Iraq Elections: A Step Toward Rebuilding Popular Power

by David Bacon The U.S. media quickly dismissed the results of Iraq’s national elections on May 12. Journalists were puzzled by what the followers of Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) might have in common, and even more,… Continue Reading  

A Look at the Kuwaiti-North Korean Relationship

by Giorgio Cafiero Until 25 years ago, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had no diplomatic ties with the Arabian Peninsula’s pro-Western and staunchly anti-Communist monarchies. Throughout the Cold War, Pyongyang’s relations with Arab governments were ideological and mainly… Continue Reading  

Emad in IHT: Will Smiles Last for Egyptian Labor?

Our colleague Emad Mekay has a piece on Egyptian labor in today’s International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times. The role of labor was crucial in Egyptians’ popular efforts to oust Hosni Mubarak, perhaps the bale… Continue Reading