The 2011 uprising in Tunisia

US admiral tours Persian Gulf as protests spread

By Alex Lantier, 23 February 2011

Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the United Arab Emirates yesterday amid a wave of mass revolutionary struggles in the Middle East that has forced dictators in Tunisia and Egypt from power.

More news of ties to North African dictators roils French ruling elite

By Kumaran Ira, 23 February 2011

New details of corrupt ties between French politicians and North African dictators are implicating the entire French political establishment.

World oil prices soar, stocks tumble on fears of widening unrest in North Africa and Middle East

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2011

Global stock values fell broadly for the second day on Tuesday and crude oil prices surged as the social upheaval in Libya disrupted petroleum exports and ongoing protests in Bahrain and Yemen threatened to spread to Saudi Arabia.

UK’s PM Cameron talks “democracy” while peddling arms to Gulf despots

By Julie Hyland, 23 February 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron made headline news Monday, becoming the first world leader to visit Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising.

Israel’s sabre-rattling against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2011

Israel has responded belligerently to Iran’s sending of two warships through Egypt’s Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea, calling it a provocation and threatening retaliatory action.

Uprising spreads to Libyan capital

By Ann Talbot, 22 February 2011

The response of the Libyan regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the spread of the uprising to the capital Tripoli has been to kill and wound more protesters.

New protests rock Tunisian government

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2011

Two days of anti-government protests in Tunisia have thrown the interim regime that succeeded ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into crisis.

Eye-witness report from Libya

22 February 2011

The World Socialist Web Site has received correspondence from a reader in Libya.

Mass celebrations in Egypt one week after Mubarak downfall

By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2011

Millions of people attended victory celebrations one week after a mass protests forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office.

Wall Street Journal flaunts its support for dictatorship

By David Walsh, 19 February 2011

The recent events in the Middle East and North Africa help expose the claim that the US government has an interest in democracy anywhere in the world. The Wall Street Journal has come to the defense of brutal regimes backed by Washington.

Lethal crackdown in Bahrain is “Made in the US”

Further unrest in Yemen

By David Walsh, 18 February 2011

A savage attack by police on peaceful, sleeping demonstrators in the center of Bahrain’s capital Manama early Thursday morning left at least six dead, dozens wounded and 60 missing.

Protests spread throughout Iraq

By Alex Lantier, 18 February 2011

Protests spread to cities throughout Iraq, as protesters demanded jobs and social services and opposed corrupt US-backed authorities.

Libyan regime attempts to crush uprising

By Ann Talbot, 18 February 2011

It is reported that at least 20 people have been killed in two days of clashes between protesters and Libyan security forces.

Mass protests spread in Middle East as Washington reassures Israel, Arab dictators

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2011

Inspired by the Egyptian people’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, protests continued to spread in the Middle East on Monday, as Washington scrambled to reassure Israel and pro-US regimes in the region of its continued support.

Crisis-ridden Palestinian Authority calls elections

By Jean Shaoul, 15 February 2011

The Palestinian Authority has announced elections, a cabinet reshuffle and the resignation of Saeb Erekat, its chief negotiator with Israel. It is the desperate reaction of a regime in crisis, trying to forestall the spread of the mass movements that have toppled Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Mubarak.

Mubarak resignation staggers Obama administration

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2011

Obama administration officials reacted to yesterday’s ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with hypocritical declarations of solidarity with the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian masses.

The “friends” of the Tunisian masses: the example of the French Independent Workers Party

By Olivier Laurent, 12 February 2011

A multitude of “left” organizations in Tunisia and other countries, such as the French POI, are trying to restore the credibility of the so-called “opposition” to Ben Ali.

NPA meeting in Paris backs imperialist policy on Egypt, Tunisia

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 11 February 2011

WSWS reporters attended a February 9 meeting of France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party in Paris, titled “Tunisia-Egypt, from revolt to revolution.”

Strikes and demonstrations spread across Egypt

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2011

Factory workers, agricultural laborers and civil servants have joined the movement against Mubarak dictatorship.

The Egyptian working class moves to the forefront

By David North, 10 February 2011

During the past few days a steady stream of reports has confirmed the increasingly decisive role of the Egyptian working class in the struggle against the Mubarak regime.

Protests shake Algerian regime

By Alex Lantier, 10 February 2011

A national strike by health workers continued yesterday against the military regime of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, as protests by unemployed youth and workers spread throughout the country.

Hamas and PLO suppress solidarity action for Egypt

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2011

Both the Islamist Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization have suppressed solidarity actions for Egypt.

Mass protests and strikes escalate as Egyptians reject “orderly transition”

By Bill Van Auken, 9 February 2011

Cairo’s Tahrir square was filled with its largest demonstration yet Tuesday as masses of Egyptians rejected the “orderly transition” through which the Obama administration and its principal ally, Omar Suleiman, are attempting to salvage the regime.

Omar Suleiman—longtime collaborator with Israel and US

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011

Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Suleiman’s collaboration in repression of the Palestinians and torture of CIA prisoners

Democrats on the Mubarak payroll

By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011

Many well-connected Washington lobbyists are on retainer for the Egyptian government

French government embarrassed by its ties to North African dictatorships

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 9 February 2011

The mass protests in North Africa against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled his country on January 14, are shaking the French government.

Italian politicians fear spread of “Egyptian fever”

By Marianne Arens, 9 February 2011

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are causing anxiety among Italian government and opposition politicians who fear “Egyptian fever” could spread to their side of the Mediterranean.

Munich Security Conference defends the Egyptian regime

By Peter Schwarz, 9 February 2011

The 47th Security Conference in Munich last weekend openly stood behind the hated Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian protesters face mounting violence and repression

By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2011

Thousands of demonstrators remain camped in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, defying threats of violence and a wave of arrests by the secret police of the Mubarak dictatorship.

Obama’s cold-blooded defense of Egyptian regime

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2011

The revolutionary events in Egypt have exposed the reactionary character of the Obama administration’s policy and its deep involvement in the conspiracies against the Egyptian people.

Tunisian regime seeks emergency powers against mass protests

By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2011

Yesterday the Tunisian parliament’s lower house voted to grant emergency powers to Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, the head of the interim Tunisian regime.

Heroic resistance in Cairo to state-orchestrated repression

By Chris Marsden, 4 February 2011

Anti-government protesters in Cairo have fought back against the brutal attacks waged by the disguised police and paid thugs of the Mubarak regime.

Obama’s crocodile tears over Egypt’s violence

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2011

If Obama is crying crocodile tears now over the violence that has left hundreds dead and thousands wounded in Egypt, it is only because this violence has stopped working, and the Egyptian people continue to resist and struggle.

Tens of thousands rally in Yemeni capital

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2011

The bourgeois opposition parties are seeking to prevent an Egyptian-style political explosion.

The Egyptian working class needs new forms of mass organization

By Chris Marsden, 2 February 2011

With his announcement that he will not step down and intends to serve out his term until September, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has thrown down the gauntlet before the millions opposing his regime.

King Abdullah replaces Jordanian cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2011

The new government is headed by former a former prime minister, Maruf Bakhit, who is identified with ballot-rigging and security crackdowns.

Tunisian uprising continues

By Ann Talbot, 2 February 2011

With a series of strikes breaking out, the Tunisian revolt is taking on a more working class character.

Egyptian uprising grows despite regime’s reform gestures

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2011

Masses of people continued to demonstrate in Cairo and other Egyptian cities Monday and protest organizers called for a “march of a million” to descend on Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the Presidential Palace Tuesday.

The Egyptian Revolution

By David North, 1 February 2011

As mass protests, factory occupations and calls for an indefinite general strike spread against the dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak, the working class is emerging as the driving force of the Egyptian revolution.

The anti-socialist politics of Tunisia’s official “opposition”

By Kumaran Ira, 1 February 2011

On January 28, the Ettajdid movement held a public debate in Paris on the recent uprising in Tunisia that forced out the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

On the US “left” and the Egyptian Revolution

By Jerry White, 1 February 2011

Just as they did in the recent events in Tunisia, the International Socialist Organization is promoting the bourgeois opposition in Egypt, including Mohamed ElBaradei, as the legitimate leaders of the mass movement.

An errand-boy for French imperialism: NPA’s Olivier Besancenot visits Tunisia

By Alex Lantier, 31 January 2011

On January 25-26, New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) spokesman Olivier Besancenot made a perfunctory visit from France to Tunisia.

US, interim government conspire against Tunisian masses

By Ann Talbot, 29 January 2011

The interim Tunisian government has announced a ministerial reshuffle in an effort to maintain its hold on power in the face of continuing protests.

Anti-government protests erupt in Yemen

By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2011

At least 16,000 and, according to some reports, many more protested in Yemen calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh, president for more than 30 years, to step down.

Egypt, Tunisia, and the fight against US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 28 January 2011

Two weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Arab leaders that their region’s “foundations are sinking into the sand”, the growing revolutionary upsurge of the masses has revealed that the pillars of Washington’s own policy in the Middle East are rotten and crumbling.

US pursues two-track policy to suppress protests in Egypt and Tunisia

By Barry Grey, 27 January 2011

The United States is working intensively to suppress mass protests in both Tunisia and Egypt and prop up the local ruling elites that are entirely subordinate to American imperialism.

Tens of thousands march in Egypt against Mubarak regime

By Johannes Stern and Stefan Steinberg, 26 January 2011

The thirty-year-old US-backed dictatorship of President Hosni Mubarak was shaken by an unprecedented wave of mass demonstrations Tuesday demanding an end to the regime.

Police crackdown in Tunisia meets resistance

By Ann Talbot, 25 January 2011

Tunisian police used tear gas against protesters gathered outside the office of Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi on Monday morning.

Tunisian popular revolt exposes France’s middle-class “left”

By Alex Lantier, 25 January 2011

Mass protests that forced out Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have dealt a blow to the pretensions of middle-class “far left” groups in France such as the New Anti-Capitalist Party.

Antigovernment protests spread across Northern Africa and Middle East

By Barry Grey, 24 January 2011

As thousands continued to demonstrate in Tunisia over the weekend against the interim “national unity” government, antigovernment protests spread to Algeria, Yemen and Jordan.

Egyptian opposition warns of an “explosion of the masses”

National day of protest set for Tuesday

By Johannes Stern, 24 January 2011

Egypt stands at the center of fears among the imperialist powers and the Arab bourgeoisie that the revolutionary turmoil in Tunisia could spread.

French government in crisis over its support for Tunisian dictatorship

By Antoine Lerougetel, 24 January 2011

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s support for Tunisian President Ben Ali has created a crisis of credibility for his government.

Anti-government protests continue in Tunisia during official mourning period

By Ann Talbot, 22 January 2011

Protests have continued in Tunisia on the first of three days of national mourning for those who died in the uprising.

ثورة شعبية تجتاح تونس وآمال في ثورة دائمة

22 January 2011

تعتبر الأحداث الأخيرة في تونس علامة مميزة على ظهور نقطة تحول عملية التطور العالمي، فبعد أن كانت ردود الأفعال الباطشة تنجح دائمًا وكان الصراع الطبقي مكبوحاً لعشرات السنين، جاءت المظاهرات الحاشدة وانتهاء فترة القمع التي دامت 23 عاماً على يد زين العابدين بن علي منذرة بانطلاق عصر جديد سمته الحركات الثورية.

WSWS statement on Tunisia now available in Arabic

22 January 2011

We are publishing the WSWS editorial board statement, “The mass uprising in Tunisia and the perspective of permanent revolution,” in Arabic.

Letters on the uprising in Tunisia

22 January 2011

Recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site on the uprising in Tunisia.

Middle East and North Africa feel repercussions of Tunisian revolution

By Ann Talbot, 21 January 2011

“The Tunisian revolution is not far from us,” Amr Moussa told the 22 members of the Arab League gathered at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik for an economic summit.

The American middle class “left” and the Tunisian revolt

By Jerry White, 21 January 2011

Various pseudo-left organizations in Europe and the United States are promoting the General Union of Tunisian Workers as the leading force of the uprising that toppled dictator Ben Ali.

Thousands march against Tunisia’s “unity” government

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2011

Thousands marched again Wednesday in the center of Tunis and in other Tunisian cities demanding the ouster of the deposed dictator’s ministers and the dissolution of his ruling party.

Tunisia’s “unity” government fractures as protests continue

By Chris Marsden, 19 January 2011

At least five ministers have been forced to quit Tunisia’s National Unity Government, less than a day after it was formed, in the face of mass hostility to its domination by the party of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

WikiLeaks and Tunisia

By Patrick Martin, 19 January 2011

American foreign policy specialists have described the events in Tunisia over the past week as the “first WikiLeaks revolution.”

Tunisia forms unity government dominated by ruling party

By Chris Marsden, 18 January 2011

The National Unity Government announced by Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi is a coming together of all factions of Tunisia’s ruling elite against the working class, students and small farmers.

Tunisian events expose pro-imperialist policy of France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party

By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2011

The reaction of the French petty-bourgeois pseudo-left to the mass protests that forced Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from office demonstrates their allegiance to imperialism.

Tunisian ruling elite promises national government, imposes military rule

By Chris Marsden, 17 January 2011

Tunisia’s ruling elite is seeking to secure its rule in the aftermath of the popular insurgency that forced President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country and take refuge in Saudi Arabia.

Thousands march in France to support the Tunisian people

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 January 2011

Thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday in France’s urban centres, in support of the popular uprising which forced the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali to flee two days before.

The mass uprising in Tunisia and the perspective of permanent revolution

By World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 17 January 2011

After decades of triumphant reaction and suppression of the class struggle, the eruption of mass protests in Tunisia and the end to 23 years of repressive rule by President Ben Ali signal the emergence of a new era of revolutionary upheavals.

Tunisian president flees the country

By Ann Talbot, 15 January 2011

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fled Tunisia. A state of emergency has been declared. The army has taken control of the airport, and gatherings of more than three people have been banned.

Egyptian regime fears mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 15 January 2011

Arab and Western governments are fearful that the mass protests in Tunisia will spread across the entire region, and in particular lead to popular revolt in Eygpt.

Social conflict in Maghreb has international implications

By Ann Talbot, 14 January 2011

Continuing protests in Tunisia and Algeria threaten to spread to the whole of the Maghreb region and, beyond that, to engulf the Middle East, where the same conditions of poverty and insecurity exist.

Curfew ordered in Tunisian capital

By Tom Eley, 13 January 2011

Tunisia imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Tunis after protests against joblessness, high prices, and government corruption erupted in the capital city on Wednesday.

Reports reveal state massacre of Tunisian protesters

By Alex Lantier, 12 January 2011

Reports emerged yesterday of large-scale killings by Tunisian security forces of protesters rioting against joblessness and poor social conditions under the dictatorial Ben Ali regime.

Riots shake Tunisia and Algeria

By Alex Lantier, 10 January 2011

Mass protests against social inequality, food prices, and government repression spread from Tunisia to Algeria last week.