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Syria and imperialism

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.

Strikes in Lebanon undermine sectarianism

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.

Days of rage against Formula One in Bahrain

24 April 2012
Protesters in Bahrain undermined the Formula One grand prix last weekend by holding three "days of rage".

Hunger striker’s daughter: Formula One in Bahrain is salt in our wounds

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."

Ahmed Ben Bella: 1918-2012

12 April 2012
Ahmed Ben Bella became the first president of independent Algeria, after leading the struggle against the brutal rule of French colonialism.

Syria - revolt threatened by West and Assad

03 April 2012
The revolution in Syria has faced a brutal month as the military crackdown on cities and towns reaches increasingly bloody levels.

More areas defect from Syrian regime

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.

Protests defy police in Bahrain

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.

Debate: Should socialists support the revolt in Syria?

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

Palestinians join revolt against Assad after repression in camps

06 March 2012
Growing numbers of Palestinians in Syria are joining the revolution—despite harsh repression by the regime and its proxy militias.

Syrian witnesses to regime's onslaught

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.

Syrians defy assault on Homs

06 March 2012
Mass executions, families butchered in their homes, checkpoints and disappearances. This is reality for those living in the Baba Amr district of Homs, Syria’s third city and the capital of the revolution.

Solidarity meeting pledges support for Syrian revolution

01 March 2012
A large meeting of British Muslims in London threw its weight behind the Syrian revolution last night (Wednesday). Over 400 mainly local people turned out for the meeting, which was hosted by London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel, east London.

Syrian leader lashes out at opposition

28 February 2012
The cornered Syrian regime is lashing out viciously against pressure at home and from abroad to step down.

Trade union protesters fill streets of Tunis

28 February 2012
Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Tunisia’s capital Tunis on Saturday to protest against the government.

Yemen’s new boss is same as the old boss

28 February 2012
Last week saw the fraudulent election of Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi as president of Yemen.

Syria's uprising strenghtens anti-imperialism

28 February 2012
the Palestinian resistance organisation Hamas publically renounced the Syrian regime on Friday of last week. Its public break with its one time ally president Bashar al Assad sent an important message.

Mass protests in Syria defy regime

21 February 2012
International pressure is mounting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

‘Homs is under siege, but we are determined’

14 February 2012
Civilian casualties mount in Syria as Bashar al-Assad’s forces try to smash the revolutionary movement there.

Syria’s Revolution

14 February 2012
For Western rulers Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has gone from reformer to war criminal. At the same time his repression of protests against his regime is threatening to drive large numbers of Syrians into the arms of the West.

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