Activists campaign for free speech after Tower Hamlets’ ban on Palestine charity cycling event

By Miriram Scharf Campaigners in Tower Hamlets organised a successful public meeting on 6 November, addressed by Clare Short and Palestine Solidarity Campaign director Ben Jamal, Rob Ferguson, Jewish activist and  author of the pamphlet “The Far Right, Zionism and the Left” and several local councillors in an ongoing battle over the council’s ban on…

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…

Crackdown in Algeria sparks global solidarity campaign

By Sheila Amrouche From Middle East Solidarity magazine, issue 12. Order a print copy or download as a pdf here  The rising repression in Algeria has sparked an international campaign in defence of political prisoners. Trade unionists, MPs and activists in Spain, France, Portugal, Peru, Brazil, South Africa and Germany gathered outside Algerian embassies in…

Is Algeria on the road to a new republic?

Ten months since the mass movement erupted, hundreds of thousands still surge into the streets. Samir Larabi asks if the people or the old regime will emerge the winners from this contest? From Middle East Solidarity magazine, issue 12. Order a print copy or download as a pdf here  Since 22 February 2019, Algeria has…