On 21st May the 2011 National Conference of Hands Off Venezuela in Britain will be taking place in London. Free to members, or join on the day, and hear speakers coming from Venezuela as well as debate and wider discussion in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.

After almost two weeks of detention, Firas Ali was released from Muthanna Airport prison on the evening of Monday, 25 April. We would like to express special thanks to all those who in the campaign to free Firas Ali the youth leader of Tahrir Square in Baghdad Iraq,

The young activist of 25th February group, Ala'a Nabiel was released on Saturday, April 16, after  being arrested on Friday, April 8.

Firas Ali, an Iraqi political activist, was detained at the office of the Federation of Workers’ Councils and Unions in Iraq, Baghdad, at about 2pm on 13 April. A protester, Haidar Shihab Ahmad Abdel Latif, is believed to have been detained on 1 April on Tahrir Square, Baghdad. Alaa Nabil, another youth leader of the February 25 Group, was also arrested on April 8, and remains in custody. It is feared that they and other detained activists are at high risk of torture.

The Bahraini regime, with the aid of the Pakistan Army, has been recruiting Pakistani mercenaries to strengthen their security forces as they clamp down on the revolutionary movement in Bahrain. The comrades of the International Marxist Tendency in Pakistan, gathered around The Struggle, have promoted a protest movement against this in the various organisations they are leading and working with.

The past few months have seen the return of right-wing attacks on the Venezuelan government and Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez. Also implicated in these attacks has been Alan Woods, the founder of the international Hands Off Venezuela campaign and editor of the popular Marxist website In Defence of Marxism. We were fortunate to have Alan speak at Casa Romero in Toronto’s west-end via video-link, where he answered the lies of the world’s corporate press, as well as why they have attacked him and the HOV campaign personally.

We have received this appeal for solidarity from activists in Syria. Please send solidarity messages to the address provided.

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).