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North Africa & Middle East

Iran: A new period opening up

2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Despite the brutal suppression of the latest wave of protests, the dictatorial regime that came to power 40 years ago is now much weaker, facing a severe crisis. The crucial question is what should be the role of the workers’ movement in Iran and what programme does it need to ensure ...

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Iran: Trump brings region closer to war

Rob Jones, CWI The headline and editorial in the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah newspaper “Al-Akhbar” on Friday read: “The martyrdom of Soleimani: It is war!” This is just one of the first angry reactions to the overnight US drone attack on the convoy leaving Baghdad International airport that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and at least six others, including several militia ...

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Association elections at the University of Haifa. The Student Union needs to start fighting for our rights!

Uri Bar-Shalom Agmon  Maavak Sozialisti/Nidal Eshteraki (Socialist Struggle) – the CWI in Israel/Palestine  In early December, the Haifa University Student Council’s Supplementary Election saw a left-wing election campaign based on a successful collaboration between Socialist Struggle and another movement around a number of key demands. It challenged those candidates of the “Student Committee” who have governed the Association for over ...

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Iraq – a tinder-box waiting to burst into flame

Rob Jones – Sotsialisticheskaya Alternativa – CWI Majority in Russia In 2003 the imperialist powers launched a brutal ‘shock and awe’ campaign intended to remove Saddam Hussein and establish a new democratic order in the Middle East. At least that was the official cover, in reality it was as much an attempt by western imperialism to get its hands on ...

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Uprising in Lebanon: masses united in street protests

For nearly a month, 17 October uprising has been shaking Lebanon. This movement was born spontaneously following a series of additional taxes, including a tax on the WhatsApp free communication application. By Ammar, PSL/LSP (CWI in Belgium) Brussels A sectarian political regime Since the end of the civil war (1990), Lebanon has been a country ruled by parties that were ...

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Egypt. Can the current protests lead to regime change?

After several years of relative calm, a wave of protests beginning at the end of September has once again shaken Egypt (see https://worldsocialist.net/?p=383). Although for now, particularly against the background of explosive events in other parts of the Middle East, the protests have lost some momentum, the problems facing the Egyptian masses have still not been resolved. Igor Yasin from ...

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Build solidarity with the Kurds’ struggle against Turkey’s war

By Arne Johansson. This is a slightly edited version, first printed in “Offensiv” – weekly paper of the CWI in Sweden The sudden withdrawal of the United States from north-eastern Syria has, in one fell swoop, placed the Syrian Kurdish forces in the YPG (People’s Protection Units) and their close allies in the war against ISIS within the SDF (Syrian ...

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No to war in North and East Syria! 

An international movement can stop this war! Having been given the green light by US imperialism, Erdoğan’s regime has launched a massive invasion into Northern and Eastern Syria. On October 9, warplanes of the Turkish Armed Forces started bombing the region.  The ruling elite has proved there is no limit to their cynicism, naming this war “Operation Fountain of Peace”. ...

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Rojava: No to the Turkish invasion!

By Claus Ludwig SAV CWI in Germany. This is an updated version of an article from sozialismus.info A new stage of the war in Syria is now beginning after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that Turkish troops are ready to attack and occupy the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. The first wave of troops accompanied by widespread airstrikes ...

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Egyptian protesters break the wall of fear 

By Serge Jordan, CWI On the evening of Friday, September 20, widespread protests broke out in Egypt. Hundreds of people came down to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the January 2011 revolution, and many more marched through the streets of other parts of the country, including the port cities of Alexandria and Suez, as well as the working-class heartland of Mahalla al-Kubra. Echoing ...

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