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.
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.
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."
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.
06 November 2012
David Cameron is touring the Gulf to sell fighter jets and arms to his dictator friends.
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.
18 July 2012
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17 July 2012
Music, poetry and politics have always mixed in the Middle East—and never more so than during the Arab Spring.
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.
03 July 2012
Algeria won independence from France in 1962 after a revolutionary war that cost more than a million Algerian lives. The French had invaded in 1830, but it took them almost two decades to crush Arab and Berber resistance.
19 June 2012
Revolutions are momentous political battles centred on the actions of millions of ordinary people. They are full of surprises and contradictions—and do not follow any prescribed course or formula.
05 June 2012
The biggest danger of a sectarian "spillover" is in Lebanon. There have been sectarian clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, close to the border with Syria’s restive cities of Homs and Hama.
24 April 2012
Protesters in Bahrain undermined the Formula One grand prix last weekend by holding three "days of rage".
20 April 2012
David Cameron brushed off calls to condemn the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix today. "Bahrain is not Syria," he declared. "There is a process of reform underway."
12 April 2012
Ahmed Ben Bella became the first president of independent Algeria, after leading the struggle against the brutal rule of French colonialism.
03 April 2012
The revolution in Syria has faced a brutal month as the military crackdown on cities and towns reaches increasingly bloody levels.
27 March 2012
Previously "loyal" towns and districts in Syria are abandoning the blood-stained regime of Bashar al‑Assad and are joining the popular uprising.
27 March 2012
Thousands of protesters converged on Bahrain’s capital Manama on Friday of last week over a year after an uprising began there.
20 March 2012
Socialist Worker has supported the revolution in Syria—but not everyone on the left agrees. Here, Sami Ramadani argues that those leading the resistance are acting in the interests of the West. Simon Assaf, who writes regularly for Socialist Worker on the Middle East, responds by explaining why we should back the revolt and oppose Western intervention
06 March 2012
One resident of Inshaat in Homs spent six days in a basement sheltering from regime bombardment. He spoke out about the experience.