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Baba Amr falls to Syrian regime

The Syrian regime is scoring some important victories, but the revolution is not defeated yet, writes Marcus Halaby Read more...

Egypt: counter-revolution in heartland of the Arab Spring poses new challenges

The victory of the Islamists in the parliamentary elections is a dangerous sign, warns Simon Hardy Read more...

The Syrian Revolution, imperialist rivalries and the left

The thirtieth anniversary of the Hama massacre, in which 20,000 perished, reminds us that the Ba'athist dictatorship and the al-Assad dynasty, which has ruled Syria since 1971, is no novice when it comes to the slaughter of its own people. Famed for their intransigence, the son Bashar could say, like the father, Hafiz; "I am in blood stepped in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er." (Shakespeare's Macbeth). The regime marked the anniversary with a new massacre, killing 200 by heavy bombardment of the rebellious Khalidiya neighbourhood of Homs. Read more...

Fear and hypocrisy: the Arab League monitors in Syria

Marcus Halaby reports on the latest developments in the Syrian revolution as international monitors send back their reports Read more...

Egypt: Elections results show sweeping gains for the counterrevolution

Despite a massive wave of mobilisations in Tahrir Square and other city centres in November and important actions continuing into December, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is still maintaining its illegitimate rule in Egypt. Though the focus of the popular upsurge was to force the SCAF to withdraw from power and handover to a genuinely independent civilian government the generals just reshuffled its stooge government and is hoping to carry on as before. Read more...

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists fight back against repression

In December the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), fresh from unleashing murderous violence against the demonstrators who occupied the street outside the Cabinet Office, near Tahrir Square, moved against a number of liberal and left wing individuals and organizations. They urgently need international solidarity now to halt the witch hunt Read more...

Historia en ciernes: revoluciones democráticas en el contexto de un desarrollo desigual y combinado

2011, sin duda, será recordado como el año de la Revolución Árabe. Hemos visto una explosión de aspiración democrática y valiente lucha mientras las revoluciones se extendían en pocas semanas desde Túnez y Egipto a Bahréin, Yemen, Libia y Siria. Como cualquier movimiento que desafía y derroca líderes y sistemas que una vez habían aparecido como características inamovibles del orden mundial, el mundo entero fue tomado por sorpresa por la velocidad, la escala y la energía de las masas movilizadas que intuyeron una oportunidad para desalojar a sus gobernantes. Read more...

No to sanctions: Hands off Iran!

The growing chorus of international voices which are demanding action against Iran points to a drive to war and an urgent need to begin to prepare resistance, writes Martin Suchanek Read more...