Room G07, Chadwick building, University College London, Gower Street (go through main entrance and turn right)
A fringe meeting at "Marxism 2012", sponsored by Workers' Liberty and the Iranian Revolutionary Marxists' Tendency
From Egypt to Syria to Iran, what is the role of political Islam in the North African and Middle Eastern revolutions, and how should socialists relate to it?
In Egypt, the military is cracking down, has annulled parliamentary election results and, despite acknowledging the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential election victory, will still retain huge power. Does opposition to the military imply support for the the Muslim Brotherhood? Why did the SWP advocate a vote for the Brotherhood's presidential candidate, Muhammad Morsi - the candidate of a party that is reactionary and theocratic, as well as straightforwardly neoliberal and anti-working class?
We believe the SWP's attitude to political Islam is deeply misguided. In Iran after the revolution of 1978-79, a similar attitude on the part of socialists led to disaster. Come and discuss the issues, and how we can build support for independent working-class forces in the region.