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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists campaign for war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2012

In recent weeks, Egypt’s misnamed Revolutionary Socialists (RS) have stepped up their campaign in support of imperialist war plans against Syria.

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23 March 2012

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Kony 2012 and the promotion of “humanitarian” wars

By Andre Damon, 21 March 2012

The central impulse behind US involvement in Uganda is the drive to dominate the region’s recently discovered oil reserves and its other natural resources, as part of the broader struggle for influence in Africa between the US, China and the former colonial European powers.

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16 March 2012

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Kony 2012 promotes US “humanitarian” intervention in Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2012

The campaign launched around the Kony 2012 video is aimed at furthering US military intervention on the African continent under the guise of humanitarianism.

Libya autonomy declaration poses threat of civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2012

Following a declaration of autonomy by tribal and militia leaders in oil-rich eastern Libya, the head of the National Transitional Council threatened the use of force to prevent the country’s partition.

BP settles for $7.8 billion in Gulf blowout

By Tom Eley, 6 March 2012

Oil giant BP will pay only $7.8 billion to settle with victims of the 2010 Gulf oil blowout.

Britain considers air strikes against Somali insurgents

By Jean Shaoul, 5 March 2012

Britain is considering sending the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean to Somalia to conduct air strikes and commando raids against al-Shabaab and other Islamic groups fighting the Transitional Federal Government.

Egyptian junta lifts travel ban on NGO operatives

By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2012

On Thursday, a US military plane flew several American NGO operatives out of Egypt following the lifting of a travel ban by the ruling military junta.

Financial markets demand sharper crackdown against Egyptian workers

By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2012

The Middle East Ratings and Investor Service (MERIS) has threatened that renewed political upheaval in Egypt will result in further credit downgrades.

Mounting attacks on Nigerian workers

By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2012

Workers in Nigeria face escalating attacks on their livelihoods following the betrayal of last month’s national general strike against the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan.

US reaffirms support for Egyptian junta amid conflict over NGOs

By Johannes Stern, 21 February 2012

High-ranking US officials made clear that, despite the Egyptian military junta’s criticism of US-funded Non-Governmental Organizations, ties between Washington and Cairo remain close.

Amnesty International details torture and murder in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2012

A new report documents gruesome violations of human rights under the new regime established by the US-NATO war.

The Egyptian revolution and the struggle for workers’ power

By Johannes Stern, 16 February 2012

The failure of strike calls by petty-bourgeois “left” parties in Egypt highlights the need for an independent political struggle by the working class with the aim of taking power and establishing socialism.

Egyptians protest in lead-up to anniversary of Mubarak’s ouster

By Alex Lantier, 11 February 2012

Thousands marched in Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities against the US-backed Egyptian military junta yesterday.

Ongoing atrocities by NATO-installed Libyan regime

By Will Morrow, 11 February 2012

The war crimes and abuses being perpetrated by the TNC regime further expose the claims that the NATO allies intervened for humanitarian purposes to rescue the Libyan people from violent repression.

Bird flu scientists respond to media hysteria, suspend critical research

By Nicholas Russo, 10 February 2012

The investigators discovered how a mutation of the deadly virus could lead to its airborne transmission between human beings.

Protests against Egyptian junta spread after football massacre

By Johannes Stern, 4 February 2012

On Friday, protests triggered by Wednesday’s pro-regime footballriot spread throughout the country.

Former Gaddafi official tortured to death in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2012

The murder of Omar Brebesh follows a series of reports by human rights groups on torture in the prisons of the new “democratic” Libya.

Mass protests in Egypt against pro-junta football riot

By Alex Lantier, 3 February 2012

Thousands of protesters marched on the Egyptian interior ministry in Cairo yesterday, amid growing anger over the riot at Wednesday’s football match in Port Said.

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3 February 2012

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Forty arrested at Cape Town Occupy

By Iqra Qalam, 31 January 2012

Forty people were arrested last Friday in a brutal police crackdown on an Occupy Rondebosch Common demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa.

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, 27 January 2012

Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

Renewed mass protests mark anniversary of Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 26 January 2012

One year after the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, millions of workers and youth took to the streets and squares all over Egypt to protest the-US backed military junta in Egypt.

One year of the Egyptian Revolution

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2012

One year ago today, millions of workers in cities throughout Egypt took to the streets on the first day of revolutionary protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

Nigerian government uses terror bombing to justify clampdown

By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2012

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is using a spate of terrorist bombings to justify measures aimed at growing working class opposition to his rule.

US-NATO war crimes in Libya

By Barry Grey, 23 January 2012

A report released last week by Middle East human rights groups presents extensive evidence of war crimes carried out in Libya by the United States, NATO and their proxy “rebel” forces.

The betrayal of Nigeria’s general strike

By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2012

The betrayal of the nationwide general strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) provides crucial lessons for workers and young people the world over.

Human rights groups charge NATO with war crimes in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2012

There is strong evidence that NATO carried out war crimes in its eight-month war for regime-change in Libya, according to a report released Thursday by Middle East human rights groups.

Social tensions rise as South African economy slows

By Zac Hambides, 17 January 2012

With real unemployment at 36 percent, social tensions are mounting in South Africa amid a marked economic slowdown.

Nigerian unions suspend general strike as army deploys in cities

By Robert Stevens, 17 January 2012

Nigeria’s two main trade union federations have called off the general strike against President Goodluck Jonathan as army units moved into cities around the country.