Egypt, North Africa & Middle East

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, with the connivance of the top judiciary and within days of the presidential election, staged a virtual coup.... Posted Jun 20, 2012

An Egyptian court’s verdicts that minimize the crimes of former dictator Hosni Mubarak and freed two of his sons and six other top officials have reawakened the Egyptian masses. ... Posted Jun 6, 2012

Workers in some factories and students in the universities in Egypt held strikes on Feb. 11, one year after the revolution that forced President Hosni Mubarak out of office and shook the world. ... Posted Feb 18, 2012

Reacting to a massacre at a soccer match in Port Said on Feb. 1, people in Egypt took to the streets for five days, battling police outside the Interior Ministry. ... Posted Feb 8, 2012

Record numbers of Egyptian voters of all ages and classes, women and men, cast ballots for a new parliament Nov. 28 and 29. Some waited in line for hours to vote in the first election of its kind in 50 years. ... Posted Nov 30, 2011

Egyptians living in the New York City area and their supporters held demonstrations on Nov. 25 and 26.... Posted Nov 30, 2011

Eyewitness Tahrir... Posted Nov 30, 2011

The masses have opened a new chapter in the Egyptian revolution. They have stood strong in Tahrir Square for nearly four days against bullets and gas demanding that the military regime, which succeeded President Hosni Mubarak last Feb. 12, step down. ... Posted Nov 22, 2011

The U.S. government claims it supports the huge social explosion rocking the Arab world and northern Africa.... Posted Oct 14, 2011

Ahmed el-Shahat became an instant hero, known on Twitter as #Flagman, when in the early hours of Aug. 21 he scaled the walls of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, removed its flag and replaced it with an Egyptian flag.... Posted Aug 25, 2011

In addition to the mass protests in Egypt, another arena for demanding rights and fighting corruption has been Egypt’s independent trade union movement... Posted Jul 31, 2011

More than 85 percent of Egypt’s poor live in rural areas. Like all Egyptians, they are participating in the protests held throughout the country, and are expecting that a new Egyptian government will meet their urgent needs... Posted Jul 31, 2011

Thousands of Egyptians, intent on defending the gains of their revolution and vowing to achieve still more, rallied on July 15 in the nation’s two largest cities — Cairo and Alexandria.... Posted Jul 21, 2011

Tens of thousands of protesters were in the streets across Egypt July 8 showing their revolution is continuing. Demonstrators packed city centers, demanding faster reforms and voicing frustration at what they see as foot dragging by military rulers and government officials.... Posted Jul 18, 2011

For 18 days the people of Egypt gathered in the streets in the millions and brought down the 30-year reign of U.S. client Hosni Mubarak. This January 25 Revolution, named for its first day of protest, was led by youth and students.... Posted Jul 18, 2011

Thousands of angry Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo and Alexandria at the end of June, battling the Central Security forces for hours before successfully pushing the riot police back. These were the most intense clashes in five months, since Egypt’s 18-day revolution in January that ousted U.S.-client Hosni Mubarak.... Posted Jul 11, 2011

The Egyptian people’s determination to hold their government accountable for promised social, economic and political change could be seen during the weekly Friday demonstration at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.... Posted Jul 11, 2011

The Egyptian Socialist Party was founded June 18 before a packed auditorium of more than 400 Egyptians and international guests. What made such an assembly possible was the enormous mass revolution of last Jan. 25 that removed the U.S.-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak and made the name “Tahrir Square” an inspiration for popular revolt worldwide.... Posted Jul 4, 2011

A Workers World Party solidarity statement given by Joyce Chediac in Cairo on June 18 to the founding conference of the Egyptian Socialist Party.... Posted Jul 4, 2011

President Barack Obama delivered a foreign policy address related to developments in the Middle East on May 19. The speech — which avoided addressing the uprisings throughout North Africa, the Palestinian question and the U.S./NATO war against Libya — created even more hostility toward his administration domestically and internationally.... Posted May 31, 2011

Red flags waved across Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptian workers celebrated May Day in Cairo.... Posted May 4, 2011

Egyptian workers are taking Tahrir Square to the shop floor. Since 2004 more than 1.7 million of them have held more than 3,000 strikes, job actions and other forms of protest.... Posted May 1, 2011

Even as the U.S., France and Britain rain down bombs and missiles on Libya, resistance is growing against torture and repression by U.S. clients in other parts of the Middle East and Southwest Asia.... Posted Mar 24, 2011

With the corporate media’s attention concentrated on Libya, its oil reserves and the real danger of U.S. and NATO’s military intervention, one could almost forget that enormous popular revolts are percolating throughout North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.... Posted Mar 9, 2011

Egypt’s democratic movement is not only confronting the country’s military, but is also up against U.S. and other imperialist states’ efforts to control and misdirect the struggle for a genuine transformation of the state and society.... Posted Mar 6, 2011

The worst thing that could happen to the people of Libya is U.S. intervention. The worst thing that could happen to the revolutionary upsurge shaking the Arab world is U.S. intervention in Libya.... Posted Mar 2, 2011

The U.S. has imposed sanctions on President Gadhafi and his family’s bank accounts; by contrast, the U.S. did not impose similar sanctions on Mubarak and his reported $70 billion in bank accounts. While President Barack Obama has publicly called for Gadhafi to step down from office, he treated Mubarak with kid gloves before the resolve of the Egyptian masses forced Mubarak to leave office.... Posted Mar 2, 2011

A great deal has been written about the role of the Egyptian military with regard to the momentous mass struggle to topple the U.S.-backed president, Hosni Mubarak. During the 18 days after Jan. 25, the big question was, would the high command defend Mubarak? If so, would they then order the soldiers to attack the masses?... Posted Feb 28, 2011

The Egyptian people were promised that aligning their country with the U.S. would raise their standard of living... Posted Feb 28, 2011

Of all the struggles going on in North Africa and the Middle East right now, the most difficult to unravel is the one in Libya. What is the character of the opposition to the Gadhafi regime, which reportedly now controls the eastern city of Benghazi? Is it just coincidence that the rebellion started in Benghazi, which is north of Libya’s richest oil fields as well as close to most of its oil and gas pipelines, refineries and its LNG port? Is there a plan to partition the country?... Posted Feb 23, 2011

Some of the Egyptians who participated in the uprising there have been supportive of the workers’ struggle in Madison, Wis., as can be seen in the photo here. Other have donated funds to buy pizzas in Madison and have them sent to the workers and students at the state Capitol.... Posted Feb 23, 2011

What is at stake in Egypt for Washington, and what is at stake for the people of Egypt?... Posted Feb 21, 2011

The Egyptian military would like to put the genie of the Egyptian Revolution back in the bottle. But it won’t go back. The so-called “orderly transition” — backed by the Obama administration, NATO and the Egyptian ruling class — has the immediate tactical goal of pushing the masses of people off the streets and off the stage of history.... Posted Feb 16, 2011

Workers World Party rejoices in the historic achievement of the Egyptian people. After 18 days of struggle they have achieved the goal that united the country — a goal that was unthinkable 19 days ago. ... Posted Feb 11, 2011

The Egyptian people have stepped back on the stage of history. In one of the most epic of moments, virtually the entire population of Egypt, except those closely tied to the corrupt Mubarak regime, have risen up in a national democratic revolution to demand the ouster of Hosni Mubarak and his clique... Posted Feb 10, 2011

Hosni Mubarak’s military-police regime and its creators in Washington are waging a war of attrition to wear down the newly emerging Egyptian revolution. But the people show no signs of backing down. More than a million anti-government demonstrators today once again filled Liberation Square.... Posted Feb 9, 2011

Feb. 9 reports from Cairo say there are growing numbers of Egyptian workers who have gone out on strike all over the country.... Posted Feb 9, 2011

With the popular uprising that is rocking cities across Egypt now heading into its third week, solidarity rallies are building across the U.S. in response. Many of these protests are calling on the U.S. government to end its funding for the repressive regime of Hosni Mubarak.... Posted Feb 9, 2011

The Egyptian revolt against the U.S.-backed Hosni Mubarak regime has inspired many workers and oppressed people throughout the world. Mass solidarity demonstrations have taken place to show support for Egypt’s popular uprising.... Posted Feb 9, 2011

For us it is a revolution. It meets all the conditions of a revolution. It is the beginning of a new era. Since Jan. 25 Egypt has joined the free nations of the world. The special feature is that the people are demanding that Mubarak leave. He is finished. It is not his decision to resign. The people have decided that he must go.... Posted Feb 6, 2011

The battle in Cairo’s massive central square to oust the dictator and U.S. stooge Hosni Mubarak will go down in history as a pivotal moment, whatever its outcome.... Posted Feb 4, 2011

A Feb. 1 rally in solidarity with the courageous Egyptian people was held in front of the Buffalo, N.Y., City Hall in near-zero wind-chill conditions.... Posted Feb 3, 2011

The outpouring of Egyptians on Tuesday, Feb. 1, is one of the greatest manifestations of mass protest in history. More than 1 million people overflowed Tahrir Square in Cairo; hundreds of thousands came out in Alexandria, Suez, Mansoura and other cities throughout the country. It is truly world-historic in proportion. Nothing will be the same after this.... Posted Feb 2, 2011

Filipino-Americans under the banner of BAYAN USA are joining rallies across the United States in support of the Egyptian people’s courageous resistance and calling for an end to the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.... Posted Feb 2, 2011

The ‘march of millions’ is the answer to decades of oppression in Egypt.... Posted Feb 1, 2011

Massive protests continue throughout Egypt to demand an end to the regime of President Hosni Mubarak, a 30-year dictatorship that has served as an anchor for U.S. imperialism in the Middle East. I... Posted Jan 31, 2011

The revolutionary upheaval in Egypt has brought millions of workers, youth and professionals into the streets to demand the removal of the U.S.-backed regime of Hosni Mubarak. The potential looms for a total collapse of Washington’s foreign policy in the region.... Posted Jan 31, 2011

A brief summary of some of the solidarity demonstrations — many called on very short notice — that have taken place so far in the U.S. Additional demonstrations occurred in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Houston; Dearborn, Mich.; and elsewhere. More solidarity actions are yet to come.... Posted Jan 31, 2011

Activists and progressives around the world took to the streets in many cities to show their support for the protests currently underway in Egypt and to join the call for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.... Posted Jan 31, 2011

As of Jan. 24, the Lebanese Parliament is holding discussions to form a new government. A year-old “unity government” containing all political factions fell on Jan. 12, when Hezbollah pulled its people out of cabinet posts.... Posted Jan 30, 2011

Tunisia’s people have shaken North Africa. Yemen’s people have shaken the Arabian Peninsula. Egypt’s people are shaking the world.... Posted Jan 29, 2011

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across Egypt demanding the ouster of U.S. ally President Hosni Mubarak. These are the largest anti-regime protests in Mubarak’s 30-year rule of this North African country of 85 million people. Though the White House has declared the Mubarak regime “stable,” even greater protests are expected on Jan. 28 following Friday services at mosques throughout the country.... Posted Jan 27, 2011

Tunisia’s workers and youth have continued mass demonstrations and strikes aimed at removing the neocolonial regime and replacing it with a representative government of national unity.... Posted Jan 26, 2011

A popular uprising in the North African state of Tunisia since mid-December has driven President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had ruled the Western-allied government for 23 years, into exile. Protesters said that they wanted more than just Ben Ali’s departure. The demands of the youth and workers have been centered on the need for full employment and the control of inflation stemming from the impact of the global economic crisis... Posted Jan 19, 2011

Tunisian residents living in the New York City area gathered at the United Nations to rejoice at the fall of the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. ... Posted Jan 19, 2011

A visit to besieged Gaza in early January of this year, along with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, was a new opportunity to meet with Palestinians there and to see conditions on the ground.... Posted Jan 19, 2011

Unrest over the impact of the global economic crisis has struck North Africa.... Posted Jan 13, 2011

A series of demonstrations struck Tunisia beginning Dec. 17. A 26-year-old university graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi of Sidi Bouzid in the southern province, who reportedly set himself on fire to protest the dire economic circumstances in the country, served as a catalyst for the recent outbreak of protests that have hit the capital and several other cities throughout the country... Posted Jan 6, 2011

International human rights activist and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is leading a delegation that crossed into Gaza on Jan. 4. Among those with Clark are co-director of the International Action Center Sara Flounders. Egyptian and U.S. authorities stopped the delegation for more than 12 hours on the border before allowing it to proceed.... Posted Jan 5, 2011

Last installment of “The media and Gaza,” a chapter from an upcoming book on the heroic struggle of the Palestinian people of Gaza who are fighting for self-determination.... Posted Dec 12, 2010

What has the military-industrial-media complex meant for reporting?... Posted Dec 4, 2010

In 1944, when the U.S. was becoming the dominant power in the Middle East, the U.S. State Department described Middle Eastern oil as “a stupendous source of strategic power, and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.”... Posted Nov 28, 2010

The second installment of “The media and Gaza,” a chapter from an upcoming book on the heroic struggle of the Palestinian people of Gaza who are fighting for self-determination.... Posted Nov 14, 2010

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the main U.S. media-watch organization, charges that the country’s two top newspapers, after this year’s attack by Israel on ships bringing aid to Gaza, suddenly “misremembered” what had happened in the 2008-2009 Gaza war. FAIR says the New York Times and the Washington Post “propagated an inaccurate historical context that serves to bolster Israel’s claims.”... Posted Nov 7, 2010

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