Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

Mass arrest of trade unionists in Iran

Yesterday, Friday 15th of June at 12 noon 60 members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations and a number of labor activists were arrested in the city of Karaj.

According to the latest news, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, Saeed Moghaddam, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hoss are amongst those arrested.

For more news ... read this post

None of the above

Mohamed Mursi: reactionary

Calling on Egyptians to vote for the Muslim Brotherhood is insane, argues Paul Demarty (first published in the WW)

The May 23-24 first round of voting in the Egyptian presidential elections produced, as has been widely noted, the worst possible outcome for the masses, lining up the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi against erstwhile Mubarak crony Ahmed Shafiq.... read this post

Correspondence with a Syrian socialist

The Syrian left, like the left generally at the moment, is weak and marred by many of the problems familiar with the British left – reformism, nationalism, popular frontism etc.

Nonetheless, the left across the Arab world is beginning to organise and discuss the way forward. Syria is no exception, and communists worldwide can only welcome this extremely positive development. ... read this post

The Arab spark and uprisings in the Middle East

Manchester CS public meeting 6pm, Thursday 20th October Cameron Committee Room on 3rd floor of MMU

**Meeting postponed on 13th October**

The Middle East and North Africa have seen a wave of uprisings against decades-old dictatorships which sought to stifle all dissent. Oppression and grinding exploitation at the hands of both local tyrants and Western capital lies behind the recent ... read this post

A few bad apples? Torture and imperialist ideology

In 2003, Baha Mousa was arrested with nine other Iraqis by British troops in Basra. Two days later, he was dead; in the intervening time, according to the coroner, he had suffered 93 distinct physical injuries.

Nine years later, an inquiry into his death – and the treatment he and the others suffered at the hands of the British army ... read this post

War drive gathers momentum

Imperialist threats against Iran have been stepped up once again, writes Communist Students member James Turley:

Last July, during a Youtube debate, Barack Obama (now de facto official Democrat presidential candidate) promised he would talk to the leaders of what are perceived as anti-American states – Venezuela, Cuba and Iran among them.

This rather mild pledge, in another reminder of ... read this post

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