Middle East

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AIPAC: Israel's U.S. Spy Den: Against The Current vol. 113
Ruff, Allen
Article
2004
The socialist Left must remain clear in its avoidance of a conspiratorial view of history. The entire U.S. political spectrum in the aftermath of the 2000 election, and especially since 9/11, has bee...
Alternative Press Center
Organization
Annotated links to alternative points of view available on the Internet.
Bertrand Russell's Last Message
Russell, Bertrand
Article
1970
No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?
Binge and Hangover: Against The Current vol. 124
The Editors
Article
2006
The lords of empire set out to show that the United States, not Iran or any other potential rival, will rule the "new" Middle East. Unable to attack Iran directly, however, they instead employed the w...
Building blocks for peace in the Middle East
Galtung, John
Article
2006
The minimal demands of both sides are compatible and legitimate; the maximum demands lead to endless war.
Can a Democrat change US Middle East policy?
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2008
In response to the Bush Administration's open disregard for public opinion polls, Chomsky considers the likeliness of a Democrat taking a new stance on the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine c...
Carter's Inconvenient Truths: An Honest Man Refutes Propaganda
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2007
The reason that Israel has been able to appropriate Palestine unto itself with American aid and support is that Israel controls the explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At least 90% of Ame...
The Case for Staying in Iraq: Against The Current vol. 122
Baldock, Kate
Article
2006
I don't support an immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, because I think it would probably make an already bad situation much worse. Of course, there's no guarantee that continuing the occupation will...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
The Common Good
Chomsky, Noam; interviewed by David Barsamian
Book
1998
Interviews with Noam Chomsky on the U.S. and the world.
Connexions Library: Middle East Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on the Middle East.
Cult, Ghetto, and State: The Persistence of Jewish Question
Rodinson, Maxime
Book
1983
Jewish studies, Maxime Rodinson says in this book, has been a field in which ideological delirium has long had virtually free rein. In this collection of essays, he tries to redress the balance, bring...
Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism
Warraq, Ibn
Book
2008
A methodical deconstruction of Edward Said's Orientalism.
Epilogue to Underground to Palestine
Stone, I.F.
Article
1946
The epilogue to I.F. Stone's first-hand account of the movement of European Jews to Palestine in 1946.
The Fateful Triangle: Israel, the United States and the Palestinians
Chomsky, Noam
Book
Chomsky examines how Israel has systematically tried to eradicate the Palestinians as a political, national and cultural entity by stealing their land, invasion and occupation and how this has been ma...
Food, Shelter and the American Dream
Aronowitz, Stanley
Book
1974
Discusses the state of the American economy, the consequences for politics and culture that might arise from the new situation, and possible solutions.
For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their enemies
Irwin, Robert
Book
2006
A rebuttal of Edward Said which examines who the Orientalists were, how historically they advanced their disciplines, and what their achievements have been. Irwin calls Said's book "a work of malignan...
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East
Fisk, Robert
Book
2005
Fisk explores a number of key themes in the history of the modern Middle East: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf War as well as the 2003 Iraq War as well ...
Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
Eltahawy, Mona
Book
2015
A condemnation of the repressive political, cultural, and religious forces that reduce millions of women to second-class citizens.
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
Chomsky, Noam
Book
2003
Chomsky documents how, for more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of dominating the globe.
A History of the Jews - Ancient and Modern
Halevi, Ilan
Book
1987
Starting from a political interpretation of the period when judges, kings and prophets held sway over Israel and Judah, Ilan Halevi traces the evolution of the Jewish identity through its numerous sta...
If Israel Has the Right to Use Force in Self Defense, So Do Its Neighbours
Khalid, Amad Samih
Article
2006
There is no reason why Israel should be able to enter Arab sovereign soil to occupy, destroy, kidnap and eliminate its perceived foes - repeatedly, with impunity and without restraint - while the Arab...
The I.F. Stone's Weekly Reader
Stone, I.F.
Book
1973
An anthology of 20 years of journalism by independent journalists I.F. Stone.
Iraq's greatest danger yet: collapse of 'world's most dangerous dam'
Arbuthnot, Felicity
Article
2016
As if Iraq has not suffered enough under Saddam Hussein, the vicious UN sanctions regime, the US-UK occupation and the depradations of Daesh, a new threat looms that could kill a million people or mor...
Israel/Palestine: Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Website
2006
A selection of resources for those looking for a solution to the situation in Isreal/Palestine based on peace, justice, and human rights.
Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II
Blum, William
Book
2008
Is the United States a force for democracy? William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U.S. foreign policy spanning sixty years. For those who want the details on the U.S.'s most famous actions (Ch...
Letter to Palestinian and Lebanese filmmakers from Israeli filmmakers
Article
2006
We unequivocally oppose the brutality and cruelty of Israeli policy.
Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East
Bayat, Asef
Book
2009
Asef Bayat reveals how under the shadow of the authoritarian rule, religious moral authorities, and economic elites, ordinary people can make meaningful change through the practices of everyday life.
Mainspring of the Arab Revolt: A review of Lineages of Revolt by Adam Hanieh
Machover, Moshe
Article
2014
This book ought to be read — or better, studied — by every socialist interested in the Middle East.
A Marxist History of the World part 22: Arabs, Persians, and Byzantines
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
This week Neil Faulkner describes the rise and explosive spread of the third great monotheistic religion, where compassion, charity, and protection became moral imperatives - Islam.
A Marxist History of the World part 23: The Abbasid Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Islam created a single overarching allegiance throughout the Arab-ruled world yet the Middle East came to be a divided region of weak and unpopular states. Neil Faulkner looks at the conflicts that la...
A Marxist History of the World part 66: The Ottoman Empire and the 1908 'Young Turk' Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Neil Faulkner looks at how the revolution that began in Turkey in 1908 initiated a process that would transform the middle east over the following two decades.
Media bias on the Middle East
Website
Part of the Palestine: Information with Provenance (PIWP database). Provides documents from all points on the ideological spectrum, both Zionist and anti-Zionist, along with background on everybody wh...
Media Lies And The War Drive Against Iran
Pilger, John
Book
2009
Iran's crime is its independence. Having thrown out the US's favourite tyrant, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Iran remains the only resource-rich Muslim state beyond US control. As only Israel has a 'right to exi...
Middle East Illusions: including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood
Chomsky, Noam
Book
2003
Written during the last 30 years, these pieces display many characteristics of Chomsky's thought: a deep mistrust of U.S. and Israeli intentions and a desire to change the course of history. Chomsky i...
The Middle East in Flames: Against The Current vol. 124
Kennedy, Andrew; Weissman, Susan
Article
2006
Andrew Kennedy and Suzi Weismann Interview Gilbert Achcar. Gilbert Achcar is the author of Eastern Cauldron and The Clash of Barbarisms, both published by Monthly Review Press.
No Easy Victories
Article
2013
In today's "new Middle East" with its cauldron of Arab upheavals and the likelihood of longterm revolutionary processes, the United States cannot dictate terms unilaterally.
On Oil and Quicksand: Against The Current vol. 114
The Editors
Article
2005
The end of 2004 finds the Middle East sliding toward an even bloodier morass, thanks in large part to imperial and colonial arrogance which has rarely been on such open display.
The Only House Left Standing: The Middle East Journals of Tom Hurndall
Hurndall, Tom
Book
2009
A journey through the life and thoughts of the late Tom Hurndall, a British photojournalist fatally wounded in Gaza in April 2003.
The Opposites Game: All the Strangeness of Our American World in One Article
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2010
The surpassing strangeness of the American way of war in distant lands.
Our Way to Fight: Peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine
Riordon, Michael
Book
2011
Documents the lives and work of grassroots peace activists, Israelis and Palestinians fighting for justice and human rights on both sides of the wall. The book also explore events that stirred people ...
Palestinian Refugees: The Right Of Return
Aruri, Naseer (ed.)
Book
2003
The thorniest of issues, elucidated, discussed, and contextualized, by an impressive array of scholars and activists, including Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Norman Finkelstein, Jaber Sueiman, Nahla Ghan...
Peace in the Middle East?: Reflections on Justice and Nationhood
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1969
An analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict arguing for socialist bi-nationalism as the way out of the morass.
Press for Conversion #51: May 2003
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2003
Why is the U.S. government reviled by so many people in the Middle East and North Africa? This issue looks at the past 50 years of wars and regime changes in the region and unveils a consistent patter...
The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1993
a collection of short commentaries by Noam Chomsky on global issues, drawn from interviews in the early 1990s. Topics include global economics, racism, NAFTA, and hot topics of the day.
Radical Priorities
Chomsky, Noam; edited by C.P. Otero
Book
1981
Otero presents an analysis and overview of Chomsky's social and political philosophy. For the first time the roots of Chomsky's politics are examined and the relationship to his theory of linguistics ...
Report from Dubai: Against The Current vol. 131
Francis, Vicky
Article
2007
Dubai — This gulf emirate is shaping up into a key tourist destination. For golf, luxury hotels and high-end shopping, it is firmly established as a key player in the Middle East region. Dubai’s geogr...
Said, Edward, Critical Notes on
Habib, Irfan
Article
2005
Edward Said was admired by the anti-imperialist left for his courageous defence of Palestinian rights. However, Irfan Habib argues that unfortunately Said's scholarly work, notably his major work 'Ori...
Stop That Shit
Avnery, Uri
Article
2006
Whoever longs for a solution must know: there is no solution without settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1982
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
War and Peace in the Middle East
Shlaim, Avi
Book
1995
Avi Shlaim locates various sources of conflict in the Middle East, from the presence of oil, competition between the Soviet Union and the United States, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
War in the Gulf
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1991
The U.S. and its allies are launching themselves into an unnecessary but potentially calamitous war.
When journalists forget that murder is murder
Fisk, Robert
Article
2001
When Israelis are involved, our moral compass, our ability to report the truth, dries up.
ZNet Israel-Palestine Watch
Website
Progressive Web site with extensive coverage of Israel-Palestine.

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AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Alternative Information Center
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting coo...
Canadian Institute of International Affairs
The CIIA provides a national, non-partisan forum for the analysis, discussion and debate of international issues focussing on the implications for Canadian interests. Activities include the National F...
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
International Middle East Media Center
Media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
LindaMcQuaig.com
The website of writer Linda McQuaig.
My Catbird Seat
Our mission is to inform and educate the public on issues of the US/Middle East conflicts that are unreported, underreported, or distorted in the American media. We will also reflect the incredible r...
Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation of Canada
NECEF is an academically oriented volunteer organization whose extensive international network of individuals and NGO's with expertise about and concern for the Arab World includes a Canadian speakers...
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Organization for Women's Liberation - Iran
Organisation for Women's Liberation (OWL) was built on 14th December 2002 in direct response to the growing women's movement in Iran for equality and liberation The contemporary history of women's mov...
Zatoun
Zatoun is a NGO which brings fair trade olive oil from occupied Palestine. It highlights the plight of Palestinian farmers and the destruction of their livelihood. Olive oil is a basic food which remi...

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Global Press Freedom Declines in Every Region for First Time Israel, Italy and Hong Kong Lose Free Status
Sources News Release
2009
Journalists faced an increasingly grim working environment in 2008, with global press freedom declining for a seventh straight year and deterioration occurring for the first time in every region, acco...
IFJ Puts Ethical Journalism on Middle East Media Agenda
Sources News Release
2009
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a programme of work to strengthen ethical and independent journalism in the Middle East with the opening of a regional office in Bahrain.
Launch of Middle East Gender Study Marks International Women's Day
Sources News Release
2010
Women journalists representing 15 journalists# unions of the International Federation of Journalists from across the Arab World and Middle East gathered in Al Manama-Bahrain to mark International Wome...
Middle East & North Africa: Region performs poorly, Israel nose-dives
Sources News Release
2009
For the first time Israel is not at the head of the Middle Eastern countries in the press freedom index. By falling 47 places to 93rd position, it is now behind Kuwait (60th), United Arab Emirates (86...
Middle East and North Africa: Blogging flourishes; governments block and monitor content
Sources News Release
2009
Thousands of writers, journalists, activists, lawyers and others are expressing their dissent and reporting on social issues by blogging throughout the Middle East and North Africa, says a new report ...

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The Alternative Information Center
A Bridge of Information and Israeli Palestinian Co-operation
Website
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while promoting co...
Bat Shalom (Daughter of Peace)
Website
Feminist peace organization working toward a just peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
B'Tselem
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
The Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
Electronic Intifada
Website
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fro...
Gush Shalom
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
Gush Shalom (Translated from Hebrew, the name means "The Peace Bloc") is the hard core of the Israeli peace movement. Often described as "resolute", "militant", "radical" or "consistent", it is known...
International Middle East Media Center
Website
Media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian and International journalists to provide English language media coverage of Israel-Palestine.
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
A joint institution of Israelis and Palestinians dedicated to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of "two states for two peoples". Recognizes the rights of the Jewish peopl...
Jews for a Just Peace
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
An organization of Vancouver Jews working to build support for a fair and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Machsom Watch
Website
Israeli women's organization which monitors the behaviour of Israeli soldiers and police at checkpoints and which attempts to ensure that the human and civil rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Ter...
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
Redress Information & Analysis
Exposing injustice, disinformation and bigotry
Website
Aspires to redress the balance of world news and information by being a voice for the voiceless, by focusing on injustice and by providing an alternative interpretation of international and domestic i...
Stop the Wall
Organization profile published 2007
Organization
Site of the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign.