Counter-revolution gains in Egypt

BY JEFF MACKLER Egypt’s Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Sept. 23 stamped the “legal” coup de grace on the now fully unmasked face of the U.S.-backed military dictatorship. The court dissolved the Muslim Brotherhood in all respects, confiscated its assets, seized its buildings and banned all MB activities. Egypt’s state newspaper Al Ahram, reporting … Continue reading Counter-revolution gains in Egypt

Historic mobilization in Egypt

BY JEFF MACKLER The June 30 mobilization of 20 million Egyptians demanding the resignation of President Muhammad Morsi, elected on the same date of the previous year, was likely the largest street demonstration against ruling-class prerogatives in human history. A few days later, Morsi and several of his closest Muslim Brotherhood (MB) associates were arrested … Continue reading Historic mobilization in Egypt

U.S. court frames Somalis for ‘terrorism’

By STEFANIE LEVI On May 16, a group of about 200 Somali people—mostly women—and their supporters from other communities assembled at the federal building in downtown Minneapolis. The people came to support Hawa Mohamed Hassan, 64, and Amina Farah Ali, 35, both residents of Rochester, Minn., at their sentencing hearing. The courtrooms were filled to … Continue reading U.S. court frames Somalis for ‘terrorism’

Imperialists tighten grip on Sahara-Sahel

By CHRISTINE MARIE The two-month period of April-May 2013 will be remembered as marking a significant advance in the imperialist project in the Sahara-Sahel region of Northern Africa. On April 29, the UN authorized the deployment of 11, 200 troops to Mali. Beginning on July 1, this large international force will function alongside the French … Continue reading Imperialists tighten grip on Sahara-Sahel

A new Arab revolt?

By ANDREW POLLACK In recent weeks the masses of Egypt and Tunisia have re-entered the streets and taken workplace action in significant numbers, boldly defying their rulers out of dissatisfaction with how the latter are throttling the promise of their revolutions. In response the parties in power in each country—bourgeois populist parties with an Islamist … Continue reading A new Arab revolt?

The con that knows no borders

By BARRY WEISLEDER Book Review: Will Ferguson, “419” (Penguin Canada, Toronto, 2012, 399 pages). How are the sins of imperialism visited upon the common people of the “rich” countries? One way is “419.” That is the law against fraud in the criminal code of Nigeria. It is also the title of the Giller Prize-winning book by … Continue reading The con that knows no borders

No to French intervention in Mali!

Statement by National Secretariat of the PST (Socialist Workers Party, Algerian section of the Fourth International), Jan. 17 — After the Ivorian episode in 2010, the French military intervention in Mali, with its colonialist overtones, is above all an expression of France’s determination to regain its “African garden”, which is being gnawed away at by … Continue reading No to French intervention in Mali!

S. Africa: Latest attack on miners condemned

By DEMOCRATIC LEFT FRONT (South Africa) Oct. 29—The Democratic Left Front condemns the police for shooting workers in Rustenburg on October 27. Two workers who work at Amplats were hit by live ammunition, and one, hit in the chest, is in a critical condition in hospital. Eleven other mineworkers were injured by rubber bullets. The … Continue reading S. Africa: Latest attack on miners condemned

Washington threatens new military strikes

By DANIEL XAVIER  As the presidential election rapidly approaches, it is predictably clear that the imperialist foreign policy agenda of the U.S. government will continue to advance unabated regardless of whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney occupies the White House come January. Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner (!), has continued and expanded U.S. military … Continue reading Washington threatens new military strikes

From Palestine to Perama: Struggle Crosses the Mediterranean

The Greek government has acted to extend Israel’s blockade of Gaza all the way to its own shores by blocking the departure of boats in Freedom Flotilla 2 from the ports of Perama and Piraeus. In this, the Greek ruling class and its “Socialist” Prime Minister George Papandreou demonstrate their class solidarity with the rulers … Continue reading From Palestine to Perama: Struggle Crosses the Mediterranean

French, UN forces install new president in the Ivory Coast

by Michael Schreiber Weeks after Alassane Ouattara replaced Laurent Gbagbo as president, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivroire) remains in chaos. The capital city, Abidjan, has been wracked by looting and gun battles by rival armies professing loyalty to Ouattara. The discord came to a head on April 27, when Ibrahim Coulibaly, commander of the so-called … Continue reading French, UN forces install new president in the Ivory Coast

Tunisia, North Africa, and the Arab Revolution

Statement by Socialist Action (U.S.), Jan. 17, 2011 The year 2011 has begun with the heroic ousting of the dictator Ben Ali by the Tunisian people. The recent Tunisian uprising against rising food prices, unemployment, and political repression is not a new occurrence. The liberalization of economic policies in North Africa has had a devastating … Continue reading Tunisia, North Africa, and the Arab Revolution

Support Striking Namibian Workers at Lev Leviev Diamonds!

The Congress of South African Trade Unions pledges its support for the 153 diamond polishers employed by the Lev Leviev Diamond (LLD) Polishing Company in Windhoek, Namibia, who have been on strike since June 19th to protest abusive managers as well as job appraisals and promotions, wages and outstanding overtime.Adalah-NY, the Coalition for Justice in … Continue reading Support Striking Namibian Workers at Lev Leviev Diamonds!

Kenya Explodes!

The mass explosion and conflicts that followed the obvious falsification of the results of the Dec. 27 Kenyan presidential election have raised many questions. But one thing is absolutely clear. Kenya can no longer be held up by the imperialist governments and publicists as a model of stability and prosperity for post-colonial Africa.It is now … Continue reading Kenya Explodes!

Review of “Hotel Rwanda”

by Gaetana Caldwell-Smith & Michael Schreiber– February, 2005   “Hotel Rwanda.” Starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, and Nick Nolte; directed by Terry George.   “Hotel Rwanda” is a heartrending exposé of the consequences of the policies of the major Western powers toward the neo-colonial world. The European and U.S. imperialists orchestrated the conditions for the … Continue reading Review of “Hotel Rwanda”

British Trotskyist Charlie van Gelderen dies; Covered S. Africa news for Socialist Action

By TERRY CONWAY   Charlie van Gelderen, who for almost two decades wrote many articles for Socialist Action (mainly on political developments in South Africa), was the last survivor of those who attended the 1938 founding conference of the Fourth International in Paris. Following is a shortened version of an article in the November 2001 … Continue reading British Trotskyist Charlie van Gelderen dies; Covered S. Africa news for Socialist Action

A Valuable Study of Socialists’ Role in Early South African Freedom Struggle

By CHARLIE VAN GELDEREN   "Discordant Comrades: Identities and Loyalties on the South African Left." by Allison Drew (Ashgate, London, £45).   It is a pity that this book is only available as an expensive hardback, because it is a valuable contribution towards an understanding of the role played by socialists in the struggle against … Continue reading A Valuable Study of Socialists’ Role in Early South African Freedom Struggle

South Africa’s Mbeki Promotes Bush Agenda; Ducks UN AIDS Conference

By GERRY FOLEY South African President Thabo Mbeki's June 25 White House visit with George Bush shattered a few more illusions that Mbeki's African National Congress (ANC) government represents the interests of the South African people. The Mbeki-Bush meeting was widely reported in the capitalist media. A June 25 CBS interview had Mbeki urging "stability" … Continue reading South Africa’s Mbeki Promotes Bush Agenda; Ducks UN AIDS Conference