March 20 has been declared an international day of solidarity with the Arab revolutions. The IMT will be actively taking part. However, we also need concrete financial help to strengthen our work in the Middle East and help our comrades struggling to build the forces of Marxism in these countries. So please donate generously to our campaign!

We were recently sent a statement of prisoners of conscience in the Damascus Central Prison (Adra), announcing their hunger strike demanding an end to political arrests, the removal of injustices and the restitution of rights that have been removed from civil and political life. They are being kept in terrible conditions, such as having no beds, being served bad food and with no access to a doctor.

We would like to thank all those who expressed their support and solidarity for Nawzad Baban, a leading figure in the current protests in Kurdistan and an FWCUI electricity worker activist in Sulaimania City. He was abducted on Friday, February 25 in Sulaimania with three other activists. Here we republish an interview with him Muayad Ahmad, first published by Hawpshti (Solidarity).

On 27th February a seminar was organized by the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign (PTUDC) and Youth For International Socialism (YFIS) in Dera Ghazi Khan to discuss the continuing Arab Revolution and its impact on Pakistan. The seminar was held in the District head office of the Pakistan People’s Party, D.G. Khan.

During the February 20 protests in Morocco, the state unleashed its security forces on the masses, leading to at least nine deaths and many arrests. One of those arrested and brutally tortured was a comrade of the Communist League of Action (CLA), the IMT in Morocco. We publish here an appeal from the comrades of the CLA. We ask all our readers to take part in the protest against these actions.

Please support Nawzad Baban, one of the leading figures of the current protests in Kurdistan and also a worker activist of the FWCUI in the electricity sector in Sulaimaniya City. He was kidnapped on Friday, February 25, in Sulaimaniya with three other comrades.

We recently reported on the movement of workers and youth in the north of Iraq/Kurdistan. In response to those mobilisations, the security forces have opened fire on the people and arrested some of the key organisers. We have received this appeal for solidarity and help to get those arrested released. Please make your voice heard by writing to the Iraqi authorities.

We urgently need solidarity action to be taken for comrade Dr. Touhama  Maarouf in Syria. She decided to start a hunger strike on 18 February 2011 in protest against her harsh conditions in prison. She is being held in the Adra prison in Damascus, granted no rights, and with no light or medication. She is being kept in dirty conditions. Her food is bad and her health is rapidly deteriorating. Furthermore she is not allowed visitors. She was arrested on 10 February 2010 accused of belonging to the Communist Labour Party in Syria. She is the mother of two children.

This past Friday, Fightback supporters in Toronto helped to organize a discussion titled, "Egypt, Tunisia -- Where Next?" at the University of Toronto.  Co-organized with the Arab Students' Associations at U of T and Ryerson University, the meeting was well-attended despite an impromptu celebration rally organized for the same time at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Thousands gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday (12th February) to celebrate the departure of the hated, now former president, Hosni Mubarak. The gathering was actually called as a demonstration against the regime and to demand the resignation of Mubarak. However, events have moved at such a rate that the despot had tendered his resignation the day the before. Therefore, the event was now a party in the centre of London to concur with the one in Tahrir Square.

While Obama sits bewildered as he watches the Egyptian masses overthrow the hated dictator Mubarak, in the United States there are workers, trade unionists, youth and socialist activists who rejoice at the scenes we have been witnessing in these historical moments in Egypt. Here we publish a speech by the Editor of the US Socialist Appeal, John Peterson.

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