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Middle East Solidarity magazine – out now

Middle East Solidarity magazine Issue 1: May 2015 Events in the Middle East often dominate the news, but it is the stories of war, sectarian violence and western military intervention which grab the headlines. Middle East Solidarity  shows a different side to the region. We report on resistance to repression and imperialism from Morocco to…

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Freedom for Mahienour and Yousef

Originally posted on Egypt Solidarity:
Revolutionary activists Mahienour el-Masry and Yousef Sha’aban have been remanded in custody until 31 May, when their appeal against a two-year jail sentence will be decided. Mahienour, Yousef and seven others were sentenced to two years in prison and a 5,000 LE fine last year in a case which dates back…

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Moroccan public sector workers strike to defend pensions and union rights

Mohamed Boutayeb reports from Rabat Civil servants from different government departments and public services, joined service users, workers, unemployed organisations, the Moroccan Human Rights Association, Attac Morocco and student activists, in responding to the call of the Union Federation of Civil Servants – Democratic Current, for a national demonstration on 2 April 2015. The protest…

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Meet Sisi’s British backers

Originally posted on Egypt Solidarity:
The Egyptian Economic Development Conference (EEDC) which drew nearly 2000 delegates to the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on 13-15 March provided Abdelfattah el-Sisi’s regime with a chance to show off its “reforming” credentials to international investors and global politicians. The “reforms” in question are of course, all economic. The…

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Trade unionists, journalists and academics condemn confiscation of Egyptian activists’ assets

Originally posted on Egypt Solidarity:
Film-maker Ken Loach, Irish civil rights activist and journalist Eamonn McCann, the Communication Workers’ Union general secretary Billy Hayes and leading academics from Oxford, Cambridge, London and other UK universities yesterday signed a statement condemning the latest moves by Egypt’s military regime to clamp down on opposition activists. Published in…