Ten years since the beginning of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2021

The decisive lesson from the Egyptian revolution is that a revolutionary leadership in the working class must be built, in opposition to the pseudo left, prior to the eruption of mass struggles.

Egyptian hospitals run out of oxygen, killing COVID-19 patients in ICU wards

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2021

The manager of Hamool Hospital in Kafr Al-Sheikh, in the Nile Delta, made an appeal on Facebook for oxygen cylinders, only to be referred for investigation by the authorities.

French President Macron hails Egypt’s dictator General al-Sisi in Paris

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2020

Macron’s declaration of support for the butcher of Cairo is a warning to the working class of the advanced preparations for military-police dictatorships across Europe.

Macron greets butcher of Cairo al-Sisi for three-day state visit to Paris

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2020

Sisi is coming to give Macron a tutorial on how to run a fascistic authoritarian regime, amid mounting social anger at the French president’s police state agenda.

Wave of anti-government protests across Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 29 September 2020

Protests have been small but testify to the social and economic powder keg over which the El-Sisi regime presides.

Egypt’s el-Sisi approves troop deployment to Libya against Turkish-backed forces

By Jean Shaoul, 28 July 2020

The eastern Mediterranean, including North Africa, has become the focus of ever widening conflicts, with all the imperialist and regional powers pursuing their own rapacious demands for control over the region’s wealth and resources.

France backs Egypt’s threat to intervene against Turkey in Libyan war

By Alex Lantier, 24 June 2020

Even as COVID-19 threatens millions in Africa, the NATO powers risk escalating their nine-year carve-up of Libya into a major regional or even global conflict.

Egypt: el-Sisi approves legal framework for military dictatorship

By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2020

Though utilising the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse, only five of the 18 proposed amendments are clearly tied to public health developments.

El-Sisi uses coronavirus pandemic to tighten grip on Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 3 April 2020

Egypt did nothing to prepare for the onset of the virus, despite being identified in early February, along with Algeria and South Africa, as one of the African countries most at risk.

Hosni Mubarak, US-backed dictator of Egypt for 30 years, dead at 91

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2020

Overthrown in 2011 by a mass revolt of the Egyptian people, he died with his criminal legacy secured by a military regime that is even more repressive than the one he headed.

Control of offshore gas and oil provokes conflicts in eastern Mediterranean

By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2020

A new “scramble for Africa” is being tied into a new “scramble” for the eastern Mediterranean, as Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon and the European powers compete over gas exploration, production licenses and pipelines.

Wider war over Libya looms as France, Egypt denounce Turkish intervention

By Alex Lantier, 3 January 2020

Less than a decade after the 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, the resulting civil war in that country threatens to escalate into an all-out regional conflict involving the major powers.

Anti-Sisi protesters return to Egypt’s streets in teeth of fierce repression

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2019

Security forces placed Cairo on a police state lockdown after arresting some 2,000 people in the space of a week.

Protests in Egypt shake al-Sisi’s bloody military dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 23 September 2019

The demonstrations in Egypt evoke memories of the revolutionary mass protests that brought down long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak in the winter of 2011.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi dies during show trial

By Alex Lantier, 17 June 2019

Morsi’s death was a cold-blooded act of state murder, for which the Egyptian military dictatorship, Washington and its European imperialist allies are politically responsible.

The hangman of the Middle East: US-backed regime in Egypt hands down nearly 2,500 death sentences

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2019

As el-Sisi’s courts churn out death penalties, including against children, Washington is pouring in military aid that is utilized in the commission of war crimes.

Egypt stages referendum to institutionalize General Sisi’s dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2019

The consolidation of the bloody police-state dictatorship enjoys the support of both Washington and the major European powers.

In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants

By Niles Niemuth, 10 April 2019

Trump launched into a fascistic rant against asylum seekers and other immigrants on Tuesday while sitting side by side in the Oval Office with the butcher of Cairo.

Egypt hangs nine prisoners

State murder backed by imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2019

The bloodstained dictatorship of General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has the support of both Washington and the European powers.

French President Macron visits the hangman of Cairo

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 30 January 2019

Macron’s visit to Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a warning that his government intends to drastically step up repression of the “yellow vests” and broader popular opposition.

Pompeo in Cairo: The ugly face of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2019

Reflecting US imperialism’s priorities in the region, Pompeo mentioned Iran 25 times in his speech, compared to a mere dozen references to “terrorism.”

Egypt’s military junta condemns 75 coup protesters to death

By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2018

The blood on Sisi’s hands also drenches the palms of political leaders of all the major parties in the US, Europe and other imperialist powers.

Egyptian junta extends state of emergency and censors social media

By Johannes Stern, 23 July 2018

Five years after the July 2013 coup and massacre of more than 1,600 people on the streets of Cairo, Egypt’s Western-backed military junta is intensifying its counterrevolutionary terror.

Human right groups reveal French complicity in torture in Egypt

By Francis Dubois, 14 July 2018

French corporations and governments are active accomplices in the bloody Egyptian military junta’s mass surveillance and repression of the Egyptian people.

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi intensifies state repression

By Jean Shaoul, 25 June 2018

President el-Sisi has unleashed an extensive crackdown on all forms of dissent and political expression that far exceeds the worst excesses of Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by the mass uprising in February 2011.

Sisi’s sham election and the fate of the Egyptian Revolution

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2018

The rubber-stamp reelection of Egypt’s dictator General Sisi is symptomatic of a regime beset by insoluble economic, social and political contradictions.

Egyptian presidential elections mark new stage in counterrevolution

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2018

The al-Sisi regime has been mobilizing tens of thousands of heavily armed troops and security forces across the country to stifle any protest.

Egyptian elections held under massive repression

By Jean Shaoul, 23 February 2018

The election is set to take place amid mounting social and economic dissent among the impoverished working class.

Terror attack on Egyptian mosque kills at least 235 worshippers

By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2017

The Egyptian government has declared that the attack in the northern Sinai is the deadliest in the country’s modern history.

150 Sisi visits France

25 October 2017

Antiquated signalling system leads to another deadly train crash in Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2017

A horrific train collision just south of Alexandria, Egypt’s second city, on the Mediterranean coast, left at least 41 people dead and 179 injured on Friday.

Thousands of textile workers strike in defiance of Egyptian dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2017

Reports indicate that the regime is not willing to meet the demands of the workers and is preparing for a confrontation.

Egyptian junta imposes state of emergency after attacks on Coptic churches

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2017

Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced in a televised speech Sunday night the imposition of a three-month state of emergency.

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi welcomed to the White House

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2017

White House meetings with el-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah revolve around increasing US pressure on these regimes to join the escalating wars in Iraq and Syria.

Washington rolls out red carpet for the butcher of Cairo

By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2017

Trump’s embrace of General el-Sisi expresses not only Washington’s criminal US policy in the Middle East, but also its deep affinity for the methods he has employed to crush the Egyptian revolution.

The freeing of Hosni Mubarak and the lessons of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 March 2017

How is it possible that six years after the Egyptian revolution, nothing appears to be left of it, and Mubarak, the ugly face of the old regime, is free once again to show himself in public?

Protests shake Egypt after cut to bread subsidies

By Niles Niemuth, 8 March 2017

Egyptian cities were hit by protests just days after former dictator Hosni Mubarak, ousted in the 2011 revolution, was acquitted of murdering protestors and cleared for release.

Egypt plunges into economic and social nightmare

By Jean Shaoul, 9 November 2016

The IMF insists that Egypt implement reforms, including a flexible currency, cuts to subsidies, a new VAT and the privatisation of state-owned enterprises.

Egyptian junta cultivates Russia and China as a counterweight to the US

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2016

Egypt’s turn to Russia and China is a desperate attempt to stave off bankruptcy.

Hundreds feared drowned as migrant boat capsizes off Egypt

By Paul Mitchell, 23 September 2016

European governments and the European Union bear full responsibility for turning the Mediterranean into a watery grave.

Egyptian dictator el-Sisi secures IMF loan and prepares onslaught against working class

By Jean Shaoul, 18 August 2016

The loan comes with draconian conditions, including subsidy cuts and new taxes, which will drastically worsen the impoverishment of the Egyptian working class.

Egyptian military regime steps up repression as food becomes unaffordable

By Jean Shaoul, 25 June 2016

In the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis and the political upheavals following Mubarak’s ouster in 2011, Egypt’s economy has gone into free fall.

While cause of Egypt Air crash remains unknown, terror scare mounts

By Thomas Gaist, 21 May 2016

The US and Europe are seizing on the incident to justify an escalation of their military operations.

US and NATO leaders say EgyptAir Flight 804 was bombed, vow military response

By Thomas Gaist, 20 May 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demanded an escalation of the war in Iraq and Syria in response to the destruction of the Cairo-bound jetliner.

German vice chancellor praises the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 21 April 2016

“In my opinion you have an impressive president,” said Social Democratic Chairman Sigmar Gabriel, speaking in Cairo of the Egyptian despot Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Tensions rise between Italy and Egypt over Giulio Regeni murder

By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2016

Italian student and journalist Giulio Regeni was tortured to death in Egypt in January in a bestial manner.

Saudi Arabia pushes for alliance with Turkey and Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 19 February 2016

Saudi efforts to effect reconciliation between Egypt and Turkey come in the wake of last December’s agreement to restore diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey.

Egypt: Italian student tortured to death

By Johannes Stern, 17 February 2016

Evidence is mounting that the Egyptian military used bestial methods to torture student and journalist Giulio Regeni to death.

Five years of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

The basic problem of the Egyptian Revolution was to establish the political independence of the working class from all of the different bourgeois forces.

“Foreign made bomb” destroyed Russian plane over Sinai, Moscow says

By Thomas Gaist, 18 November 2015

Russia launched a new wave of airstrikes, against targets in Syria immediately after the FSB findings were released, including its first cruise missile strikes from the Mediterranean

Russia halts flights to Egypt after air disaster

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2015

President Vladimir Putin made the decision after a recommendation from his intelligence chief, and based on information supplied by Britsh and American spy agencies.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi feted by UK government

By Chris Marsden, 6 November 2015

The UK is the largest foreign investor in Egypt, having poured $25 billion into the country since 2010.

Islamic State bomb downed Russian plane over Sinai, US officials claim

By Thomas Gaist, 5 November 2015

US intelligence officials made public a “tentative conclusion” that Islamic State militants smuggled a bomb on board the Russian commercial jet that disintegrated over northern Sinai this weekend.

Two days on, no clear explanation for downing of Russian plane over Sinai

By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2015

Claims that the plane was destroyed by ISIS remain unsubstantiated, while the Russian government and the airline differ over the possibility of a mechanical failure.

International airlines avoid Egypt’s Sinai after 224 die in Russian passenger jet crash

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2015

Russian investigators have so far concluded that the plane broke apart in midair over the restive peninsula.

France sells Mistral warships designed for Russia to Egyptian dictatorship

By Anthony Torres, 25 September 2015

After having canceled the Russian contract during the Ukrainian crisis, France is selling the two helicopter carriers to one of the world’s bloodiest dictatorships.

Egyptian gunships attack tourist convoy, killing at least 12

By Thomas Gaist, 16 September 2015

At least eight Mexican nationals touring Egypt’s historic Western Desert were among those killed in the apparently accidental attack.

Saudi-led coalition pours troops into Yemen

By Patrick Martin, 14 September 2015

Thousands of foreign troops, including large contingents from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, are readying an assault on the capital, Sanaa.

Harper government making pro forma complaints over jailing of Egyptian-Canadian journalist

By Dylan Lubao, 8 September 2015

A strong supporter of Egypt’s authoritarian government, Canada has only made muted appeals for the release of Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

Egyptian junta hands down three-year jail terms to Al Jazeera journalists

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2015

Afraid that it could ultimately share the fate of Mubarak, toppled by mass protests of the working class in 2011, the junta is trying to hold on to power through sheer terror.

Egyptian military regime adopts draconian “anti-terrorism” legislation

By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2015

The measure further strengthens the repressive apparatus of one of the most bloody dictatorships in the world.

German economy minister celebrates the expansion of the Suez Canal

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2015

The German elites are enamored with Egypt's dictatorship, which drowned the Egyptian revolution in blood and is creating attractive conditions for international finance capital.

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2015

The strikes left at least 23 dead, one day after heavy fighting in the peninsula between government troops and Islamist forces killed some 120 people.

Germany arrests Al Jazeera journalist on warrant issued by Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2015

The arrest of Ahmed Mansour is a signal from Berlin that it views repressive measures by military dictatorships as politically legitimate.

Egyptian court confirms death sentence for former President Mursi

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2015

The death sentence for the Muslim Brotherhood leader is the latest judicial travesty organized by a military regime that is a key ally of the US and European imperialist powers.

Al-Sisi in Berlin: Red carpet for the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2015

No other event could have better exposed the “human rights” pretenses of the German ruling class than the official reception of Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Berlin.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi visits Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 June 2015

Al-Sisi’s visit is a warning to the working class: a ruling class eager to work closely with brutal military dictatorships is also prepared to adopt their methods at home.

Egyptian regime hangs six after ex-president Mursi sentenced to death

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2015

The executions and death sentence are emblematic of the vicious police-state character of the regime in Cairo, which is a key pillar of US and Western European imperialist interests.

Ousted Egyptian President Mursi sentenced to 20 years

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2015

Confirming the judiciary’s complete subordination to Egypt’s military regime, Mursi was sentenced along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members.

Egyptian junta condemns Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie to death

By Alex Lantier, 14 April 2015

The trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders aim to promote an atmosphere of political terror in Egypt, aimed in the final analysis at the working class.

Obama green lights weapons sales to Egypt, Pakistan

By Thomas Gaist, 11 April 2015

The arms transfers are being coordinated to meet the needs of the US-backed, Saudi and Egyptian-led war against Yemen

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

Investors pledge billions to Egyptian junta at Sharm el-Sheikh conference

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2015

Finance capital is launching new projects because it assumes the Egyptian military dictatorship’s bloody repression will guarantee low wages and high profits.

Egyptian junta begins executions of Islamists

By Alex Lantier, 9 March 2015

The junta’s aim is to prevent a renewed revolutionary upsurge of the working class by stepping up its police-state terror against all opposition to the military.

In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2015

Mass protests could leave the US-backed Sisi dictatorship "helpless" unless they were crushed, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned subordinates last year.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

Egyptian court confirms mass death sentence against 183 political prisoners

By Thomas Gaist, 3 February 2015

Egypt’s military regime handed down mass death sentences against 529 alleged MB supporters in April 2014 and against another 683 in May 2014

On the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising

At least 18 dead as Egyptian military regime violently represses demonstrations

By Thomas Gaist, 26 January 2015

At least 18 protestors were killed by security forces during mass demonstrations marking the anniversary of protests that led to the downfall of the Mubarak regime.

Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank.

Egyptian court overturns last remaining conviction against Mubarak

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2015

The verdict paves the way for the release of the former dictator, four years after the mass revolutionary struggles that overthrew him.

Blood and capital

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2015

International finance capital looks to the Egyptian military with enthusiasm not only for what it is doing in Egypt, but for the model the financial markets favor for every country.

Egypt boasts of imprisoning 10,000 in 2014

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2014

The US Congress this month approved a waiver of so-called human rights conditions on the provision of American military aid to the al-Sisi dictatorship.

Egyptian regime imposes death penalties on nearly 200

By Mike Head, 4 December 2014

The third mass sentencing since April comes amidst mounting repression by the US-backed military junta.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi signs military, economic deals in Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014

The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 1 December 2014

The acquittal of the deposed Egyptian dictator underscores the determination of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to drown the revolutionary struggles of the working class in blood.

Egyptian military regime steps up repression

By Jean Shaoul, 1 November 2014

The target of the ongoing repression by the Egyptian military junta is the working class and young people.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014

Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.

Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity

By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014

In terms of sheer numbers, the killings of protesters on August 14, 2013 at Rab’a Square in Cairo exceed the death toll in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

US-backed Egyptian junta announces massive electricity, fuel price hikes

By Johannes Stern, 7 July 2014

In a declaration of war on the working class, the US-backed military junta announced cuts to fuel and electricity subsidies on which millions of Egyptians depend.

Tony Blair to advise Egyptian dictator al-Sisi

By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2014

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is to advise Egyptian president and military dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

One year since the military coup in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 5 July 2014

The coup revealed the essential problem of the Egyptian revolution: the chasm between the elemental anger of the Egyptian population and the absence of political leadership.

Kerry affirms US support for Egyptian junta

By Johannes Stern, 23 June 2014

In a show of support for the blood-soaked military regime in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo on Sunday.

Egyptian junta extends presidential election due to massive abstention

By Johannes Stern, 28 May 2014

The low voter turnout reflects mass popular hostility to the US-backed military junta and its de facto leader and main presidential candidate, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Egypt’s mass death sentences: A crime made in the USA

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2014

In conducting drumhead trials in which hundreds are sentenced to die, the Egyptian regime knows it is acting with Washington’s tacit approval.

US-backed Egyptian regime sentences 683 more to die

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2014

Washington stands exposed as the direct accomplice in the Egyptian junta’s crimes, with President Obama all but soaping the hangman’s noose.

US sends Apache attack helicopters to Egyptian junta

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2014

US weaponry will soon be turned against the working people of Egypt.

Military junta implements reign of terror in Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 16 April 2014

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, is due to sign a new anti-terrorism bill that effectively outlaws all political opposition.

Egyptian coup leader al-Sisi announces presidential candidacy

By Johannes Stern, 28 March 2014

Sisi is a US-backed dictator prepared to use fascistic methods to suppress the working class at the behest of its imperialist patrons and international finance capital.

Stop Egypt’s Pinochet from murdering 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters!

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2014

Monday’s death sentence handed down by a kangaroo court in Egypt to 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) marks a new stage in the military junta’s brutal efforts to terrorize and intimidate popular opposition.

Egypt on the verge of a social explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2014

The Egyptian military junta’s savage repression of the Muslim Brotherhood takes place in the context of growing social tensions and a wave of strikes.