Not my president, say Algerians, as army’s candidate claims electoral victory despite massive poll boycott and continuing protests

On 12 December Algerians went to the polls to elect a new president – or did they? Millions boycotted the election, which they saw as illegitimate. Since February 2019, a huge protest movement has developed against the corrupt regime. Weekly demonstrations involving millions across the country keep demanding system change, a state based on the…

Why are young Iraqis braving bullets to protest?

Qasim Muhammad analyses the grievances behind demonstrations in the Iraqi capital and southern cities which have faced violent repression by the security forces. From Middle East Solidarity magazine, issue 12. Order a print copy or download as a pdf here  The popular movement which exploded in early October was driven by young people using social…

Sudan: ‘We are still struggling with the deep state’

Middle East Solidarity spoke to Dr Sara Abdelgalil, president of the Sudan Doctors’ Union, UK branch, about the ongoing struggle for peace, freedom and justice following the signing of an agreement for a transition to a civilian government earlier this year. Does the agreement over the government during the transitional period meet the demands of…

Sowing the seeds of hunger in Iraq

Olivia Palmer analyses the roots of Iraq’s agricultural crisis in war, occupation and neoliberal reforms. From Middle East Solidarity magazine, issue 12. Order a print copy or download as a pdf here  Iraq is the birthplace of agriculture. Its wheat, legumes and other seed crops have been developed and refined for local conditions over a…