The Arab Spring two years on

Marcus Halaby analyses the great – and as yet uncompleted – Arab revolutions of 2011, debunking a number of myths and proving the relevance of Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution today. Revolutions are always unexpected events as far as their timing, form and immediate causes are concerned. Revolutionaries spend decades advocating them, and their whole … Continue reading The Arab Spring two years on

Syria: Legitimacy and Division

As the rival imperialist powers manoeuvre to gain an advantage from the mass uprising against Bashar al-Assad's dictatorship, Marcus Halaby examines the regime's strategy and tactics as it struggles, if not for outright victory, then at least to cling on to some vestiges of its power. One of the historic claims to legitimacy of Ba’athism, … Continue reading Syria: Legitimacy and Division

Massacres expose Assad's murderous repression

As sectarian militias roam the countryside seeking to drown the Syrian revolution in blood, Marcus Halaby argues that the only progressive solution is one based on class   After the massacres in Houla on 25 May and in Qubair on 6 June, anyone on the left who still opposes the Syrian revolution should be treated … Continue reading Massacres expose Assad's murderous repression

Egypt: counter-revolution in heartland of the Arab Spring poses new challenges

The victory of the Islamists in the parliamentary elections is a dangerous sign, warns Simon Hardy FOR ALL that is new and distinctive about the Arab uprisings, they still have all of the ‘classical’ features of revolution. One of the cruellest is that revolutions cannot proceed without a backlash of the old elites; to sustain their … Continue reading Egypt: counter-revolution in heartland of the Arab Spring poses new challenges

Syria: Assad's concessions are a fraud

Despite president Bashar al-Assad’s promises not to shoot protesters, his regime has continued to kill civilians, most recently in Damascus and Homs. The Arab League’s week-long talks to produce a peace plan made his regime hypocritically issue an amnesty for those carrying arms. But the uprising itself remains largely unarmed, while most armed civilians belong … Continue reading Syria: Assad's concessions are a fraud

Victory to the Egyptian revolution

Egypt is aflame with revolution. The world has watched with bated breath as millions of Egyptians have shown that they will not be intimidated and coerced any longer. A general strike has been proclaimed and on 1 February two million demonstrators packed the vast Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Cairo demanding Hosni Mubarak’s departure. His dictatorial … Continue reading Victory to the Egyptian revolution