21-11-2011 tahrir square egyptFive years ago, without any organisation, programme, plan or preparation the Arab masses, in the words of Marx, stormed heaven.  They brought down in a matter of weeks, what had seemingly not moved an inch in decades of petitioning by NGO’s and academic do-gooders. The colossal state-apparatus, employing hundreds of thousands of spies, police officers and army personnel, could only watch as the masses took over the streets.

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.

destroyed-houses-near-sanaaHundreds of thousands of Yemenis are fleeing their homes in search of safer areas, but as the country runs out of food and basic goods, death stalks the country. This war which has killed and wounded thousands is also bringing out the contradictions in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia finds itself increasingly isolated.

dubai-workers-struggleOn Tuesday March 10, hundreds of migrant construction workers went on a brief illegal strike at the Fountain Views construction site in Dubai. This strike shows how the explosive contradictions of worsening life and working conditions facing migrant workers in the Gulf are reaching a point where repression and blackmail are not enough to hold workers down.

terroristsAs a new spree of terrorist attacks unravels with increasing frequency, the menace of Islamic fundamentalist terror seems to be beyond the control of the ruling elite, their state and their system. The haughty claims of the moneyed political elite, of uniting against “terrorism” and for “national unity” have proved to be boastful absurdities and hypocritical deceptions.

Burj al Arab Hotel thWith its towering skyscrapers, vast boulevards, imposing shopping malls, nightclubs, beaches and glittering lights, Dubai is one of the safest sanctuaries of global capital. Being tax free, it is the abode of most of the third world’s tax evaders, corrupt upstarts and mafia dons. This makes Dubai the flagship of the United Arab Emirates which is a federal alliance of the owners (Sheikhs) of seven small states. The bourgeois media, however, shows only the bright side of Dubai and the capital Abu Dhabi.

With 17 million protesters on the streets on June 30th, Egypt experienced the greatest protests ever in its history. The protesters could no longer put up with a regime that was nothing more than the continuation of the Mubarak era, but with a new face. Some days later, Morsi was removed by the army, who chose to give him up in order to keep their control of the economy and the State apparatus.

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