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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Squeezing Iran: Part 1, Trump’s project in the Middle East

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: The last few weeks has seen an escalation of US pressures on an Iran already reeling under economic and political crisis and…

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Alfred McCoy: Will China Be the Next Global Hegemon?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Alfred W. McCoy. Posted on TomDispatch August 21 2018. As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world…

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Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Dennis Ross. Posted on Washington Institute August 15, 2108. Defiant warnings aside, Tehran will eventually negotiate with President Trump—as long as Vladimir Putin mediates. Even in its afterlife,…

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New Caspian Accord Resolves Some Issues, Not All

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mark N Katz. Posted on Lobelog August 15, 2018. Ever since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the five states bordering the Caspian Sea (Russia, Kazakhstan,…

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No attack on Iran, yet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Andrew Levine. Posted on Counterpunch August 11, 2018. Donald Trump is in enough trouble, legally and politically, to need a war – or so one would think. Sanctions…

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While Iran Braces for Sanctions, What Comes Next?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Derek Davidson. Posted on lobe log August 7, 2018. Consistent with his decision in May to breach the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or…

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Is Russia Facilitating Trump’s Strangulation of Iran?

Monday, August 6, 2018

 Dan Glazebrook. Posted on Counterpunch August 3, 2018. Since the earliest days on the campaign trail, it has never been in doubt who Trump and his team have…

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Yemen’s Turn

Friday, August 3, 2018

Tariq Ali. Posted on New Left Review 111, May-June 2018. Some general characteristics of the imperialist recolonization of the Arab world, which began with that brutal dress-rehearsal, the…

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‘Tweet of Mass Destruction’ ratchets up tension on Iran

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pepe Escobar Posted on Asia Times July 24, 2018. President Trump’s late-night, all-caps Tweet of Mass Destruction threatening Iran is bound to be enshrined in the Art of Diplomacy…

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Warnings of ‘Iraq War Redux’ as Bolton and Pompeo Are Reportedly Leading Push to ‘Forment Unrest’ in Iran

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Jake Johnson. Posted on Common Dreams July 12, 2018. n writings and speeches over just the past several months, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and…

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US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee approves the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Amjad Iraqi. Posted on London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 14 · 19 July 2018. Late last month, the US House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee approved…

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From Gaza to Jerusalem to Iran: Shifts in the Middle East and the Place of Palestine

Monday, July 23, 2018

Joel Beinin.  Published by MERIP July 12, 2018 The Palestinian Great March of Return, which began on March 30, 2018 and continued into June, was a popular mobilization…

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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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Bolton, MEK and Trump’s Iran Strategy

Friday, July 13, 2018

Garry Leupp. Posted on Counterpunch July 11, 2018. There are growing indications that the Trump administration plans to use the Mojahedin-e Khalq (People’s Mojahedin of Iran, or MEK)…

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Donald Trump’s New World Order: How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Adam Entous. Posted on the New Yorker June 18, 2018. On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, rode from his…

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The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor: Beyond the Rule of Capital?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar. Posted on Monthly Review, June 1, 2018. In August 2017, seven months into the most reactionary U.S. presidency of modern times, Donald Trump ventured into…

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The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Henry Siegman. Published by London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 10 · 24 May 2018 During the latest outbreak of violence in Gaza, Israeli security forces, using…

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Iran: Sanctions & War

Monday, May 28, 2018

Conn Hallinan. Posted on CounterPunch May 25, 2018. The question is: has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the…

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Why Mike Pompeo’s ‘Severest Sanctions’ on Iran Will Backfire

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Juan Cole. Posted on TruthDig May 23, 2018. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on new sanctions on Iran lays out a wide range of Iranian behavior he would…

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Scourging Yemen: civilians are being punished with death

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kathy Kelly. Posted on ZCommunications 22 May, 2018. On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that…

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Yanis Varoufakis on Lost U.S. Credibility in Middle East, from Iran Deal to Israel Embassy Move

Friday, May 18, 2018

Posted on Democracy Now 14 May 2018. In the latest economic fallout from President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the landmark Iran nuclear agreement,…

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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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Playing Tehran’s game. The Islamic Republic thrives on crisis.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Yassamine Mather. Posted on  Weekly Worker May 10, 2018. Those who believe Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will damage the Islamic Republic are badly mistaken. When Donald…

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Secret Teams in Another Deadly Imperial War

Friday, May 11, 2018

Jeremy Kuzmarov. Posted on ZNet May 10, 2013. The New York Times has reported of the presence of secret teams of American Green Berets on the Saudi Arabian…

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How Will Europe React to Trump’s Dumping the Iran Deal?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gary Leupp. Posted on Counterpunch 9th May 2018. People are asking how Iran will respond to Trump’s announcement about U.S.withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed…

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The war on Iran has begun. Russia must end it

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Dan Glazebrook. Posted on Middle East Eye, May 4, 2018. The destruction of states such as Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran is about isolating Russia when its own…

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Israel vs Iran, a looming war

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Paul Rogers. Posted on Open Democracy April 26, 2018. The joint cruise-missile attack on Syria by forces of the United States, France and the United Kingdom on the…

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Exclusive emails show how the White Helmets tried to recruit Roger Waters with Saudi money

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Max Blumenthal.  Posted on MRonline (April 22, 2018). Originally published: Gray Zone (April 19, 2018). During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets…

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Seven years after: what is next for Syria?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar moderates a panel on seven years of the Syrian revolution featuring the great Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Thomas Pierret and Kristin Helberg. The 18th…

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