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Egypt — the ‘democracy’ the US wants to spread


Laura Bush, wife of the US president, visited Egypt last week to shower praise on the country’s regime. She described Egypt’s dictator, Hosni Mubarak, as "bold and wise", claiming that he was "taking the first step" towards democracy.

Poll stitch-up in Beirut


The first round of voting in Lebanon’s elections has exposed the reality behind the "new dawn for democracy" in the Middle East.

Eyewitness to the Cairo violence


Egyptian police and ruling party thugs turned 25 May, the day of the "historic referendum", into a public show of power and violence.

Strike against telecom privatisation in Pakistan


A massive strike by telecom workers in Pakistan is threatening to derail the government’s privatisation programme which would cut up to 4.2 million phone lines. Over the last two weeks over 55,000 workers at the Pakistan Telecom Company Limited (PTCL) have been involved in strike action. The government’s first response was to postpone the privatisation in the hope of demobilising the workers, and then to announce that privatisation was back on. At the time of writing, the unions had just announced the resumption of the strike.

Great Andean revolt confronts neo-liberals


The long drawn out crisis in the Andean countries of Latin America developed rapidly in the early months of 2005, producing extraordinary popular mobilisations.

New defeats for the right in Uruguay


Elections for governors and councillors took place across Uruguay, South America, on 8 May. Right wing parties were crushed in almost half of the districts of the country.

Killings in Uzbekistan reveal Bush's hypocrisy


George Bush’s government smears its opponents as "supporters of tyranny". Yet recent events in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan have exposed how the US government backs one of the world’s most repressive regimes.

Discontent grows in Aceh and in Indonesia


Six months after his election, the cracks are well and truly appearing in the promises and policies of Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

A new party in Germany that will ‘draw a line in the sand’


A new left wing party is contesting the regional elections in North Rhine and Westphalia in Germany this Sunday.

General strike against occupation in Iraqi city of Ramadi


Iraqis in the city of Ramadi and neighbouring towns held a general strike last weekend in a protest against a blockade by US troops. The strike was called as US troops mounted a major offensive on villages and towns along the Euphrates river up to the border with Syria.

An explosion of anger in Afghanistan — after decades of civil war and political betrayal


Last week there were demonstrations in several cities in Afghanistan. The immediate cause was a report that US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had defiled a Qur’an by putting it down a toilet.

Egyptian police blockade key strike


We live in a big prison. How else could you explain why state security forces prevented a solidarity delegation going to visit 400 striking weavers at the state-owned Esco company?

Mass protests push armed groups to the margins in Egypt


Bomb and gun attacks in Cairo at the end of April prompted warnings of a new Islamist offensive against tourists in Egypt. But this is unlikely to materialise. The political climate is changing fast — and not in favour of targeting tourists.

Anger across US at Bush plan to slash social security


President George Bush is facing increasing hostility at home to his proposals to kill off the US’s social security programme, which provides state retirement and disability benefits to some 44 million Americans.

May day in Venezuela


Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s left wing president, marched through Caracas, the capital, on May Day in support of plans to introduce worker management across state run industries. Workers in Alcasa, the state aluminium company, have already started organising production themselves and electing their shop directors. "It is impossible for us to achieve our goals with capitalism, nor is it possible to find an intermediate path," Chavez told the crowds.

Ecuador — ‘It’s much easier to create an uprising if you’re united’


On 8 December, Gutierrez annulled the supreme court in Ecuador. He didn’t give any reason, or quote any law—he just abolished it because it was too independent. From that date the people started to organise themselves, holding assemblies and taking to the streets in massive numbers.

Portuguese Left Bloc


"Create conflict where necessary, communicate with all those suffering exploitation and oppression," was the message from Francesco Louca, one of eight members of the Portuguese Left Bloc (Bloco de Esquerda) elected to parliament in February.

Joy as stolen objects are returned to Africa


An extraordinary event has taken place in one of Africa’s most significant historic sites.

How British imperialism looted Ethiopia in 1868


The pillage of Magdala is well documented in contemporary British accounts.

Revolt in Togo after dictator’s son claims election win


The presidential election in Togo, west Africa, has unleashed protests, strikes and riots. At least 20 people have been killed in the fighting.

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