THE ‘AXIS OF RESISTANCE’ IS HYPOCRITICAL, NOT ‘ANTI-IMPERIALIST’

Mon 24 February 2020: Since the first stages of European colonisation of the Middle East, as with other imperial powers elsewhere, there has been resistance in one form or another. This has been the case right up to and including the stifling US military presence in the region, particularly since 9/11 and the subsequent toppling […]

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WHAT DRIVES THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES’ WAR ON POLITICAL ISLAM?

Sat 22 February 2020: The UAE has pursued a region-wide and domestic crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and political Islamic movements. But why does Abu Dhabi feel threatened by such movements? Repressed and marginalized for decades, the Arab Spring gave Muslim Brotherhood-linked political parties a new lease on life, as they sought to use the […]

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WHY SAUDI ARABIA AND THE UAE AREN’T BOTHERED BY INDIA’S CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT

Fri 21 February 2020: Driven by geopolitics and economics, both Gulf states are courting a close relationship with Modi’s India. India over the last month has faced protests against the Modi government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the eventuality of a National Population Register (NPR), which critics have said is discriminatory against Muslims and is […]

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CHRISTIAN ZIONIST ARCHAEOLOGY: A TOOL OF PALESTINIAN SUBJUGATION

Fri 21 February 2020: Archaeological projects in Palestine led by US evangelical Christians contribute to Palestinian dispossession. About 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, just west of the Israeli settlement Shiloh, lies Tel Shiloh, an archaeological site that attracts tens of thousands of evangelical Christians every year. There, Scott Stripling, […]

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INVESTING IN DEATH: HOW IRAN FUNDED ASSAD’S WAR AT THE EXPENSE OF ITS OWN CITIZENS

Wed 19 February 2020: In 2012 when the Syrian regime appeared to be in its death throes, Iran’s leaders made a decision that would alter the outcome of the war and have far-reaching effects on the entire region as well as Iran’s own image. Despite the ideological differences, Iran and Syria have for decades aligned on key Middle […]

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THE YOUTUBE INFLUENCERS SELLING ASSAD’S SYRIA

Tue 18 February 2020: “Syria, it’s not what you think,” a young Syrian woman helpfully informs us, “We have bars, entertainment stuff, everything as the western country,” echoes her friend, talking into the camera.  This tidbit comes to us via American travel YouTuber Drew Binsky’s two week Syrian adventure, which he managed to arrange after he “pulled […]

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IRAN PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS TO GET AN APATHETIC PUBLIC TO VOTE

Sun 16 February 2020: Rising anti-government fervor, a biting economic crisis, and the absence of free and fair elections are likely to dampen voter turnout in Iran’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Fearing a low turnout in the February 21 vote would harm the legitimacy of the country’s theocratic system, Iranian officials are pulling out all the […]

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ISRAEL’S PROPAGANDA WAR WAGED THROUGH TV SHOWS

Thu 13 February 2020: Netflix’s The Messiah is the latest popular TV show supporting Israel in its propaganda war against the Palestinians. Israel‘s latest propaganda war is being waged through slick tv shows on various media service providers such as Netflix and HBO. While racist depictions of Arabs and the glorification of Israel is not […]

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LIBYA’S MERCENARY WARS ARE SLOWLY MAKING THEIR WAY INTO SUDAN AND CHAD

Thu 06 February 2020: Late last month world leaders met in Berlin to discuss securing a political solution to Libya’s intractable civil war. Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign minister described the Berlin conference as perhaps the last chance to stop Libya turning into a ‘Second Syria’. Yet despite lofty promises by international leaders to de-escalate the […]

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