianism in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Omar Hassan. First published at Red Flag and appeared in Socialist Worker on February 1, 2017. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream news report about the…

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Hezbollah and the Workers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Joseph Daher, Jacobin. Though its reputation has waned in recent years, Hezbollah has long earned plaudits from the Left for its military resistance to Israel. Many, too, have…

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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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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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Poor Shiites invade Iraqi Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Juan Cole Informed Comment Baghdad is under a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the…

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