Middle East

Israeli human rights organization declares Israel an apartheid state

By Jean Shaoul, 18 December 2021

B’Tselem's statement that Israel is an apartheid regime confirms not only what critics of Israel’s brutal suppression of the Palestinians have long been saying, but also the historic bankruptcy and reactionary culmination of the Zionist project and all such nationalist programs.

International filmmakers demand end to Israeli ban on Mohammad Bakri’s Jenin, Jenin

By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2021

Among those supporting Bakri are British film directors Ken Loach and Asif Kapadia, Finnish screenwriter and director Aki Kaurismaki, Palestinian filmmakers Michel Khleifi and Annemarie Jacir and Israeli director Eyal Sivan.

Strikes by UK energy workers continue as British Airways workers plan further walkout; French energy workers strike; South African metal workers and broadcast workers strike against redundancies

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

22 January 2021

Thousands of UK energy workers continue strikes against hire-and-fire; French energy workers strike against privatisation; indefinite strike by metalworkers at South African company against redundancies

Are Trump and Netanyahu plotting war against Iran?

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2021

Washington openly claimed credit for providing intelligence used in Israeli airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets in eastern Syria Tuesday that claimed scores of lives.

Swedish care workers’ national action; UK energy workers plan further industrial action as telecom workers in strike ballot; Nigerian polytechnic staff pay walk out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

15 January 2021

Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.

Before it begins, COVID-19 vaccination in Turkey already a fiasco

By Barış Demir, 13 January 2021

The Turkish government’s murderous ruling class “herd immunity” policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.

US brands Yemen’s Houthi rebels “terrorists,” paving way for mass starvation

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2021

The vindictive designation announced by Secretary of State Pompeo is part of the continuing drive by the Trump administration to provoke a war with Iran.

Netanyahu government denies vaccine to Palestinians as it lauds mass rollout to Israelis

By Jean Shaoul, 11 January 2021

Israel’s COVID-19 vaccination program does not include the five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, which Israel has illegally occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel strikes Syria as Trump coup attempt stokes war threat in Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2021

The threat that Trump and Netanyahu, both fighting for their political lives, may provoke a war with Iran continues to escalate.

9,000 British gas employees strike; UK student rent strikes spreading; Kenyan healthcare stoppage continues despite union sabotage

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

8 January 2021

Employees at British Gas walk out to defend pay and conditions; UK University students rent strike across 31 universities; Kenyan healthcare workers’ strike continues despite union sending doctors back

Student protests continue in Turkey in defiance of police-state measures

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 8 January 2021

The mass student protests in Istanbul that started to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment of a new rector to Boğaziçi University, continued yesterday in defiance of police-state measures to suppress the movement.

Egyptian hospitals run out of oxygen, killing COVID-19 patients in ICU wards

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2021

The manager of Hamool Hospital in Kafr Al-Sheikh, in the Nile Delta, made an appeal on Facebook for oxygen cylinders, only to be referred for investigation by the authorities.

UK government refuses to publish list of airstrikes in Yemen involving civilian casualties

By Jean Shaoul, 7 January 2021

While the UK’s Ministry of Defence has listed a staggering 516 potential International Humanitarian Law violations by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the real number is far higher.

Turkish government sets minimum wage at hunger level

By Ozan Özgür, 6 January 2021

While big business rakes in billions in profits during the pandemic, the Erdoğan government has slashed living standards, with millions left unemployed.

B-52s fly over Persian Gulf as Washington escalates war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2020

The threat that Trump will launch a war of aggression against Iran, on whatever pretext, in the waning days of what is supposed to be his “lame duck” presidency, is deadly serious.

Israel’s fourth election in two years dominated by far-right forces

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2020

Netanyahu faces a strong challenge from the far right, his former colleagues. These forces have moved to fill the vacuum left after Benny Gantz joined and served as Netanyahu’s political accomplice in imposing the government’s “herd immunity” policies.

Leaked 2021 draft budget set to pauperise Iraqi workers and their families

By Jean Shaoul, 24 December 2020

Thousands took to the streets, blocking the main roads leading to oil installations and bridges in oil-rich Basra city, and the port of Umm Qasr in the south of the country, demanding unpaid wages.

French transport workers stoppage in Paris as UK transport workers in London ballot for strike action; UK airport workers strike at London Heathrow; South African healthcare workers walk out at six hospitals

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 December 2020

French transport workers strike in Paris against privatisation; UK Heathrow airport workers stoppage over pay and conditions; healthcare workers in six South African hospitals demand pay rise

New data expose catastrophe of Turkey’s “herd immunity” policy

By Barış Demir, 15 December 2020

One of the world’s biggest cover-ups of the pandemic is taking place in Turkey as part of a global, criminal “herd immunity” policy in the interests of the ruling class.

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government uses deadly force against wages protests

By Jean Shaoul, 12 December 2020

Security forces fired on demonstrators protesting over unpaid wages, killing eight people and injuring 65 more.

US B-52 bombers threaten Iran for second time in three weeks

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2020

These massive warplanes used to devastate Vietnam half a century ago have been deployed amid mounting US and Israeli war threats and provocations against Iran.

Strike ballots across UK in education, health care, transport, local government and British Airways; 24-hour strike by power workers in France; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

11 December 2020

Strike ballots across many sectors in UK including education, hospitals and health, transport, local government and British Airways; local government strike in Niger state threatens to spread to port and oil workers in Nigeria.

Israel faces fourth election within two years

By Jean Shaoul, 10 December 2020

Regardless of which bloc wins a majority, the next government will be a regime of escalating militarism abroad and social reaction and repression at home.

French President Macron hails Egypt’s dictator General al-Sisi in Paris

By Will Morrow, 8 December 2020

Macron’s declaration of support for the butcher of Cairo is a warning to the working class of the advanced preparations for military-police dictatorships across Europe.

Amazon workers in Germany strike for pay rise; French transport workers renew plans to strike against privatisation; 1,200 Zimbabwe nurses remain sacked after union sell-out

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

4 December 2020

Amazon workers Germany walk out for three days over pay; French transport workers resume plans to strike against privatisation, postponed because of pandemic; Zimbabwe government ignores court ruling to reinstate sacked nurses

Australian court upholds sacking of academic for criticising US and Israeli militarism

By Mike Head, 3 December 2020

The court’s anti-democratic ruling further shreds academic freedom, as well as trade union claims to have protected it via enterprise bargaining agreements.

War tensions mount in wake of Israeli assassination of top Iranian scientist

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2020

While neither Washington nor Tel Aviv have formally claimed responsibility for the assassination of Moshen Fakhrizadeh, the authorship of this act of state terrorism is hardly in doubt.

Workers from Turkey defend Dr. Scalice against the attacks by Jose Sison and the CPP

By our reporters, 30 November 2020

“Workers from all over the world, we must speak up to show our support for his efforts, especially in countries with a belated capitalist development such as Turkey or the Philippines.”

US State Department moves to suppress criticism of Israel

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 November 2020

The Trump administration is seeking to silence all criticism of the Israeli apartheid state by equating all opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

Israel’s siege means death for Gaza’s COVID-19 patients

By Jean Shaoul, 28 November 2020

The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip “lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available.”

Top scientist assassinated as Israel and US stage war provocations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2020

The brutal assassination of Iran’s most prominent nuclear physicist Friday is part of an escalating campaign to provoke a catastrophic new war in the Middle East.

Workers and youth demand jobs in Tunisia; national four-hour walk out in Italy; union betrays nurses’ strike in Zimbabwe; community health workers strike continues in South Africa

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

27 November 2020

Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions

Iraq’s economic and political crisis threatens to ignite new upheavals

By Jean Shaoul, 26 November 2020

Iraq has become a key political battleground in US imperialism’s militaristic confrontation with Iran, further exacerbating its crisis.

US, Israel and Saudi Arabia meet amid mounting war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2020

The trip by Pompeo and Netanyahu to Saudi Arabia came as the Pentagon is steadily building up its air power in the region.

Greek and Italian public sector workers to walk out in nationwide stoppages; Portuguese educators plan strike action; unrest continues in Nigeria as oil workers’ strike call met with oil price hike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

20 November 2020

Following school occupations for Covid safety measures, Greek public sector workers plan stoppage. As hospitals approach full capacity, date named for nationwide public sector strike in Greece

Palestinian Authority restores “cooperation” with Israel as Pompeo visits West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 20 November 2020

The US Secretary of State became the first top US official to visit an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank, while also touring the occupied Golan Heights.

Saeb Erekat: Palestinian peace negotiator who epitomised the degeneration of the PLO (1955-2020)

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2020

While all obituaries testify to Erekat’s tenacity, none could explain why he and the Palestine Liberation Organisation were in the end wholly unsuccessful.

Turkey adopts inadequate restriction policies as COVID-19 surges

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 19 November 2020

The Turkish government is committing to a “herd immunity” policy in the interests of the ruling class, regardless of how many lives are lost.

Is Trump plotting a war against Iran?

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2020

Refusing to accept electoral defeat, and having purged the top ranks of the Pentagon, there is a growing danger that the US president will launch a “December surprise” in the form of a war against Iran.

Turkish finance minister resigns amid a deepening crisis

By Barış Demir, 14 November 2020

The Turkish government and economy are drifting towards a deepening crisis amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic.

National strike of South African community health workers; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state on indefinite strike; Zimbabwe’s teachers continue strike; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory continue strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

13 November 2020

South African community health workers walk out to demand an end to contract labour; Nigerian doctors in Ondo state stoppage to demand payment of salaries; Zimbabwe teachers’ strike continues for living wage and safety at work—despite threats to stop salaries; UK engineers at Rolls Royce factory strike to defend jobs

Russia, Turkey negotiate cease-fire in Armenian-Azeri war over Karabakh

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2020

Perhaps the greatest element of uncertainty in this still-unresolved conflict is the danger of new US wars in the region as Trump attempts a coup in Washington.

Coronavirus pandemic intensifies humanitarian disaster in Yemen

By Anna Rombach and Marianne Arens, 9 November 2020

In war-torn Yemen the coronavirus pandemic is exhibiting its murderous potential. Doctors report a death rate of 20 to 30 percent among those infected.

Robert Fisk—a courageous and truthful reporter on the Middle East who “covered history” (1946–2020)

By Jean Shaoul, 7 November 2020

Fisk was one of a dwindling breed of journalists—along with John Pilger, Seymour Hersh and, from a significantly different background, Julian Assange—that have dared to question the official narratives from governments and publish what they uncovered.

Israel demolishes Palestinian village in occupied West Bank

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2020

The demolition, the largest in in a decade, was timed to coincide with the US presidential election.

Funeral workers strike in Spain; Secondary school teachers in Ireland strike vote; Zimbabwe health authority sacks over 1,000 striking nurses

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

6 November 2020

Spanish funeral workers in Madrid strike for more staff due to rising Covid deaths; Irish secondary school teachers vote to join growing global school walkouts against schools reopening; Union isolation paves way for sacking of Zimbabwean nurses on strike for four months

Turkish government rejects lockdown as pandemic spirals out of control

By Barış Demir, 4 November 2020

President Erdoğan’s government insists on continuing its back-to-work, back-to-school policy as thousands fall ill and deaths mount.

Death toll rises to 87 after earthquake in Aegean Sea

By Ozan Özgür, 3 November 2020

The death toll has risen to 87 after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake near the Greek island of Samos in the Aegean Sea hit both Turkey and Greece.

Zimbabwe nurses’ and teachers’ strikes continue; National auto strike in South Africa; First national strike by doctors in Spain for 25 years

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

30 October 2020

Zimbabwean nurses face government threats to contract as strike continues for PPE and living wage; teachers’ strike in Zimbabwe threatened as unions write begging letter to government; national auto strike brings production in quarter of industry to halt.

US threatens military strikes against Iran and Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2020

Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.

The World Socialist Web Site, the fight against imperialism and for socialism in the Middle East

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 29 October 2020

The remarks below were delivered by Ulaş Ateşçi, a leading member of Sosyalist Eşitlik Grubu in Turkey.

Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 October 2020

The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

Nigerian airport workers one-day strike; council workers continue land occupation in Zimbabwe; ballots for strikes by UK workers at Rolls Royce factory, Scottish university academic staff vote to strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

23 October 2020

Nigerian Federal airport workers stage one-day warning strike under conditions of mass unemployment, poverty and inequality in Africa’s largest country—which has fueled mass protests against state violence.

Israel’s growing anti-Netanyahu protests face increasing right-wing and police attacks

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2020

The increasing violence in confrontations between anti- and pro-Netanyahu demonstrators have caused several commentators to warn of the descent into civil war.

Workers’ struggles grow as Turkish government pursues “herd immunity” policy

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 21 October 2020

This homicidal policy is provoking growing anger and opposition within the working class to the ruling class’ response to the pandemic.

COVID-19 pandemic surges in Turkey as government continues to hide data

By Barış Demir and Ulaş Ateşçi, 19 October 2020

The government is allowing the virus to spread, citing false data to refuse any demands for lock-downs and suppress growing anger and concern within the working class.

Danger of Russian-Turkish conflict grows as Armenian-Azeri ceasefire fails

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2020

Casualties are rapidly mounting as heavy artillery and precision missile strikes rain down on civilian and military targets in both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Greek public sector 24-hour strike; Amazon workers in Germany walk out; Nigerian workers in Kwara state resume wage strikes

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

16 October 2020

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US military chief disputes Trump’s Afghanistan troop withdrawal pledge

By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2020

General Mark Milley insisted that any drawdown of US troops would be “condition-based” as major fighting erupted in Helmand province.

Britain: The world’s second largest arms exporter and friend to warmongers and despots

By Jean Shaoul, 14 October 2020

The list of Britain’s customers reads like a roll call of the most corrupt and blood-soaked regimes on the planet.

US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2020

The sweeping sanctions announced on Thursday are aimed at denying Iran all access to the financial markets, thus cutting off the country’s access to desperately needed food and medicine.

National public sector strike in South Africa; health workers’ stoppage spreads in Kenya; union ends long-running dispute at London’s Tate Gallery

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

9 October 2020

Thousands of South African workers held a nationwide strike Wednesday, while the PCS union ended the stoppage at the Tate art galley’s commercial arm after 42 days of strike action, with a deal that includes job losses.

Turkey backs Azeri offensive on Armenia as Russia, Iran warn of escalation

By Alex Lantier, 8 October 2020

The war between Armenia and Azerbaijan threatens to escalate into a regional war involving Russia, Iran, Turkey and the entire NATO alliance.

As divisions erupt within NATO

Armenia, Azerbaijan bomb each other’s cities

By Alex Lantier, 5 October 2020

Both sides launched artillery or missile attacks on each other’s cities this weekend in a major escalation of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Israel: 130,000 protesters demand resignation of Netanyahu government

By Jean Shaoul, 5 October 2020

Israeli workers now face measures long associated with the suppression of the Palestinians in the territories illegally occupied by Israel since their seizure in the June 1967 war.

“The unions were like ghosts throughout the pandemic”

Istanbul municipal workers speak out against trade unions, herd immunity policy

By our correspondents, 2 October 2020

WSWS reporters recently spoke with workers from several municipalities of the greater Istanbul area on the COVID-19 pandemic.

British Gas strike vote; Nigerian unions sabotage struggle against price hikes; South African textile workers vote for national strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

2 October 2020

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Russia, France denounce Turkey as Armenian-Azeri war escalates

By Alex Lantier, 1 October 2020

As reports emerge that Turkey is sending Syrian Islamist mercenaries to Azerbaijan to fight Armenia, the risk of a Russian-Turkish clash and a broader regional war is rising.

Wave of anti-government protests across Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 29 September 2020

Protests have been small but testify to the social and economic powder keg over which the El-Sisi regime presides.

Armenian-Azeri conflict erupts in Caucasus, threatening wider war

By Ulaş Ateşçi and Alex Lantier, 28 September 2020

A war could spiral out of control and escalate into a broader conflict between Russia, Turkey and other NATO states, potentially involving nuclear weapons.

Renewed mass arrests target Kurdish-nationalist HDP in Turkey

By Ulaş Ateşçi, 26 September 2020

There is growing speculation that the Turkish government is preparing a renewed military offensive against US-backed Kurdish-nationalist forces in Syria.

Strikes by Greek doctors and ferry workers, UK’s London underground rail drivers’ strike vote, South African health workers continue protests over pay and COVID-19 safety measures

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

25 September 2020

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Iran: Reopening of schools fuels resurgence of coronavirus

By Jean Shaoul, 24 September 2020

According to Iran’s health minister, as of August 22, at least 164 medical workers had lost their lives fighting the pandemic.

Form independent rank-and-file safety committees to oppose the deadly reopening of schools!

By the Sosyalist Eşitlik, 23 September 2020

The Turkish government is overseeing the resumption of in-person teaching amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of bourgeois opposition parties and trade unions.

Retail workers continue protests in Ireland and UK; South African and Nigerian health workers walk out; union sells out Zimbabwe nurses’ strike

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

18 September 2020

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Israel becomes first country to impose second national COVID-19 lockdown

By Jean Shaoul, 15 September 2020

Israel now tops the world rankings in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita.

Greece buys billions in French arms amid war tensions with Turkey

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2020

The purchase of a squadron of fighter jets and four warships marks a major escalation in the military standoff between Greece, backed by France, and Turkey.

No to a Greek-Turkish war in the eastern Mediterranean!

International Committee of the Fourth International, 12 September 2020

Amid the escalation of threats and naval maneuvers between Turkey and Greece, backed by France, Europe and the Middle East are teetering on the brink of war.

Iraqi health care workers threaten nationwide strike to demand resources to fight pandemic

By Jean Shaoul, 11 September 2020

Iraq had initially contained the pandemic with lockdown measures, but cases and deaths have more than doubled since early July, when the government began the gradual lifting of restrictions.

National stoppage planned in France over job losses; Nigeria’s doctors resume strike for PPE; South African protests for PPE met with police brutality

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11 September 2020

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Collapse in oil prices threatens social and political unrest in Middle East and North Africa

By Jean Shaoul, 10 September 2020

The first and hardest hit have been the Gulf’s 30 million migrant workers from South Asia, the Philippines and the MENA region, who outnumber citizens in four of the six Gulf states.

Washington slaps sanctions on International Criminal Court prosecutor

By Bill Van Auken, 5 September 2020

The sanctions, normally reserved for alleged terrorists or drug traffickers, are aimed at intimidating the ICC over its investigation of US war crimes.

French President Macron lays down the law in Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2020

Macron’s aim was to create the conditions for the return to power of a French puppet, billionaire Sa’ad Hariri, and to eliminate the power of Hezbollah.

Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns attack against TİP deputy after threats from interior minister

By Sosyalist Eşitlik, 3 September 2020

Sosyalist Eşitlik unequivocally condemns the attack on Barış Atay, who was physically assaulted by a mob in İstanbul after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu threatened him on social media.

Greek-Turkish standoff escalates war danger in eastern Mediterranean

By Alex Lantier, 2 September 2020

Top officials of NATO member states are openly discussing going to war with one another, in conflicts that could set the Mediterranean and the world ablaze.

US and Russian military units clash in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2020

The northeastern region of Syria has become a tinderbox after Washington revealed its plans to bring in a US company to exploit Syrian oil.

Workers anger grows as Turkish government downplays COVID-19 crisis

By Barış Demir and Çetin Akın, 27 August 2020

Growing opposition, sit-ins and strikes among workers against the Turkish government’s and companies’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic are emerging.

Pompeo in Middle East to cement Israel-Gulf alliance against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2020

Pompeo made it very clear who was the master in this relationship and that China’s increasing trade and investment ties with Israel were unacceptable.

US stages military buildup to enforce deal to steal Syria’s oil

By Bill Van Auken, 25 August 2020

The handing over of Syria’s oil fields for exploitation by a US company constitutes a war crime, and has escalated dangerous tensions between American and Russian military forces.

Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza and threatens war

By Jean Shaoul, 21 August 2020

Israel is preparing for war on the besieged Palestinian enclave, even as it ups the ante against Hezbollah in Lebanon and its primary target, Iran.

In act of high seas piracy, US hijacks Iranian oil bound for Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2020

The oil seizure came as Washington failed to secure support at the United Nations Security Council for a resolution extending an arms embargo against Tehran.

UN Tribunal finds only one guilty of Hariri assassination and no evidence of Syrian or Hezbollah involvement

By Jean Shaoul, 19 August 2020

The ruling is a setback for the US and its local stooges, who planned on using a damning verdict to further its bid to eliminate Hezbollah as a political force in Lebanon.

United Arab Emirates-Israel agreement cements US-led alliance against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 18 August 2020

The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf state and the third Arab nation to reach such a deal, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Lebanon’s oligarchs and imperialist backers seek to exploit outrage over Beirut port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2020

Amid mass anger over the port explosion, a campaign against Hezbollah is bound up with the US aggression against Iran.

France holds joint military exercises with Greece, threatening Turkey

By Ulaş Ateşçi and Alex Lantier, 14 August 2020

Mounting tensions between NATO powers threaten to blow up the alliance as the pandemic intensifies pre-existing conflicts over oil and strategic advantage.

Report charges US-Saudi arms sale ignored civilian casualties

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2020

The report on the $8.1 billion arms deal came amid fresh reports from Yemen of atrocities caused by US-supplied Saudi warplanes and munitions.

Lebanese government resigns amid mounting anger over port blast

By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2020

While the blast’s immediate cause has not been confirmed, the disaster was the result of criminal neglect and callous indifference by successive governments and Lebanon’s ruling elite.

Iranian oil workers mount wave of strikes as COVID-19 rages across the country

By Ulaş Ateşci, 10 August 2020

According to reports, at least 10,000 workers have participated in walkouts at nearly 30 oil and petrochemical facilities, including the Abadan, Parsian and Qeshm refineries.

Massive anger erupts following Beirut port explosion

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2020

Security forces used tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters near parliament on Thursday.

Maltese doctors’ action against spread of COVID-19; Iranian oil workers continue strikes; Zimbabwe doctors’ and nurses’ stoppage spreads.

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 August 2020

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