North Africa

Defying riot police, Moroccan autoworkers at Kénitra launch wildcat strike

By Alex Lantier, 9 February 2021

Strikers want to resolve their very low salary, poor sanitary conditions, non-payment of bonuses and overtime, including a performance bonus that has not been paid for six months, and equipment failures.

US recognizes Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara

By Jean Shaoul, 14 December 2020

President Donald Trump’s recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara was the quid pro quo for Morocco’s formal recognition of Israel.

Floods inundate Sudan amid escalating economic crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2020

The hardest hit has been the capital Khartoum, where the Blue and White Nile Rivers meet, as the Nile burst its banks, demolishing everything in its way.

Collapse in oil prices threatens social and political unrest in Middle East and North Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2020

The first and hardest hit have been the Gulf’s 30 million migrant workers from South Asia, the Philippines and the MENA region, who outnumber citizens in four of the six Gulf states.

New York University withholds completed dental degree, student facing deportation

By Sam Dalton, 8 August 2020

Despite their completion of coursework, an international student faces deportation because they are unable to pay exorbitant tuition costs and fees.

Libyan civil war intensifies amid growing international negotiations

By Hasan Yıldırım, 12 June 2020

The domestic and international parties of the civil war in Libya have recently intensified talks as Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli advanced on the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar.

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.

Civilian casualties mount as foreign powers continue to fuel Libya’s civil war

By Alberto Escalera, 20 May 2020

Libya’s civil war is fueled by a complex interplay between the competing interests of international energy monopolies and local power struggles to control oil and gas revenues.

Africa’s elite build VIP hospitals for themselves, leaving workers to die

By Stephan McCoy, 8 April 2020

The response of the African ruling elite has been to cocoon itself in luxury, distancing from the impoverished masses it views with hostility and fear.

Africa’s confirmed cases rise to 7,600, as 314 die from the coronavirus

By Stephan McCoy, 4 April 2020

The response of African governments has been to ramp up the powers of the state and impose brutal lockdowns with virtually no mass testing, contact tracing or isolation taking place.

The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020

The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.

Turkey’s Erdoğan threatens to send troops into Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2019

With Ankara and Moscow backing rival regimes in the ravaged country, any escalation threatens to spill over into a far wider and more dangerous war.

Five candidates contest December 12 Algerian election amid mass opposition

By Kumaran Ira, 7 November 2019

The field of candidates, who are all tools of the regime, vindicates the overwhelming opposition of workers and youth in Algeria to the elections.

Algerian junta to slash energy subsidies amid mass protests

By Kumaran Ira, 19 October 2019

Ahmed Gaid Salah’s military regime has approved a bill to pay off global oil and gas firms by slashing billions of dollars in subsidies for Algerian workers.

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians

By Alex Lantier, 7 August 2019

The bombing in the city of Murzuq was carried out by Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which relies on support from Paris and Washington as well as Egypt.

“Amazon is a murderer and has to be stopped”

Amazon call center worker in Rabat, Morocco speaks out against company harassment

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2019

Ismaila N’Diaye, a 32-year-old former Amazon customer service employee in Rabat, said the life of his family has been torn apart by the company.

Refugee death toll rises in Mediterranean Sea graveyard

By Marianne Arens, 11 July 2019

The courageous action of ship captain Carola Rackete has again focused public attention on the plight of refugees seeking to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.

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.

General strike against military regime brings Sudan to a standstill

By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2019

Photos and video posted on social media showed empty streets and shuttered markets across the country.

Military massacres protesters in Sudan

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2019

Dozens were killed and hundreds wounded Monday after troops broke up a sit-in in Khartoum with live ammunition.

France illegally arming Libyan coastguards to stop refugees from Africa

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 1 June 2019

The policy has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations because of the prevalence of torture, rape, slavery and murder in the camps.

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.

Mass protests intensify against Algerian regime

By Will Morrow, 1 May 2019

Anger erupted after 13 workers protesting the lack of water near Tebessa were shot by security guards at the Youkous bottled water factory.

Sudan: Protest leaders agree to collaborate with Transitional Military Council

By Jean Shaoul, 29 April 2019

The TMC is seeking a government of “technocrats,” in which it would retain the key interior and defence portfolios—thereby ensuring military rule behind a civilian façade.

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.

Which way forward for the struggle against Algeria’s military dictatorship?

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2019

After the 2011 uprising and the 2013 military coup in Egypt, there is a broad sense that mass militant protests by themselves cannot overthrow an entrenched ruling class.

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.

Libya on the brink of all-out civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2019

Eight years after the US and NATO launched a war for regime-change under humanitarian pretenses, conditions for the masses in Libya remain catastrophic.

Algerian army purges intelligence agencies as anti-regime protests grow

By Alex Lantier, 9 April 2019

Amid growing popular distrust of the army, the army is firing top intelligence officials implicated in the regime’s crimes during Algeria’s bloody 1992-2002 civil war.

Mass protests in Algeria follow Bouteflika’s resignation

By Will Morrow, 6 April 2019

As protesters denounced the fraudulent military-backed transition, the army released a statement yesterday threatening any opposition to its interests.

Sixth Friday mass protest in Algeria demands fall of the regime

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2019

After the army brass tried to defuse the situation by moving to impeach President Bouteflika, protesters called for bringing down the regime and the army.

Protests against Sudan’s al-Bashir regime enter fourth month

By Jean Shaoul, 30 March 2019

The protests take place amid the most sustained challenge to al-Bashir’s rule since he seized power in a 1989 coup.

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.

Thousands of young Moroccan teachers assaulted by anti-riot police

By Nancy Hanover, 26 March 2019

Contract teachers have struck the Northern African country of Morocco since March 3 and mass protests have escalated.

Over one million protest extension of Bouteflika’s term in Algeria

By Will Morrow, 16 March 2019

Reports indicate that the demonstrations were even larger than last Friday, when more than one million people protested in Algiers alone.

Socialist Workers Party seeks to derail movement against Algerian regime

By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 16 March 2019

Algeria’s Socialist Workers’ Party seeks to tie protests to discredited bourgeois parties and block a revolutionary working class challenge to the regime.

16 March 2019

The working class enters into struggle in Algeria

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2019

The eruption of mass workers protests against the Algerian regime vindicate the ICFI’s struggle against Pabloite tendencies that claimed this regime would build socialism.

Algerian regime pledges fraudulent political “transition” as strikes spread

By Will Morrow, 12 March 2019

While Bouteflika has pledged not to seek a fifth term, this is to be achieved by postponing elections and extending his current term indefinitely.

Algerians in France protest in solidarity with strike wave in Algeria

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 12 March 2019

On Sunday, Algerians organised protests again in Paris and Marseille, a week after a protest of 1,000 Algerians took place in Montreal, Canada.

Nationwide strike shakes Algerian regime

By Will Morrow, 11 March 2019

The movement against the Bouteflika regime is entering a new stage and the working class is emerging as its basic revolutionary force.

Mass protests to hit Algeria today against Bouteflika regime

By Will Morrow, 8 March 2019

More than two thirds of the Algerian population is aged under 30, with the median age at 28—and more than a quarter of youth are unemployed.

Algerian workers in France speak out against Bouteflika regime

By V. Gnana and Alex Lantier, 6 March 2019

The anger that is erupting in mass protests against the Bouteflika regime in Algeria has provoked a wave of support in France.

Algerian protests continue after Bouteflika launches presidential bid

By Will Morrow, 5 March 2019

Speaking for the former colonial power, Le Monde published an editorial demanding that Bouteflika step down and warning that the situation risks spinning out of control.

Mass protests erupt in Algeria against Bouteflika’s bid for fifth term

By Alex Lantier, 2 March 2019

Amid a strike wave across North Africa, workers in youth are protesting across Algeria.

Strike wave shakes North Africa

By Kumaran Ira, 2 March 2019

After the “Arab Spring” in 2011, a new wave of strikes and demonstrations is shaking Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco

By a reporter, 21 February 2019

The confrontation came in the midst of a general strike of Moroccan workers on the eighth anniversary of a revolt that was part of the 2011 “Arab Spring.”

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.

General strike of 700,000 public sector workers shakes Tunisia

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2019

Eight years after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali in 2011, renewed mass struggles are erupting.

Protests erupt in Tunisia after self-immolation of journalist Abderrazak Zorgui

By Alex Lantier, 28 December 2018

In a video on social media, Zorgui said he hoped his act would cause a new revolution, eight years after the toppling of Tunisian President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.

Bombings kill 62 in Somalia amid escalating US scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2018

The intensive US air strikes in Somalia came on the heels of Washington’s unveiling of a new policy based upon Africa as an arena of great power conflict.

Civil war clashes erupt in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018

A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.

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.

Thousands march to mark anniversary of Ben Ali’s overthrow in Tunisia

By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 15 January 2018

The new wave of protests was prompted by anger over mass unemployment, corruption and the 2018 finance law.

Protests erupt in Morocco after two die working in abandoned mine

By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2017

Poverty and mass unemployment force thousands in eastern Morocco to risk their lives in abandoned coal mines, which Jerada residents call the “mines of death.”

Amnesty International report exposes EU role in mass torture of refugees in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017

The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.

Western powers move closer to new military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2016

The main task of the national unity government in Libya will be to give the green light to a new military intervention in the oil rich North African country.

France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016

Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.

UK to send troops to Somalia and South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 3 October 2015

The US and its European allies are engaged in a ferocious struggle with China for control of the oil resources in the Horn of Africa region.

US preparing new drone deployments to North Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2015

The US military’s Africa Command is preparing to develop at least one new US drone and Special Forces base in North Africa.

Tunisian army called out after terror attack kills 23

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2015

In the final analysis, the atrocity in Tunis is the result of the catastrophes created by the US wars in Iraq and Libya and the proxy war Washington has waged in Syria.

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.

Boko Haram escalates offensive in Nigeria’s Borno State

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2015

Boko Haram now controls 11 local governmental units, including some 20,000 square miles in the northern states of Yobe and Borno.

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.

More questions than answers after US commandos seize Benghazi attack suspect

By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2014

Ahmed Abu Khattala has been living openly in his home district in Benghazi for the past two years, while denying any role in the attack on the US mission in which four died.

Libya plunging towards civil war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014

The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.

CIA-linked general launches Libya coup bid

By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2014

General Khalifa Haftar launched his armed actions as the Pentagon positioned a US Marine task force for a possible intervention.

Hundreds drown fleeing continued fighting in South Sudan

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2014

As many as 300 people drowned when an overloaded ferry that they had boarded to flee fighting in the city of Malakal sank Tuesday in the White Nile.

Attempt at ceasefire as military buildup continues in South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 28 December 2013

What is portrayed as a conflict within the world’s newest state is part of the imperialist balkanisation of Sudan to control its oil and mineral wealth.

Libyan prime minister abducted in retaliation for US raid on Tripoli

By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2013

The kidnapping highlighted the impotence of the neo-colonial regime set up by NATO after the war in Libya two years ago.

Libya destabilised by factional and military infighting

By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013

The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.

Libya’s General National Council passes Political Isolation Law

By Jean Shaoul, 24 May 2013

Armed Islamist militias forced parliament to pass the Political Isolation Law, outlawing officials who had worked for Gaddafi from holding office.

Mass protests against referendum on new Egyptian constitution

By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2012

Over a hundred thousand people demonstrated in Cairo yesterday against a referendum scheduled for December 15 on an Islamist constitution that enshrines the authority of the military.

Mursi calls on military in Egypt crisis

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2012

Army officers have been given the power to arrest civilians to maintain “public order.”

Tunisian UGTT union calls one-day national strike

By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 December 2012

The UGTT union has called a one-day national strike for December 13, amid rising working class protests and clashes with right-wing Islamist groups.

Protests spread throughout Egypt against Islamist dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2012

Mass protests against the US-backed Islamist government of President Mohamed Mursi spread throughout Egypt yesterday.

Egypt’s US-backed president Mursi deploys army, prepares massive repression

By Johannes Stern, 7 December 2012

Fearing mass protests, the Mursi regime deployed the army around the Presidential Palace in Cairo.

US-backed Muslim Brotherhood unleashes bloody crackdown in Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2012

With Washington’s tacit support, the Islamists are seeking to crush strikes and protests and re-establish untrammeled dictatorial rule in Egypt.

Mursi’s crackdown exposes counter-revolutionary role of Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2012

Mursi’s bloody crackdown against protesters opposing his power grab exposes the counterrevolutionary character of the Revolutionary Socialists’ support for him.

Mass anti-Mursi protests, clashes with police in Cairo

By Chris Marsden, 5 December 2012

Protests Tuesday against the dictatorial powers assumed by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and his efforts to ram through a new constitution culminated in a massive march on the presidential palace.

Mass opposition to Tunisian repression of anti-poverty protests

By Antoine Lerougetel, 4 December 2012

Police have brutally repressed protests against the scrapping of programmes against poverty and unemployment in the town of Siliana in Tunisia.

Mass protests as Egyptian government seeks to push through constitution

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2012

The new constitution enshrines the domination of the military over Egyptian society.

Egypt’s proposed constitution enshrines dictatorial powers and military rule

By Chris Marsden, 30 November 2012

The rushing through yesterday of Egypt’s new constitution by the Constituent Assembly is an aggressive move by the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammed Mursi.

Mass protests against Egyptian President Mursi

By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2012

Hundreds of thousands protested in Cairo'’s Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt against Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Mass protest against Mursi set for Egypt’s Tahrir Square

By Chris Marsden, 27 November 2012

Rival mass protest will be staged today, provoked by President Mohamed Mursi’s decree granting himself virtually dictatorial powers.

Mass protests erupt in Egypt against Mursi’s antidemocratic decrees

By Johannes Stern, 24 November 2012

Mass protests against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood erupted throughout the country on Friday.

US spy agencies edited Benghazi “talking points”

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2012

Their purpose was to conceal the connections between the US intelligence apparatus and gunmen linked to Al Qaeda.

Egypt’s President Mursi claims vast new executive powers

By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2012

The main target of the declaration is working class opposition to Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists ally with Sawiris tycoon, ex-Mubarak officials

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2012

The misnamed Revolutionary Socialists have established a de facto alliance with members of Egypt’s financial aristocracy and elements of the old Mubarak-regime.

Sudan accuses Israel of bombing military factory in Khartoum

By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2012

Early Wednesday morning, an explosion hit the Yarmouk Military Industrial Complex in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

Egyptian liberal, pseudo-left groups demonstrate against Mursi

By Johannes Stern, 23 October 2012

Last Friday various liberal and pseudo-left groups protested against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, on Tahrir Square in Cairo.

US prepares military strikes as Libya crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 17 October 2012

The White House is considering drone strikes and Special Forces raids in retaliation for the fatal September 11 attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Egyptian Islamists clash with liberals and pseudo-left groups on Tahrir Square

By Johannes Stern, 15 October 2012

Clashes erupted between followers of the ruling Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the pseudo-left opposition on Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday.

Egyptian pseudo-left parties form new anti-working class alliance

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2012

The formation of the DRC is the latest maneuver by the Egyptian pseudo-left parties to tie the Egyptian working class politically to the bourgeoisie.

Attack in Libya disrupted major CIA operation

By Bill Van Auken, 25 September 2012

The September 11 attack that claimed the life of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans disrupted a major CIA operation in the North African country.

US blames Libya attack on Al Qaeda-linked forces it previously backed

By Alex Lantier, 22 September 2012

US officials believe the Benghazi attack is the work of Al Qaeda-linked forces backed by Washington during last year’s war in Libya.

Egyptian President Mursi cracks down after US embassy protests

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2012

Egypt’s US-backed Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, is launching a crackdown against workers and youth after protests at the US embassy in Cairo last week.

The US embassy protests

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2012

Protests at US embassies against an anti-Islamic video are a devastating popular verdict on the policies of the US government in the Middle East.

“The Quiet American”: the death of J. Christopher Stevens

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2012

The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya is a consequence of the bloody and murderous role of imperialism in that region and throughout the world.

US sends Marines to Libya after ambassador’s killing

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2012

The killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other US personnel in the storming of the US consulate in Benghazi is by all appearances a case of the chickens coming home to roost.