By Marianne Arens, 10 September 2018
A fragile truce prevails in the Libyan capital of Tripoli following fierce fighting last week. The city’s Mitiga airport remains closed and fighting is continuing in the south of the city.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 June 2018
President el-Sisi has unleashed an extensive crackdown on all forms of dissent and political expression that far exceeds the worst excesses of Hosni Mubarak, who was overthrown by the mass uprising in February 2011.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 15 January 2018
The new wave of protests was prompted by anger over mass unemployment, corruption and the 2018 finance law.
By Alex Lantier, 30 December 2017
Poverty and mass unemployment force thousands in eastern Morocco to risk their lives in abandoned coal mines, which Jerada residents call the “mines of death.”
By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017
The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.
By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2016
The main task of the national unity government in Libya will be to give the green light to a new military intervention in the oil rich North African country.
By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016
Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 October 2015
The US and its European allies are engaged in a ferocious struggle with China for control of the oil resources in the Horn of Africa region.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2015
The US military’s Africa Command is preparing to develop at least one new US drone and Special Forces base in North Africa.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2015
In the final analysis, the atrocity in Tunis is the result of the catastrophes created by the US wars in Iraq and Libya and the proxy war Washington has waged in Syria.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2015
Boko Haram now controls 11 local governmental units, including some 20,000 square miles in the northern states of Yobe and Borno.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 19 June 2014
Ahmed Abu Khattala has been living openly in his home district in Benghazi for the past two years, while denying any role in the attack on the US mission in which four died.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2014
The coup bid by retired general Khalifa Hifter’s Libyan National Army killed at least 79 and wounded more than 140 in attacks in the eastern port city of Benghazi and the capital Tripoli.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2014
General Khalifa Haftar launched his armed actions as the Pentagon positioned a US Marine task force for a possible intervention.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2014
As many as 300 people drowned when an overloaded ferry that they had boarded to flee fighting in the city of Malakal sank Tuesday in the White Nile.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 December 2013
What is portrayed as a conflict within the world’s newest state is part of the imperialist balkanisation of Sudan to control its oil and mineral wealth.
By Alex Lantier, 11 October 2013
The kidnapping highlighted the impotence of the neo-colonial regime set up by NATO after the war in Libya two years ago.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 June 2013
The massacre of 31 people by the Libya Shield Force, an Islamist militia, was the worst single death toll since the end of the 2011 NATO-led civil war.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 May 2013
Armed Islamist militias forced parliament to pass the Political Isolation Law, outlawing officials who had worked for Gaddafi from holding office.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2012
Army officers have been given the power to arrest civilians to maintain “public order.”
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.
By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2012
Mass protests against the US-backed Islamist government of President Mohamed Mursi spread throughout Egypt yesterday.
By Johannes Stern, 7 December 2012
Fearing mass protests, the Mursi regime deployed the army around the Presidential Palace 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.
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.
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.
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.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2012
The new constitution enshrines the domination of the military over Egyptian society.
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.
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).
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.
By Johannes Stern, 24 November 2012
Mass protests against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood erupted throughout the country on Friday.
By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2012
Their purpose was to conceal the connections between the US intelligence apparatus and gunmen linked to Al Qaeda.
By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2012
The main target of the declaration is working class opposition to Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 26 October 2012
Early Wednesday morning, an explosion hit the Yarmouk Military Industrial Complex in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 27 August 2012
On August 22 the Egyptian government officially requested a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 August 2012
On Tuesday, several thousand workers demonstrated in Sidi Bouzid.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 3 August 2012
Yesterday the Egyptian cabinet was sworn in by Mohamed Mursi, the Islamist president of Egypt.
By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2012
Since the beginning of the week a new wave of strikes and protests has spread over Egypt.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 15 June 2012
The US-backed Egyptian military junta dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament yesterday in a military coup.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2012
The threats follow Wednesday’s massacre in which more than a dozen protesters were killed and hundreds wounded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.