Each rock has two names: the war over Nagorno-Karabakh

Friday, June 25, 2021

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad  Outside the town​ of Agdam, in the foothills of Nagorno-Karabakh, trucks and tank carriers had left tracks in the muddy road. Bomb craters and mangled military…

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Ghosts in the Land

Friday, May 28, 2021

Adam Shatz on the war in Israel-Palestine On 21 May​  Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire after eleven days of fighting, but the days of ‘quiet’ – as the New…

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Two Poems of Palestine by Rafeef Ziadeh

Monday, May 17, 2021

Her poem ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ – an impassioned attack on media misrepresentation of the Palestinian cause – went viral within days of its release. We teach life,…

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Why Israel won’t win in Gaza

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Maureen Clare Murphy Palestinian armed groups made good on their threats to strike Tel Aviv with unprecedented fire after Israel leveled a residential tower in Gaza on Tuesday….

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Without US Aid, Israel Wouldn’t Be Killing Palestinians En Masse

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Noam Chomsky and CJ Polychroniou Successive Israeli governments have been trying for years to push Palestinians out of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and the latest round of…

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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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Toxic Saturation and Health Devastation in Iraq: The Indelible Damage of War (Part 1)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Carly A. Krakow More than seventeen years since the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, and more than thirty years since the beginning of the 1990–91 Gulf War, legislation has…

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Gangsterism as Foreign Policy: Assassinations are Becoming the New Norm

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Patrick Cockburn I was in Israel on 4 November 1995 when a student named Yigal Amir assassinated the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin as he left a peace…

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Syria alone

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Patrick Cockburn Suha Ahmad​ lives on the outskirts of the port city of Tartus in north-west Syria. Her husband was killed in March while fighting on the government…

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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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What’s Really Driving the Azerbaijan-Armenia Conflict

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Djene Rhys, BajalanSara Nur Yildiz, Vazken Khatchig Davidian The outbreak of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has thrust the long-running dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh (Mountainous Karabakh, known to Armenians…

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How filmmaker Khosrow Sinai uncovered the hidden history of Polish refugees in Iran

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Aga Sablinska Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai passed away in August from COVID-19, leaving behind an important and eye-opening document of Polish exodus during the Second World War. His…

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Syrian rebels sign up to fight for Azeris in Nagorno-Karabakh to feed families

Sunday, October 4, 2020

MEE and agencies Desperate to help his family displaced by Syria’s war, pro-Turkey rebel fighter Abu Ahmad is waiting to be deployed to Azerbaijan, hoping to earn almost 80…

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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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Will October Surprise Be Trump-Provoked War With Iran?

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Bob Dreyfuss Was Donald Trump’s January 3rd drone assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the first step in turning the simmering Cold War between the United States and…

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War and Pandemic Journalism: the Truth Can Disappear Fast

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Patrick Cockburn The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the…

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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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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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US imperialism, Zionist and the danger of war

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mike Macnair, Moshé Machover, Yassamine Mather Crisis and need for conflict Mike Macnair What we are seeing today is a situation where the United States is lashing out…

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A lesson from Idlib for Hezbollah: is Israel preparing an attack?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Elija J Magnier For the first time in its official existence in 1985, Lebanon’s Hezbollah has now clashed on the battlefield with the Turkish army, one of NATO’s…

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Turkey’s Failed Gamble in Syria

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Conn Hallinan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest gamble in Syria’s civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government’s siege of…

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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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Can the U.S. and Iran Avoid a Disastrous Collision?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Prabir Purkayastha With the United States walking out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—more commonly known as the Iran accord—we all enter into a heightened zone…

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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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The Embalming of Syria

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Edward Hunt The Syrian civil war, which has been raging since 2011, is one of the worst tragedies of the early twenty-first century. Approximately half a million people…

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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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Iran’s Military Strategy

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Hadi Ajili and Mahsa Rouhi On 20 June 2019, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a United States RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone over the…

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