Uprisings in the Middle East
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.
By Jonathan Aswan, 4 July 2011
On Friday tens of thousands of workers and youth went to the streets in at least five governorates in Egypt to denounce the politics of the US-backed military junta and its leader, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2011
At least 28 protesters were killed Friday, as security forces opened fire on what were the largest demonstrations since political unrest first gripped Syria four months ago.
By Joseph Kishore and Jonathan Aswan, 30 June 2011
Over one thousand have been injured in clashes that began Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with protesters demanding the ouster of the Egyptian military regime.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 June 2011
On June 8, the interim Tunisian government decided to postpone the Constituent Assembly elections to October 23.
By Niall Green, 29 June 2011
As fighting continues in Yemen, with US warplanes and drones striking targets inside the country, Washington is working to form a pliant regime in the country.
By Niall Green, 23 June 2011
A military court in the US-allied monarchy of Bahrain has handed down lengthy prison sentences to 21 people involved in anti-government protests earlier this year.
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2011
Assad made his usual promises of reform, combined with threats of violent repression.
By Jonathan Aswan, 20 June 2011
In recent weeks and days, the revolutionary struggle of the Egyptian working class has witnessed a new upsurge.
By Niall Green, 17 June 2011
As heavy fighting between the government and opposition militants continued in Yemen, the US carried out further air strikes in the south of the country.
By Harvey Thompson, 17 June 2011
The upsurge of industrial struggle by Egyptian workers that preceded the January revolution shows no sign of diminishing.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2011
The US-backed dictatorship in Bahrain proceeded this week with the military trial of 47 doctors and nurses rounded up during mass protests last March.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2011
The brutal crackdown being waged by Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime against protests in Syria has caused an estimated 10,000 Syrians to flee Jisr al-Shughour into Turkey.
By Niall Green, 13 June 2011
Talks between the government of Yemen and opposition parties broke down on Sunday amid ongoing deadly clashes across the country and a campaign of aerial bombardment by US forces.
By Barry Grey, 11 June 2011
Amid continuing protests, mounting state repression and escalating pressure from the US and the European powers, there are growing signs that Syria is sliding toward civil war.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 June 2011
The Obama administration has seized upon the popular upheavals in Yemen to step up bombings and missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda militants, effectively opening up yet another war in the region.
By David Walsh, 10 June 2011
Bahrain’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, visited Washington this week and met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
By Jonathan Aswan, 10 June 2011
On May 27, hundreds of thousands workers and youth demonstrated across Egypt against the military junta which took power after Mubarak's ouster on February 11.
By Barry Grey, 8 June 2011
The Syrian regime has threatened a military crackdown against the town of Jisr al-Shughour, after claiming that “armed gangs” killed 120 members of the security forces there.
By Niall Green, 8 June 2011
As fighting between pro- and anti-government forces continues in Yemen, the major powers are maneuvering to secure their interests in the strategically vital country.
By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2011
Mystery still surrounds the Friday morning explosion at the presidential compound that killed 11 bodyguards and seriously wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh and a dozen other top government officials.
By Patrick Martin, 4 June 2011
Rockets fired by an anti-government militia struck the presidential compound, killing at least seven people, and wounding President Ali Abdullah Saleh and many other top government officials.
By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2011
Heavy fighting between anti-government rebels and forces loyal to president Ali Abdullah Saleh raged through Wednesday night and into Thursday in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. Dozens of people were believed killed, many of them civilians caught in the crossfire between tribal militiamen and various factions of army troops.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 June 2011
Hundreds of doctors marched from the doctors’ syndicate to the Egyptian Cabinet offices with their unmet demands on May 29, threatening to go back on strike.
By David Walsh, 1 June 2011
The embattled regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen stepped up its campaign of repression Monday and Tuesday, resulting in the deaths of dozens of protesters and civilians.
By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2011
Demonstrations Friday brought huge crowds back to Tahrir Square in Cairo and in dozens of other cities throughout Egypt.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2011
With the failure of the anti-government movement to make significant headway against President Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime, there are now regional efforts to bolster the disparate and fractious opposition forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2011
The G8 summit opened in France with discussion on a response to the so-called “Arab Spring” that has seen mass uprisings against Western-backed regimes.
By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2011
More than 100 people have been killed in four days by fighting between anti-government militiamen and forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 May 2011
At least 18 people were killed and many more wounded in gun battles that erupted Monday in the Yemeni capital after the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh reneged on a deal to step down.
By Johannes Stern, 21 May 2011
As the Egyptian revolution reaches a crucial turning point, a group of parties calling themselves “left” and even “socialist” have united to form an alliance with the bourgeoisie, which in turn backs the ruling military junta.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 May 2011
Last Monday, the Tunisian interim government announced the formation of the independent electoral committee to oversee the July 24 election of a constituent assembly.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2011
President Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime persisted in its lethal crackdown on dissent over the weekend.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2011
Bashar al-Assad’s Ba’athist regime has deployed its armed forces to crush protests spreading from the small towns and villages around Dara’a and Baniyas, to the central cities of Homs and Hama.
By David Walsh, 13 May 2011
Yemeni security forces violently attacked anti-government demonstrators Wednesday and Thursday in numerous cities around the impoverished Middle Eastern country.
By Harvey Thompson, 13 May 2011
A nationwide doctors’ strike began May 10 in governmental clinics and hospitals.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 May 2011
At least 12 people died Saturday night in sectarian fighting outside the Coptic Saint Mena Church in Imbaba, a Cairo suburb.
By Niall Green, 11 May 2011
The US-backed Bahraini dictatorship has begun kangaroo court proceedings against 21 people involved in the recent anti-government protests.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 May 2011
Syrian security forces killed 10 people in the central city of Homs and 5 in Hama following demonstrations and marches on Friday after midday prayers.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 May 2011
The Ba’athist government of President Bashar al-Assad has expanded its military crackdown and mounted a campaign of intimidation against opposition to the regime.
By our correspondent, 5 May 2011
Strikes are continuing in numerous plants across Egypt in defiance of the military junta’s prohibition of strikes and protests.
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2011
President Ali Abdullah Saleh reneged on an agreement to step down after 32 years in power.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2011
Thousands of Syrians took to the streets Friday, including in the capital of Damascus, defying the attempt to crush protests with police-military violence.
By David Walsh, 30 April 2011
A Bahraini military court Thursday condemned four young anti-government protesters to death at the conclusion of a shameless frame-up trial. Three others were sentenced to life in prison.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 April 2011
The “friendly fire” incident underscores the bogus character of the claims by Washington and Brussels that their “precision” bombing raids are aimed at protecting the Libyan people.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 April 2011
The US and European powers are working to exploit unrest and protests in Syria to advance their own interests in the region.
US State Department human rights reports
Part 3: Bahrain
By Ed Hightower, 25 April 2011
The US State Department recently released its “2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.” This year’s annual report provides details on human rights conditions in over 190 countries. Included are reports on the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which represents the US-backed monarchies of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 April 2011
Syrian security forces followed up Friday’s brutal assault on demonstrations by intensifying the crackdown and firing on funeral processions held Saturday for the victims.
By Niall Green, 25 April 2011
Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has reportedly accepted a deal to leave office, handing over power to his deputy and a new coalition government.
By Niall Green, 25 April 2011
Physicians for Human Rights issued a declaration on Friday condemning the abuse and intimidation of protesters and medical workers in the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain.
By the Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2011
Dozens of protesters were killed in Syria Friday as security forces opened fire on demonstrations called one day after President Bashar al-Assad enacted partial concessions aimed at quelling the unrest.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 April 2011
For the past several years, the US State Department has secretly funded Syrian opposition parties, civil rights groups and a satellite TV channel in the name of “democracy building” as part of a wider US programme targeting the Middle East.
By David Walsh, 21 April 2011
The regime of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Bahrain is continuing its reign of terror against political opponents. According to human rights organizations, nearly 1,000 people have been arrested or are missing.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 April 2011
Last Sunday French border police blocked rail traffic between France and Italy to prevent Tunisian immigrants from entering France via Italy.
By David Walsh, 19 April 2011
Security forces attacked tens of thousands of peaceful demonstrators in Hudaida in south-central Yemen on Monday, reportedly wounding at least 88. Over the weekend, as many as a million Yemenis rallied against the government.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2011
Hundreds protested in Saudi Arabia Friday demanding an end to the Saudi occupation of Bahrain and the release of the dictatorial kingdom’s political prisoners.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2011
Yemen witnessed massive protests April 13, some of the largest yet in the wave of anti-government demonstrations that began in mid-January.
By Harvey Thompson, 15 April 2011
Strikes and protests by workers across Egypt continued this week, with many calling for improved wages and working conditions while others attempted to block moves that would reduce their income or restrict their prospects.
By our correspondent, 14 April 2011
The non-ending stream of strikes and protests by Egyptian workers has unnerved the military junta, which is responding with increasing violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2011
Ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been detained for 15 days while Egyptian prosecutors conduct an investigation into their multi-billion-dollar embezzlement and corruption.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 April 2011
The Assad regime has stepped up its clampdown on demonstrators calling for democracy and an end to corruption.
By David Walsh, 13 April 2011
The regime of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Bahrain, which the Obama administration backs to the hilt, is continuing its violent repression of political opposition.
By our correspondent, 12 April 2011
Tens of thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanted: “The people want the overthrow of the field marshal” and “the people want to overthrow the regime”.
By Niall Green, 11 April 2011
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Egypt’s US-backed military junta launched a bloody attack on protesters in Cairo’s symbolic Tahrir Square.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 April 2011
The Syrian government has cracked down hard on protesters who took to the streets in many parts of the country after prayers on Friday and Saturday, using tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition.
By David Walsh, 5 April 2011
The Saleh regime in Yemen continues to enjoy the support of the Obama administration despite repeated massacres.
By our correspondent, 4 April 2011
Strikes and demonstrations against deplorable working conditions are accompanying mounting protests against the anti-strike legislation and interim constitution of Egypt’s ruling military junta.
By Niall Green, 4 April 2011
Even as Washington and the European powers bomb Libya on supposed “humanitarian” grounds, the US-backed regimes in Yemen and Bahrain are continuing their brutal crackdown on protesters.
By Nick Beams, 2 April 2011
Not since the 1930s, in the lead-up to World War II, have the conflicting economic and strategic interests of the rival imperialist powers been so openly pursued as they are in the war on Libya.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 April 2011
Syrian security forces fired on a small demonstration calling for freedom after Friday prayers in Douma, a southern suburb of Damascus, reportedly killing four people and injuring others.
By Alex Lantier, 1 April 2011
President Bashir al-Assad spoke at the People’s Assembly in Damascus Wednesday, ahead of protests scheduled for today, to appeal for national unity while making no further concessions to popular demands for political change. Syria has been ruled under emergency laws since 1963, the year a coup placed the Ba’athist party in power.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2011
Syria’s government had resigned in an effort to counter the wave of protests calling for political reform.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2011
On March 26 Tunisia’s Commission for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution and the Democratic Transition was enlarged from 70 to 130 members in a closed-door session.
By Niall Green, 28 March 2011
As protests continue across Yemen, President Saleh holds out for a deal with opposition figures. Meanwhile, in Bahrain, the monarchy continues its crackdown on demonstrators.
By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2011
At least 20 demonstrators were killed and 200 wounded in the port city of Latakia.
By a correspondent, 28 March 2011
The demonstrators who ousted President Hosni Mubarak now realise that the trust they had in the Egyptian army was misplaced and that their revolution is far from over.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2011
On Wednesday, a bomb exploded at a stop by the main bus station in Jerusalem, killing a 59-year-old British woman and wounding at least 24 other people.
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2011
Anti-government demonstrations broke out Friday throughout Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2011
The promulgation this week in Egypt of a decree banning strikes and protests has laid bare the real character of the military-controlled regime that succeeded the US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2011
Syrian security forces have cracked down on growing anti-government protests in the southern city of Dara’a with increasing brutality.
By Niall Green, 23 March 2011
Senior figures in the Yemeni elite have moved against President Saleh, seeking to maintain their own wealth, power and relations to US imperialism.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 March 2011
The thoroughly fraudulent and undemocratic nature of Saturday’s referendum in Egypt was the declaration from the Supreme Military Council that in the event of a no vote it would impose its own constitution until a new one is drafted.
By Andre Damon, 22 March 2011
Five high-level generals in Yemen, including Ali Mohsen, the country’s top military figure, announced their support for the country’s opposition movement Monday, calling for the ouster of president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2011
Bombs and missiles have already killed hundreds of Libyan soldiers and civilians.
By Niall Green, 21 March 2011
A strike wave is growing and demonstrations continue in Bahrain, despite brutal attempts by the regime to put down the uprising.
By Barry Grey, 19 March 2011
Speaking from the White House Friday, President Barack Obama issued an ultimatum paving the way for the launching of a new imperialist war.
By Tom Eley, 19 March 2011
Yemeni security forces of the Salaa government, a close US ally in “the war on terror,” fired indiscriminately into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Friday, killing dozens and wounding hundreds.
By Lucas Adler, 19 March 2011
A leading member of the German Left Party has voted in the European parliament in favour of a military intervention in Libya.
World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 19 March 2011
The World Socialist Web Site categorically opposes any military intervention in Libya. The drive toward war has nothing to do with the humanitarian pretexts offered up by the major powers. Rather, it represents the violent imperialist subjugation of a former colony.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2011
The United Nations Security Council Thursday night approved a resolution that paves the way for the United States and other major imperialist powers to conduct a direct military intervention in Libya under the pretense of a “humanitarian” mission to protect civilian lives.
By Tom Eley, 18 March 2011
On Wednesday the government of Bahrain assaulted peaceful demonstrators in Pearl Square and arrested at least a dozen opposition politicians the following day.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Middle East tour, capped by a stroll through Cairo’s Tahrir Square, presents an unparalleled profile in hypocrisy.
By Barry Grey, 17 March 2011
Omani state oil workers have gone on strike to demand higher wages, joining other sections of workers who have launched strike action and ongoing popular protests against the regime of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2011
Divisions between the major imperialist powers have stymied proposals spearheaded by Britain and France for direct military intervention in Libya.
By Niall Green, 16 March 2011
The king of Bahrain, backed by forces from Saudi Arabia, declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as huge crowds of anti-government protesters thronged the streets of Manama.