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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…

Abdi Suleiman, Owen Jones and Ala'a Shehabi at the final session of the conference

Solidarity conference discusses Arab revolutions four years on

Around 140 people took part in lively discussions at our conference on 13/14 February exploring resistance and solidarity in the Middle East four years after the Arab Revolutions of 2011. Speakers from Morocco, Bahrain, Egypt and Syria discussed topics as diverse as sectarianism and counter-revolution, workers’ struggles and the battle for social justice, prospects for…

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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…


Morocco: Activists launch campaign over human rights ‘sham’

Following rising protests against neoliberal austerity measures and a historic general strike on 29 October, the Moroccan government recently played host to the World Human Rights Forum prompting local activists to set up a campaign to expose the regime’s repression through the website and social media channels, ShameForumMaroc. We spoke to one of the campaign…