Uprisings in the Middle East
By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2012
Over the weekend US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta.
By Patrick Martin, 2 July 2012
Heavy fighting and mass casualties were reported Sunday in the suburbs of Damascus, the Syrian capital, one day after a conference of major powers in Geneva discussed US demands for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.
By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2012
Mohamed Mursi, the first Egyptian president since the revolutionary ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak last year, took a symbolic oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.
By Barry Grey, 25 June 2012
Egypt’s electoral commission declared Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, the winner of the presidential election runoff held the week before in the midst of a political coup carried out by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
By Barry Grey, 23 June 2012
As tens of thousands rallied Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against the assumption by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of dictatorial powers, the junta threatened to unleash repression against the protesters.
By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2012
Mass abstention was the Egyptian working class's verdict on the first presidential elections in Egypt after the revolutionary ouster of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.
By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2012
The military coup carried out by the Egyptian junta is a serious threat to the Egyptian revolution and the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2012
The coup launched Thursday by Egypt’s ruling military junta has exposed the bankruptcy of the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) and Egypt’s entire petty-bourgeois ex-left milieu.
By Johannes Stern, 15 June 2012
The US-backed Egyptian military junta dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament yesterday in a military coup.
By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2012
The verdicts handed down Saturday in the trial of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his top aides are a political travesty.
By Johannes Stern, 1 June 2012
The petty-bourgeois Revolutionary Socialists (RS) group has endorsed the candidate of the right-wing Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Mohamed Mursi.
By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2012
Protests in various cities broke out in Egypt after the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) announced the official results of the initial round of the presidential elections.
By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2012
Egypt’s elections have exposed the sham character of the so-called “transition to democracy” organized by the Egyptian ruling class in conjunction with Washington after the overthrow of longtime US-stooge Hosni Mubarak.
By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2012
The initial round of the first presidential elections in Egypt after the revolutionary ouster of long-time US-stooge Hosni Mubarak, on May 23-24, was marked by low turnout and numerous electoral violations.
By Johannes Stern, 17 May 2012
Amr Moussa and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh outlined right-wing programs in last Thursday’s TV debate, held in advance of the first round of presidential elections on May 23-24.
As protests mount against election-rigging
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2012
The threats follow Wednesday’s massacre in which more than a dozen protesters were killed and hundreds wounded.
By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2012
Dozens have been killed by US drone-fired missiles in Yemen, in addition to the hundreds slaughtered in Pakistan.
By Will Morrow, 25 April 2012
The reshuffle leaves the military hierarchy intact and relatives of former President Saleh in charge of key sections of the security apparatus.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 April 2012
Bahrain security forces shot dead an anti-government demonstrator, Salah Abbas Habib Musa, after angry clashes with the police on Friday night.
By David Walsh, 21 April 2012
In advance of Sunday’s Grand Prix, tens of thousands of protesters took to a major highway in Bahrain Friday to demand democratic rights and called for the downfall of the country’s autocratic regime.
By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2012
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the proposal for expanded killing authority was being discussed in the Obama White House.
By Johannes Stern, 6 April 2012
On Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) announced it would run its deputy supreme guide, billionaire tycoon Khairat al-Shater, in the coming Egyptian presidential elections.
By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2012
In recent weeks, Egypt’s misnamed Revolutionary Socialists (RS) have stepped up their campaign in support of imperialist war plans against Syria.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2012
On Monday, Russia again refused to sign a draft resolution put before the United Nations Security Council condemning the regime of Bashir al-Assad, on the grounds that it could be used to justify military intervention in support of the Syrian opposition.
By Tom Eley, 10 March 2012
On Friday, tens of thousands demonstrated against the monarchist regime in Bahrain, a key US ally in the Middle East.
By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2012
On Thursday, a US military plane flew several American NGO operatives out of Egypt following the lifting of a travel ban by the ruling military junta.
By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2012
The Middle East Ratings and Investor Service (MERIS) has threatened that renewed political upheaval in Egypt will result in further credit downgrades.
By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2012
High-ranking US officials made clear that, despite the Egyptian military junta’s criticism of US-funded Non-Governmental Organizations, ties between Washington and Cairo remain close.
By Niall Green, 18 February 2012
The crackdown on protests in Bahrain continued this week, with repeated police attacks on working class neighborhoods and protests.
By Johannes Stern, 16 February 2012
The failure of strike calls by petty-bourgeois “left” parties in Egypt highlights the need for an independent political struggle by the working class with the aim of taking power and establishing socialism.
By Chris Marsden, 15 February 2012
Britain’s Socialist Workers Party is working to conceal imperialist preparations for regime change in Syria.
By Niall Green, 13 February 2012
The Arab League met in Cairo and called for UN intervention in escalating fighting between the Syrian regime and US-backed opposition forces.
By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2012
Thousands marched in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities against the US-backed Egyptian military junta yesterday.
By Chris Marsden, 9 February 2012
The report by the Arab League’s observer mission to Syria was suppressed because it contradicts Western efforts to justify regime change.
By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2012
The US shut its Syrian embassy and Britain recalled its ambassador to Syria yesterday, amid rising US and European war threats against Syria and tensions with Russia and China.
By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 6 February 2012
The veto by Russia and China of a UN Security Council resolution will not halt ongoing preparations for Western-backed intervention against Syria.
By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2012
On Friday, protests triggered by Wednesday’s pro-regime footballriot spread throughout the country.
By Johannes Stern, 26 January 2012
One year after the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, millions of workers and youth took to the streets and squares all over Egypt to protest the-US backed military junta in Egypt.
By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2012
One year ago today, millions of workers in cities throughout Egypt took to the streets on the first day of revolutionary protests against President Hosni Mubarak.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2012
President Obama reiterated his support for regime change in Syria as calls for intervention in the country continued to mount.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 17 January 2012
On January 14 Mohamed ElBaradei, the most well-known representative of the liberal opposition in Egypt, announced he was abandoning his presidential candidacy.
By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2012
The United States, Turkey and the Gulf States are actively preparing a military intervention in Syria.
By Niall Green, 13 January 2012
The Russian government has accused Washington and its allies in Europe and the Middle East of preparing for a military intervention into the civil conflict in Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2012
This is the conclusion of a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2012
Nine months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, Islamist parties secured a majority in the first two rounds of Egypt’s parliamentary elections.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2012
This is the second in a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 January 2012
This is the first of a three part article on the political apologetics extended by the Revolutionary Socialists for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
By Johannes Stern, 4 January 2012
Last Thursday Egypt’s public prosecutor, supported by armed military and police forces, closed 17 offices of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Cairo.
By Chris Marsden, 31 December 2011
The visit by Arab League observers to Homs, Hama, Idlib, the Damascus suburb of Deraa and other conflict zones has become the focus of demands for the Western powers to intervene militarily into the civil war in Syria.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 December 2011
The Arab League’s announcement of economic sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has set in motion a rapidly escalating crisis that is drawing in both regional and major powers.
By Barry Grey, 21 December 2011
Thousands of women marched in downtown Cairo Tuesday to protest against the deadly crackdown on demonstrators being carried out by the army and demand the resignation of the military junta.
By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2011
Over the weekend, the US-backed military junta in Egypt launched another deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters, killing at least nine and wounding hundreds.
By Niall Green, 12 December 2011
Washington and the European powers have stepped up their campaign to oust the Bashar government through efforts in the UN and talks with Syrian oppositionists.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2011
Documents obtained by Amnesty International show that Washington repeatedly shipped arms to the regime in Egypt even as it hypocritically deplored “excessive force” by police and troops.
By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2011
Voter turnout was minimal for run-off parliamentary elections in Egypt, amid expectations of an Islamist victory.
By Niall Green, 5 December 2011
A report by human rights organization Amnesty International records the wave of repression unleashed by Saudi authorities in response to the “Arab Spring” uprisings.
By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2011
Voting in parliamentary elections began Monday and continued yesterday in nine of Egypt’s 27 governorates.
By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2011
The renewed revolutionary upsurge in Egypt is the working class’s verdict on the Egyptian military’s claims to be leading a “democratic transition” away from the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak.
By Johannes Stern, 26 November 2011
On Friday millions of workers and youth protested against military rule in Egypt and demanded the downfall of the US-backed Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2011
The passing of the Arab League deadline for the regime of Bashir al-Assad to meet its terms brings military intervention in Syria’s escalating civil war by the region’s powers one step closer.
By Alex Lantier, 24 November 2011
Clashes continued yesterday in cities across Egypt, on the fifth day of mass protests demanding the overthrow of the US-backed Egyptian military junta.
By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2011
On Tuesday millions of workers and youth staged protests and strikes all over Egypt, demanding the downfall of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and the US-backed Egyptian junta.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2011
The revolutionary upheavals that began in Egypt last January 25 have reached a crucial turning point in which the decisive question is the independent political mobilization of the working class in the struggle for power.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 21 November 2011
This article analyzes the role of the pseudo-left organizations in opposing a struggle by the working class to bring down the military junta in Egypt.
By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2011
The Arab League’s three-day deadline for Syria to meet its terms or face suspension cannot possibly be met.
By Kumaran Ira, 15 November 2011
Rising strikes in Tunisia underscore continuing popular opposition to the political establishment, which has still not succeeded in assembling a government after the latest elections.
By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2011
A growing popular movement has erupted against the attempt by the military council to entrench its rule.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 October 2011
The Constituent Assembly election in Tunisia, slated to draft a new constitution, is scheduled for October 23.
By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2011
Dozens of eyewitness reports and video footage on YouTube prove that the junta deliberately unleashed a brutal massacre, using live ammunition and armoured vehicles to kill and crush peaceful protesters.
By Johannes Stern, 11 October 2011
The Egyptian military is attacking protests as mass opposition to the regime grows.
By Will Morrow, 5 October 2011
The new government is composed almost entirely of ministers of the previous government, after the NTC admitted it could not come to a unified decision over who would take control of the key ministries.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 October 2011
In their frenzied drive to crush all resistance in the north African state, NATO and its proxy militia forces are unleashing indiscriminate military force, killing civilians and destroying buildings and infrastructure.
By Niall Green, 3 October 2011
The Pentagon will provide the dictatorship in Bahrain with an additional $53 million worth of weapons.
By Johannes Stern, 1 October 2011
The renewed upsurge of the Egyptian working class sparked by the disastrous social conditions and a deepening economic crisis is sending shock waves through the Egyptian ruling elite.
By Johannes Stern, 29 September 2011
On September 17, the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party—PSG) held a European workers rally against racism, war and social cutbacks at the conclusion of the party’s election campaign in Berlin.
By Johannes Stern, 28 September 2011
Bourgeois politicians, trade union leaders and journalists are demanding an end to strikes in Egypt and are warning of the threat of “another revolution”.
By Will Morrow and Peter Symonds, 24 September 2011
The arrival of President Saleh will only inflame the conflict between his regime and opposition protesters.
By Johannes Stern, 13 September 2011
In recent days a new wave of strikes and protests against the US-backed military junta has swept over Egypt.
By Johannes Stern, 12 September 2011
The US-backed military junta in Egypt has responded with large-scale violence after protesters stormed the Israeli embassy in Giza, near Cairo.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2011
Egyptian workers and youth mounted mass protests in cities across Egypt yesterday, after a new wave of strikes swept the country in recent days. In Cairo tens of thousands of protesters gathered in iconic Tahrir Square, one of the epicenters of the Egyptian revolution.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2011
In recent weeks, the US-backed military junta in Egypt has increased its support for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).
By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2011
Last Saturday’s demonstration presents a stark contrast between the mobilization of nearly half a million Israelis in protest against social inequality, and the lack of any political program to realize this movement’s aims.
By Niall Green, 5 September 2011
Repression continues six months after the US-backed regime in Bahrain brutally suppressed a mass uprising of workers.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 September 2011
Having achieved regime change in Libya through military intervention, the Western powers and their regional allies now have Syria firmly in their sights as part of their plans for re-dividing the resource-rich Middle East.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2011
Anti-government protests took place across Tunisia on August 15. Thousands of Tunisians participated, denouncing the interim government and calling for its resignation.
By Niall Green, 20 August 2011
Barack Obama called for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a move aimed at bringing Damascus more directly into line with US interests.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 August 2011
The forces of counterrevolution are mobilizing for an attempt to smash the movement unleashed by the working class’s overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last February.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2011
Over 100,000 Israeli municipal workers took strike action on Monday in a show of solidarity with the nationwide tent city protests against the exorbitant cost of housing.
By Johannes Stern, 2 August 2011
Yesterday the Egyptian military and security forces attacked protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo to clear it and bring protests to a halt.
By Niall Green, 2 August 2011
Syrian security forces allegedly killed around 100 people in the Syrian city of Hama over the weekend.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 1 August 2011
After Islamist groups dominated the July 29 protest in Cairo, official “opposition” parties announced they would suspend their sit-in in Tahrir Square.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 July 2011
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad has deployed tens of thousands of troops to quell the growing protest movement, now in its fifth month.
By our reporter, 25 July 2011
Thousands of protesters opposed to the US-backed military regime of General Mohammed Hussein Tantawi in Egypt clashed with pro-government thugs during demonstrations on Saturday.
By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2011
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is seeking to remain in control of the Egyptian government.
By Niall Green, 16 July 2011
Huge protests took place across Egypt on Friday, as thousands gathered to oppose military government and demand the prosecution of officials.
By Niall Green, 15 July 2011
Last week’s meeting of French and US ambassadors with opposition activists in Syria signaled a sharp escalation of tensions with the Assad regime.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 July 2011
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Friday to voice their opposition to President Basher al-Assad’s Ba’ath party dictatorship and to reject his phoney “national dialogue” conference that started yesterday in Damascus.
By Jonathan Aswan and Alex Lantier, 9 July 2011
Cities across Egypt saw the largest demonstrations yesterday since the revolutionary struggles that forced the resignation of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak on February 11.
By Jonathan Aswan, 8 July 2011
Hundreds of thousands of workers and youth are expected to turn out to the streets today in protests dubbed “Friday of Persistence” or “The Revolution and the Poor first”.
By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2011
Protests have erupted in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria demanding the jailing of police accused of large-scale violence during the revolutionary movement that forced out longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.