Middle East

Lebanon: police repression as youth demand the resignation of the government

Written by In Defence of Marxism Thursday, 27 August 2015

Lebanon: police repression as youth demand the resignation of the governmentDemonstrators in downtown Beirut are under severe police repression. Dozens have been injured and at least 90 of the organisers of the protest have been arrested so far, but the count is likely to grow in the next hours. The sweeping protest of Lebanese youth, which took the name of the “You Reek” movement, started on August 22.


Mass protests shake Iraq

Written by Hamid Alizadeh and Akram Nadir (Vice President of the FWCUI) Monday, 10 August 2015

baghdadOn Friday up to 500,000 protesters took to the streets of Baghdad after a full week of escalating protests all across the southern and central areas of Iraq.


Contradictions on the rise in Turkey as western "democracy" support attacks on Kurds

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Tuesday, 28 July 2015

26-nisanWhile NATO throws its weight behind the reactionary Erdogan government, he continues his onslaught against Kurdish and left forces. Erdogan however, is acting from a position of weakness and he could provoke a mass movement against himself.


Turkey: Erdogan attacks PKK to divert rising class struggle

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Monday, 27 July 2015

turkey-bomb-pkkSince last week’s barbaric terrorist attack in the Turkish town of Suruc, the situation in Turkey has dramatically escalated. Under the guise of joining the war on ISIS, Erdogan has launched a major military operation against the the PKK as well as arresting hundreds of Kurdish and Turkish leftist activists.


Suruc massacre: heinous crime responsibility of a heinous regime

Written by Mousa Ladqani Tuesday, 21 July 2015

surucYesterday a massacre took place in the district of Suruç in southern Turkey. A massive blast ripped through a meeting of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered at the Amara Culture Centre. It is reported that at least 300 of the federation's members were gathered at the time of the explosion, and initial numbers indicate a death toll of at least 30 people, in addition to around a hundred wounded. These numbers could rise in the coming days.


The Middle East’s humanitarian disaster

Written by Lal Khan Friday, 17 July 2015

displacedA grotesque humanitarian disaster looms large as the conflagration and mayhem ravages the Middle East. The number of people fleeing the civil war just in Syria has now surpassed four million, according to the UN refugee agency. "This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.


Iran Nuclear Deal: A new period opens up in the Middle East

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Wednesday, 15 July 2015

iran-dealYesterday, the long-awaited nuclear deal between Iran and six major world powers was signed. After 18 days of straight negotiations the parties announced a 100-page agreement which is to set in motion the scaling back of the Iranian nuclear agreement and the lifting of harsh sanctions on Iran. This brings to an end more than three decades of harsh economic sanctions imposed on Iran by US imperialism and marks a complete defeat of the US strategy of intimidation, blackmail and coercion of Iran.


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