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