Iraq Illusions

By: Jessica Tuchman Mathews

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 The story most media accounts tell of the recent burst of violence in Iraq seems clear-cut and straightforward. In reality, what is happening is anything but. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), so the narrative goes, a barbaric, …
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The Sistani Factor – How a struggle within Shiism will shape the future of Iraq

By: Mohamad Bazzi

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The most influential man in Iraq is an octogenarian Shiite cleric who rarely ventures out of his modest home in the holy city of Najaf. His scowling portrait hangs on walls, storefronts, concrete blast barriers, and cars throughout Iraq, yet …
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Syria in Revolt – Understanding the Unthinkable War

By: Sadik J. Al-Azm

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The people’s intifada in Syria, against the military regime and police state of the Assad family, took me by surprise. I was fearful at first that the regime would crush it almost instantly, given its legendary ferocity and repressiveness. Like …
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“Five Broken Cameras”

  “Five Broken Cameras” nominated to the Oscars 2013, but will the Oscars help to bring this film to Israeli youth. “Five Broken Cameras” is the engaging story of Palestinian cameraman, Emad Burnat, who documented 6 years of the Non-violent …
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Recalling anti-racism

Can the anti-racist struggle keep up with racism's capacity to reinvent itself again and again? Yes - we can "recall" anti-racism and adjust it.

Anti-racism as a current of thought and as a social movement has a long history. From the opposition to slavery to the anti-colonial struggles and until today, anti-racism has been and remains a vital and important current of thought and …
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Noam Chomsky | Nightmare in Gaza

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm. For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so …
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Analyst Mouin Rabbani on the Gaza Crisis

Q — On Saturday, under intense international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference to say that the Israeli military would “regroup,” while continuing its operations in Gaza. Following the announcement, Israel began …
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Italian activist and artist, Gianluca Costantini

      Italian activist and artist, Gianluca Costantini, has created a series of drawings calling for an end to Israel’s on-going siege of Gaza, the third in five years. We published a similarly moving collection of his work on …
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Racists and anti-racists by Etienne Balibar

Racists and anti-racists by Etienne Balibar Where, when and how was the concept of racism formed? It seems to have its origins in a book that appeared in 1933-1934, in which Magnus Hirschfeld described the ‘racial theory’ underlying Hitler’s conception …
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