No easy answers: why left-wing economics is not the answer to right-wing populism

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Zack Beauchamp, Vox. On November 20, less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s upset win, Bernie Sanders strode onto a stage at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center to give…

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Imperialism in the Twenty First Century: Book Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

Michael Roberts blog. A review of imperialism in the Twenty First century by John Smith, published by Monthly Review Press John Smith’s book is a powerful and searing…

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Women: Middle East ranks ‘last’ on gender equality

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The New Arab. Women in the Middle East have faced patriarchal prejudice and deeply-rooted discrimination in efforts to bridge the gender chasm and improve female participation in public…

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Egyptian State responds to labor protests with heightened repression

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Jano Charbel, Mada Masr. Recent nationwide labor protests have found themselves confronted by extraordinary measures of repression as the country continues to weather economic struggles, austerity measures and…

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Mahalla textile workers call off strike as strike leaders face disciplinary hearings

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mada Masr, Al Arabiya. Over 2,000 workers from the state-owned Misr Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahalla called off their partial strike on Wednesday. Five of the strike…

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IFFCO workers launch boycott campaign to protest sackings, arrests and sit-in dispersal

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mada Masr, Al Arabiya. Workers at the International Foodstuffs Co (IFFCO) in Suez have launched a campaign calling for a boycott of the company’s products after 27 workers…

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The Arab ruling classes in the 1970s – Mohammad Ja’far

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mohammad Ja’far, Libcom.org. Text of a talk by Mohammed Ja’far on the development of the Arab ruling classes during the 1960s and 1970s, their integration into the world…

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Revolution in Iran: was it possible in 1921?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fred Halliday, Libcom. Article discussing the little-known 1920-21 uprising in the Gilan province of northern Iran, and its importance for the workers’ movement in both Iran itself and…

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Trump presidency: how far will the darkness spread?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mohammad Reza Shalguni Trump’s election to the presidency last November was not a normal event and in all likelihood will be remembered as a watershed moment in history….

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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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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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A Kurdish response to climate change

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anna Lau, Erdelan Baran, and Melanie Sirinathsingh, Open Democracy UK. For 4000 years since the breakdown of the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia, almost every major societal collapse has…

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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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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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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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Immigration, racism and class

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kevin Ovenden, Counterfire. While mainstream ideology repackages its old myths and lies, Kevin Ovenden argues for a radical re-assertion of class-based anti-racism. When people express “concerns” about immigration,…

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ISDS: A court that empowers corporations to bend countries to their will

Friday, September 9, 2016

Chris Hamby, BuzzFeed. Say a nation tries to prosecute a corrupt CEO or ban dangerous pollution. Imagine that a company could turn to this super court and sue…

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The remaking of a global working class

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Beverley Silver, Roar. The dominant approach in the social sciences since the 1980s had been to assume that labor and class-based mobilizations are a relic of the past….

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Political Islam, Part 3: How it effects society

Friday, August 19, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad, Illustrations by Ardeshir Mohassess. An illegitimate child of advanced capitalism, Political Islam has profound effects on the society that gives birth to it both before and…

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The development of capitalism in Egypt

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Patrick Clawson, Libcom. An article which first came out in 2014 which remains of interest to anyone interested in fundamentally changing the Middle East. Major work by Patrick…

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Pakistan budget: Another disaster for the working class

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Muhammad Khan Ahmedani Socialist World Once again the Pakistani government’s Budget proposal fails utterly to meet the needs of the masses. The proposal for 2016-2017 will further push…

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Egypt’s workers in revolt

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Christine Thomas Socialist World Book Review: The Egyptians: a radical story • By Jack Shenker On 3 February the mutilated body of Italian student Giulio Regeni was found…

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Pakistan: PIA strike – daring battle in class war

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Lal Khan In Defence of Marxism The month long strike activity of the PIA workers took a dramatic turn on February 2nd, when the deadline of the Joint…

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Pakistan – protest continues despite high temperatures

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IMT Pakistan In Defence of Marxism More and more sections of the working class are coming out to protest for their demands as the economic crisis deepens in…

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Towards Progressive Politics in the Middle East

Friday, May 6, 2016

Abbas Shahrabi Farahani & Gilbert Achar Problematica/New Politics Abbas Shahrabi: How do you define “Left” and “Leftist Politics”? What are the main theoretical elements of a leftist politics?…

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