Book Review: women fight the Islamic state

Monday, August 29, 2016

Janet Biehl, Roar. A Road Unforseen: Women fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax. Second Wave feminism, once it erupted in the late 1960s, called out misogyny where…

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How the Iraq war was sold in the US: propaganda war

Monday, July 11, 2016

Jeffrey St Clair Counter Punch The war on Iraq won’t be remembered for how it was waged so much as for how it was sold. It was a…

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Behind Terror and Anti-Terror

Friday, July 1, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos Defend Democracy Press Stop discussing about the roots of terrorism, stop debating our policies in the Middle East (and all the Third World, but those are…

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Iraq’s forgotten uprising

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Robin Yassin-Kassab Qunfuz A great deal has been written on the factors behind the rise of ISIS, or Daesh, in Iraq and Syria. Too much of the commentary…

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Wake Up and Smell the Oil

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Eddie J. Girdner Monthly Review Book review: Greg Muttitt, Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq. Greg Muttitt quotes an Iraqi friend who pointed out…

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America’s War for the Greater Middle East Cannot Be Won

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Andrew Bacevich Democracy Now When will the United States realize a military victory is impossible in the Middle East? Military historian Andrew Bacevich asks this question in his…

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Poor Shiites invade Iraqi Parliament over corrupt Spoils System

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Juan Cole Informed Comment Baghdad is under a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the…

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Number of civilians killed or injured by explosives rises 50% in five years

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian More than 33,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2015, an increase of more than 50% in five years, according to…

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The Corruption Revealed in the Panama Papers Opened the Door to Isis

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Patrick Cockburn Counterpunch Three years ago I was in Baghdad after it had rained heavily, driving for miles through streets that had disappeared under grey-coloured flood water combined…

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Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Patrick Martin World Socialist Web Site Two attacks on a US firebase in northern Iraq, which killed one US Marine and wounded several more, have led to revelations…

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The ethics of drones

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thomas Nagel London Review of Books American philosopher Thomas Nagel attempts to lay out an ethical framework for how the rights and wrongs of drone warfare may be…

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Iran-Iraq War, Chemical Wonders: Book Review

Friday, February 12, 2016

London Review of Books Joost Hiltermann reviews a new book on the Iran-Iraq war by Pierre Razoux, translated into English by Nicholas Elliott. Hiltermann, a program director of…

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Military to Military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Seymour M Hersh London Review of Books The investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports on the confusions and disagreements within the US over its policy in Syria. He also…

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A brief history of ISIS – ISIS emerged out of the dashed hope of the Arab Spring

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

by Adam Hanieh Jacobin In the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris, much of the Left has linked the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq…

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On ISIS

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Editorial commentary – MER276 Middle East Research and Information Project In early June 2014 the world was shocked by news of the fall of Mosul, the third largest…

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Along the divide – Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies

Thursday, December 10, 2015

By Nathan Thrall London Review of Books Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies by Yossi Alpher Rowman and Littlefield, 196 pp, £23.95, January, ISBN 978 1 4422 3101 6 Israel is now confronted…

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Pipeline politics in Syria

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

By Major Rob Taylor Armed Forces Journal You can’t understand the conflict without talking about natural gas. Much of the media coverage suggests that the conflict in Syria…

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Magical Thinking about Isis

Friday, November 27, 2015

By Adam Shatz – London Review of Books In a wide-ranging essay in the LRB, Adam Shatz, discusses the causes and repercussions of the recent Daesh (ISIS) attacks…

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ISIS: In a borderless world we cannot fight foreign wars and be safe at home

Monday, November 23, 2015

By Robert Fisk – The Independent Isis was quick to understand a truth the West must now confront: that the national borders imposed by colonial powers 100 years…

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