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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

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.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 September 2012

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South Africa’s miners and the fear of “contagion”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2012

The miners’ struggles have evoked a “fear of contagion” in ruling circles, as the issues confronting this oppressed layer of workers resonate not only in South Africa, but internationally.

Four South African miners shot as strikes spread after Marikana massacre

By Alex Lantier, 4 September 2012

Four gold miners were hospitalized after being shot at Gold One’s Modder East operation yesterday in South Africa.

Imperialist powers mourn death of Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi

By Jean Shaoul, 4 September 2012

The state funeral of Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi on Sunday in the capital, Addis Ababa, underscores the highly unstable character of political relations in Africa.

Funerals of slain South African miners held as unrest spreads

By Julie Hyland, 3 September 2012

Burials for most of the 34 platinum miners massacred by police on August 16 took place Saturday.

South Africa after the Marikana massacre

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2012

The police massacre of striking miners at Marikana is a watershed for post-apartheid South Africa.

South Africa to prosecute strikers targeted by police massacre at Marikana

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2012

In an act of naked class justice, South Africa is using an apartheid-era law to lay bogus murder charges against striking miners targeted by police in the Marikana massacre.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

31 August 2012

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More join South African strike as autopsies show miners were shot in the back

By Julie Hyland, 29 August 2012

Many more have joined the strike at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, scene of the brutal police massacre of 34 workers on August 16.

Islamist thugs attack Tunisian unemployed workers’ protest in Sidi Bouzid

By Antoine Lerougetel, 29 August 2012

Police stood aside last week as hundreds of Salafist thugs attacked workers and youth in Sidi Bouzid, the starting point of the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring.

Rising incidence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa

By Eric Graham, 28 August 2012

The increase in the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in school-aged children in the Wellington area of the Western Cape is bound up with the appalling levels of social inequality in South Africa.

Egyptian President Mursi seeks IMF loan

By Johannes Stern, 27 August 2012

On August 22 the Egyptian government officially requested a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

South Africa’s day of mourning fails to stem anger over Marikana massacre

By Julie Hyland, 25 August 2012

Anger continues to mount over the August 16 massacre of 34 striking miners at South Africa’s Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana despite official efforts to lower tensions.

The unions, the pseudo-left and the South Africa massacre

By Joseph Kishore, 24 August 2012

The massacre of 34 striking workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in South Africa has cast into sharp relief the role of the official trade unions.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

24 August 2012

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South African platinum miners’ strike spreads

By David Walsh, 23 August 2012

The strike by thousands of South African platinum miners, which led to the police murder of 34 workers August 16 at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, is spreading to other companies in the industry.

South African miners defiant in face of government, company threats

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2012

Four days after 34 of their comrades were massacred by heavily armed police, striking South African platinum miners defied a company ultimatum to return to work or be fired.

French Communist Party backs killing of South African miners

By Alex Lantier, 21 August 2012

The World Socialist Web Site notes with contempt the French Communist Party’s defense of the massacre of 34 striking South African miners by police at Marikana.

US backs Egyptian president as he claims dictatorial powers

By Johannes Stern, 21 August 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s move to take over the dictatorial powers of the Egyptian military junta was closely monitored and approved by Washington.

South African miners continue strike in aftermath of massacre

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2012

South African platinum miners have continued their strike in the aftermath of the August 16 police massacre of 34 of their comrades in a hail of bullets that left another 78 wounded.

South Africa’s mine massacre

By Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2012

The massacre of striking platinum miners in South Africa has laid bare the irreconcilable conflict between the working class on the one hand and the ruling ANC and the unions allied to it on the other.

Letter from a South African reader on the Marikana miners massacre

18 August 2012

The WSWS received this letter from a reader on Thursday’s police massacre of striking miners in South Africa.

South African police massacre striking miners

By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2012

South African paramilitary police sent by the ANC government gunned down as at least 30 striking miners.

Strikes and protests sweep Tunisia

By Jean Shaoul, 17 August 2012

On Tuesday, several thousand workers demonstrated in Sidi Bouzid.

Egyptian President Mursi claims military junta’s dictatorial powers

By Alex Lantier, 13 August 2012

On Sunday, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sought to assume the dictatorial powers of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and force its leaders to retire.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

10 August 2012

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Egypt launches Sinai crackdown in collusion with Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 9 August 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government has launched a crackdown in response to an armed raid at the Rafah border checkpoint.

New Egyptian government sworn in by Islamist president Mursi

By Johannes Stern, 3 August 2012

Yesterday the Egyptian cabinet was sworn in by Mohamed Mursi, the Islamist president of Egypt.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

3 August 2012

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US threatens Rwandan President Kagame over support for Congolese rebels

By Eddie Haywood, 2 August 2012

The US Office of Global Justice warned the Rwandan government last week that it could face prosecution on war crimes charges.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 July 2012

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Egyptian workers mount mass strikes against US-backed junta

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2012

Since the beginning of the week a new wave of strikes and protests has spread over Egypt.

Western powers preparing intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, 17 July 2012

Just as the international intervention in Libya was aimed in part at denying China access to North African oil, a military intervention in Mali either led by the US or in cooperation with Washington would target Chinese influence in the country.

Clinton backs Egyptian military junta, Islamist president

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2012

Over the weekend US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta.

The real significance of Libya’s elections

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 11 July 2012

The elections for a new General National Congress in Libya are an attempt to provide a “democratic” façade for an authoritarian and undemocratic government, subservient to the interests of the major Western powers, corporations and banks.

Egyptian Islamists accept army dissolution of parliament

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2012

Amid increasing tensions between the Egyptian army junta and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Brotherhood signaled its acceptance of the army coup that dissolved the parliament.

NATO-installed regime seeks “democratic” cover in Libyan elections

By Jean Shaoul, 7 July 2012

Libya goes to the polls today to choose a 200-seat General National Congress to replace the National Transitional Council (NTC).

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

6 July 2012

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Islamist President Mursi takes office in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2012

Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first president after the revolutionary ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak, reassured the US-backed military junta that he will not threaten its control of the state.

Egypt: Islamist president takes symbolic oath of office in Tahrir Square

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2012

Mohamed Mursi, the first Egyptian president since the revolutionary ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak last year, took a symbolic oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

29 June 2012

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Tunisian ruling seeks to exonerate Ben Ali police officials

By Anthony Torres, 27 June 2012

On June 14 former President Ben Ali, along with 22 Interior Ministry officials, stood trial of for the massacres in Thala and Kasserine during the Tunisian revolution.

The Egyptian election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2012

The naming of the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s president is the outcome of a reactionary deal with the military aimed at crushing the revolutionary movement of the Egyptian working class.

Protests in Sudan against austerity

By Jean Shaoul, 26 June 2012

Hundreds of university students have taken to the streets of the capital Khartoum for seven consecutive days to protests soaring inflation, corruption and the National Congress Party’s austerity programme.

Egyptian junta installs Islamist Mursi as figurehead president

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2012

Egypt’s electoral commission declared Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, the winner of the presidential election runoff held the week before in the midst of a political coup carried out by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Protests continue in Cairo amid threats of crackdown by military junta

By Barry Grey, 23 June 2012

As tens of thousands rallied Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against the assumption by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of dictatorial powers, the junta threatened to unleash repression against the protesters.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 June 2012

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Egyptian military threatens crackdown over disputed presidential elections

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 21 June 2012

Egyptian military sources have signaled plans for a crackdown against popular opposition to army rule, amid an escalating dispute over the outcome of this weekend’s presidential elections.

Mass protests in Egypt against military rule

By Peter Symonds, 20 June 2012

An estimated 50,000 people took part in protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square yesterday against last Thursday’s coup and the establishment of a military dictatorship by Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Washington’s “democratic” hypocrisy: The cases of Egypt and Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2012

The hypocrisy of US imperialism’s pretense of promoting democracy on the world arena is manifest in Washington’s markedly different reactions to the Iranian elections of 2009 and the recent military coup in Egypt.

Egyptian junta proclaims a military dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 19 June 2012

With the issuance of a constitutional decree Sunday night, the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) finalized the coup it staged last Thursday and proclaimed a military dictatorship.

No end in sight for Sudan/South Sudan conflict

By Jean Shaoul, 19 June 2012

Sudan and South Sudan broke off their ten-day-long meeting with no agreement on how to resolve the conflict that has brought the two countries to the brink of war.

Major powers demand release of ICC lawyer from Libya

By Mike Head, 18 June 2012

The NATO powers are determined to get their hands on Saif Gaddafi, who possesses details of the lucrative ties established between his father’s inner circle and the Western powers between 2004 and 2010.

Egyptian presidential elections marked by mass abstention and fraud

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2012

Mass abstention was the Egyptian working class's verdict on the first presidential elections in Egypt after the revolutionary ouster of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

US expands covert military surveillance in Africa

By David Brown, 16 June 2012

Under the guise of combating terrorism, the Obama administration is increasing intelligence operations as part of a new “Scramble for Africa.”

The Egyptian coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2012

The military coup carried out by the Egyptian junta is a serious threat to the Egyptian revolution and the working class.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists’ reaction to army coup: Complacency and tacit support

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2012

The coup launched Thursday by Egypt’s ruling military junta has exposed the bankruptcy of the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) and Egypt’s entire petty-bourgeois ex-left milieu.

Egyptian junta stages coup against parliament

By Johannes Stern, 15 June 2012

The US-backed Egyptian military junta dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament yesterday in a military coup.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

15 June 2012

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Egyptian presidential elections expose bourgeois ex-left

By Johannes Stern, 14 June 2012

The positions of the bourgeois ex-left groups in Egypt before the June 16-17 presidential election have again exposed their political bankruptcy and counterrevolutionary role.

Safety concerns after Lagos plane crash kills 170

By Trevor Johnson, 8 June 2012

Just before 4 p.m. on June 3, a passenger plane crashed into a built-up area of Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 153 people on board.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

8 June 2012

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Libyan elections postponed amid mounting violence

By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2012

Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has postponed elections scheduled for June 19 amid continuing militia clashes, kidnappings and arrests.

The Mubarak verdict

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2012

The verdicts handed down Saturday in the trial of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his top aides are a political travesty.

Mass protests erupt after Mubarak verdict in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 4 June 2012

Mass protests erupted throughout Egypt after the verdicts in the trial of ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak and several of his top aides were announced Saturday.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists endorse Islamist presidential candidate

By Johannes Stern, 1 June 2012

The petty-bourgeois Revolutionary Socialists (RS) group has endorsed the candidate of the right-wing Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Mohamed Mursi.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

1 June 2012

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Protests erupt against presidential elections in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 30 May 2012

Protests in various cities broke out in Egypt after the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) announced the official results of the initial round of the presidential elections.

The Egyptian junta’s fraudulent elections and the tasks of the working class

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2012

Egypt’s elections have exposed the sham character of the so-called “transition to democracy” organized by the Egyptian ruling class in conjunction with Washington after the overthrow of longtime US-stooge Hosni Mubarak.

Low turnout in Egyptian presidential elections

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2012

The initial round of the first presidential elections in Egypt after the revolutionary ouster of long-time US-stooge Hosni Mubarak, on May 23-24, was marked by low turnout and numerous electoral violations.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

25 May 2012

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As Washington state health care options dwindle, whooping cough returns

By Christine Schofelt, 24 May 2012

Cases of whooping cough have reached epidemic proportions in Washington State under conditions where health care services have been cut drastically.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists praise the junta’s presidential elections

By Johannes Stern, 22 May 2012

In a recent statement the petty-bourgeois Revolutionary Socialists group cynically embraced the Egyptian military junta’s elections as a way to fight the “old regime.”

Convicted of Lockerbie bombing, al Megrahi dies protesting innocence

By Steve James, 22 May 2012

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi has died in Tripoli. He was the sole person convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. His co-accused, Llamen Fhimah, was acquitted at their 2001 trial.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 May 2012

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Egyptian presidential candidates outline counterrevolutionary programs in TV debate

By Johannes Stern, 17 May 2012

Amr Moussa and Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh outlined right-wing programs in last Thursday’s TV debate, held in advance of the first round of presidential elections on May 23-24.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 May 2012

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Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown before presidential elections

By Johannes Stern, 7 May 2012

On Friday afternoon, military police and security police working with armed thugs brutally attacked protesters in front of the Ministry of Defense at Abbasseya Square in Cairo, leaving at least two dead.

As protests mount against election-rigging

Egyptian military junta steps up threats of violence

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2012

The threats follow Wednesday’s massacre in which more than a dozen protesters were killed and hundreds wounded.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 May 2012

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Released papers reveal attempts to cover up Britain’s criminal past

By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2012

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released thousands of files it previously claimed were “lost” after Britain withdrew from its former colonies.

Worsening conflict between Sudan and South Sudan

By Jean Shaoul, 28 April 2012

The fiercest fighting since South Sudan seceded from Sudan last July has erupted over borders, sharing of the oil revenues, citizenship rights and security arrangements.

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

27 April 2012

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20 April 2012

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Egyptian junta bans major Islamist candidates from presidential race

By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2012

Tuesday evening the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) announced it would uphold the ban on ten candidates for the Egyptian presidential elections.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 April 2012

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France threatens to back intervention in Mali

By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2012

Amid ongoing fighting in Mali, France and the US are threatening to organize a military intervention in the country.

Council of Europe report makes NATO responsible for the death of 63 refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 April 2012

NATO bears a high degree of responsibility for the deaths of 63 refugees, who died of thirst last spring in the Mediterranean as they travelled from Libya to Italy.

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood nominates presidential candidate

By Johannes Stern, 6 April 2012

On Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) announced it would run its deputy supreme guide, billionaire tycoon Khairat al-Shater, in the coming Egyptian presidential elections.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 April 2012

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France pledges to back action to crush Mali army revolt

By Antoine Lerougetel, 5 April 2012

France is signaling it will back military action to crush an army revolt that deposed Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 March 2012

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Military launches coup in Mali

By Olivier Laurent, 28 March 2012

Mutinous soldiers led by Captain Amadou Sanagou seized power last Thursday in Bamako, the capital of Mali.