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12 April 2017

Attacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

Trump orders missile strikes against Shayrat air base: US president Donald Trump's decision to launch missile attacks against the Shayrat air base in Syria ratcheted up the long running conflict there and dangerously fuelled tensions between the US and Russia and Iran.

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8 February 2017

Syria: Is an end to the war in sight?

The military victory in Aleppo by Assad's regime and its foreign backers was a turning point in the war in Syria. It has put the Syrian government once more in formal control of the country's main urban centres. Serge Jordan of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) examines if this is the prelude to a broader peace settlement that could end the horrors inflicted on the Syrian people.

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19 October 2016

Suez 1956: the decline of British imperialism and rise of the colonial revolution

Sixty years ago Egyptian president Colonel Nasser's proclamation of the nationalisation of the Suez Canal was an electrifying rallying call for the country's working class and poor and throughout the Middle East

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12 October 2016

Shimon Peres - a wolf in sheep's clothing

Most mainstream media obituaries described Shimon Peres, the recently deceased former president of Israel, as a 'peacemaker statesman' who constrained the settlerist, nationalist policy of prime minister Netanyahu's rule. In reality, Peres was a wolf in sheep's clothing.

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5 October 2016

Review: international jazz protest storytelling

Music - Radio International (Kefaya): They say that you can tell a lot about a band by its name. Kefaya is an Arabic word meaning 'enough'. It was the cry of the grassroots revolutionary movement in Egypt, a powerful symbol of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.

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May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

30 April 2015

125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles

This year marks the 125th International Workers' Day, or 'May Day'. The original call for workers' demonstrations around the world on 1 May was made in July 1889 at the International Socialist Workers Congress in Paris

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12 February 2014

The Square: bravery and disappointment in Egypt

David Johnson reviews the film The Square (el Midan, subtitled in English)

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22 January 2014

Egypt referendum: no enthusiasm for new constitution

To no one's surprise, 98% of Egyptian voters said yes to the new constitution in the recent referendum

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28 August 2013

Egypt: al-Sisi's military tightens its grip on power

Millions across the world, and especially in the Middle East, have been shocked by the killing of hundreds of mainly unarmed people in the Egyptian military's brutal clearance of the two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.

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19 August 2013

Egypt: Hundreds dead as military tries to consolidate power in blood

Millions across the world have been shocked by the killing of hundreds of mainly unarmed people in the Egyptian military’s brutal clearance of the two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo.

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Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99% , photo Paul Mattsson

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99% , photo Paul Mattsson

31 July 2013

The capitalist world in turmoil

"We stand on the eve of convulsive events, the greatest in world history, of which the mighty movements in these countries are the precursor."

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31 July 2013

Neither the military nor Morsi... for a workers' government

The Egyptian state's bloody crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood (MB) supporters continues, leaving hundreds dead and injured, writes Niall Mulholland.

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10 July 2013

Egypt: Morsi removed - polarisation grows

For independent action by workers and poor: The stormy and bloody developments since the removal and arrest of President Morsi by the military mark a new, challenging and dangerous stage in the unfolding Egyptian revolution

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3 July 2013

Mass street protests as Egypt is swept by revolution and counter-revolution

Mohammed Morsi's first anniversary as president of Egypt was marked by even bigger demonstrations than brought about the downfall of Hosni Mubarak
4 July, see new CWI article: Morsi removed - No trust in the generals

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12 December 2012

Mass protests in Egypt against Mursi and his reactionary constitution

Big demonstrations have opposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi's attempt to seize new powers and railroad through a repressive Islamic constitution

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7 December 2012

Demand the immediate release of Ramy Sabry and all activists in Egypt

The CWI condemned the organised killing of journalist Al Housseini Abou Dayf, and the kidnapping and torturing of activists by Muslim Brotherhood members during the recent mass protests

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28 November 2012

Egypt: Mursi power grab provokes mass protests

Build a united front of workers and poor for 'second revolution': The declaration of sweeping new political powers by Egypt's president Mursi has provoked a violent backlash, leaving two dead and hundreds injured, and further polarised society along pro- and anti-Mursi lines...

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11 July 2012

Egypt: Will Mursi's presidential election victory bring real change?

A week after Egypt's new president - Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood - took office, a dramatic confrontation with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) erupted

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20 June 2012

Egypt's military instigates a 'soft coup'

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stated the revolution is facing 'a life and death moment' after it claimed victory in presidential elections but now faces an attempt by the ruling military junta to impose a 'constitutional coup'

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7 March 2012

Revolution through Arab eyes - the Factory

Film review: David Johnson reviews a new documentary showing the history of struggle in the Middle East's largest factory...

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