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Student solidarity with Qatari workers

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Omar Raii

Working conditions in Qatar, in particular for migrant workers, are at an appalling level.

Conditions have been recently compared by the International Trade Union Confederation to “modern day slavery”.

University College London is one of the many educational institutions to have a campus in Doha’s “Education City”. The University and Colleges Union has been heavily critical of UCL’s refusal to do anything to ensure that the rights of the workers there, many of whom are migrants from South Asian countries such as Nepal, are protected.

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Should the left say: "Let the Kurds die!"?

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Dan Katz

Over a thousand Kurdish people gathered in Trafalgar Square, London, on Saturday 1 November, taking part in a day of international solidarity for the Kurds fighting ISIS (Daesh, "Islamic State") in Kobane.

Among the small number of people at the protest who were not Kurdish were a handful of representatives of the Socialist Party and SWP. Both these groups have a problem.

If "stop the bombing" immediately means "let the Kurds of Kobane die", socialists should not raise that slogan.

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Support the Kurds! Resolution for trade union branches

The Central Line East branch of the RMT union has passed this motion in support of the Kurds. Could your union branch pass it too, or a version of it?


Support the Kurds!

1. We strongly oppose "Islamic State" and its attack on the mainly-Kurdish city of Kobani, Syria.

2. We support the Kurds of Kobani - including the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Brigades - in their valiant fight; we support their right to resist attack and to ask for help in doing so.

The Central Line East branch of the RMT union has passed this motion in support of the Kurds. Could your union branch pass it too, or a version of it?

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Construction death traps in the Gulf

M worked as an architect on construction sites in Dubai. He told Solidarity what daily working life is like on those sites.


The major difference between a construction site in Dubai and one in Europe is the number of hours that they work. The workers are present on site from 7am to 7pm — twelve hours a day for six days a week, sometimes seven.

An architect on construction sites in Dubai told us what daily working life is like.

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Syria, Egypt, Israel-Palestine: 2013 AWL conference resolution

Resolution passed by AWL conference 26-27 October 2013 on Syria, Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.


Almost three years after the beginning of the 'Arab Spring', much of the scene is dominated by the rise of reactionary Islamist movements. The threat we identified as early as spring 2011, of the democratic upheavals being co-opted by Islamism, has to a large extent been realised.

Resolution passed by AWL conference 26-27 October 2013 on Syria, Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.

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Syria, Egypt, Israel-Palestine: 2013 AWL conference resolution

Resolution passed by AWL conference 26-27 October 2013 on Syria, Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.


Almost three years after the beginning of the 'Arab Spring', much of the scene is dominated by the rise of reactionary Islamist movements. The threat we identified as early as spring 2011, of the democratic upheavals being co-opted by Islamism, has to a large extent been realised.

Resolution passed by AWL conference 26-27 October 2013 on Syria, Egypt, and Israel-Palestine.

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Embassy protest begins solidarity campaign with migrant workers in Qatar

On 12 October activists demonstrated outside the Qatari embassy in London in solidarity with Nepali and other migrant workers in Qatar, hundreds of whom have been worked to death as the Gulf dictatorship prepares for the 2022 World Cup.

On 12 October members of the Nepali community in London and British labour movement and migrants' rights activists protested outside the Qatari embassy to protest against the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar. More than 700, mainly Nepali, workers have died in the last year, the majority as a result of heart failures or industrial accidents, as the Gulf dictatorship goes into a building overdrive in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.


Protest organiser Shreya Paudel is on the right

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Political Islam, Christian Fundamentalism, Marxism and the Left Today

Click here for a range of articles that were part of the controversy sparked by the republication of this article

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(Adapted from the introduction to Workers' Liberty 3/1: Marxism and Religion - January 2006)

Since Islamist terrorists attacked New York on 11 September 2001, religion, or concerns and interests expressed in religion, are at the centre of international politics to a degree without parallel for hundreds of years.

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Political Islam, Christian Fundamentalism, Marxism and the Left Today

In many countries, religion and disputes about, or expressed in terms of, religion have long been central to political life — in Christian Spain, Portugal, Ireland, or the USA; in Muslim Iran or Algeria; in Lebanon; in Israel-Palestine. Today, since Islamist terrorists attacked New York on 11 September 2001, religion, or concerns and interests expressed in religion, are at the centre of international politics to a degree without parallel for hundreds of years.

Since Islamist terrorists attacked New York on 11 September 2001, religion, or concerns and interests expressed in religion, are at the centre of international politics to a degree without parallel for hundreds of years.

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Understanding the Arab uprising

A review of Gilbert Achcar’s The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2013).

Unusually for a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Gilbert Achcar has become the hate figure for parts of the left over recent months for his perceived support for big-power intervention in Libya.

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