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How Saudi Arabia and Iran shared the rise and fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh

OMAR SABBOUR

The commonly held view that the conflicts in Yemen – and elsewhere in the region – are a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia must be revised.

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A supporter of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Picture by Hani Al-Ansi/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

قروض مصر: لشراء السلاح لا التنمية

محمد عبدالسلام
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French Rafale fighters. ABACA/ABACA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved

القروض فرضت على مصر سياسات اقتصادية تقشفية طالت كل فئات الشعب. المواطنين الفقراء وأبناء الطبقة الوسطى يدفعون الثمن.

Tunisia: selective feminism and the marginalization of women’s struggles

SAFA BELGHITH
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Tunisian women shout slogans and hold posters. Fauque Nicolas/ABACA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

It's time to challenge the state's continued tradition of instrumentalizing women’s rights for its own political purposes. عربي

How Saudi Arabia and Iran shared the rise and fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh

OMAR SABBOUR

The commonly held view that the conflicts in Yemen – and elsewhere in the region – are a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia must be revised.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
A supporter of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Picture by Hani Al-Ansi/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

قروض مصر: لشراء السلاح لا التنمية

محمد عبدالسلام
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
French Rafale fighters. ABACA/ABACA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved

القروض فرضت على مصر سياسات اقتصادية تقشفية طالت كل فئات الشعب. المواطنين الفقراء وأبناء الطبقة الوسطى يدفعون الثمن.

Tunisia: selective feminism and the marginalization of women’s struggles

SAFA BELGHITH
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Tunisian women shout slogans and hold posters. Fauque Nicolas/ABACA/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.

It's time to challenge the state's continued tradition of instrumentalizing women’s rights for its own political purposes. عربي

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Is Sweden complicit in war crimes in Yemen?

Despite the documented crimes of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Sweden continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria

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هل توجد رغبة كافية لدى صنّاع الدراما لفهم حركة التاريخ المعقّدة في منطقتنا؟

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The Middle East’s new donors: rogues or team players?

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How Britain’s recognition of Israel violated its colonial “mandate” over Palestine

Britain’s undertakings from the government’s own archives, show a pride rooted in false promises of “one nation promising a second the land of a third”

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‘Fake News!’: the view from Israel’s Occupation

Over the course of the last two decades, amidst the ascendance of nationalist extremism in Israel, the fraudulence charge has grown ever stronger among the Jewish right-wing public.

Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

The war in Afrin starkly highlights how the dynamics of power and resource grabs by the US,  Russia, and their regional alliances, have shaped contemporary struggles for life and democracy.

قروض مصر: لشراء السلاح لا التنمية

القروض فرضت على مصر سياسات اقتصادية تقشفية طالت كل فئات الشعب. المواطنين الفقراء وأبناء الطبقة الوسطى يدفعون الثمن.

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International Criminal Justice: from past to future

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Tunisia: selective feminism and the marginalization of women’s struggles

It's time to challenge the state's continued tradition of instrumentalizing women’s rights for its own political purposes. عربي

How Saudi Arabia and Iran shared the rise and fall of Ali Abdullah Saleh

The commonly held view that the conflicts in Yemen – and elsewhere in the region – are a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia must be revised.

The return of ‘class and social justice’ in Iran and Tunisia

The new dimension of these social upheavals was a coalition between young educated people who think they have no future under the current system, and the least advantaged groups.

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A closer look at Rouhani’s economic achievements, shows that his administration has had little success and disappointed many segments of Iranian society.

Iran’s mass protests beyond class boundaries

Iran’s recent protests shattered the myth of the Islamic Republic’s solid base among Iranian working class and traditionalist rural-dwellers and the simplistic narrative of middle class versus working class protesters.

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The Kremlin as seen from Kobane

While the Kurds once warmed to Moscow, it seems Ankara’s latest military operation in Syrian Kurdistan would have been impossible without the Kremlin’s agreement. 

You've kept your power, Arab rulers, but at what cost?

Let us never forget that those who make peaceful uprisings impossible will eventually make violent revolution irresistible. 

Remembering against the tide: Giulio Regeni and the transnational horizons of memory

Two years after the murder of Giulio Regeni, the call for truth and justice has yet to be answered. 

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