Publication: “Still fighting for social justice”

Still fighting for social justice… How workers in the Middle East are resisting neo-liberalism, austerity and privatisation By Jonathan Maunder and Anne Alexander In 2011, when revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt toppled dictators, British government ministers rushed to congratulate the Tunisian and Egyptian people on their democratic achievements. Two years later, they are forcing an…

Egypt: “After tasting freedom, we will not be slaves again” – a trade unionist’s view on Morsi’s fall

Muhammad Hardan, deputy president of the Independent Union of Workers in the Cairo Water Company, spoke to MENA Solidarity on Facebook after the overthrow of Morsi, explaining why he and other trade unionists had joined the revolt against the Muslim Brotherhood. “We didn’t even have to issue a call from the union for participation in…

Bahrain: British Medical Association conference delegates salute jailed colleagues

Delegates at the British Medical Association’s annual conference in June 2013 sent a message of solidarity to Bahraini healthworkers who have been jailed and tortured during the crackdown against protests in 2011. They gathered outside the conference centre, holding up the names of seven medical professionals who have all served prison sentences on trumped-up charges.…

Event: MENA Solidarity Activists’ Workshop 29 June

MENA Solidarity Network – Activists’ Workshop 1 – 3.30pm – 29 June 2013 Bloomsbury Suite, University of London Union, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY Two years after the ‘Arab Spring’ began, the explosive combination of neo-liberalism and political repression continues to spark massive popular protests. MENA Solidarity’s Activists’ Workshop will be an opportunity to hear first-hand…

Egypt: Disabled education workers appeal for solidarity after sit-in attacked

Hundreds of disabled education workers in Zagazig, capital of Sharqiyya province in Egypt, are appealing for solidarity after their sit-in was attacked by the police last week. The workers, who are employed by the Education Department as teachers and administrators on poverty pay are demanding permanent contracts. Umran al-Khalifa told MENA Solidarity Network that the…

UK: Bahraini doctor’s message to NHS marchers

Dr Mahmoud al-Fardan worked in the Accident and Emergency department at Salmaniyya Hospital in Bahrain. He fled Bahrain in the wake of the brutal crackdown against protesters in 2011, having seen dozens of his colleagues arrested and sentenced to long jail terms. He witnessed the storming of Salmaniyya Hospital by the riot police and army…