Middle East

  • Voices Unheard: Afghan Women’s Fight Against Marginalization

    Voices Unheard: Afghan Women’s Fight Against Marginalization

    The UN meeting on Afghanistan in Doha coincides with protests by Afghan women against Taliban rule. Parwana Ibrahim Khail, a known journalist and women’s rights activist, shared her experiences of imprisonment and torture under the Taliban, including a stoning sentence for alleged apostasy. Despite international outcry and support for these…

  • Middle East and The Fate of Populism: Iran, Palestine and Beyond

    Middle East and The Fate of Populism:
    Iran, Palestine and Beyond

    “The Fate of Third Worldism in the Middle East: Palestine, Iran and Beyond” explores the region’s shift from Third Worldism—a revolutionary, anti-imperialist ideology of the 1960s, aimed at universal emancipation—to authoritarian religious governments in the 1980s. Rasmus Christian Elling and Sune Haugbolle’s book discusses how the promising liberation movements in…

  • Zionism Reexamined: Beyond the Narrative

    Zionism Reexamined: Beyond the Narrative

    The establishment of Israel emerged from British imperial interests in the Middle East, Zionism, and various historical events, rather than being an eternal constant. Zionism began in the late 19th century as a secular movement in Eastern Europe and Russia, advocating for a Jewish nation as a refuge from persecution…

  • Atomic Iran a Possible Fast Approaching Reality

    Atomic Iran a Possible Fast Approaching Reality

    Israel’s attack on Gaza seeks for greater goals than just its annexation to Israel. The objective of the ongoing genocide in Gaza is inline with the unbridled US invasion of Iraq in 1990. In the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, the US intended to establish itself as the world’s only…

  • Beyond the Frontlines: A Harrowing Account of Systematic Abuse by Israeli Soldiers

    Beyond the Frontlines: A Harrowing Account of Systematic Abuse by Israeli Soldiers

    In December 2023, shocking images from Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, revealed Palestinian men getting forcefully detained by Israeli forces. Reports from various sources depicted systematic mistreatment in Israeli military detention facilities, including electric shocks, burns, enforced sleep and starvation, and physical abuse. The Realities for Palestinian Civilians in Gaza…

  • Breaking Colonial Chains: Interview with Palestinian activist

    Breaking Colonial Chains:
    Interview with Palestinian activist

    In this interview, Mussa’ab Bashir described the current situation in Gaza as “the worst round of aggression” since 1948. He highlighted the difficulties faced by Gazans, including psychological trauma, poverty, and high youth unemployment. Bashir also elaborated on internal struggles against corruption within the Hamas regime and the lack of…

  • Political-Islam vs. Palestine: From Ambiguity to Clarity

    Political-Islam vs. Palestine:
    From Ambiguity to Clarity

    The current protests call the nations to a new social contract in the relations between them, which can potentially cause fundamental changes in the policies of the governments. This new contractualism requires governments to force Israel to accept international resolutions through the application of pressure (including the implementation of international…

  • Palestine/Israel; Against false bipolarity

    Palestine/Israel; Against false bipolarity

    In the pursuit of justice and empathy for the Palestinian people, a significant discrepancy distinguishes Iranian leftists from progressive and peace-loving groups in the Western world. This contrast emerges from our profound understanding of Islam and Islamism, which is manifested as a “populist movement” and a governing authority. This comprehension…

  • Zionism and Political Islam: War instead of Revolution

    Zionism and Political Islam: War instead of Revolution

    Photo: Demonstrations against the bombing of Gaza and the occupation. October 12, 2023. Athens Zionism followed a similar path in the 1980s to foster the growth of Islamist groups, as the United States did to counter the Soviet Union and prevent the emergence of leftist governments in the region and…

  • The Middle East: An Epicenter of Arms Trade

    The Middle East: An Epicenter of Arms Trade

    As is to be expected, the arms and oil trades have become the lifeblood of the Middle East, with great powers like the United States, Russia, and China vying for a piece of the pie. Indeed, the lion’s share of arms exports to the region can be attributed to these…

  • The Middle East and the Road to Peace

    The Middle East and the Road to Peace

    In the Middle East, progressive political groups, including those on the left, right, seculars and radicals such as communists and anarchists, often face brutal suppression by authoritarian governments. At the same time, Islamist groups in the region also actively oppose and attack these progressive movements, using tactics such as assassination,…

  • Let Iraq speak for itself

    Let Iraq speak for itself

    The government that was assembled in Iraq was formed based on a temporary compromise and balance between Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite forces. The Patriotic Union, Hizb al-Dawa and the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution, whose leaders have divided the presidency, prime ministership, parliament presidency, vice president and other high…

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