‘We are witnessing a crime against humanity’: Arundhati Roy on India’s Covid catastrophe

Saturday, May 1, 2021

During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, waded into the fray to stir things up even…

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The COVID-19 Catastrophe in India Keeps Growing

Monday, April 26, 2021

Vijay Prashad It is difficult to overstate the grip of COVID-19 on India. WhatsApp bristles with messages about this or that friend and family member with the virus,…

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10 years of the Syrian conflict: a time to act and not merely to remember

Monday, April 12, 2021

Samer Jabbour, Jennifer Leaning, Iman Nuwayhid and others The health needs in Syria after 10 years of conflict are vast, ranking third after food and protection needs.22 There…

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US Drug Lobby try to prevent delivery of low-cost vaccines to poorer counties

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Lee Fang President Joe Biden’s administration is being asked to punish Hungary, Colombia, Chile, and other countries for seeking to ramp up the production of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics without…

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Quick Thoughts: Nazan Üstündağ on the Protests at Turkey’s Boğaziçi University

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Nazan Üstündağ Academics and students at Boğaziçi University responded with protest when President Erdoğan appointed Melih Bulu as the new rectorate. The protests of students were repressed violently…

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Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin’

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Ramzy Baroud On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who…

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Funding crisis threatens Palestinian refugee agency

Monday, November 30, 2020

Sharmila Devi UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East says that a $300 million shortfall is threatening health services. The UN Relief and…

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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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Iranian writers Association and PEN protest at imprisonment of writers and repression in Iran.

Friday, November 6, 2020

The protest by the Iranian Writers Association in Exile and Iranian PEN Association in Exile against the arrest and long prison sentence by the Islamic Republic on three…

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The Syrian Mercenaries Fighting Foreign Wars for Russia and Turkey

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Elizabeth Tsurkov “They sent us directly to the front lines. The situation is terrible. Terrible. There is fighting every day. We are charged with storming. There is no…

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Digital Democracy: The Tools Transforming Political Engagement

Monday, September 21, 2020

Julie Simon, Theo Bass, Victoria Boelman, Geoff Mulgan​ This paper shares lessons from Nesta’s research into some of the pioneering innovations in digital democracy which are taking place…

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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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Indian Muslims facing ‘genocidal climate’ amid pandemic

Monday, June 22, 2020

Arundhati Roy India’s coronavirus lockdown, which began in March, has been one of largest and strictest in the world. It has left tens of millions without work prompting…

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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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Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Anya Briy The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), commonly known as Rojava, has illuminated the plight of the stateless—even though statelessness in the AANES’s case…

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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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The Viral Emergency in Palestine

Saturday, April 25, 2020

S.C. Molavi and Eyal Weizman Over a dozen states, including Hungary, Ethiopia, Japan, Canada, and Botswana, have recently declared a “state of emergency” giving governments sweeping powers to…

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Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Who can use the term “gone viral” now without shuddering a little? Who can look at anything any more — a door handle, a cardboard carton, a bag…

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“Between the rock of the occupation, and the hammer of coronavirus”

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Coronavirus and the Conditions of Palestinian Workers G.N. Nithya “Colonialism is not a thinking machine, nor a body endowed with reasoning faculties. It is violence in its…

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Coronavirus: Global academia gets a taste of the Palestinian lockdown

Friday, April 17, 2020

Emile Badarin The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has obstructed the education of students globally. But this is hardly new to Palestinian students and academics, whose educational life…

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All Prisoners Are Political Prisoners: Rethinking the Campaign to #FreeThemAll Beyond Borders and Beyond COVID-19

Monday, April 13, 2020

Golnar Nikpour In late February, amid the catastrophic spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, relatives of several of Iran’s prisoners of conscience…

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Technology of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Ramzy Baroud The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for…

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Israel’s elections: Decline of secular Zionism

Friday, March 13, 2020

Tony Greenstein Israel’s third general election in a year has shown a decisive shift to the Zionist right, but whether it will be sufficient to enable Binyamin Netanyahu…

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Can China’s COVID-19 strategy work elsewhere?

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Kai Kupferschmidt, Jon Cohen Chinese hospitals overflowing with COVID-19 patients a few weeks ago now have empty beds. Trials of experimental drugs can’t find enough eligible patients. And…

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There’s Little Chance for Change in Lebanon, Except for More Suffering

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Robert Fisk The freezing Mediterranean squalls that slash across downtown Beirut and the seafront to the west may give the impression this week that Lebanon is lapsing back into its…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi It should be noted that this virtual roundtable took place in…

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Trapped in Iran

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

I WAS PAYING my bill at the hotel when they came. There were seven of them, stiff and formal in plain-clothes. “Mr Pelham?” asked the shortest one and…

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How Britain helped Iran’s Islamic regime destroy the left-wing opposition

Friday, January 24, 2020

Mark Curtis and Phil Miller The UK’s secret intelligence service, MI6, worked with the CIA to provide a list of alleged Soviet agents in Iran to Ayatollah Khomeini’s…

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Erdogan’s Ethnic Cleansing of the Kurds is Still Happening

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Patrick Cockburn Mass expulsion or the physical extermination of an entire ethnic or religious community – ethnic cleansing – is usually treated by the media in one of…

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