In Egypt’s 2011-12 parliamentary elections reactionary religious parties swept the board.
Pete Radcliff visited Cairo earlier this month. He reports on the political situation facing democracy and trade union activists.
International Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
Nottingham socialist Pete Radcliff will give a report back from his recent visit to Cairo and introduce a discussion on 'what next?' for the Egyptian revolution.
Update: According to AhramOnline Kamal has been released.
Yesterday (6 February) the atmosphere in Tahrir Square was more relaxed and somewhat confident. News of the general strike called by CTUWS for 11 February had got round.
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group which runs Gaza as a one-party religious state, has moved three quarters of its staff out of Syria.
The winners in Egypt’s first free election since World War Two are, in the words of prominent commentator Juan Cole, ‘the equivalent of the Tea Party’: conservative religious parties, of which the lar
The Ship, 68 Borough Road, London SE1 1DX
Nadia Mahmood of the Worker-communist Party of Iraq is currently in Egypt building links with left and working-class organisations there. Come and hear her report back on who she met, what she saw and what she learned.
Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Place, Liverpool L3 5UL
The Egyptian revolution was prepared by groups of workers struggling to build independent trade unions - and since the fall of Mubarak, union organisation, workers' protests and strikes have spread like wildfire.
Between 18 and 21 May, activists from Egypt's Centre for Trade Union and Workers' Services/Federation for Independent Unions will be visiting the UK, hosted by Egypt Workers' Solidarity.
On 19 May Kamal Abbas, general coordinator of the CTUWS, will be speaking at the Fire Brigades Union conference in Southport, and at an EWS public meeting in Liverpool. On 20 May, he will be speaking in London.
This is an absolutely massive deal, so come and learn about Egypt's new workers' movement and how we can build solidarity.
Chaired by Elaine Jones, Wirral Trades Council and Merseyside Women Against the Cuts
Facebook event here.
Some 2008 background articles on Kamal Abbas and the CTUWS
On Kamal Abbas
On the CTUWS