Information about the labour movement in Egypt, Iraq, Iran, and elsewhere in the Middle East, and about what's being done in the British labour movement to raise solidarity.
Assad's massacres in Syria make one wish for a benign world government that could prevent the horrors, or even for divine intervention.
By Dan Katz
By Hamde abu Rahma and Rosie Huzzard
Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh is resisting calls for him to step down, as the mass pro-democracy movement in the capital, Sanaa, continues to mobilise against him.
“Perhaps”, wrote a columnist in the staid Financial Times on 30 August, “2011 will come to rank alongside 1968 and 1989 as a year of global revolt”.
Yemen — even given the best possible of governments — would not be a well functioning state.
On Saturday 4 June, one of the three remaining Arab despots confronting mass rebellions — Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen — seemed to concede defeat, fleeing to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.
The Rafah crossing, the only entry point to Gaza not controlled by Israel, was opened by Egypt on 28 May.
The main political lines in the four-month-old mobilisations to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh are becoming blurred.