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Middle East: War on Yemen magnifies the crises of rotten regimes

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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destroyed-houses-near-sanaaHundreds of thousands of Yemenis are fleeing their homes in search of safer areas, but as the country runs out of food and basic goods, death stalks the country. This war which has killed and wounded thousands is also bringing out the contradictions in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia finds itself increasingly isolated.

 

The nuclear deal with Iran: What does it mean?

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Thursday, 16 April 2015
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Iran announcement Lausanne-European External Action Services-thOn Thursday, April 2, Iran and the world’s most powerful nations signed a preliminary outline agreement about Iran's nuclear programme. It also dealt with the various sanctions imposed on Iran by the US, UN and the European Union. This marks the beginning of the end of a 12 year standoff between the US and Iran. But what lies behind the negotiations and what does the deal mean?

 

Saudi war on Yemen: rising tensions in the Middle East and the crisis of Imperialism

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Tuesday, 31 March 2015
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destroyed-houses-near-sanaaSince early Thursday morning hundreds of fighter jets from Saudi Arabia and a wide coalition of Arab states have been bombing targets across Yemen, killing dozens, destroying all major runways and much of the key infrastructure of the country. Yet again Yemen, which is the poorest Arab country, has become a target for savage attacks by the Saudi regime.

   

Netanyahu's victory - what does it mean?

Written by Francesco Merli Thursday, 19 March 2015
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netanyahu-chairman-of-the-joint-chiefs-of-staff copyWith a defiant right-wing turn promising that no Palestinian state would be established as long as he remained in power, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu has managed to overturn unfavourable opinion polls at the last minute and emerge as the winner of the Israeli elections on Tuesday. His appeal was aimed - and successfully so - at rallying the right wing around his figure and "firm" leadership by appealing once again to the historically deeply rooted fears of ordinary Israeli citizens over external threats to Israel. What are going to be the consequences of his victory within Israel and internationally?

 

Migrant workers fight back against extreme exploitation in Dubai

Written by Jack Rising Monday, 16 March 2015
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dubai-workers-struggleOn Tuesday March 10, hundreds of migrant construction workers went on a brief illegal strike at the Fountain Views construction site in Dubai. This strike shows how the explosive contradictions of worsening life and working conditions facing migrant workers in the Gulf are reaching a point where repression and blackmail are not enough to hold workers down.

   

The fallacy of the “war on terror”

Written by Lal Khan Friday, 27 February 2015
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terroristsAs a new spree of terrorist attacks unravels with increasing frequency, the menace of Islamic fundamentalist terror seems to be beyond the control of the ruling elite, their state and their system. The haughty claims of the moneyed political elite, of uniting against “terrorism” and for “national unity” have proved to be boastful absurdities and hypocritical deceptions.

 

Iranian students disrupt speech of reactionary editor of Keyhan daily (+ VIDEO)

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Wednesday, 17 December 2014
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shariatmadari-protestHossein Shariatmadari, the powerful editor of the Iranian right-wing daily Keyhan, was disrupted time and time again as he tried to speak at Tehran University on 13 December. The hundreds of students gathered in the call would interrupt him with slogans such as "Leave, interrogator!", "Keyhan, Israel congratulations on your unity", "Death to reaction" "Shame on you, liar, leave the university". This open defiance of the students clearly shook Shariatmadari, who as a close confidant of Ayatollah Khamenei is one of the most reactionary voices of the regime.

   

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