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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 March 2013

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US troops to Niger: A new stage in the scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2013

With the deployment of US troops and drones to Niger, a new stage in the imperialist recolonization of Africa is now in progress.

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22 February 2013

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15 February 2013

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The role of Germany in the war in Mali

By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013

Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 February 2013

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Britain makes its own military push into Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 2 February 2013

Britain is to send at least 350 military personnel to Mali and West Africa in a direct challenge to French efforts to dominate the region.

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1 February 2013

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Britain, US escalate war aid as France advances into northern Mali

By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013

Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.

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25 January 2013

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Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013

Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.

Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013

Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.

French Left Front promotes war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013

France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.

Standoff continues in Algerian hostage crisis

By Alex Lantier, 19 January 2013

The standoff at the Tinguentourine natural gas site in Algeria has continued amid mounting international tensions over France’s war in Mali.

France escalates Mali war amid Algerian hostage crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2013

France has increased its troop deployment in Mali to 1,400, amid a hostage crisis after Islamist militants seized an Algerian natural gas complex to protest the war.

2013 and the new Scramble for Africa

By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2013

US aims in Africa centre on securing hegemony over the entire continent, a conflict in which its chief rival is now China.

France launches ground offensive in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 January 2013

French ground troops have attacked rebel forces holding the small town of Diabaly, near the border with rebel-held northern Mali.

South African police fire on striking farm workers

By Joshua Lumet, 11 January 2013

Confrontations between striking farm workers and South African police and private security guards have left several people wounded and some 50 arrested.

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4 January 2013

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US retools terror war in scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 27 December 2012

The Pentagon’s announcement that it is forming a new Africa brigade is a clear indication that US imperialism is escalating its interventions on the continent.

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21 December 2012

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Junta forces Malian prime minister to resign

By Ernst Wolff, 15 December 2012

Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.

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14 December 2012

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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.

Trade unions shut down South African farm workers strike

By Iqra Qalam and Jashua Lumet, 8 December 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called off a strike in the Western Cape Province in a bid to contain growing anger and resistance among farm workers.

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.

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7 December 2012

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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.

The failure of land reform in South Africa

By Iqra Qalam and Joshua Lumet, 6 December 2012

The failure of the agrarian reform policies of the African National Congress has exposed the bourgeois nationalist liberation movement’s inability to resolve the land question.

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.

Rebel soldiers advance in Congo

By Ernst Wolff, 27 November 2012

Rebel soldiers attached to the Movement M 23 are continuing to advance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

South African farmworkers speak on issues in strike

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 26 November 2012

The trade unions and the political establishment are seeking to demobilize the farmworkers’ struggle, which follows and has been motivated by the eruption of strikes in the mining industries.

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.

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23 November 2012

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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.

South African farm workers’ strike spreads

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 21 November 2012

The three-week-long strike by farm workers in the fertile farmlands of the Boland in South Africa has now spread to 24 different areas and has led to further violent clashes with police.

West African states prepare intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 November 2012

The Economic Community of West African States has reiterated its readiness to deploy 3,300 soldiers to the north of Mali before the start of the rainy season.

South African farm workers’ strikes inspired by events at Marikana

By Joshua Lumet and Iqra Qalam, 16 November 2012

Militant struggles among South Africa’s impoverished workers have spread to the Western Cape province’s farms, following on months of upheavals in the mining industry.

Charges of evidence tampering at South African mine massacre inquiry

By Julie Hyland, 12 November 2012

The inquiry into the South African police massacre of striking miners at Marikana heard evidence that police tampered with the scene to justify the killings.

Mau-Mau verdict exposes crimes of British imperialism in Kenya

By Jean Shaoul, 12 November 2012

It is estimated that more than 150,000 Kenyans were killed in the suppression of the Mau-Mau uprising that involved ethnic cleansing, concentration camps and widespread torture and murder.

Unions collude in repression as South Africa’s strike wave ebbs

By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2012

The South African Police Service is waging a brutal campaign of intimidation facilitated by the suffocation of strikes in the mining sector by the COSATU.

Clinton visit to Algeria prepares war in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 3 November 2012

Hillary Clinton visited Algiers Monday to secure Algerian support for an imperialist intervention in Mali, as a conference to plan for war opened in Bamako.

South African miners shot dead by security

By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2012

Mine security guards shot and killed two striking coal miners in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, amid continuing tensions and clashes in South Africa’s mining sector.

US employs former child soldiers as mercenaries

By Sybille Fuchs, 31 October 2012

The US is increasingly using private security forces to wage its wars and maintain its occupation of countries after the withdrawal of regular troops.

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.

Striking South African miners oppose rally called by official unions

By Julie Hyland, 29 October 2012

Saturday’s rally by South Africa’s COSATU union federation and the National Union of Mineworkers only exposed the hostility of broad masses of workers toward the official unions.

South Africa's unions use mass sackings and murder to suppress miners

By Chris Marsden, 26 October 2012

Mass sackings, police intimidation and brutality are being employed in an effort to bring the wave of strikes in South Africa’s mines to a close.

Strike leaders arrested following testimony before Marikana massacre inquiry

By Chris Marsden, 26 October 2012

Four miners who testified Tuesday before the Farlam Commission into the Marikana massacre were immediately arrested by police. They are to be charged with murder.

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.

EU and the US prepare military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012

European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.

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26 October 2012

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Largest tainted meat recall in Canadian history

By Vic Neufeld, 24 October 2012

E. coli bacterial contamination originating at an XL Foods’ meat processing plant in Brooks, Alberta has seriously sickened sixteen people and prompted the largest meat product recall in Canadian history.

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.

South African miners defy repression

By Chris Marsden, 20 October 2012

Tens of thousands of South African workers remain in struggle and a new strike by platinum miners at Lonmin’s operation in Marikana delivered a blow to efforts to stem the working class upsurge.

President Zuma calls on trade unions, state forces to end South Africa’s strike wave

By Chris Marsden, 20 October 2012

The main instruments of Zuma and the African National Congress for suppressing the mass strike movement are the Congress of South African Trade Unions and its affiliate, the National Union of Mineworkers.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

19 October 2012

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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.

Strikes continue in South Africa amid deepening repression

By Robert Stevens, 15 October 2012

Tens of thousands of South Africa miners remain on strike in wildcat action, following a breakdown in talks between trade unions and management.

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.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

12 October 2012

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Strikes spread across South Africa despite mass sackings

By Robert Stevens, 11 October 2012

In the face of a growing wave of walkouts by workers across South Africa, mining companies are announcing mass layoffs of striking employees.

Silicosis rampant in South Africa’s mines

By Eric Graham, 9 October 2012

South Africa’s miners are among the workers worst affected by silicosis in the world.

South African unions, government seek to quell spreading wildcat strikes

By Joseph Kishore, 8 October 2012

The state and the unions are attempting to gain control of a spreading wave of strikes that have erupted across South Africa.

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.

12,000 miners fired as South African strike wave grows

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2012

Anglo American Platinum fired 12,000 striking South African miners Friday as the transnational corporations, the ANC government and the COSATU union federation sought to quell a growing wave of wildcat strikes.

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5 October 2012

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COSATU federation leader expresses fear of social explosion in South Africa

By Eric Graham, 2 October 2012

In the midst of an escalating wave of wildcat strike action by miners, South Africa’s biggest trade union federation, COSATU, convened its 11th national congress.

France, US step up pressure for military intervention in Mali

By Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2012

France and the United States are urging UN Security Council to approve a West African-manned military intervention in Northern Mali.

South Africa’s strike wave hits whole mining sector, spreads to transport

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2012

The strike wave that began at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine is now engulfing South Africa’s platinum, gold and coal mining industries and has spread to transport and other sectors.

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28 September 2012

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27 September 2012

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Miners’ strikes add to fears of South African economic downturn

By Jordan Shilton, 26 September 2012

The African National Congress government has reaffirmed its determination to pursue right wing economic and social “reforms.”

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.

UN prepares French-backed intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 25 September 2012

The West African Economic Community and the government of Mali have agreed on the conditions of a military operation in northern Mali.

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.

ANC President Zuma authorises use of South African army against miners

By Julie Hyland, 22 September 2012

As miners at the Lonmin platinum producer in Marikana returned to work Thursday, President Jacob Zuma authorised the domestic deployment of the military to deal with continued unrest in the mining sector.

Marikana massacre: France’s NPA sows illusions in South African government, unions

By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 21 September 2012

It took three weeks for France’s New Anti-capitalist Party to write on the massacre of 34 South African miners on August 16 at the Marikana mine.

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.

Political and historical issues in the South African miners’ revolt

By Julie Hyland, 20 September 2012

The massacre of striking South African platinum miners and the spreading confrontation between miners and the ANC regime have exposed the reactionary character of racial and nationalist politics.

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20 September 2012

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South Africa: ANC orders security clampdown against miners’ revolt

By Julie Hyland, 17 September 2012

A march by hundreds of striking miners in South Africa’s platinum mining belt was blocked and dispersed by police on Sunday.

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.

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14 September 2012

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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.

State of alert declared as unrest spreads in South Africa

By Chris Marsden, 13 September 2012

The South African army has been put on a state of high alert, amidst an escalating strike-wave involving platinum and gold miners.

More ANC leading figures embroiled in gold mines asset stripping scandal

By Eric Graham, 12 September 2012

The liquidation of the South African company Pamodzi Gold Limited led to the awarding of rights to the Orkney and Grootvlei gold mines to Aurora Empowerment Systems (AES) in 2009.

Strikes spread in South African mines

By Kate Randall, 11 September 2012

Gold Fields Ltd.’s KDC gold mine has been hit by strike of 15,000 workers, the second wildcat action at the company in less than a week.

South African miners speak on Marikana massacre

By Iqra Qalam, 11 September 2012

More than three weeks after the Marikana massacre, families are still searching for their missing siblings and husbands in hospitals and jails.

South Africa: Corruption exposed at Orkney and Grootvlei mines

By Eric Graham, 10 September 2012

Investigations into the Aurora Empowerment Systems, which has not paid workers at the Orkney and Grootvlei mines for years, have revealed a tangled and dirty web of criminality.