Playing with Fire: Trump, the Saudi- Iranian Rivalry, and the Geopolitics of Sectarianization in the Middle East

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi. Sectarian conflict has been on the rise in the Middle East in recent years. From the catastrophic wars in Syria and Yemen to…

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Gaza’s economy goes into freefall: World Bank

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jonathan Cook. Posted on ZCommunications October 2, 2018. The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a…

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Turkey: A vindictive and pitiless regime

Monday, October 1, 2018

Esen Uslu. The Turkish army of the modern republican era has never withdrawn from any piece of land it has occupied on whatever pretext. A former British army…

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Yemen’s Descent into Hell: A Saudi-American War of Terror

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Rajan Menon. Posted on TomDispatch and CounterPunch September 20, 2018. It’s the war from hell, the savage one that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, along with…

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Iran missile strike opens door to escalation with Kurdish armed groups

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fazel Hawramy. Posted on Al-Monitor Sept 14, 2018. The patience of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) with Iranian Kurdish groups operating from northern Iraq was wearing thin. Spiraling…

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The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu: Book Review

Friday, September 7, 2018

Adam Shatz. Posted on London Review of Books vol 40 no 16, August 30 2018. Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu by Anshel Pfeffer, Hurst, 423 pp,…

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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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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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A Short History of Collective Punishment: From the British Empire to Gaza

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Stanley L Cohn. Posted on Counterpunch August 24, 2018. As old as war itself, collective punishment has long been the most damning and destructive weapon of all. Not…

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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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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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Is Israel Preparing A War On Hezbollah In Lebanon? Would Russia Expand Its Presence To South Lebanon?

Monday, August 13, 2018

Elijah J Magnier. Posted on American Herald Tribune August 13, 2018. Tension is silently mounting between Israel and Hezbollah on the Lebanese border, where frenetic preparations are taking…

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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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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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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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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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The Shia Shift: Why Iran and Hezbollah Abandoned Suicide attacks

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Zachary Keckand Matthew Sparks. Posted on The National Interest May 28, 2018. Thirty-five years ago last month, a Hezbollah suicide bomber drove a delivery van packed with explosives…

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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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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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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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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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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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De-escalation With North Korea, Escalation With Iran

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Posted on Counterpunch April 30, 2018. As a journalist, I have always dreaded reporting on meetings between world leaders billed as “historic” or “momentous” or just…

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The Southern Transitional Council and the War in Yemen: Consolidating Power in the Unified Southern Territories

Monday, April 30, 2018

Susanne Dahlgren Published MERIP April 26, 2018 In late January this year, an armed conflict erupted in Aden between troops under command of President ‘Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi…

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