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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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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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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Iran Quietly Lowers the Temperature With U.S.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Alissa J. Rubin and Farnaz Fassihi After years of increasing tensions that nearly led to war, Iran has moderated its approach to the West, shifting from a policy…

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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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Iraq’s Tahrir: Finishing What We Started

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sami Adnan Since October of 2019 a massive revolutionary movement has occupied public squares all over Iraq. Rising alongside a wave of explosive international struggles from Chile, to…

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Iraq’s Resistance Reveals How U.S. Troops Will Be Removed From Its Country

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Yesterday the U.S. attacked five sites in Iraq and killed 3 Iraqi soldiers of the 19th Division, two policeman and a civilian. The strikes came after some 10+…

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Backdrop & Reverberations of Soleimani’s Assassination (Part 2: Iraq, Syria, and Yemen)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

[On 3 January 2020, the United States assassinated Major General Qassem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Corps Guard (IRGC). The event was an escalation by the Trump Administration…

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Iraq Is On The Brink Of An Energy Crisis

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Simon Watkins As the deadline for the U.S. to renew its waiver on Iraq importing gas and electricity from Iran approaches later this month, the three key players…

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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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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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Trump Administration declares US an Occupying Power in Iraq

Monday, January 13, 2020

Juan Cole The Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdulmahdi late last week requested a meeting with the US government to plan out the departure of US troops, which has…

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For a workers movement to stop US war on Iran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Oakland Socialist The best – the only – way to build a successful movement against a US war on Iran is to build a workers movement that includes…

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Iraq’s Worst Fears Have Come True: a Proxy War on Its Doorstep

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Patrick Cockburn Iraqis have a well-honed instinct about approaching danger which stems from their grim experience during 40 years of crisis and war. Three months ago, I asked…

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Trump Unites Iran and Iraq . . . against the United States

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Juan Cole As is always the way with Western colonialists, Trump administration figures such as secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave it out on Friday that the people…

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How Tehran-backed forces are taking over in Iraq

Friday, November 15, 2019

Patrick Cockburn Iraqi security and pro-Iranian paramilitary forces are shooting into crowds of protesters in a bid to drive them from the centre of Baghdad and end six…

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the Arab region’s long-term revolutionary process

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Gilbert Achar When in late 2018 the people of Sudan took to the streets demanding an end to Omar al-Bashir’s authoritarian rule, this immediately triggered memories of 2010,…

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The new Middle East revolutionaries share this one fatal flaw

Monday, November 4, 2019

Robert Fisk Revolutions are like electricity. An electric shock of the most unexpected kind. The victims think at first it must be a powerful wasp sting. Then they…

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Three poems from Kurdistan

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Zêdan Xelef, translated by David Shook and Bryar Bajalan Non-Broadcast News Today a fire broke out in two tents The families shouted, the children cried and ran bare-assed…

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Iraq is in revolt

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Patrick Cockburn Iraq is poised at a turning point in its modern history as its people wait to see if the government curfew and close down of the…

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The U.S. Led Coup Attempt In Iraq May Further Weaken That Country

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The current unrest in Iraq began a week ago after a prominent general was removed from his post: Lieutenant General Abdul Wahab al-Saadi was the great Iraqi military…

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On Iraqi Playwright Yusuf al-Ani

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Celebrated Iraqi playwright and actor Yusuf al-Ani (1927-2016) is at the center of the latest issue of the Journal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World, which has…

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Iraq: Basra Protests Evolve, Confuse And Have The Potential To Change Everything

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mustafa Habib. The process to install new governors in Basra and Baghdad is proving almost as chaotic as the formation of the federal government. In Basra last weekend,…

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Is Iran’s influence in Iraq waning?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Hamidreza Azizi Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi issued a decree July 1 obliging the overwhelmingly pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) to fully integrate into the Iraqi armed…

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Michael Rakowitz review – horribly entertaining tour of ruined utopias

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Adrian Searle. Whitechapel Gallery, London: The Beatles play a presidential funeral while Nimrud’s Palace is rebuilt with sardine cans in this angry, thought-provoking journey though time. Michael Rakowitz’s…

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Is a War With Iran on the Horizon?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bob Dreyfuss. Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all…

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Cancer as Weapon: Poppy Bush’s Radioactive War on Iraq

Monday, December 10, 2018

Jeffrey St. Claire. At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil…

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Iran-Iraq relations in light of US sanctions

Monday, November 26, 2018

Bijan Khajehpour. The reimposition of US secondary sanctions has compelled Tehran to look for ways to reduce their negative impact. According to Iranian officials, one of the strategies is…

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The Trojan Horse In Iran Sanctions And Oil Markets

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Cyril Widdershoven. The U.S. sanctions on Iran are not biting yet, as global oil markets are well supplied. In the coming weeks, Iranian crude volumes should show a…

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After Four Decades of Chaos is Iraq Finally Stabilizing?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Patrick Cockburn. Changes of government in Iraq are often fiercely disputed and frequently violent. When the monarchy was overthrown in 1958, the young King Faisal II was machine gunned in…

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