Revolution and Counter-revolution in the Middle East
By Paul Roberts
While the struggle inside Syria appears at present to be in stalemate, the growing threat to regional stability posed by the ramifications of the conflict is beginning to unsettle the imperialists and their regional allies.
Since this summer a renewed wave of mobilisations has emerged across the Middle East and North Africa. The unrest has included big and often violent protests against the US in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Turkey.
In addition to demonstrations against US-inspired Islamophobia, protests have been sparked off by a wide range of other issues – examples of which include the following.
Speakers: • Jeremy Corbyn MP • Abbas Edelat Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran • Sami Ramadani Iraq Democrats Against Occupation • Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition • Neil Clark Journalist
Organised by The Stop the War Coalition
Saturday 1st September to Sunday 9th September
American University of Beirut in Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon
The central theme of this year's university will be the Palestinian Right of Return.
By Andrew Williams
The veto, by Russia and China, of a US-backed UN Security Council resolution aimed at giving cover to stepped up imperialist intervention in Syria has made this more difficult. But this setback will not stop the offensive of the US and the other imperialists, backed by Israel, to overthrow Syria’s government.
Any confusion about what is driving developments in Syria should be blown away by the increasingly open intervention of Saudi Arabia, primarily through its agent, Qatar, in stepping up the offensive against the Assad regime. This escalated recently with the call by the Qatari dictator, Emir Hamad, for the Arab states to intervene militarily.
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