Egypt

Thousands protest military rule in Egypt after Muslim Brotherhood ban

By Johannes Stern, 28 September 2013

On Friday, thousands protested against military rule in Egypt after the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters outlawed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood earlier this week.

Egyptian junta raids Islamist strongholds, intensifies repression

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2013

Egyptian police and military forces raided the Giza suburb of Kerdasa on Thursday arresting dozens of alleged Islamist militants.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown after unresolved Cairo bombing

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The Egyptian army seized on the unresolved Interior Ministry bombing to crack down on protests and political parties.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt: The political lessons

By Johannes Stern, 7 September 2013

The recent events in Egypt represent a defeat for the masses, but this does not mean the end of the revolution, it is rather the end of its initial stages.

Egyptian junta cracks down on media and political opponents

By Johannes Stern, 4 September 2013

Two months after the July 3 military coup the US-backed Egyptian junta is continuing its crackdown against any opposition to its regime.

Military junta puts Egypt in lockdown amid Friday protests

By Alex Lantier, 24 August 2013

In a climate of fear, turnout for the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests was low, with hundreds or thousands attending.

The release of Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier and David North, 23 August 2013

The US-backed Egyptian military junta’s release of Mubarak symbolizes the advance of counterrevolution in Egypt since the July 3 coup.

Egyptian court orders release of imprisoned former dictator Hosni Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2013

A Cairo criminal court ordered Egypt’s long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak freed from prison on bail yesterday.

Egypt’s military consolidates dictatorship as Washington reviews aid

By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2013

The Egyptian military is continuing its crackdown, arresting Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie.

Egyptian military junta moves to free Mubarak

By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2013

The junta’s rehabilitation of the hated dictator Mubarak shows that its July 3 coup, backed by the pseudo-left, was a counterrevolutionary conspiracy against the people.

How Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists helped pave the way for military repression

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2013

The Revolutionary Socialists have played a vital part in a political conspiracy against the Egyptian working class.

Egyptian junta intensifies crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2013

Over the weekend, the military junta in Egypt continued its violent crackdown against opposition to its dictatorial regime.

Mass protests defy curfew, army crackdown in Egypt

By Alex Lantier, 17 August 2013

Mass protests across Egypt defied a curfew and crackdown by Egypt’s US-backed military junta yesterday, two days after the junta killed over 600 and wounded more than 4,000.

Clashes spread in Egypt amid rising death toll from army massacre

By Alex Lantier, 16 August 2013

Fighting surged yesterday across Egypt after the country’s military junta tried to drown protests in blood in Wednesday’s massacre.

Obama and the Egyptian massacre

By Johannes Stern, 16 August 2013

Wednesday’s massacre of hundreds of protesters by the US-backed Egyptian military junta shatters Washington’s hypocritical claims that its Middle East policy is based on democracy and human rights.

German politicians, media defend the Egyptian army

By Peter Schwarz, 16 August 2013

German politicians and the media have reacted to the massacre carried out by the Egyptian army with either subdued criticism or outright support.

Egyptian junta imposes martial law amid bloody crackdown

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 15 August 2013

Yesterday’s repression testifies to the ruthlessness of efforts by the Egyptian ruling class and its imperialist backers to drown the Egyptian revolution in blood.

Egyptian junta delays threatened crackdown on Islamist protests

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 August 2013

Tensions remained high in Egypt as the junta continued to threaten a crackdown on supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Dozens killed as Israel, Egypt strike targets in Sinai

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2013

Israeli and Egyptian military forces struck targets in the Sinai Peninsula over the weekend in what appears to be a coordinated campaign against Islamist forces.

Washington presses for talks between Egyptian army junta, Islamists

By Johannes Stern, 9 August 2013

While Washington supported the military coup against Mursi, it fears that the crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood could further destabilize Egypt and the entire region.

Kerry boosts Egyptian military dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2013

The US secretary of state said the military coup of July 3 constituted “restoring democracy.”

US, EU officials press for détente between Egyptian junta and Muslim Brotherhood

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2013

The imperialist powers and sections of the Egyptian ruling elite are concerned that continued bloodshed will discredit the regime and encourage renewed working class struggles.

The Egyptian coup and the tasks facing the working class

By Johannes Stern, 30 July 2013

The July 3 military coup in Egypt has starkly revealed the principal problem facing the working class internationally: the crisis of revolutionary leadership.

Massacre in Egypt: US-backed junta kills scores, wounds thousands of people

By Alex Lantier, 27 July 2013

Egyptian security forces attacked pro-Mursi rallies early Saturday morning, firing live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Egyptian coup leader al-Sisi threatens mass repression

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

Like Mubarak before him, al-Sisi is referring to an alleged threat of “terrorism” to provide cover for a crackdown and establish a military dictatorship.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

“Independent” trade unions join military-backed government in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 22 July 2013

The integration of “independent” trade unions into Egypt’s military regime exposes the anti-democratic role of groups like the Revolutionary Socialists, which have promoted them.

Top US official meets with Egyptian junta as crackdown continues

By Chris Marsden, 17 July 2013

Violent repression of members of the Muslim Brotherhood is continuing in Egypt in wake of last week’s coup by the military.

Washington asserts its authority in Egypt

By Chris Marsden, 16 July 2013

Two US Navy ships patrolling in the Middle East have been moved closer to Egypt's coast in recent days, amidst fears of civil war.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists support US-backed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2013

The pseudo-left stands condemned by its own words and actions as political agents of imperialism.

Hundreds of thousands join Islamist rallies to protest military coup in Egypt

By Barry Grey, 13 July 2013

On Friday, the Egyptian army maintained a large and highly visible presence, fearing the potential for a violent clash between pro- and anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators and the outbreak of civil war.

US ships F-16s to Egypt as junta intensifies crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2013

The Obama administration’s shipping of F-16 warplanes to Egypt is a clear signal of support to last week’s military coup.

International Socialist Organization backs Egyptian coup

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2013

In a July 5 interview, ISO leader Ahmed Shawki declared his support for the military government that took power in Egypt on July 3.

Egyptian military regime plans sharp attack on working class

By Alex Lantier, 10 July 2013

The Egyptian military junta’s move to establish a dictatorship imposing austerity measures makes clear the counter-revolutionary character of last Wednesday’s coup.

Egyptian military massacres 51 in Cairo

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 9 July 2013

Yesterday’s massacre of pro-Islamist protesters in Cairo shatters all claims that the army is carrying out a new revolution in Egypt.

Mass protests, clashes continue as Egyptian army fails to name government

By Alex Lantier, 8 July 2013

Mass protests continue across Egypt in the wake of Wednesday’s US-backed military coup against Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Violent clashes spread in Egypt as US backs army coup

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2013

An army crackdown on protests by supporters of President Mohamed Mursi, who was ousted Wednesday in a US-backed coup, threatens to plunge Egypt into civil war.

Convulsions in Egypt signal new era of world revolution

By David North and Alex Lantier, 5 July 2013

Political lessons must be drawn from this week’s convulsive events in Egypt.

Egyptian army coup topples Islamist President Mursi

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 July 2013

The ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi, following four days of nationwide mass protests, has placed power in the hands of a military junta.

Egyptian President Mursi vows to stay in power despite mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2013

Defying millions of protesters demanding his ouster, Mursi pledged to remain in office as Egypt’s president.

The Egyptian Revolution and the crisis of revolutionary leadership

By Johannes Stern, 2 July 2013

Masses of Egyptian workers and youth are once again taking to the streets, this time demanding the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Mass protests erupt against US-backed Mursi regime in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 1 July 2013

Millions of workers and youth poured into the country’s streets to demand the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi.

Military deploys throughout Egypt ahead of mass protests

By Johannes Stern, 28 June 2013

After a speech by Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, the Egyptian army has taken up positions throughout the country, moving tanks and soldiers to strategic locations.

Egypt: Supreme Constitutional Court invalidates Shura Council, Constituent Assembly

By Johannes Stern, 11 June 2013

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court has ruled that the upper legislative house and the Constituent Assembly lack any legal foundation.

Leaked report reveals army torture, killings during the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2013

A leaked report seen by the Guardian implicates the Egyptian military in detaining, torturing and killing scores of protesters during the first 18 days of the revolution.

Egyptian regime inflames sectarian violence

By Johannes Stern, 12 April 2013

The unpopular government of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is seeking to channel rising popular discontent into reactionary, sectarian conflicts.

Mursi, army debate imposing martial law as strike wave shakes Egypt

By Thomas Gaist and Alex Lantier, 27 March 2013

In advance of a possible bread strike, as workers struggles spread throughout Egypt, Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is in talks with the army to impose martial law.

Deadly clashes erupt across Egypt after Port Said court verdict

By Johannes Stern, 11 March 2013

Popular anger against President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood is fueled by a ruling acquitting seven police officers.

Court suspends Egyptian parliamentary elections before explosive Port Said verdict

By Johannes Stern, 9 March 2013

Amid a deepening political crisis and in the run-up to the explosive Port Said verdict today, the Cairo Administrative Court has suspended Egypt’s elections.

Kerry pushes for new IMF deal in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 4 March 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo this weekend for talks with Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

Mass strikes and protests shut down Port Said in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2013

Renewed strikes and protests have swept Egypt since January 25, the second anniversary of the outbreak of the Egyptian revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

With death toll rising, Egypt’s opposition calls for talks with Mursi

By Bill Van Auken, 31 January 2013

With the death toll in Egypt’s protests having climbed to near 60, the head of the main bourgeois opposition coalition has called for talks with President Mursi.

Revolutionary Socialists offer their services to the Egyptian bourgeoisie

By Chris Marsden, 31 January 2013

With the eruption of the mass movements against Hosni Mubarak in 2011, the RS came forward as the chief advocate of a united movement of the Islamists and liberal bourgeois parties to block social revolution.

For workers’ power in Egypt!

By Johannes Stern and Joseph Kishore, 30 January 2013

As the second anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Hosni Mubarak approaches, the Egyptian working class is again being driven into revolutionary struggle.

Mursi declares state of emergency as protests escalate in Egypt

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 28 January 2013

President Mohamed Mursi declared a 30-day state of emergency in three cities Sunday, amid mass protests following the Egyptian revolution’s second anniversary.

Two years of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2013

The working class must resolve the historic problems of political leadership and perspective which are posed by the Egyptian revolution.

Fatal accidents fuel discontent with Egyptian Islamist government

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2013

Only days before the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution on January 25, protesters denounce Islamist President Mursi after a series of deadly accidents.

President Mursi, IMF prepare austerity policies in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 9 January 2013

After the passing of a new constitution, the Egyptian bourgeoisie is seeking to continue and intensify the attacks on the Egyptian working class.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims constitutional referendum victory amid mass abstention

By Johannes Stern, 24 December 2012

On Saturday, the final round of voting on Egypt’s draft constitution completed the referendum—a mockery of democratic process.

Egyptian constitutional referendum marked by low turnout, allegations of fraud

By Johannes Stern, 17 December 2012

On Saturday, the first round of voting on Egypt’s new Islamist and military-backed constitution took place in ten of the country’s 27 governorates.

Mass protests against referendum on new Egyptian constitution

By Chris Marsden, 12 December 2012

Over a hundred thousand people demonstrated in Cairo yesterday against a referendum scheduled for December 15 on an Islamist constitution that enshrines the authority of the military.

Mursi calls on military in Egypt crisis

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2012

Army officers have been given the power to arrest civilians to maintain “public order.”

Protests spread throughout Egypt against Islamist dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 8 December 2012

Mass protests against the US-backed Islamist government of President Mohamed Mursi spread throughout Egypt yesterday.

Egypt’s US-backed president Mursi deploys army, prepares massive repression

By Johannes Stern, 7 December 2012

Fearing mass protests, the Mursi regime deployed the army around the Presidential Palace in Cairo.

US-backed Muslim Brotherhood unleashes bloody crackdown in Cairo

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2012

With Washington’s tacit support, the Islamists are seeking to crush strikes and protests and re-establish untrammeled dictatorial rule in Egypt.

Mursi’s crackdown exposes counter-revolutionary role of Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2012

Mursi’s bloody crackdown against protesters opposing his power grab exposes the counterrevolutionary character of the Revolutionary Socialists’ support for him.

Mass anti-Mursi protests, clashes with police in Cairo

By Chris Marsden, 5 December 2012

Protests Tuesday against the dictatorial powers assumed by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and his efforts to ram through a new constitution culminated in a massive march on the presidential palace.

Mass protests as Egyptian government seeks to push through constitution

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2012

The new constitution enshrines the domination of the military over Egyptian society.

Egypt’s proposed constitution enshrines dictatorial powers and military rule

By Chris Marsden, 30 November 2012

The rushing through yesterday of Egypt’s new constitution by the Constituent Assembly is an aggressive move by the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohammed Mursi.

Mass protests against Egyptian President Mursi

By Johannes Stern, 28 November 2012

Hundreds of thousands protested in Cairo'’s Tahrir Square and throughout Egypt against Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Mass protest against Mursi set for Egypt’s Tahrir Square

By Chris Marsden, 27 November 2012

Rival mass protest will be staged today, provoked by President Mohamed Mursi’s decree granting himself virtually dictatorial powers.

Mass protests erupt in Egypt against Mursi’s antidemocratic decrees

By Johannes Stern, 24 November 2012

Mass protests against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood erupted throughout the country on Friday.

Egypt’s President Mursi claims vast new executive powers

By Johannes Stern, 23 November 2012

The main target of the declaration is working class opposition to Mursi and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists ally with Sawiris tycoon, ex-Mubarak officials

By Johannes Stern, 30 October 2012

The misnamed Revolutionary Socialists have established a de facto alliance with members of Egypt’s financial aristocracy and elements of the old Mubarak-regime.

Egyptian liberal, pseudo-left groups demonstrate against Mursi

By Johannes Stern, 23 October 2012

Last Friday various liberal and pseudo-left groups protested against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, on Tahrir Square in Cairo.

Egyptian Islamists clash with liberals and pseudo-left groups on Tahrir Square

By Johannes Stern, 15 October 2012

Clashes erupted between followers of the ruling Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the pseudo-left opposition on Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday.

Egyptian pseudo-left parties form new anti-working class alliance

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2012

The formation of the DRC is the latest maneuver by the Egyptian pseudo-left parties to tie the Egyptian working class politically to the bourgeoisie.

Egyptian President Mursi cracks down after US embassy protests

By Johannes Stern, 20 September 2012

Egypt’s US-backed Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, is launching a crackdown against workers and youth after protests at the US embassy in Cairo last week.

The US embassy protests

By Alex Lantier, 14 September 2012

Protests at US embassies against an anti-Islamic video are a devastating popular verdict on the policies of the US government in the Middle East.

Egyptian President Mursi seeks IMF loan

By Johannes Stern, 27 August 2012

On August 22 the Egyptian government officially requested a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.

US backs Egyptian president as he claims dictatorial powers

By Johannes Stern, 21 August 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s move to take over the dictatorial powers of the Egyptian military junta was closely monitored and approved by Washington.

Egyptian President Mursi claims military junta’s dictatorial powers

By Alex Lantier, 13 August 2012

On Sunday, Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sought to assume the dictatorial powers of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and force its leaders to retire.

Egypt launches Sinai crackdown in collusion with Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 9 August 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government has launched a crackdown in response to an armed raid at the Rafah border checkpoint.

New Egyptian government sworn in by Islamist president Mursi

By Johannes Stern, 3 August 2012

Yesterday the Egyptian cabinet was sworn in by Mohamed Mursi, the Islamist president of Egypt.

Egyptian workers mount mass strikes against US-backed junta

By Johannes Stern, 18 July 2012

Since the beginning of the week a new wave of strikes and protests has spread over Egypt.

Clinton backs Egyptian military junta, Islamist president

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2012

Over the weekend US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the leader of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) junta.

Egyptian Islamists accept army dissolution of parliament

By Johannes Stern, 11 July 2012

Amid increasing tensions between the Egyptian army junta and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Brotherhood signaled its acceptance of the army coup that dissolved the parliament.

Islamist President Mursi takes office in Egypt

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2012

Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first president after the revolutionary ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak, reassured the US-backed military junta that he will not threaten its control of the state.

Egypt: Islamist president takes symbolic oath of office in Tahrir Square

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2012

Mohamed Mursi, the first Egyptian president since the revolutionary ouster of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak last year, took a symbolic oath of office in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.

The Egyptian election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2012

The naming of the Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi as Egypt’s president is the outcome of a reactionary deal with the military aimed at crushing the revolutionary movement of the Egyptian working class.

Egyptian junta installs Islamist Mursi as figurehead president

By Barry Grey, 25 June 2012

Egypt’s electoral commission declared Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, the winner of the presidential election runoff held the week before in the midst of a political coup carried out by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Protests continue in Cairo amid threats of crackdown by military junta

By Barry Grey, 23 June 2012

As tens of thousands rallied Friday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against the assumption by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of dictatorial powers, the junta threatened to unleash repression against the protesters.

Egyptian military threatens crackdown over disputed presidential elections

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 21 June 2012

Egyptian military sources have signaled plans for a crackdown against popular opposition to army rule, amid an escalating dispute over the outcome of this weekend’s presidential elections.

Mass protests in Egypt against military rule

By Peter Symonds, 20 June 2012

An estimated 50,000 people took part in protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square yesterday against last Thursday’s coup and the establishment of a military dictatorship by Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Washington’s “democratic” hypocrisy: The cases of Egypt and Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2012

The hypocrisy of US imperialism’s pretense of promoting democracy on the world arena is manifest in Washington’s markedly different reactions to the Iranian elections of 2009 and the recent military coup in Egypt.

Egyptian junta proclaims a military dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, 19 June 2012

With the issuance of a constitutional decree Sunday night, the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) finalized the coup it staged last Thursday and proclaimed a military dictatorship.

Egyptian presidential elections marked by mass abstention and fraud

By Johannes Stern, 18 June 2012

Mass abstention was the Egyptian working class's verdict on the first presidential elections in Egypt after the revolutionary ouster of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

The Egyptian coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2012

The military coup carried out by the Egyptian junta is a serious threat to the Egyptian revolution and the working class.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists’ reaction to army coup: Complacency and tacit support

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2012

The coup launched Thursday by Egypt’s ruling military junta has exposed the bankruptcy of the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) and Egypt’s entire petty-bourgeois ex-left milieu.

Egyptian junta stages coup against parliament

By Johannes Stern, 15 June 2012

The US-backed Egyptian military junta dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament yesterday in a military coup.