Uprisings in the Middle East

Protests shake Algerian regime

By Alex Lantier, 10 February 2011

A national strike by health workers continued yesterday against the military regime of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as protests by unemployed youth and workers spread throughout the country.

Hamas and PLO suppress solidarity action for Egypt

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2011

Both the Islamist Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization have suppressed solidarity actions for Egypt.

Mass protests and strikes escalate as Egyptians reject “orderly transition”

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2011

Cairo’s Tahrir square was filled with its largest demonstration yet Tuesday as masses of Egyptians rejected the “orderly transition” through which the Obama administration and its principal ally, Omar Suleiman, are attempting to salvage the regime.

Omar Suleiman—longtime collaborator with Israel and US

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Suleiman’s collaboration in repression of the Palestinians and torture of CIA prisoners

Democrats on the Mubarak payroll

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011

Many well-connected Washington lobbyists are on retainer for the Egyptian government

French government embarrassed by its ties to North African dictatorships

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 9 February 2011

The mass protests in North Africa against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country on January 14, are shaking the French government.

Italian politicians fear spread of “Egyptian fever”

By Marianne Arens, 9 February 2011

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are causing anxiety among Italian government and opposition politicians who fear “Egyptian fever” could spread to their side of the Mediterranean.

Munich Security Conference defends the Egyptian regime

By Peter Schwarz, 9 February 2011

The 47th Security Conference in Munich last weekend openly stood behind the hated Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian protesters face mounting violence and repression

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2011

Thousands of demonstrators remain camped in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, defying threats of violence and a wave of arrests by the secret police of the Mubarak dictatorship.

Obama’s cold-blooded defense of Egyptian regime

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2011

The revolutionary events in Egypt have exposed the reactionary character of the Obama administration’s policy and its deep involvement in the conspiracies against the Egyptian people.

Tunisian regime seeks emergency powers against mass protests

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2011

Yesterday the Tunisian parliament’s lower house voted to grant emergency powers to Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, the head of the interim Tunisian regime.

Egyptian regime begins US-backed talks with opposition parties

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2011

The Obama administration has backed negotiations between the Mubarak regime and several Egyptian opposition parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

International demonstrations support Egyptian revolution

By Robert Stevens, 7 February 2011

Up to 2,000 people demonstrated in London Saturday during a day of international solidarity with the Egyptian people.

WSWS speaks to London protesters

By a reporting team, 7 February 2011

A number of those attending Saturday’s London demonstration expressed their views about the Egyptian revolution to the WSWS.

Massive anti-government protest on Egypt’s “day of departure”

By Chris Marsden, 5 February 2011

Friday’s “day of departure” was a massive display of opposition to the Mubarak regime. Over a million took to the streets of Cairo, defying government thugs, military cordons and ignoring the curfew.

WikiLeaks: Cables reveal connivance of US government with Mubarak dictatorship

By David Walsh, 5 February 2011

WikiLeaks released US State Department cables Thursday that add details to the picture of official US collaboration with the Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak, now under siege by an outraged population.

EU summit lines up with Washington on Egypt

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2011

Events in Egypt are filling the European powers with dread. In almost knee-jerk fashion, they are seeking to close ranks with the Obama administration in Washington.

The fear of “Nile fever” in China

By John Chan, 5 February 2011

Fearful that the revolutionary disease might spread from Egypt, Beijing has ordered its Internet police to filter out the word “Egypt” from microblogging sites to prevent active discussion among China’s millions of Internet users.

Oppose US-backed “transition” in Egypt

By Patrick Martin, 5 February 2011

The Obama administration seeks to derail the mass uprising and retain imperialist control by refurbishing the dictatorship.

Heroic resistance in Cairo to state-orchestrated repression

By Chris Marsden, 4 February 2011

Anti-government protesters in Cairo have fought back against the brutal attacks waged by the disguised police and paid thugs of the Mubarak regime.

Obama’s crocodile tears over Egypt’s violence

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2011

If Obama is crying crocodile tears now over the violence that has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded in Egypt, it is only because this violence has stopped working, and the Egyptian people continue to resist and struggle.

Tens of thousands rally in Yemeni capital

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2011

The bourgeois opposition parties are seeking to prevent an Egyptian-style political explosion.

Deadly crackdown against Egyptian protesters

By Patrick O’Connor, 3 February 2011

President Hosni Mubarak mobilised thousands of pro-regime thugs, provocateurs and plain clothes police against anti-government demonstrators.

Moroccan government fears outbreak of mass protests

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2011

As protests continue in Egypt and Tunisia, the Moroccan monarchy fears that it may be the next to face mass demonstrations.

Obama backs bloodbath in Egypt

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2011

The Obama administration bears full political and moral responsibility for the state terror and bloody violence that have left scores dead and thousands wounded in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Egypt.

Obama backs Mubarak’s bid to retain power

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2011

Obama’s aim is all too clear: to keep Mubarak in office for as long as possible while fashioning a regime to prop up bourgeois rule and uphold US strategic and economic interests in the region.

The Egyptian working class needs new forms of mass organization

By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2011

With his announcement that he will not step down and intends to serve out his term until September, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has thrown down the gauntlet before the millions opposing his regime.

King Abdullah replaces Jordanian cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2011

The new government is headed by former a former prime minister, Maruf Bakhit, who is identified with ballot-rigging and security crackdowns.

Tunisian uprising continues

By Ann Talbot, 2 February 2011

With a series of strikes breaking out, the Tunisian revolt is taking on a more working class character.

Egyptian uprising grows despite regime’s reform gestures

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2011

Masses of people continued to demonstrate in Cairo and other Egyptian cities Monday and protest organizers called for a “march of a million” to descend on Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the Presidential Palace Tuesday.

The Egyptian Revolution

By David North, 1 February 2011

As mass protests, factory occupations and calls for an indefinite general strike spread against the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak, the working class is emerging as the driving force of the Egyptian revolution.

The anti-socialist politics of Tunisia’s official “opposition”

By Kumaran Ira, 1 February 2011

On January 28, the Ettajdid movement held a public debate in Paris on the recent uprising in Tunisia that forced out the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

On the US “left” and the Egyptian Revolution

By Jerry White, 1 February 2011

Just as they did in the recent events in Tunisia, the International Socialist Organization is promoting the bourgeois opposition in Egypt, including Mohamed ElBaradei, as the legitimate leaders of the mass movement.

Mass protests continue in defiance of Egypt’s government and military

By Chris Marsden, 31 January 2011

Protests involving hundreds and thousands continued in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Suez and other cities throughout Egypt on Sunday, as deaths from the police crackdown soared to at least 150.

WikiLeaks cable shows close US ties with new Egyptian vice president

By Joseph Kishore, 31 January 2011

The new vice president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, has long-standing ties with the United States and has collaborated closely in efforts to suppress oppositional struggles throughout the Middle East.

International demonstrations in support of Egyptian uprising

By our reporters, 31 January 2011

Rallies were held over the weekend in cities throughout the world in support of the mass demonstrations in Egypt against the US-backed dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

The Obama administration and Egypt

By Barry Grey and David North, 31 January 2011

As the Obama administration confronts a growing revolutionary movement in Egypt, its tactics will flow from two overriding and inseparable strategic aims: defending the Egyptian capitalist state and maintaining the country as the linchpin of American imperialist operations in the Mediterranean, North Africa and throughout the Middle East.

Hundreds of thousands across Egypt defy police attacks to demand ouster of Mubarak

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 29 January 2011

The regime of Egyptian dictator Hosni Murbarak was shaken by mass demonstrations across the country Friday that overwhelmed security forces, leading to the mobilization of the army in an attempt to contain the mass uprising.

WikiLeaks exposes US complicity in murder, torture by Egyptian government

By Tom Eley, 29 January 2011

A new release of WikiLeaks documents, diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Cairo from 2009 and 2010, make clear that the Obama administration was well aware that the Mubarak regime held onto power by terrorizing the population.

Egyptian government deploys police, shuts down Internet ahead of mass demonstrations

By Johannes Stern and Stefan Steinberg, 28 January 2011

A mass demonstration is planned for Friday, with official opposition figures, including Mohamed El-Baradei and the Muslim Brotherhood, seeking to participate in order to smother the mass movement against unemployment, poverty and government repression.