The Prison Cell: poem by Mahmoud Darwish

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

It is possible…It is possible at least sometimes…It is possible especially nowTo ride a horseInside a prison cellAnd run away… It is possible for prison wallsTo disappear,For the…

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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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One Year after the Lebanese Protests

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Julia Kassem A year after Lebanese ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned amidst anti-government protests that sparked out of IMF austerity measures, the Lebanese government surprisingly is renewing talks…

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With love and fury: the Syrian writers proving there’s more than one war story: Book Review

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Robin Yassin-Kassab “Syrians. I hated the deceptive simplicity of that word. We were twenty-three million people. Soldiers and fighters. Revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries. The torturer and the victim. How…

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One year on, has Iraq’s anti-government protest movement changed the country?

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Alex MacDonald In the year since Iraqis took to the streets en masse to protest against unemployment, corruption, foreign interference and a creaking political system, the country has…

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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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Death by Stoning: Poem by Ziba Karbassi

Sunday, September 13, 2020

translated by Stephen Watts and Ziba Karbassi little morning starare you here withyour star-gaze gone?little wrenare you staying in the busheswhen you go to the skies?little silver coinare…

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The Renewal of the Socialist Ideal

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

John Bellamy Foster Any serious treatment of the renewal of socialism today must begin with capitalism’s creative destruction of the bases of all social existence. Since the late…

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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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‘Music is our only weapon’: Middle Eastern artists fight oppression with new ‘peace album’

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bell Trew One of the songs was recorded during an air strike, parts of another by a fleeing refugee aboard a boat. The man behind the album is…

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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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The Likud Conspiracy: Israel in the throes of a major political crisis

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Ramzy Baroud Protests against Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, have raged on for weeks, turning violent sometimes. Israelis are furious at their government’s mediocre response to the coronavirus…

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‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now

Friday, July 24, 2020

Ramzy Baroud In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would…

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The Syrian Revolution: A History from Below

Friday, July 10, 2020

12 Webinars, June 20-August 5, 2020 Syria has been the focus of much regional and global attention following the massive eruption of popular revolt in mid-March 2011. The…

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Seeds of resistance: Palestinian farmers fight against annexation and pandemic

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Salena Fay Tramel It has not been an easy year for Palestinians, if there ever was such a thing. With the turn of a new decade in January,…

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Turkey’s Missing WPS Agenda and Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, July 3, 2020

Nisan Alıcı, Güley Bor, Güneş Daşlı By December 2012, when the peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to end the decades-long armed…

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Victim of Zionist colonisation: Book Review

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Moshé Machover Rashid Khalidi ‘The hundred-years war on Palestine: a history of settler-colonial conquest and resistance’ Profile Books, 2020, pp336, £17.99 As part of their professional training, historians…

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Book Review: The Palestinian Idea: Film, Media, and the Radical Imagination

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Greg Burris, The Palestinian Idea: Film, Media, and the Radical Imagination (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2019).* *Book two in the Insubordinate Spaces series edited by George Lipsitz. Jadaliyya (J): What made you…

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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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The Role of Diasporic Structures in Crisis Governance During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

Friday, June 5, 2020

Veysi Dag As the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, and states attempt to, more or less successfully, navigate through the crisis, stateless diasporas—particularly the case of Kurds—have demonstrated…

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Iranian feminist political prisoner’s open letter defends Kurdish women political prisoners

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee Golrokh Iraee’s letter from inside the Varamin-Qarchak prison; the pressures on #Zeynab Jalalian continue. Zeinab Jalalian is one of the longest serving political prisoner in…

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Engels was right, class society and women’s oppression aren’t inevitable or irreversible

Monday, May 25, 2020

Elaine Graham-Leigh 200th anniversary of his birth, Elaine Graham-Leigh looks at Engels’ The Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State All page references are to the…

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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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Covid-19 and popular struggles of Syria

Saturday, May 9, 2020

I speak with Yasser Munif. He is a Sociology Assistant Professor in the institute for Liberal Arts at Emerson College where he teaches courses about social movements, the…

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Poems of resistance: Pablo Neruda

Friday, May 1, 2020

“I’m Explaining A Few Things,” “and ever since then fire, gunpowder ever since, and ever since then blood Bandits with airplanes and with Moors, bandits with finger-rings and…

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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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The Brazilian slums hiring their own doctors to fight covid-19

Friday, April 24, 2020

Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade ME4Change is posting this report, despite the fact that it is outside its geographic remit, because it is an interesting example of self-organisation in…

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