Middle East

No relief for Yemen’s poor and starving people

Submitted by cathy n on 20 June, 2018 - 2:24 Author: Dan Katz
Saudi air strike

Saudi-backed forces are fighting to take control of the port city of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah, on Yemen’s West coast, has over half-a-million inhabitants. It is the only major port controlled by the Houthi insurgents who have had control of most of the populated areas of Yemen since late 2014. The Houthis have been battling a Saudi-led coalition which started a bombing campaign against them in 2015.

War clouds gather in Middle East

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 2:50 Author: Colin Foster
Israel-Palestine protest 14 April 2018

Threats of war are piling up on all sides in the Middle East.

On 8 May US president Donald Trump is announcing his decision on whether the US will withdraw from the 2015 deal lifting many economic sanctions on Iran and restricting Iran’s nuclear program. He is expected to withdraw.

Trump’s new National Security Adviser, since 9 April, is John Bolton, a long-time advocate of the US bombing Iran.
On 14 May Trump will make the symbolic and provocative move of declaring the US Embassy to Israel officially sited in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv.

21 lies the "Holocaust-mitigator" left tells itself on Israel/Palestine

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:16 Author: Sean Matgamna
Jordan refugee camp

A central fact of our political situation is that the left, especially the ostensible revolutionary left, is a major source of antisemitism — they say “anti-Zionism” — in the country and in the labour movement, including the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn has admitted that there are pockets of antisemitism in the Labour Party. On the self-described revolutionary left you will find only pockets of opposition to the “anti-Zionism” which becomes antisemitism — AWL for example.

Kuwaiti oil workers take on the ruling elite

Submitted by Matthew on 20 April, 2016 - 10:38 Author: Ralph Peters

By the time this paper goes to press over 13,000 oil workers in Kuwait will have been on strike for four days.

Strikes are exceedingly rare in the oil producing oligarchies of the Gulf States. The workforce, made up of mainly migrant workers, usually have appalling living conditions and no civil or trade union rights. This is the first major strike in Kuwait in many years, although the last months have seen growing activity from a number of Kuwaiti unions in tourism and from municipal workers.

Eurocentrism as a fig leaf, and the art of conjuring in politics

Submitted by AWL on 6 February, 2016 - 7:05 Author: Marieme Helie-Lucas

Facts:

On New Year’s Eve 2015, simultaneous coordinated sexual attacks took place against women in public space in about 10 cities, mostly in Germany, but also in Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland… Several hundred women, to this day, filed a case for sexual attack, robbery, and rape. These attacks were perpetrated by young men of migrant descent (be they immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees, or other) from North Africa and the Middle East.

Flags and solidarity

Submitted by Matthew on 20 November, 2015 - 11:27 Author: Michael Chessum

In the wake of events like the massacre in Paris, almost all responses seem inadequate or wrong — especially the official and establishment ones.

Solidarity with the French nation is an easy sentiment, but far from a simple one. And among a wide variety of commentators and activists — predominantly on the left — it has become usual to denounce the selective mourning of Parisians, as opposed to those killed in Beirut or Baghdad.

Civil war in Yemen

Submitted by Matthew on 8 April, 2015 - 10:35 Author: Dan Katz

On 26 March a broad Saudi-led Sunni-Arab coalition began bombing opposition bases in Yemen.

The Saudi operation, named Decisive Storm, also involved moving 150,000 troops, plus tanks and heavy weapons, up to their border with Yemen. Both Saudi Arabia and Egypt have threatened to invade to prop up their favoured regime, led by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and against Hadi’s Shia opponents, the Houthi militia.

Understanding the Muslim far-right in Algeria, and beyond

Submitted by AWL on 11 March, 2015 - 8:49 Author: Marieme Helie-Lucas

Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist. She participated in the national liberation from French colonialism and was close to the then-underground PCA (Parti Communist Algerien, Algerian Communist Party). She worked as a senior civil servant during the first three years after independence, before leaving to teach at Algiers University for 12 years.

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