Malala Maiwand, one of 10 Afghan journalists killed in 2020. In addition to working as a TV and radio presenter, Maiwand was also an activist who advocated for the rights of Afghan women and children. AP photo
Middle East Wars

Afghanistan’s Tragedy

by Valentine Moghadam Originally published in Against the Current This background analysis and personal account by Professor Valentine Moghadam was written on May 27, 2021, before the precipitous August offensive and conquest of Afghanistan by the Taliban.  AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN in a state of chaos […]

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Capitalist Crisis, Radical Opportunity

by Valentine Moghadam Contribution to the Great Transition Initiative’s Forum: Can Human Solidarity Globalize? Richard Falk’s eloquent essay asks us to make the leap from “the politics of the possible” to “a politics of impossibility” by imagining and crafting a “moral epistemology to achieve responsible anthropocentrism” […]

Middle East Wars

Withdrawing Troops from Afghanistan

This article was updated on April 14th, 2021 to reflect new developments by Val Moghadam and the Massachusetts Peace Action’s Middle East Working Group For nearly two decades, MAPA has called for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. We continue to call for a complete […]

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IRAQ: Occupation, Governance, Protests

The 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq by U.S. and British forces was a momentous event for Iraq, the region, and the world.  Since then, Iraq has experienced political instability, corruption, deteriorating public services, economic decline, Da’esh (Islamic State/ISIS) terrorism, and several protest waves (e.g., […]

No War with Iran rally, Boston, Jan 4 2020
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“Impeach the Assassin!” – Anti-war Rally in Boston

Protests swept the US last week in response to the illegal assassination of Iran’s top military general Qassem Suleimani by the warmongering Trump administration. In Massachusetts, some 500 demonstrators marched in Boston on Saturday Jan. 4th and 300 gathered in Harvard Square, Cambridge on Thursday Jan. 9th to demand that the US stop threats and attacks on Iran, end sanctions, pull its troops out of Iraq and engage in diplomacy rather than aggression to resolve differences in the Middle East. These were two out of 11 actions that took place in communities across the Commonwealth. At least 375 protests involving more than 20,000 people erupted throughout the country, according to MoveOn.org. […]