More than ever, the struggle for justice unites the Middle East and the world

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jade Saab “A spectre is haunting Europe…” This is how Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels opened their Communist Manifesto, written on the eve of several uprisings on the continent…

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Syria alone

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Patrick Cockburn Suha Ahmad​ lives on the outskirts of the port city of Tartus in north-west Syria. Her husband was killed in March while fighting on the government…

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What’s Really Driving the Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Djene Rhys, BajalanSara Nur Yildiz, Vazken Khatchig Davidian The outbreak of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has thrust the long-running dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh (Mountainous Karabakh, known to Armenians…

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Water in the Middle East: A Primer

Monday, October 19, 2020

Jessica Barnes Water is a prominent topic in discussions about the Middle East. Fishing at the Chebayesh marsh in Dhi Qar province, Iraq, April 2019. Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters Yet…

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Some reflections on Occupied Iraq

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Mike Phipps I  Introduction Iraq is back in the news again, partly due to the airing of a five-part BBC documentary. Once Upon a Time in Iraq has…

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Palestinian Workers in Israel Caught Between Indispensable and Disposable

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Lucy Garbett In Jerusalem under strict lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the abnormal quiet of the streets is disturbed by the familiar din of business-as-usual drilling and…

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Lebanon: Past weighs heavy on present

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Yassamine Mather Less than a week after the massive port explosion that cost more than 200 lives, the entire Lebanese government resigned. Of course, long before that, serious…

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How do you save a truly corrupt country like Lebanon?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Robert Fisk Well, we can all agree that the sea took 70 per cent of the blast!” a close Lebanese friend announced to me this week, with intriguing…

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War and Pandemic Journalism: the Truth Can Disappear Fast

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Patrick Cockburn The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the…

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Falling Behind: COVID, Climate Change, and Chaos

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Multiple Crises, Multiple Obstacles Mel Gurtov COVID-19 and the protests for racial justice have drawn attention away from the mostly bad news about the environment. Yes, the skies…

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Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. War Machine Presses On

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jeff Mackler That Russia paid the Taliban financial bounties to kill 18 U.S. and “coalition” soldiers in Afghanistan is in dispute to say the least. Both Democrats and…

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Sweatshops and monopsony power – a review

Friday, July 17, 2020

Michael Roberts ME4Change has posted this article because the condition of garment workers in the UK city of Leicester is replicated throughout the Middle East and to underline…

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COVID-19, Capitalist Crises, Class Resistance

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic arrived at a moment of multiple crises of the capitalist system: capital accumulation, ecology, governance, and science. The uprising following the murder of George Floyd…

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Why capitalism can’t cure global pandemics

Friday, June 12, 2020

We frequently hear that COVID-19 is the worst pandemic since the influenza of 1918. It is forgotten that another pandemic known as “the third plague” (because it was “the third major bubonic…

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Coronavirus in the Middle East: A perfect storm

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Marco Carnelos The impacts of coronavirus have been tremendous everywhere, but in the Middle East, the situation seems to be assuming the features of a perfect storm. In…

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خطر تشکل های سازش طبقاتی (کورپورات) در ایران

Sunday, June 7, 2020

هدایت سلطان زاده یاد داشتی کوتاه در این زمینه این نوشته حدود سی سال قبل در « راه کارگر تئوریک » شماره ۳ منتشر شده است و بنابراین…

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How Economic Misery Helped Fuel the Syrian War: Book review

Friday, May 15, 2020

Louis Proyect Ever since the civil war began in Syria in early 2011, the left has largely ignored the social and economic circumstances that led to a conflict…

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The Coronavirus pandemic, ecological catastrophe and global capitalism: an interlocking phenomenon

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mehdi Kia The Covid-19 pandemic has unravelled the close structural links between the climate crisis and the global capitalist mode of production.[1] See John Bellamy Foster and Brett…

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COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves and Rodrick Wallace Calculation COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the second severe acute respiratory syndrome virus since 2002, is…

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The Beginning of the End for Oil?

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Michael T. Klare Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise….

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COVID-19 and Circuits of Capital

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rob Wallace, Alex Liebman, Luis Fernando Chaves and Rodrick Wallace This article is the Review of the Month for the May 2020 issue. The print version will carry…

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Coronavirus: How Iran could become the guinea pig for the herd immunity strategy

Monday, March 30, 2020

Maziyar Ghiabi Pandemics such as the coronavirus outbreak produce exceptional times, affecting ordinary people fearing contagion as much as those in power, including government and state institutions.  The…

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Messianic Zionism: The Ass and the Red Heifer

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Moshé Machover The relation between Zionism and Judaism (the Jewish religion) is paradoxical and complex. In its early days, Zionism was apparently a thoroughly secular political movement. Apparently….

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Palestinians have only one option left: Stay and fight

Sunday, February 23, 2020

An elephant trap has for years now laid in the path of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s messianic plans to establish the state of Israel between the river…

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Antisemitism threats will keep destroying the UK Labour party

Friday, February 21, 2020

Jonathan Cook If there is one issue that denotes the terminal decline of Labour as a force for change – desperately needed social, economic and environmental change –…

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Democratic revolution in Lebanon and Iraq

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Phil Hearse The Arab Spring of 2011-13 was drowned in rivers of blood, sometimes after being first diverted by the dead-end of political Islam. But in the last…

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Western “Anti-Imperialists” Silence Middle Eastern and North African Voices

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Daliah Lina “You stand with the terrorist troops. You are a jihadist.” This just covers a part of the public smearing I had to face the last couple…

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Protests in Iran: interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Friday, January 31, 2020

Interviewer: Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen wild swings in protests in Iran: from the anti-regime protests before Soleimaini’s assassination, through the huge funeral mobilisations, to renewed…

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Blundering into War: What Trump doesn’t know about Iran

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Patrick Cockburn At the time of his assassination, General Qasem Soleimani’s strat­egy in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East with large Shia populations had become counterproductive. He is…

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Lebanon: Clientelism and the Destruction of Ancient Water Systems in Saida

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Lyne Jabri An overview of the modern urban history of Saida, Lebanon, reveals that the biggest changes to the city occur during times of crisis. During such critical…

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