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.

On 6th Feb a seminar was organized at the Hyderabad Press Club to show solidarity with the great Arab Revolution which is affecting the whole world and to develop a clear perspective in this rapidly changing objective situation. A great number of students, youth, women, workers and trade union activists were in attendance. The main speaker was Dr. Lal Khan, editor of the Asian Marxist Review, while other speakers included Riaz Hussain Lund, Chairman of the PTUDC, Paras Jan, Information Secretary of the PTUDC and Anwar Panhwar PTUDC Sindh President.

On Saturday (5th February) around one thousand people – Egyptians, Londoners and others ‑ gathered outside the United States embassy and later marched through central London to the Egyptian embassy. The protest was called to show solidarity with the revolutionary struggle of the people of Egypt.

Thursday evening, 200 protestors gathered in front of the Egyptian embassy in Denmark’s capital. The event was called by a coalition of groups, including Danish supporters of the IMT. The demands were for Denmark to sever all relations with the Mubarak regime and the other Arab dictatorships. The protestors condemned the bloody regime of Hosni Mubarak and hailed the great Arab revolution.

While the flames of revolution engulf the whole of the Middle East in Syria left activists face severe punishment merely for expressing their views. We call on our readers and supporters to send protest letters/emails to the Syrian authorities demanding the release of four activists sentenced to several years in prison on January 23.