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The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) is a non-profit independent research group established in 1971, that has released reports and position papers on various Middle East conflicts. Its most prominent publication is the Middle East Report, which is published both online and as a print magazine.



Originally started by a group of anti-Vietnam war activists,[1] MERIP began in 1971 by releasing an irregularly scheduled six-page newsletter called the MERIP Reports. In 1973, the group began releasing the Reports on a scheduled basis. Today it releases its Middle East Reports for free online, supporting itself with paid subscriptions to the Middle East Reports magazine. In addition to the Middle East Reports, MERIP also writes frequent op-eds for various prominent newspapers throughout the globe. MERIP is also involved in media outreach and public education.

Joe Stork was the long-time editor of the Middle East Report.[2]


According to MERIP, they have thousands of subscribers, and more than 700 educational and institutional subscriptions. The Middle East Report is available in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and worldwide via the internet.


The magazine's issues are consistently critical of foreign relations of the United States in the Middle East.

US foreign policy exacerbates the disastrous state of affairs in the contemporary Middle East. Although the political contours of the world have changed radically since the collapse of the USSR and the Gulf War of 1991, US goals in the region have remained remarkable consistent: to control the flow of oil, to prevent the growth of Arab nationalist and leftist movements and to protect Israel.


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  2. ^ American Expressions of Relief over Iran-Iraq Peace, AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS OF RELIEF OVER IRAN-IRAQ PEACE, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Aug 22, 1988.
  3. ^ Middle East Report (Fall 1998)

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