Middle East

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

Sean Matgamna

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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The SWP and the Iran-Iraq war: the sudden shift to super-anti-imperialism

In 1988 the SWP suddenly became very 'anti-imperialist'. It became a loud cheerleader for what it sees as progressive or revolutionary nationalisms.

It still talks of socialism and class struggle, but now these are proposed as merely the best means to secure the greater nationalist end. It fiercely supports Iraq in the Gulf War. It insists fanatically that it is not even worth thinking about an appeal to the Israeli working class, that Israel must be destroyed, and that a 'two-state' solution in Palestine is worthless even as an interim measure.

How the SWP shifted drastically on "anti-imperialism" in 1987-8.

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AWL North East London film showing

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18 August, 2013 - 14:00 to 17:00

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Menard Hall, Galway Street, London EC1V 3SW

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Details of film to be announced: call 07883 607 506.

£4/£8 on the door (waged/unwaged), includes food and drink.

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Nick Cohen: still smoking the opium-pipe of the "liberal-interventionists"

Nick Cohen and the opium pipe of the "liberal-interventionists"

Assad's massacres in Syria make one wish for a benign world government that could prevent the horrors, or even for divine intervention.

But neither will happen. Some on the left respond to the omission by "demanding" that the USA and other big powers act like a benign world government, or deity.

They are smoking the "liberal-interventionist" opium pipe. Many of them, including Nick Cohen of the Observer, did that over Iraq.

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