Middle East

Fearmongering accompanies release of John Walker Lindh after 17 years in prison

By John Andrews, 24 May 2019

Lindh, an American captured with other foreign Taliban fighters in 2001, was released from a federal penitentiary Thursday, having served his full sentence for carrying arms on behalf of the then government of Afghanistan.

Israeli writer Amos Oz (1939-2018): A critical appreciation

By Clare Hurley and Clara Weiss, 24 May 2019

Oz published 40 books of fiction, collections of essays, speeches and letters that have been translated into 45 languages, including Esperanto.

Socialist Equality Group to hold public meeting in Turkey to demand freedom for Assange and Manning

By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 22 May 2019

The meeting is part of the ICFI’s ongoing international campaign to defend Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Saudi bombs kill Yemeni civilians, raising war tensions in Persian Gulf

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2019

The airstrikes, claiming 77 civilian casualties, came two days after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

The US war drive against Iran and the conflict with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 17 May 2019

Amid growing conflicts with its strategic rivals, including its European Union “allies,” Washington is seeking to reorganize Eurasian geopolitics, beginning with a war drive targeting Iran.

Lebanon: Workers take to the streets to denounce government austerity measures

By Jean Shaoul, 13 May 2019

The rallies were part of a nationwide public sector strike affecting schools, universities, state-run media outlets and government offices.

With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2019

The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 May 2019

The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

As protests grow, Algerian army arrests Workers Party leader

By Will Morrow, 11 May 2019

The army is imprisoning Louisa Hanoune on baseless charges to send a signal that it will deal ruthlessly with anyone, even figures with close ties to the regime.

Netanyahu agrees a ceasefire with Hamas—for now

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2019

The Israel Defense Forces launched more than 150 aerial strikes and shelled at least 200 sites in the tiny Palestinian enclave.

Acceding to Erdoğan’s demand

Turkish election authorities order re-vote in Istanbul

By Ulas Atesci and Keith Jones, 10 May 2019

If Erdoğan went to such lengths to overturn the Istanbul mayoral election results, it is because he fears any weakening of his control of the state apparatus under conditions of deepening economic and geopolitical crisis.

Imperialist war, the working-class upsurge in the Mideast and North Africa, and the strategy of Permanent Revolution

By Keith Jones, 10 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Keith Jones.

War by other means: US/EU sanctions aimed at crippling Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2019

Washington is seeking to crash the Syrian economy to create the conditions for a rebellion so as to impose a pro-US regime in Damascus.

Amid mass beheadings, Wall Street scrambles for Saudi profits

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2019

With the blood of 37 men decapitated in public squares barely dry, top financiers rushed to Riyadh in search of deals with the ruling monarchy.

New study documents over 1,600 killed in US siege of Raqqa, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2019

The killings in Raqqa, like those in Mosul, Iraq, constituted massive war crimes committed in the so-called war against ISIS.

Macron moves to prosecute journalists who revealed French arms sales in Yemen war

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2019

French security services have summoned Disclose journalists for questioning over their April 15 report documenting French arms supplies to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

Leaked documents implicate French government in war crimes in Yemen

By Kumaran Ira, 26 April 2019

Leaked intelligence documents expose top French officials’ denials that Saudi-led coalition forces use French-made weapons against Yemeni civilians as bald-faced lies.

US-backed Saudi regime beheads 37 political prisoners

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2019

The barbaric bloodbath exposes the criminality of not only the House of Saud, but also US imperialism, which counts it as its principal pillar in the Arab world.

Turkey’s political crisis escalates after mob attack on CHP leader

By Ulas Atesci, 24 April 2019

The near lynching of the head of the main opposition party is the outcome of a bellicose nationalist campaign mounted by President Erdogan, his AKP, and their far-right MHP allies.

As Israeli Labor vote collapses

Netanyahu prepares to form fourth consecutive government

By Jean Shaoul, 11 April 2019

Netanyahu will head a coalition of ultra-orthodox religious and right-wing parties, as well as an openly fascistic organization.

No clear winner in Israeli elections

By Barry Grey, 10 April 2019

Exit polls had conflicting projections, with most giving opposition candidate Benny Gantz a narrow victory over incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Libya’s descent into civil war: The bitter fruit of the pseudo-left's pro-imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2019

The escalating civil war in Libya has served as one more demonstration of the criminal role played by the pseudo-left proponents of “humanitarian” imperialist intervention.

US labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2019

Trump and Pompeo made a point of threatening other foreign countries, officials and businesses with retaliatory sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

Israel holds most right-wing elections in its history

By Jean Shaoul, 9 April 2019

The rival campaigns are inextricably linked to the Greater Israel project of Zionist expansion upon which the wealth of Israel’s elite depends.

Netanyahu embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro during Israel visit

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2019

Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

As Washington hails victory over ISIS, media ignores massive human toll

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2019

The Pentagon’s admission of 1,250 civilians killed in four years of bombardment of Iraq and Syria is a vast underestimate of the real death toll.

225 Turkey

29 March 2019

Saudi attack on hospital kills eight as war in Yemen enters fifth year

By Niles Niemuth, 28 March 2019

At least eight people, including five children, were killed when a missile slammed into a gas station near a medical facility that had been placed on a no-strike list.

US threatens Turkey over Russian S-400 air defence purchase

By Jordan Shilton, 28 March 2019

Despite Washington’s threats of sanctions and a downgrade in US-Turkish military security ties, Erdogan has vowed to proceed with the purchase and deployment of the S-400.

As strikes and protests escalate, Algeria’s army chief demands Bouteflika’s ouster

By Bill Van Auken, 27 March 2019

The call by General Salah for Bouteflika to be declared “unfit to rule” marks a desperate attempt to salvage the regime in the face of a popular uprising.

Canada extends military missions in Ukraine and Mideast, allies with Trump in refugee crackdown

By Roger Jordan, 23 March 2019

The Trudeau government’s right-wing, militarist policies underscore yet again the Liberal Party’s role in advancing the predatory interests of Canadian imperialism.

Amid deepening economic and political crisis, Turkey holds local elections

By Ulas Atesci, 21 March 2019

The ruling AKP faces bitter tensions with Washington and Turkey’s other NATO allies and an economic crisis triggered by the Trump administration’s trade war measures.

Israel mounts savage air bombardment on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 16 March 2019

Hamas denied any responsibility for the two ineffectual rockets launched against Tel Aviv.

Hundreds of thousands march in Algeria to demand fall of Bouteflika regime

By Will Morrow, 9 March 2019

Videos on social media show waves of predominantly young people chanting “The people want the downfall of the regime,” and “Thieves, you have eaten the country!”

Teachers strike wave spreads across five continents

By Eric London, 7 March 2019

From Bamako to Buenos Aires and Sacramento to São Paulo, the teachers’ strike movement shows the international character of the class struggle.

Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

By Jean Shaoul, 1 March 2019

The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu’s increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

South African gold miners’ strike at Sibanye in third month, Kenyan striking nurses defy back to work order

22 February 2019

As the strike by workers at Sibanye gold mine continues, the company announced the closure of two mines costing 7,000 jobs. Meanwhile Kenyan nurses are defying a back to work order by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Iranian Revolution—Forty Years On

By Keith Jones, 13 February 2019

It is the Stalinist Tudeh Party and the politics of Stalinism that were principally responsible for the tragic derailing of the Iranian Revolution.

Strike wave hits Kosovo

By Paul Mitchell, 6 February 2019

The Kosovan government is determined to prevent workers overturning years of stagnant or declining wages.

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.

Afghanistan peace talks and the debacle of the war on terror

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2019

Whether Washington withdraws US troops remains to be seen; what is certain is that Afghanistan is viewed through the prism of preparations for far wider wars.

US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2019

While the timetable for US troops to pull out of Syria remains unclear, Washington is steadily escalating tensions in the region.

US, Turkey clash over Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 missiles

By Baris Demir, 15 January 2019

The US team is expected to warn Ankara that Washington will not tolerate a Turkish purchase of Russian air defence systems.

Massive campaign to defend Israeli religious students accused of killing Palestinian mother of nine

By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2019

The murder and its aftermath highlight the utter lawlessness and racism inherent in the Greater Israel project from which the settler movement stems.

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.”

US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2019

Turkey’s president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

Election campaign confirms further shift to the right by Israeli political establishment

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2019

The campaign is dominated by the right-wing and militaristic agenda shared by all Israeli parties, allies and opponents of Likud alike.

Trump says there is no set date for Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2019

While Trump bemoaned Washington’s “never-ending war,” his acting Defense Secretary told the Pentagon to focus on “China, China, China.”

Syrian government troops deployed to flashpoint city of Manbij

By Bill Van Auken, 29 December 2018

Turkey and Russia are staging high-level talks on the future of Syria’s northeast following the US troop withdrawal.

Trump’s visit to Iraq and Washington’s never-ending war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2018

Trump’s buffoonish performance in Iraq carried one serious message: With or without troops in Syria, the decades-long US war for hegemony in the Middle East goes on.

Trump stages visit to Iraq amid mounting crisis over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2018

The surprise visit appeared aimed at mollifying sections of the military-intelligence apparatus and reasserting Trump's commitment to US militarism in the Middle East.

Israel’s Netanyahu calls early election amid corruption charges

By Jean Shaoul, 27 December 2018

While Netanyahu will have to fight the election under a cloud, he sees this as preferable to doing so as an indicted crook.

Israeli premier demands German government stop funding Jewish Museum Berlin

By Sybille Fuchs, 27 December 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu’s letter accuses the museum of “anti-Israel activities” for seeking to engage in dialogue with Muslims and others.

European powers condemn Trump’s withdrawal from Syria

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2018

Trump’s planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the subsequent resignation of defence secretary James Mattis have provoked a fierce response from European leaders.

The resignation of General Mattis and America’s crisis of class rule

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2018

The panic and hysteria over the resignation of the former Marine Corps general reflects a deep-going crisis within the US ruling establishment.

South Africa Sibanye miners’ strike made illegal

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

21 December 2018

Some 15,000 workers at three mines operated by Sibanye’s three gold mines are continuing a strike that has now been declared illegal based on allegations of violence on the part of workers.

Trump’s Syrian withdrawal order sparks political firestorm in Washington

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2018

The announcement follows discussions between Trump and Erdogan, who has threatened to send Turkish troops into the northeastern Syrian region where US troops are based.

Turkey threatens to invade Syria amid tensions with Washington

By Barış Demir, 20 December 2018

Trump’s call yesterday for a US withdrawal from Syria reflected growing conflicts between Ankara and Washington over the bloody proxy war in Syria.

Brutal crackdown on West Bank as Netanyahu pledges stepped-up land grab

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2018

The Palestinians have faced not just the Israel Defense Forces but also Israeli settlers who have been attacking cars and civilians.

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2018

Netanyahu’s hailing of Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Salvini as a “great friend of Israel” demonstrates the affinity between the Zionist state and neo-fascism.

Republican senators say “zero question” Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi assassination

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2018

A closed-door briefing Tuesday by CIA Director Gina Haspel confirmed Mohamed bin Salman’s responsibility for the murder of the Saudi journalist.

Taliban attack kills three US soldiers in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2018

The attack, which also wounded four Americans, came amid a worsening deterioration of the US position after 17 years of war.

UAE pardons British PhD student Matthew Hedges on spying charges

By Paula Smith, 26 November 2018

The United Arab Emirates’ rulers granted British PhD student Matthew Hedges “gracious clemency.” Just days earlier a court in Abu Dhabi sentenced him to life imprisonment.

At least 85,000 child deaths in Yemen highlight Saudi-US war crimes

By Mike Head, 23 November 2018

Washington is intent on asserting US dominance over the oil-rich and strategically-critical Middle East, regardless of the terrible human cost.

Trump rules out further action against Saudi regime over Khashoggi’s murder

By James Cogan, 21 November 2018

Trump’s only real concern is US “national interest”—namely, lucrative economic relations with the Saudi monarchy and Saudi support for US aggression in the Middle East.

Pakistan prime minister visits Beijing amid heightened US-China tensions

By Pradeep Ramanayaka, 21 November 2018

If Khan was hoping for an immediate financial bailout from China, he was disappointed as Beijing offered no specific aid and signed no significant agreements.

Israel: Netanyahu’s coalition government collapses, forcing early elections

By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2018

Lieberman has pushed Netanyahu into an election campaign that will be fought over the Gaza debacle and the prime minister’s “weakness.”

Civilian death toll mounts as US escalates offensive in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2018

The so-called campaign against ISIS is aimed at carving out a US-controlled zone in eastern Syria and ultimately overthrowing the Damascus government.

US imposes limited sanctions on Saudi officials over Khashoggi’s murder

By Mike Head, 16 November 2018

The announcement’s timing points to the White House seeking to shore up the latest Saudi version of the events, which protects Crown Prince Mohammed.

030 Israeli defense minister resigns

15 November 2018

US, Turkey risk direct military clash as they escalate war in Syria

By Barış Demir, 8 November 2018

Ankara is threatening an outright military occupation of large parts of Syria, which could provoke a direct clash with US forces.

The siege of Hodeidah: Washington doubles down on its war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 7 November 2018

Washington’s supposed demand for a ceasefire has only produced a sharp escalation in the world’s most murderous war.

US escalates illegal economic war on the people of Iran

By Keith Jones, 6 November 2018

Speaking like a mafia don, Pompeo offered Iran “a choice” between making a “180-degree turn from its outlaw course of action” and seeing “its economy crumble.”

Europe and America clash over Washington’s economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 5 November 2018

Washington’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions on Iran—aimed at strangling its economy and precipitating regime change—is roiling world geopolitics.

US expands illegal, unilateral sanctions against Iran

By Mike Head, 3 November 2018

The measures Washington outlined yesterday are tantamount to a declaration of war.

Washington calls for Yemen ceasefire as Saudis escalate siege of Hodeidah

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2018

The hypocritical “peace effort” advanced by Washington places full blame for the genocidal war in Yemen on the Houthi rebels and Iran.

As sanctions tighten, Washington threatens Iran with “military might”

By Keith Jones, 2 November 2018

The US is dramatically escalating its illegal, economic war against Iran, with the aim of crashing its economy and imposing a pro-US regime in Tehran.

Canada upholds $15 billion Saudi arms deal after Khashoggi murder

By Roger Jordan, 29 October 2018

Ottawa’s muted response to Khashoggi’s murder has been aimed not just at upholding the arms deal, but also strengthening Canada’s predatory partnership with Washington.

Saudi airstrike kills 21 civilians in Yemen

By Jacob Crosse, 27 October 2018

Two children among the dead as the US-backed coalition prepares offensive

Turkish president brands Khashoggi killing a premeditated murder

By Peter Symonds, 24 October 2018

While Erdogan had promised to expose the “naked truth,” his less-than-full account of the killing indicates that he is exploiting the issue to further Turkish interests in the Middle East.

Europe makes delayed criticism of Saudis over Khashoggi murder

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2018

Britain’s quiescence reflects its dependence on the House of Saud for policing the oil-rich Gulf peninsula.

Amid crisis over Khashoggi murder

US State Department “socialists” discover the war in Yemen

By Barry Grey, 23 October 2018

The ISO and the DSA respond like political weathervanes to shifting winds within the US intelligence agencies in regard to Saudi Arabia’s current ruler.

Saudi regime admits Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate

By James Cogan, 20 October 2018

The Saudi version of events, a crude cover-up attempt, is a compilation of improbable lies.

Historian seeks release of Israel’s secret papers on Kfar Qasem massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2018

Historian Adam Raz believes what has long been rumoured—that behind the horrific massacre in which 51 people were killed was a secret plan developed at the highest level of the Israeli state to transfer Israel’s Palestinians to Jordan.

Feigning moral outrage, the Times’ Thomas Friedman comes to the defense of the Saudi killer regime

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2018

Friedman poses the problem of how to respond to the murder of Khashoggi from the “practical” standpoint of imperialist Realpolitik.

Trump backs Saudi Arabia, suggesting “rogue killers” murdered Khashoggi

By Peter Symonds, 16 October 2018

While Trump’s remarks are absurd, the hypocrisy of his critics in American ruling circles, given their long support for the murderous Saud regime, is staggering.

US, European powers threaten Saudi crown prince after Khashoggi murder

By Alex Lantier, 15 October 2018

Evidence that America’s closest Arab Middle East ally murdered a well known journalist exposes the criminality of the entire global financial aristocracy.

As evidence mounts of Khashoggi’s murder

Trump rejects calls for US to end arms sales to Saudi monarchy

By Jordan Shilton, 13 October 2018

The imperialist powers, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood-soaked repression of the Saudi regime, which has been exposed once again by the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US student critical of Israel detained at Tel Aviv airport for more than a week

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2018

Lara Alqasem, 22, was targeted because she is president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the BDS campaign against Israel.

Israeli mass murder of Gazans targets children

By Jean Shaoul, 8 October 2018

The ongoing slaughter of men, women and children by the Israel Defense Forces has been treated as a non-event by the major imperialist powers and the corporate media.

Demolition of Bedouin village highlights Netanyahu’s “Greater Israel” plan

By Jean Shaoul, 4 October 2018

The authorities have already demolished 26 homes in the community, making 132 people homeless, 77 of them children and teenagers, over the last 12 years.

Iran fires missiles at Islamist “rebels” as US vows to remain in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2018

Washington and Tehran, already at odds over escalating US sanctions, are coming into increasing conflict over military operations in Syria.

World Bank warns Gaza faces economic collapse

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2018

The organization warned that half of Gaza residents live in poverty and youth unemployment is over 70 percent.

Washington amplifies war threats against Iran, bullies the world

By Keith Jones, 27 September 2018

In his two days at the UN, Trump threatened much of the world, giving voice to the insatiable aspirations of US imperialism and the dissatisfaction of its ruling elite at the erosion of its economic power.

Against backdrop of UN General Assembly

Trump to intensify economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 25 September 2018

The US sanctions are both manifestly illegal and reckless; under international law, they are tantamount to an act of war.

Release the framed-up Istanbul airport workers!

No to pressure and intimidation against the working class!

By the Socialist Equality Group of Turkey, 25 September 2018

Construction workers framed by the government should be released instantly, and their demands for humane and decent working conditions granted.

Twenty-nine killed in attack on military parade in southwestern Iran

By Keith Jones, 24 September 2018

Tehran has accused Washington and its Gulf client states of facilitating Saturday’s attack.

Iran responds to economic crisis and US destabilisation with repression of working class

By Jean Shaoul, 21 September 2018

This year has witnessed increasing social and economic unrest among all layers of the Iranian working class over high unemployment and soaring inflation.

New Zealand government extends troop deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Tom Peters, 21 September 2018

The announcement that troops will remain in Iraq and Afghanistan further demolishes claims that the NZ Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government is a “progressive” alternative.

Russian aircraft shot down during Israeli missile attack on main Syrian government port

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2018

Russian sources have reported that they tracked missiles launched by a French frigate at the time their aircraft was attacked.