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Tory government wants Thatchers’ cosy corruption to be kept secret indefinitely

26 July 2016
Tory corruption is to be kept secret. Two files entitled “Cementation contract: Mark Thatcher and the Omanis” are listed as being “retained” for 65 years. Two others were “temporarily retained” with no release date.

Protests in Egypt met with brutal repression

26 April 2016
Demonstrations were pushed back on Monday but the regime is still in trouble

Executions in Saudi Arabia spark protests across the region

05 January 2016
Protests erupted in Saudi Arabia and across the region after the Saudi regime executed Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr last Saturday.

Rival powers struggle for influence in Syria

08 December 2015
For regional and global powers, the war on Isis has become the justification for military intervention in Syria. Yet Isis emerged in the shadow of the US occupation of Iraq.

More than arms—Britain's link with Saudi Arabia's despotic ruling family

20 October 2015
Saudi Arabia is notorious for its human rights abuses, its treatment of women and migrant workers. Yet it enjoys a cosy relationship with Britain’s rulers. Dave Sewell explains why

Panicking elite try to divert blame for Hajj disaster

29 September 2015
Political pressure is growing in Saudi Arabia after over 700 pilgrims were crushed to death last week

Saudi troops seen in Aden

05 May 2015
Around 100 Saudi-led ground troops have arrived in the Yemeni port of Aden. 

Middle Eastern states manoevure in regional power play

07 April 2015
The danger for Western imperialism is that the mess—and with it the Middle East—escapes anyone’s control, writes Alex Callinicos

West backs Saudi Arabia in launching attacks on Yemen

31 March 2015
The attacks on Yemen highlight the problems US imperialism faces as it tries to reassert its control over the region, writes Ken Olende

US and Saudi Arabia: Dysfunctional partners depend on each other for survival

27 January 2015
Many were nauseated by the sight of the British government flying flags at half mast in honour of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, writes Alex Callinicos

Anger is rising over attacks on migrants in Saudi Arabia

26 November 2013
Hibist Kassa, a socialist in Ethiopia, on the background to the detention of and assaults on Ethiopian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia

Ethiopian migrants protest in London against brutal crackdown on workers in Saudi Arabia

19 November 2013
The government in Saudi Arabia has launched a brutal crackdown on migrant workers it sees as illegal. The Middle Eastern kingdom has a population of almost 30 million, with nine million migrants making up more than half of the workforce.

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

18 July 2012
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Daily strikes in Tunisia show rulers are losing support

19 June 2012
Things never stand still in Tunisia. In the past weeks exiled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was sentenced, in his absence, to ten years imprisonment for unlawful killing. He is hiding from justice in Saudi Arabia.

Arab League's Syria mission crisis

24 January 2012
A deadlock is developing in Syria as the Gulf Cooperation Council and Saudi Arabia withdrew their observers from the Arab League mission to the country.

Yemen: Saleh returns from Saudi Arabia to find revolt still on the streets

27 September 2011
Protests continued to grow against returned president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen’s capital Sana’a last weekend.

Saudi king says women can have the vote—just not quite yet

27 September 2011
The king of Saudi Arabia has announced that women citizens will finally be given the right to vote in municipal elections.

Women in Saudi Arabia find a vehicle for freedom

21 June 2011
A campaign in Saudi Arabia to break the ban on women drivers began on Friday of last week.

Yemen’s dictator runs from revolt

07 June 2011
Huge crowds celebrated on the streets of Yemen last Sunday after president Ali Abdullah Saleh fled to Saudi Arabia—saying he needed medical treatment.

Exclusive: Bahrainian government targets family members of pro-democracy campaigners in Britain

26 March 2011
At 2.20 yesterday morning, Bahraini and Saudi forces raided 20-year old Sayed Mahmood Shuber’s home in Jidali in Bahrain. They pointed guns at the heads of his family and abducted him. They beat him. He has now disappeared.

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