Egypt

Egyptian junta hands down three-year jail terms to Al Jazeera journalists

By Alex Lantier, 31 August 2015

Afraid that it could ultimately share the fate of Mubarak, toppled by mass protests of the working class in 2011, the junta is trying to hold on to power through sheer terror.

Egyptian military regime adopts draconian “anti-terrorism” legislation

By Johannes Stern, 18 August 2015

The measure further strengthens the repressive apparatus of one of the most bloody dictatorships in the world.

German economy minister celebrates the expansion of the Suez Canal

By Johannes Stern, 11 August 2015

The German elites are enamored with Egypt's dictatorship, which drowned the Egyptian revolution in blood and is creating attractive conditions for international finance capital.

Egyptian air force bombs Sinai after heavy clashes with ISIS affiliate

By Thomas Gaist, 3 July 2015

The strikes left at least 23 dead, one day after heavy fighting in the peninsula between government troops and Islamist forces killed some 120 people.

Germany arrests Al Jazeera journalist on warrant issued by Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 22 June 2015

The arrest of Ahmed Mansour is a signal from Berlin that it views repressive measures by military dictatorships as politically legitimate.

Egyptian court confirms death sentence for former President Mursi

By Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2015

The death sentence for the Muslim Brotherhood leader is the latest judicial travesty organized by a military regime that is a key ally of the US and European imperialist powers.

Al-Sisi in Berlin: Red carpet for the hangman of Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 5 June 2015

No other event could have better exposed the “human rights” pretenses of the German ruling class than the official reception of Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Berlin.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi visits Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 June 2015

Al-Sisi’s visit is a warning to the working class: a ruling class eager to work closely with brutal military dictatorships is also prepared to adopt their methods at home.

Egyptian regime hangs six after ex-president Mursi sentenced to death

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2015

The executions and death sentence are emblematic of the vicious police-state character of the regime in Cairo, which is a key pillar of US and Western European imperialist interests.

Ousted Egyptian President Mursi sentenced to 20 years

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2015

Confirming the judiciary’s complete subordination to Egypt’s military regime, Mursi was sentenced along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members.

Egyptian junta condemns Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie to death

By Alex Lantier, 14 April 2015

The trials of Muslim Brotherhood leaders aim to promote an atmosphere of political terror in Egypt, aimed in the final analysis at the working class.

Obama green lights weapons sales to Egypt, Pakistan

By Thomas Gaist, 11 April 2015

The arms transfers are being coordinated to meet the needs of the US-backed, Saudi and Egyptian-led war against Yemen

Saudi Arabia, Egypt prepare US-backed invasion of Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 27 March 2015

The State Department announced US “intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, and advisory and logistical support” for the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen.

Investors pledge billions to Egyptian junta at Sharm el-Sheikh conference

By Alex Lantier, 14 March 2015

Finance capital is launching new projects because it assumes the Egyptian military dictatorship’s bloody repression will guarantee low wages and high profits.

Egyptian junta begins executions of Islamists

By Alex Lantier, 9 March 2015

The junta’s aim is to prevent a renewed revolutionary upsurge of the working class by stepping up its police-state terror against all opposition to the military.

In leaked recording, Egyptian minister calls for machine-gunning protesters

By Thomas Gaist, 25 February 2015

Mass protests could leave the US-backed Sisi dictatorship "helpless" unless they were crushed, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned subordinates last year.

US imperialism and the catastrophe in Libya

By Joseph Kishore, 17 February 2015

The disaster in Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa arises from the criminal operations of the United States and the other imperialist powers.

Egyptian court confirms mass death sentence against 183 political prisoners

By Thomas Gaist, 3 February 2015

Egypt’s military regime handed down mass death sentences against 529 alleged MB supporters in April 2014 and against another 683 in May 2014

On the fourth anniversary of 2011 uprising

At least 18 dead as Egyptian military regime violently represses demonstrations

By Thomas Gaist, 26 January 2015

At least 18 protestors were killed by security forces during mass demonstrations marking the anniversary of protests that led to the downfall of the Mubarak regime.

Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank.

Egyptian court overturns last remaining conviction against Mubarak

By Johannes Stern, 14 January 2015

The verdict paves the way for the release of the former dictator, four years after the mass revolutionary struggles that overthrew him.

Blood and capital

By Johannes Stern, 3 January 2015

International finance capital looks to the Egyptian military with enthusiasm not only for what it is doing in Egypt, but for the model the financial markets favor for every country.

Egypt boasts of imprisoning 10,000 in 2014

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2014

The US Congress this month approved a waiver of so-called human rights conditions on the provision of American military aid to the al-Sisi dictatorship.

Egyptian regime imposes death penalties on nearly 200

By Mike Head, 4 December 2014

The third mass sentencing since April comes amidst mounting repression by the US-backed military junta.

Egyptian dictator al-Sisi signs military, economic deals in Paris

By Kumaran Ira, 3 December 2014

The Socialist Party government warmly welcomed Egyptian military dictator al-Sisi.

The acquittal of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 1 December 2014

The acquittal of the deposed Egyptian dictator underscores the determination of the Egyptian bourgeoisie to drown the revolutionary struggles of the working class in blood.

Egyptian military regime steps up repression

By Jean Shaoul, 1 November 2014

The target of the ongoing repression by the Egyptian military junta is the working class and young people.

Egypt, UAE conducted joint air strikes in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2014

Armed conflicts now extend across North Africa and the Middle East in a continuous band from Tripoli to Baghdad.

Human Rights Watch: Egyptian regime guilty of crimes against humanity

By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2014

In terms of sheer numbers, the killings of protesters on August 14, 2013 at Rab’a Square in Cairo exceed the death toll in the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

US-backed Egyptian junta announces massive electricity, fuel price hikes

By Johannes Stern, 7 July 2014

In a declaration of war on the working class, the US-backed military junta announced cuts to fuel and electricity subsidies on which millions of Egyptians depend.

Tony Blair to advise Egyptian dictator al-Sisi

By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2014

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is to advise Egyptian president and military dictator, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

One year since the military coup in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 5 July 2014

The coup revealed the essential problem of the Egyptian revolution: the chasm between the elemental anger of the Egyptian population and the absence of political leadership.

Kerry affirms US support for Egyptian junta

By Johannes Stern, 23 June 2014

In a show of support for the blood-soaked military regime in Egypt, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo on Sunday.

Egyptian junta extends presidential election due to massive abstention

By Johannes Stern, 28 May 2014

The low voter turnout reflects mass popular hostility to the US-backed military junta and its de facto leader and main presidential candidate, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Egypt’s mass death sentences: A crime made in the USA

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2014

In conducting drumhead trials in which hundreds are sentenced to die, the Egyptian regime knows it is acting with Washington’s tacit approval.

US-backed Egyptian regime sentences 683 more to die

By Bill Van Auken, 29 April 2014

Washington stands exposed as the direct accomplice in the Egyptian junta’s crimes, with President Obama all but soaping the hangman’s noose.

US sends Apache attack helicopters to Egyptian junta

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2014

US weaponry will soon be turned against the working people of Egypt.

Military junta implements reign of terror in Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 16 April 2014

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, is due to sign a new anti-terrorism bill that effectively outlaws all political opposition.

Egyptian coup leader al-Sisi announces presidential candidacy

By Johannes Stern, 28 March 2014

Sisi is a US-backed dictator prepared to use fascistic methods to suppress the working class at the behest of its imperialist patrons and international finance capital.

Stop Egypt’s Pinochet from murdering 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters!

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2014

Monday’s death sentence handed down by a kangaroo court in Egypt to 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) marks a new stage in the military junta’s brutal efforts to terrorize and intimidate popular opposition.

Egypt on the verge of a social explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2014

The Egyptian military junta’s savage repression of the Muslim Brotherhood takes place in the context of growing social tensions and a wave of strikes.

US-backed military junta in Egypt sentences 529 Brotherhood members to death

By Johannes Stern, 25 March 2014

The biggest mass death sentence in recent history marks another escalation in the ruthless efforts of the US-backed military junta in Egypt to annihilate its political opponents.

Egyptian cabinet resigns as strike wave grows

By Johannes Stern, 25 February 2014

The military-backed government’s resignation is aimed at preparing coup leader Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s presidential bid and a confrontation with the working class.

Wave of strikes by Egyptian textile workers

By Johannes Stern, 22 February 2014

Tens of thousands of textile workers in Mahalla and other industrial centers are on strike for higher wages and better working conditions.

Three years of the Egyptian revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2014

On January 25, 2011, mass revolutionary struggles erupted in Egypt against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian junta steps up repression after constitutional referendum

By Johannes Stern, 23 January 2014

Following the January 14-15 constitutional referendum, the US-backed Egyptian military junta is stepping up its suppression of all opposition to its rule.

Low turnout as Egypt’s US-backed junta holds constitutional referendum

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2014

The referendum is intended to provide a pseudo-legal cover for the junta’s July 3, 2013 coup and the restoration of authoritarian military rule as it existed under Mubarak.

Egyptian junta launches deadliest crackdown in months

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2014

Approaching the third anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, the military junta in Egypt is intensifying its violent crackdown to suppress opposition to its rule.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

By Johannes Stern, 28 December 2013

The military junta is seizing upon a terror bombing on Tuesday to widen its crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood and all opposition to its dictatorial regime.

Egypt’s new constitution legitimizes coup, enshrines military dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2013

What is cynically presented as an exercise in national unity and democracy is an attempt by a bloodstained junta and its supporters to legitimize its July 3 coup.

Egyptian military junta issues anti-protest law

By Johannes Stern, 27 November 2013

On Sunday, military-backed Egyptian President Adly Mansour signed a new anti-protest law essentially banning all protests and sit-ins.

Egypt, Russia discuss closer military cooperation

By Johannes Stern, 19 November 2013

Last week’s visit of a high-level Russian delegation to Cairo highlights increasing tensions between Egypt and Washington and the deepening crisis of US imperialism in the Middle East.

Amid protests, Egyptian court suspends trial of ousted President Mursi

By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2013

As Muslim Brotherhood supporters protested outside the court, Mursi denounced the trial as the illegitimate product of a military coup.

Mahalla textile workers strike amid rising opposition to Egyptian junta

By Alex Lantier, 14 October 2013

Workers at the state-run Mahalla Weaving and Textile Company mounted a three-day strike to force Egypt’s military junta to pay a promised profit-sharing bonus.

Egyptian military persecutes filmmaker who witnessed crackdown

By Dylan Lubao, 9 October 2013

After detaining them for two months, Egypt's military regime still refuses to let filmmaker John Greyson and surgeon Tarek Loubani leave Egypt.

Egyptian junta launches crackdown on protests commemorating 1973 war

By Johannes Stern, 7 October 2013

The ongoing bloody crackdown in Egypt highlights the deepening crisis of the US-backed military junta.

Thousands protest military rule in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood ban

By Johannes Stern, 28 September 2013

On Friday, thousands protested against military rule in Egypt after the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters outlawed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood earlier this week.

Egyptian junta raids Islamist strongholds, intensifies repression

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

Egyptian police and military forces raided the Giza suburb of Kerdasa on Thursday arresting dozens of alleged Islamist militants.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown after unresolved Cairo bombing

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The Egyptian army seized on the unresolved Interior Ministry bombing to crack down on protests and political parties.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt: The political lessons

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The recent events in Egypt represent a defeat for the masses, but this does not mean the end of the revolution, it is rather the end of its initial stages.

Egyptian junta cracks down on media and political opponents

By Johannes Stern, 4 September 2013

Two months after the July 3 military coup the US-backed Egyptian junta is continuing its crackdown against any opposition to its regime.

Military junta puts Egypt in lockdown amid Friday protests

By Alex Lantier, 24 August 2013

In a climate of fear, turnout for the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests was low, with hundreds or thousands attending.

The release of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier and David North, 23 August 2013

The US-backed Egyptian military junta’s release of Mubarak symbolizes the advance of counterrevolution in Egypt since the July 3 coup.

Egyptian court orders release of imprisoned former dictator Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2013

A Cairo criminal court ordered Egypt’s long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak freed from prison on bail yesterday.

Egypt’s military consolidates dictatorship as Washington reviews aid

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2013

The Egyptian military is continuing its crackdown, arresting Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie.

Egyptian military junta moves to free Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2013

The junta’s rehabilitation of the hated dictator Mubarak shows that its July 3 coup, backed by the pseudo-left, was a counterrevolutionary conspiracy against the people.

How Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists helped pave the way for military repression

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2013

The Revolutionary Socialists have played a vital part in a political conspiracy against the Egyptian working class.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2013

Over the weekend, the military junta in Egypt continued its violent crackdown against opposition to its dictatorial regime.

Mass protests defy curfew, army crackdown in Egypt

By Alex Lantier, 17 August 2013

Mass protests across Egypt defied a curfew and crackdown by Egypt’s US-backed military junta yesterday, two days after the junta killed over 600 and wounded more than 4,000.

Clashes spread in Egypt amid rising death toll from army massacre

By Alex Lantier, 16 August 2013

Fighting surged yesterday across Egypt after the country’s military junta tried to drown protests in blood in Wednesday’s massacre.

Obama and the Egyptian massacre

By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2013

Wednesday’s massacre of hundreds of protesters by the US-backed Egyptian military junta shatters Washington’s hypocritical claims that its Middle East policy is based on democracy and human rights.

German politicians, media defend the Egyptian army

By Peter Schwarz, 16 August 2013

German politicians and the media have reacted to the massacre carried out by the Egyptian army with either subdued criticism or outright support.

Egyptian junta imposes martial law amid bloody crackdown

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 15 August 2013

Yesterday’s repression testifies to the ruthlessness of efforts by the Egyptian ruling class and its imperialist backers to drown the Egyptian revolution in blood.

Egyptian junta delays threatened crackdown on Islamist protests

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 August 2013

Tensions remained high in Egypt as the junta continued to threaten a crackdown on supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Dozens killed as Israel, Egypt strike targets in Sinai

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2013

Israeli and Egyptian military forces struck targets in the Sinai Peninsula over the weekend in what appears to be a coordinated campaign against Islamist forces.

Washington presses for talks between Egyptian army junta, Islamists

By Johannes Stern, 9 August 2013

While Washington supported the military coup against Mursi, it fears that the crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood could further destabilize Egypt and the entire region.

Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2013

The US secretary of state said the military coup of July 3 constituted “restoring democracy.”

US, EU officials press for détente between Egyptian junta and Muslim Brotherhood

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2013

The imperialist powers and sections of the Egyptian ruling elite are concerned that continued bloodshed will discredit the regime and encourage renewed working class struggles.

The Egyptian coup and the tasks facing the working class

By Johannes Stern, 30 July 2013

The July 3 military coup in Egypt has starkly revealed the principal problem facing the working class internationally: the crisis of revolutionary leadership.

Massacre in Egypt: US-backed junta kills scores, wounds thousands of people

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2013

Egyptian security forces attacked pro-Mursi rallies early Saturday morning, firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Egyptian coup leader al-Sisi threatens mass repression

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

Like Mubarak before him, al-Sisi is referring to an alleged threat of “terrorism” to provide cover for a crackdown and establish a military dictatorship.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

“Independent” trade unions join military-backed government in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

The integration of “independent” trade unions into Egypt’s military regime exposes the anti-democratic role of groups like the Revolutionary Socialists, which have promoted them.

Top US official meets with Egyptian junta as crackdown continues

By Chris Marsden, 17 July 2013

Violent repression of members of the Muslim Brotherhood is continuing in Egypt in wake of last week’s coup by the military.

Washington asserts its authority in Egypt

By Chris Marsden, 16 July 2013

Two US Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East have been moved closer to Egypt's coast in recent days, amidst fears of civil war.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists support US-backed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2013

The pseudo-left stands condemned by its own words and actions as political agents of imperialism.

Hundreds of thousands join Islamist rallies to protest military coup in Egypt

By Barry Grey, 13 July 2013

On Friday, the Egyptian army maintained a large and highly visible presence, fearing the potential for a violent clash between pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators and the outbreak of civil war.

US ships F-16s to Egypt as junta intensifies crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2013

The Obama administration’s shipping of F-16 warplanes to Egypt is a clear signal of support to last week’s military coup.

International Socialist Organization backs Egyptian coup

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2013

In a July 5 interview, ISO leader Ahmed Shawki declared his support for the military government that took power in Egypt on July 3.

Egyptian military regime plans sharp attack on working class

By Alex Lantier, 10 July 2013

The Egyptian military junta’s move to establish a dictatorship imposing austerity measures makes clear the counter-revolutionary character of last Wednesday’s coup.

Egyptian military massacres 51 in Cairo

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 9 July 2013

Yesterday’s massacre of pro-Islamist protesters in Cairo shatters all claims that the army is carrying out a new revolution in Egypt.

Mass protests, clashes continue as Egyptian army fails to name government

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2013

Mass protests continue across Egypt in the wake of Wednesday’s US-backed military coup against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Violent clashes spread in Egypt as US backs army coup

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2013

An army crackdown on protests by supporters of President Mohamed Mursi, who was ousted Wednesday in a US-backed coup, threatens to plunge Egypt into civil war.

Convulsions in Egypt signal new era of world revolution

By David North and Alex Lantier, 5 July 2013

Political lessons must be drawn from this week’s convulsive events in Egypt.

Egyptian army coup topples Islamist President Mursi

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 July 2013

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, following four days of nationwide mass protests, has placed power in the hands of a military junta.

Egyptian President Mursi vows to stay in power despite mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2013

Defying millions of protesters demanding his ouster, Mursi pledged to remain in office as Egypt’s president.

The Egyptian Revolution and the crisis of revolutionary leadership

By Johannes Stern, 2 July 2013

Masses of Egyptian workers and youth are once again taking to the streets, this time demanding the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Mass protests erupt against US-backed Mursi regime in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 1 July 2013

Millions of workers and youth poured into the country’s streets to demand the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi.

Military deploys throughout Egypt ahead of mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 28 June 2013

After a speech by Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, the Egyptian army has taken up positions throughout the country, moving tanks and soldiers to strategic locations.

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court invalidates Shura Council, Constituent Assembly

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2013

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the upper legislative house and the Constituent Assembly lack any legal foundation.