On 1 September, several secular opposition leaders in Egypt, including Mohammed al Baradei and Hamdeen Sabbahi, the Nasserist politician who came third in the presidential election, declared a new coalition to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice Party” [FJP] in new parliamentary elections.
In June Salafists — hard-line Islamists — attacked a Tunis art gallery, sparking riots that left one person dead and more than 100 injured.
A young Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, has been arrested and her family placed under protective custody after a Muslim mob in a poor part of Islamabad threatened to set her alight for allegedly burning pages of the Koran.
The results of Libya’s first parliamentary elections since the fall of the regime indicate a victory for the National Forces Alliance (NFA) led by former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril.
An old Labour council trick is to announce £30 million in cuts and then, a little later, declare they’ve managed to find a bit of money to reduce the cuts to a mere £19 million. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief; things aren’t as bad as were expected.
Last week AWL activists leafleted SWP meetings to try to engage SWP members over their organisations support for a vote for the Muslim Brotherhood in the Egyptian presidential elections.
Generally we found SWP members unwilling even to take our leaflet, never mind read it and discuss. If a debate had actually taken place it might have looked like this.
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.
A court of judges appointed by Egypt’s disgraced former president Hosni Mubarak last week (June 13) dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament elected last year — in the first proper elections in Egypt’s recent history.
Tunisia has seen a series of Islamist outrages against the labour movement and freedom of speech in recent weeks, while workers’ struggles for jobs and public services heat up.
At the start of June Egyptian activists rallied to remember Khaled Said, a young man killed two years ago by Mubarak’s police, sparking protests that eventually brought down the dictator.