Issue 4 available from October 2016
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On the cover:
Made in Europe: the arsenal of al-Sisi’s security state
Middle East Solidarity’s special investigation explores the European foundations of the Egyptian security state.
Infographic: al-Sisi’s arsenal
In figures, the arms and security deals which equip Egypt’s security forces and military.
A new phase in Bahrain’s counter-revolution
Luke G. G. Bhatia argues that the jailing of moderate opposition leaders and increased repression of human rights activists marks a change of strategy for the Bahraini regime
Iraq: the legacy of occupation
Ali Ali reports on daily life for Baghdadis amid pollution and protests
Machinery of Injustice
Campaigning lawyer Mahmoud Belal reveals the inner workings of Egypt’s brutal justice system
News and campaign reports
Workers defy shipyard’s military bosses; “Court ruling won’t stop us”, say Egyptian rights activists; Global powers fuel Syria war; Italian campaigners vow to keep up the pressure for justice for Giulio Regeni, plus reports on the Truth for Giulio campaign in the UK, Lecturers’ union condemns attacks on Turkish colleagues, trade unionists take a stand for Alexandria Shipyard workers
One day in Greece
Life for Syrian refugees in the new military-run camps is harsh, reports Sara Olsson
On the cover: Syria: imperialist powers from west and east plan a carve-up
Ceasefire talks involving opposition and regime forces in Syria will be driven by imperialist competition to dominate the country from without, not by the needs of its people, warns Ghayath Naisse.
First person: Britain teaches our government how to cover up, says Farida Ghulam, a leading figure in Bahrain’s opposition al-Wa’ad Party, and wife of political prisoner Ebrahim Sharif, the party’s secretary-general.
Morocco – Sparks of resistance to austerity: Medical students and trainee teachers take on bursary cuts while candle-lit marches challenge electricity price hikes: Mohamed Boutayeb reports.
Western Sahara at the crossroads: Frustrations over the lack of progress in the struggle for freedom in ‘Africa’s last colony’ are reaching boiling point, Sahrawi activists tell Alice Finden and Sara Olsson
Challenging the climate of fear: Across Europe, governments are fuelling racism and Islamophobia through new counter-terrorism laws. Middle East Solidarity speaks to activists from Britain and France who are on the frontline of resistance to these tactics of divide and rule.
Plus news and campaign reports: Egyptian doctors strike against police violence, Unemployed protests erupt in Tunisia, Giulio Regeni’s case sheds light on disappearances in Egypt, Academics take a stand against Turkey’s war on the Kurds; Hundreds sign Palestine commitment;
Opinion – A thorn in the regime’s side: Khaled Abdelrahman exposes the hypocrisy of the Egyptian authorities’ persecution of campaigning NGOs
On the cover: Egypt’s military dictator not welcome here Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell back the campaign to stop Sisi’s visit to the UK
LGBT lives in Egypt and Lebanon: surviving moral panics and state homophobia Alice Finden explores the complex and varied nature of campaigns of homophobic repression in Egypt and Lebanon
Global University Inc. Are UK universities are putting lucrative research and teaching contracts before human rights and academic freedoms?
Between two walls: Syrian refugees speak out: Courage and desperation behind the headlines: Nabil and Mohammed make the perilous journey to Europe
Letter: Mahienour battles for justice from inside Damanhour women’s prison
Opinion: Egypt’s gift to investors Mohamed Omran challenges illusions in the new Suez Canal
News reports: Irish teenager facing mass trial in Egypt; Bahrain prison’s revolving door; Egypt’s civil servants’ jobs protest; Union independence attacked; Anti-corruption movement shakes Iraq; Drones: lethal robots kill thousands
Campaign reports: Palestine drone protesters face court; BDS activists demand ‘Fair Play for Palestine’; Photostory: Egypt prisoner solidarity campaign goes global; Asylum win for Isa al-Ali; Bahrain Teachers’ leader denied medical care; Activists deliver Calais solidarity; New book: Bahrain’s Uprising; Academics and students under fire
Guest columnist: Lebanon’s rot starts at the top
Haytham Cero investigates the politics of Beirut’s rubbish crisis
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 Yemen, covering the strikes and protests which are missed by the mainstream media. We hope to carry the voices and stories of the women and men who are still fighting for bread, freedom and social justice to new audiences. Our practical guides to campaigning and resources for activists aim to build a stronger solidarity movement.
Middle East Solidarity is a joint project of MENA Solidarity Network, Egypt Solidarity Initiative and Bahrain Watch, and is supported by funding from UCU, PCS, NUT and a number of Trades Union Councils and local trade union branches.
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