Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

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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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Three Years Later: The Evolution of Russia’s Military Intervention in Syria

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Joseph Daher. As it draws closer to the eve of September 30—when three years earlier Russian military intervention in Syria first began—it is telling that Russia’s influence in…

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How the Assad regime has exploited “evacuation deals” to redirect Isis against the rebels

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Omar Sabbour. In September 2018, when the Assad regime was preparing to launch its (now on-hold) offensive against rebel-held Idlib in northern Syria, a rather surprising report emerged in the…

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Syrian army says it has entered key city of Manbij after appeal from Kurdish fighters

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bianca Britton and Gul Tuysuz. Syria’s army said Friday it had entered the northern city of Manbij for the first time in years after Kurdish fighters called on…

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The Bombings Will Continue: Phyllis Bennis Warns U.S. Military Role in Syria Is Not Actually Ending

Friday, December 21, 2018

President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw troops from Syria, in a move that has been praised by some in the American peace movement and some…

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Syria, Iran, Georgia: Slippery Slope In Discussing Oil Smuggling And Sanctions

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Seth Ferris. The history of sanctions teaches us that they are like a pole – you can find a way around them, and in the process, find a…

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Overstating Climate Change in Egypt’s Uprising

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Jessica Barnes. The possible link between climate change and political upheaval in the Middle East has attracted increasing media attention and is generating a new wave of academic…

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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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Cost of war-on-terror

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Neta Crawford, Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Nearly half a million people have died from violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan since George W. Bush declared a “war…

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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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A Saudi Murder Becomes a Gift to Iran

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Vali Nasr. The Trump administration is not ready to admit it, but its Middle East strategy is in deep trouble, now compounded by the murder of the dissident…

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The Women of the Revolution: inside the Kurdish Rojava Revolution

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

David Pratt. A remarkable story is unfolding that defies the usual narrative about Syria. In contrast to the misogyny and anti-democratic values of the jihadists of the Islamic…

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Book Review: Women in crossfire, Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

Friday, October 12, 2018

Robin Yassin-Kassab. ‘A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution’ by novelist Samar Yazbek is part journalism, part personal memoir, and all literature. It’s literature of…

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Why US Sanctions Won’t Change Iran’s Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Maysam  Behravesh. The messages from Tehran are stark. On October 1, Iranian forces fired six missiles at Daesh positions in eastern Syria. The weapons landed within three miles…

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Idlib, Syria: Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Monday, September 17, 2018

Esen Uslu. Posted on Weekly Worker Sept 13, 2108. The forces of Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Russia, are poised to strike deep into Syria’s Idlib…

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Lebanon is on a tightrope, balancing the Saudis, Iran and the West

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on Zcommunications and the Independent September 4, 2018. Facing possible invasion from both Britain and Germany in 1940 and determined to remain neutral, the Irish government in Dublin asked one of…

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Queens of Syria: Voices of the dispossessed

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tanushka Marah. Posted Middle East Eye July 24, 2018. Performed by 14 Syrian women who have fled their homeland, Queens of Syria is a theatrical adaptation of Euripides…

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Netanyahu, Putin talk Iran before Helsinki summit

Friday, July 20, 2018

Marianna Belenkay. Posted on Al-Monitor On July 11, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his third visit to Russia this year to meet with President Vladimir Putin. The talks were…

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The Syrian War in Five Sieges

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on London Review of Books Vol 40, July 19, 2018. The road to Raqqa, once the de facto Syrian capital of Islamic State, looks surprisingly…

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Women are at the forefront of challenging extremism in Idlib

Friday, July 6, 2018

Leila Al Shami. Posted on Leila’s Blog July 5, 2108. This was originally published at Chatham House. Here is a longer, un-edited version. In May, SMART News Agency,…

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‘The growth of right-wing forces is ominous’: Interview with Noam Chomsky

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 Jipson John and Jitheesh P.M. Posted on Frontline June 22, 2018. NOAM AVRAM CHOMSKY is one of the greatest intellectuals in modern times. For the past six decades…

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Syria’s New Housing Law Will Displace Tens of Thousands of Refugees, But Even That Won’t Help the Regime Win the War

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Robert Fisk. Posted on CounterPunch June 4, 2018. When wars end, the winners redraw the maps. That’s what the British and French did to the Ottoman Empire after…

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Yazidi women: in defense of human rights sympathy is not enough

Monday, June 4, 2018

Richard Falk. Posted Richard Falk June 1 2018. Ten days ago, while attending the opening ceremony of a conference in Vienna commemorating the 25thanniversary of the Vienna Declaration…

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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 2

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Joe Hayns & Joseph Daher. Posted on RS21 May 10, 2018. This is Part 2 of an interview with Joseph Daher, on revolution and counter-revolution in Syria.  In…

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Syria is not exceptional: interview with Joseph Daher | Part 1

Friday, May 25, 2018

Joe Hayns. Posted on Revolutionary Socialism April 27, 2018. Last summer, in Rabat, a friend explained the Syrian families begging from the passing crowds, five minutes from Parliament,…

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The Syrian Revolution and the Emancipation of Palestinians and Kurds: Interview with Joseph Daher

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Joseph Daher and Ela Liberta. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists May 19, 2018. Below, we reprint an interview which the Greek socialist collective Ela Liberta conducted…

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Iran, USA and Israel: The drift towards War

Friday, May 11, 2018

Adam Shatz. Posted on London Review of Books May 11, 2018. Benjamin Netanyahu first met Donald Trump in 1986, when they were introduced by Ronald Lauder, the heir…

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Israel and Iran on brink of full-scale war after unprecedented Syria bombardment in response to alleged Golan Heights attack

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Bethan McKernan. Posted on the Independent 10 May 2018. Israel has launched its most intensive attack on Iranian positions in neighbouring Syria since the civil war began in 2011,…

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