America’s Rocky Road to Raqqa

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Daniel Lazare, Information Clearing House. Though the U.S. has no legal right to operate inside Syria, Official Washington is boasting about its plans to liberate Raqqa from ISIS….

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US will never separate its fighters from ‘Islamists’ because it depends on them

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dan Glazebrook, Information Clearing House. It was the big idea that was supposed to herald a new era of US-Russian co-operation in Syria: the separation of Western-backed ‘moderate…

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Civil war in Syria: interview with Aziz Al-Azmeh

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ardeshir Mehrdad. Thank you professor Aziz Al Azmeh for agreeing to this interview. Our world is entering a grave crisis.  War and terrorism feed off escalating poverty, with…

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Syria: understanding the anti-war position

Saturday, November 19, 2016

David Bush, Counterfire. However confusing the situation in Syria, the anti-war movement provides political clarity, argues David Bush in his latest online post. There is major disorientation on…

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Aleppo, Mosul and Imperialist Hypocrisy

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Alan Woods, In Defence of Marxism. The saying goes that there are lies, damned lies and statistics. To this list we must add diplomacy, which is lying raised…

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Iraq: Mosul offensive poses new questions amid Western hypocrisy

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Tony Iltis, Green Left. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of an assault to recapture Mosul, the most important Iraqi city held by ISIS, on October…

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Green Gold: How ISIS Is making as much money from wheat as from oil

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Annia Ciezadlo, Souciant. As ISIS comes under increased attack in some of the region’s most fertile lands, Middle East agriculture researcher Eckart Woertz discusses how the militant group…

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Islamic State v al-Qaida: Book review

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Owen Bennet-Jones, London Review of Books. Isis: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges Princeton; Isis: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, Regan Arts;…

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Majoritarian Syria: Justice in Conflict Resolution

Friday, October 28, 2016

Yassin al-Haj Saleh, Al-Jumhurya. What is a resolution in Syria? Syrians engaged in public affairs are always being asked about our conception of a resolution to the Syrian…

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The ‘War’ against Islamic State: A Military Strategy Doomed to Political Failure

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Joseph Daher, New Politics. The last terrible terrorist attack by the so-called “Islamic State” (also known as Daech) killed at least 300 people in Baghdad’s central shopping district…

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First ISIS, then Iran: Kurdish-Iranian leader has eyes on Iran

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kim Dean, Middle East Eye. Erbil, Iraq – A small range of hills outside of Kirkuk has been the frontline with the Islamic State since the group fled…

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Ancient Syrian Sites: A Different Story of Destruction

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Hugh Eakin, New York Review of Books. Among the major turning points of the Syrian conflict, few have been laden with as much symbolism—or geopolitical posturing—as the recapture…

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Leila Khaled on ISIS and Islamism, Syria and the Palestinians

Monday, September 26, 2016

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, Defend Democracy Press. ISIS is a criminal organization which was created, and is used, by the USA. As for Syria, it was not only the intervention…

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Will Turkey be dragged deeper into Syria?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kadri Gursel, Al Monitor. The main determinant for Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria, launched Aug. 23 in cooperation with Ankara-sponsored jihadi groups, was not the threat posed…

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Research: No man’s land in Egypt

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aya Nader, Al Monitor. An Egyptian was conducting a study on sewage systems back during the times of Khedivial Cairo (1867-1914). He had to apply for a permit…

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Chaos and Caliphate: the Struggle for the Middle East. Book Review

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sean Ledwith, Counterfire. Recent events in both North America and the Middle East have illustrated how the chilling potency of the Islamic State group is far from exhausted….

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Book review: does terrorism work? A History

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thomas Nagel, London Review of Books. Does Terrorism Work? A History by Richard English, Oxford When I am hit with news of yet another terrorist attack, I often…

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The Decay of the Syrian Regime is Much Worse Than You Think

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

 Tobias Schneider, War on the Rocks. In a recent interview conducted by Aaron David Miller for Foreign Policy, Robert Malley, one of the president’s most trusted advisors on…

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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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Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Frieda Afari, Alliance of Middle East Socialists from Radio Zamaneh. An analysis of Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al Shami.  Burning Country:  Syrians in Revolution and War,   Pluto…

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Syria’s forgotten revolutionaries

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Patrick Ward Bookwitty Interview with Leila al-Shami In 2011 the Arab Spring swept the Middle East and North Africa. Millions of people rose up against dictatorships across the…

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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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How the Syrian Revolt Became Armed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Robin Yassib-Kassab/Leila al-Shami The Daily Beast The Bashar al-Assad regime has burned Syria with artillery, Scud missiles, barrel bombs and sarin gas. According to the United Nations Human…

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“Jihadist” terror: The radical Left after the Brussels attacks

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Pierre Rousset International Viewpoint Since January 2015, the scale and momentum of “Jihadist” terror attacks in Europe have been without precedent. In spite of this, a large section…

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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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What Is The Kurdish Calculation In Rojava?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fehim Taştekin interviews Eldar Halill Links The US Department of State and the Pentagon had given certain warnings to the YPG, in an attempt to appease Turkey’s anger…

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For Arab Youth, ISIS Is Middle East’s ‘Biggest Obstacle’

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Julia Glum msn As the Islamic State group grows its presence online and in headlines, its influence among young people is shrinking. At least, that’s according to the…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East: Interview

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Syria Freedom Forever Recent mass movements in Middle Eastern and North African countries, despite their defeats and failures, showed prospects and possibilities of a progressive change…

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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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The revolution continues, chant Syrian revolutionaries

Monday, April 11, 2016

Syrian freedom forever On Friday March 4, 2016 massive popular demonstrations throughout the liberated areas of Syria occurred under the slogan “The revolution continues”. More than 100 protests…

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