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The Arab revolutions mix despair and hope

24 June 2014
Only in the most mechanical understanding of history do relations of oppression and exploitation automatically translate into revolution. 

CIA-backed general makes a bid for power in Libya

06 June 2014
Western backed general Khalifa Haftar is attempting a coup in Libya. On 18 May he attacked the national parliament and rival militias.

Sham vote held in Syria amid 'ferocious' repression

03 June 2014
Presidential elections were taking place in Syria as Socialist Worker went to press.

Bahrain - courage and resistance in the face of repression

25 February 2014
Bahraini activists Rula al-Saffar and Jalila al-Salman spoke to Judith Orr about resistance to the al-Khalifa regime

Revolutionaries in Egypt take a stand against army repression

01 October 2013
Revolutionaries in Egypt have set up a new organisation in response to the imposition of a government controlled by the military. 

Rebels take on the regime - and it's 'fifth column' in Syria

24 September 2013
The threat of US intervention is opening up divisions in the opposition even as the regime admits it has reached stalemate, warns Simon Assaf

The struggle continues across the Middle East

03 September 2013
Much of the media has written off the struggles that began the Arab Spring as either defeated or dangerous, but the revolutions aren’t over, writes Judith Orr

Syria ‘response’ is a dangerous gamble for the West

27 August 2013
Whatever the extract truth about the chemical weapons attack east of Damascus on Wednesday of last week, it seems to have been on a huge scale, writes Alex Callinicos

Middle East ‘peace’ is about US power

20 August 2013
The US government is very pleased with itself for restarting the “stalled peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians after five years.

Egypt's army can't solve the crisis

30 July 2013
Supporters of the army are controlling the streets in Egypt. But if the military fails to meet people’s hopes the revolt could turn on them, writes Judith Orr

Assassination of activist provokes new protests in Tunisia

30 July 2013
Jaouhar Bani and Anne Alexander look at what lies behind the new wave of revolt sweeping Tunisia

Syrian conflict sucks in Lebanon

25 June 2013
Syria’s bloody conflict is destabilising the region as Bashar al-Assad’s regime fights to hold onto power against what began as a popular revolution.

Britain doubles 'non-lethal' aid to Syria

14 May 2013
Two car bombs went off in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, last week, killing at least 47 people and injuring many more. It intensified the fear of Syria’s civil war extending across the border. 

Gaza shows impact of Arab revolts

27 November 2012
Frederick Engels wrote in 1854, "We must not forget that there is a sixth power in Europe, which at given moments asserts its supremacy over the whole of the five so-called ‘Great Powers’ and makes them tremble, every one of them. That power is the Revolution."

The battle that Israel thought it would win

27 November 2012
Last week Israel was forced to accept a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. Israel had not suffered any serious casualties, but neither had its Operation Pillar of Cloud had achieved the ends it wanted.

British arms sales to Gulf dictatorships could kill thousands

06 November 2012
David Cameron is touring the Gulf to sell fighter jets and arms to his dictator friends.

Bahrain teacher Jalila al-Salman speaks out on eve of sentencing

21 October 2012
Jalila al-Salman is vice president of the teachers’ union in Bahrain. She faces the prospect of a three year prison sentence on Sunday for her trade union activities, which include leading a strike.

Shia youth rise up in Saudi Arabia in protest at leading cleric's arrest

18 July 2012
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Music of the Arab revolutions spreads alongside the struggle

17 July 2012
Music, poetry and politics have always mixed in the Middle East—and never more so than during the Arab Spring.

Marxism 2012: Videos of Hossam el-Hamalawy and Simon Assaf

13 July 2012
This year's Marxism festival saw a series of meetings on revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. Here are videos of Hossam el-Hamalawy on the situation in Egypt and Simon Assaf on Syria, imperialism and revolution.

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