Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971


A Tribute to the Palestinian Artist Kamal Boullata

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Autopsy of Erdoǧan’s Istanbul Defeat

Autopsy of Erdoǧan’s Istanbul Defeat

Nabil Al-Tikriti 09.12.2019

Turkey’s authoritarian President Erdoǧan’s attempt to manipulate Istanbul’s recent mayoral election led to a humiliating defeat.  Despite the tight grip Erdoǧan and the AKP appear to have over Turkish politics, Turkey’s population is much more fractious and agitated by the regime than previously known.

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Paper Trails

Summer 2019
States and economic elites go to great lengths to hide their activities from public scrutiny and accountability but their actions nonetheless leave markings—paper trails of their affairs. These traces can be discovered and tracked by citizens; sometimes armed only with a search engine and sometimes by undertaking dangerous actions that risk their lives.  This issue of Middle East Report is a study of these paper trails, and how they can be uncovered to hold states, corporations, communities and individuals accountable for crime, corruption, theft, malfeasance and injustice. The full issue is available to subscribers on our website.  Please click here to become a subscriber.


One of MERIP’s signature issues over the years has been the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict—partly because of its intrinsic interest but largely because so much myth and cant clouds the mainstream media coverage of this subject that independent analysis is particularly necessary. This primer by Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar is a good place to start in understanding what is at stake as events unfold.
(Photo of Israeli separation barrier by Alfonso Moral.)


Occupying Palestinian Space

Occupying Palestinian Space

Peteet’s main theoretical contribution is to show how the violent territorial expansion of Israeli settler-colonialism has developed mobility regimes that govern and restrict Palestinian movement through space.


Background to Ongoing Protests in Sudan

Background to Ongoing Protests in Sudan

Anti-government protests have rocked Sudan since the beginning of 2019, with police crackdowns leaving dozens of dead and many wounded. Large crowds have taken to the streets across the country to denounce a government decision in December to triple the price of bread and to demand the end of President Omar al-Bashir’s regime.The following articles and interviews offer accounts of earlier protests and regime repression as well as an overview of US policy toward Sudan leading up to the secession of South Sudan in 2011.
(Photo of protesters in Khartoum, April 8, 2019 by Lana Haroun.)


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