By Peter Symonds, 17 September 2011
The visit by Cameron and Sarkozy to Libya recalls all the sordid and bloody traditions of imperialism: rank hypocrisy, economic plunder and the ruthless use of force to attain its ends.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2011
With their surprise visit to Tripoli Thursday, Sarkozy and Cameron signaled that the scramble by the major powers for control of Libya’s oil wealth is in full swing.
By Peter Symonds, 15 September 2011
The fragility of the new regime in Tripoli was underscored by its announcement yesterday that it would remain in Benghazi until after the seizure of the remaining pro-Gaddafi strongholds.
By Marianne Arens, 14 September 2011
Italian business and political circles take for granted their right to decide on the future of the oil and gas wealth of the country’s former colony, Libya.
By Johannes Stern, 13 September 2011
In recent days a new wave of strikes and protests against the US-backed military junta has swept over Egypt.
By John Chan, 12 September 2011
The purpose of the allegations against Beijing is transparent: to justify excluding China from future economic relations with Libya, above all in the oil industry.
By Johannes Stern, 12 September 2011
The US-backed military junta in Egypt has responded with large-scale violence after protesters stormed the Israeli embassy in Giza, near Cairo.
By Johannes Stern, 10 September 2011
Egyptian workers and youth mounted mass protests in cities across Egypt yesterday, after a new wave of strikes swept the country in recent days. In Cairo tens of thousands of protesters gathered in iconic Tahrir Square, one of the epicenters of the Egyptian revolution.
By Peter Symonds, 9 September 2011
The racist abuse and killing of black foreigners and Libyans is a devastating refutation of claims by the US and its European allies to be waging a war for democracy and the defence of civilian lives.
By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2011
In recent weeks, the US-backed military junta in Egypt has increased its support for Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2011
Libya’s humanitarian crisis is deepening as NATO-backed forces of the National Transitional Council continue their offensive to crush forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2011
The NATO-backed National Transitional Council comprises a shaky alliance of ex-Gaddafi ministers, CIA assets and Islamist militants whose political influence beyond Benghazi in questionable.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 September 2011
The “Friends of Libya” conference hosted by French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Cameron signaled the beginning of the imperialist carve-up of the oil-rich North African country.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2011
With its siege of the Libyan city of Sirte, NATO is carrying out precisely the kind of military assault on a civilian population center that it claimed its intervention was designed to prevent.
By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2011
With the US and its European allies set to install a puppet regime based on the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council, deep divisions have emerged among the NATO-led “rebels”.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 August 2011
Tripoli is on the brink of a severe humanitarian crisis, its 2 million residents facing a lack of water, electricity, food and medical care while fighting continues in parts of the capital and elsewhere in Libya.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 August 2011
The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has come under heavy attack following the conquest of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, by NATO-backed rebels.
By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2011
There are numerous reports from journalists in Tripoli of summary executions and torture by the NATO-backed forces that have seized power in Libya.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 August 2011
Five days after “rebels” entered Tripoli, under the cover of NATO bombing and led by foreign special forces, the abject criminality of imperialism’s takeover of Libya is becoming increasingly evident.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 August 2011
Even as fighting continues in Libya, Washington and its NATO allies are drawing up plans to “stabilize” the oil-rich North African country, including the possible deployment of foreign troops.
By Kumaran Ira, 25 August 2011
Anti-government protests took place across Tunisia on August 15. Thousands of Tunisians participated, denouncing the interim government and calling for its resignation.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2011
Fighting continued in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Tuesday after NATO-backed forces sacked Muammar Gaddafi’s compound.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2011
Fierce fighting raged into the night in Tripoli Monday, even as leaders of the major Western powers proclaimed the end of the Gaddafi regime and maneuvered for position in the scramble for Libya’s oil wealth.
By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2011
The Gaddafi regime is on the brink of collapse after stepped-up air attacks, including the use of helicopter gunships to back the ground forces of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council.
By Alex Lantier, 20 August 2011
NATO warplanes are bombing Tripoli as Western-backed ground forces of the Transitional National Council (TNC) try to encircle the Libyan capital.
By Peter Symonds, 13 August 2011
The intrigues and infighting in Benghazi following the murder of General Younis are not only an indictment of NATO, but of the various liberals and pseudo-radicals that have acted as cheerleaders for its military intervention in Libya.
By Peter Schwarz, 13 August 2011
NATO has allowed hundreds of refugees from Libya war to drown at sea.
By Kate Randall, 10 August 2011
The Libyan government charged Tuesday that a NATO airstrike killed 85 civilians near Zlitan, 90 miles east of the capital Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 10 August 2011
The lack of popular interest in the Constituent Assembly elections is a devastating verdict on the Tunisian Transitional Government’s attempts to give itself a veneer of pseudo-democratic legitimacy.
By Patrick Martin, 6 August 2011
NATO forces are charged with allowing refugees to drown and deliberately targeting civilian journalists for bombing.
By Peter Symonds, 4 August 2011
The unexplained killing last week of the Libyan “rebel” military commander, General Abdel Fatah Younis, has highlighted the divided and unstable character of the NATO-backed Transitional National Council.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 August 2011
The forces of counterrevolution are mobilizing for an attempt to smash the movement unleashed by the working class’s overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last February.
By Johannes Stern, 2 August 2011
Yesterday the Egyptian military and security forces attacked protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo to clear it and bring protests to a halt.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 1 August 2011
After Islamist groups dominated the July 29 protest in Cairo, official “opposition” parties announced they would suspend their sit-in in Tahrir Square.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2011
The assassination of a former Gaddafi official who became military chief of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council has raised the specter of a civil war within the Western-backed Libyan "rebels."
By James Cogan, 28 July 2011
After five months of raining death and destruction on the people of Libya, the major powers are now offering a settlement with Gaddafi and his regime.
By Robert Morgan, 27 July 2011
Washington has had only one objective—the installation of a regime that better serves the interests of the US and international oil and gas companies.
By our reporter, 25 July 2011
Thousands of protesters opposed to the US-backed military regime of General Mohammed Hussein Tantawi in Egypt clashed with pro-government thugs during demonstrations on Saturday.
By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2011
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is seeking to remain in control of the Egyptian government.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 July 2011
In recent days Tunisian security forces have violently attacked a new wave of anti-government protests across the country.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 July 2011
The Obama administration’s decision to recognise the so-called Transitional National Council as Libya’s “legitimate governing authority” is an unlawful act of political banditry.
By James Cogan, 16 July 2011
The four-month air war and numerous assassination attempts have failed to remove Muammar Gaddafi from power in the oil and gas-rich North African country.
By Niall Green, 16 July 2011
Huge protests took place across Egypt on Friday, as thousands gathered to oppose military government and demand the prosecution of officials.
By Susan Garth, 12 July 2011
South Sudan formally declared its independence on July 9. President Barack Obama was among the first to recognise the new country. He welcomed the “birth of a new nation”.
By Kumaran Ira, 12 July 2011
If the NPA does not criticise the illegal militarist policies of the French government, it is because the government is doing exactly what the NPA is asking it to do.
By Jonathan Aswan and Alex Lantier, 9 July 2011
Cities across Egypt saw the largest demonstrations yesterday since the revolutionary struggles that forced the resignation of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak on February 11.
By Jonathan Aswan, 8 July 2011
Hundreds of thousands of workers and youth are expected to turn out to the streets today in protests dubbed “Friday of Persistence” or “The Revolution and the Poor first”.
By Sven Heymanns, 8 July 2011
As NATO runs out of ammunition, Germany is offering bombs and technology for the war against Libya.
By Patrick Martin, 6 July 2011
Protests have erupted in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria demanding the jailing of police accused of large-scale violence during the revolutionary movement that forced out longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.
By Patrick O’Connor, 5 July 2011
Despite nearly four months of daily US-NATO bombing raids over Libya, so-called rebel fighters have failed to make any significant advance beyond the areas they controlled in March.
By Jonathan Aswan, 4 July 2011
On Friday tens of thousands of workers and youth went to the streets in at least five governorates in Egypt to denounce the politics of the US-backed military junta and its leader, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi.
By Julie Hyland, 2 July 2011
France acknowledged this week that it had supplied weapons to oppositionists fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya.
By James Cogan, 30 June 2011
The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor’s statement is a mafia-style ultimatum to the Libyan political elite—abandon Gaddafi, or share his fate of death or imprisonment.
By Joseph Kishore and Jonathan Aswan, 30 June 2011
Over one thousand have been injured in clashes that began Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with protesters demanding the ouster of the Egyptian military regime.
By Kumaran Ira, 29 June 2011
On June 8, the interim Tunisian government decided to postpone the Constituent Assembly elections to October 23.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2011
The arrest warrant against Gaddafi only underscores the role of the International Criminal Court as an instrument of the US and the other major imperialist powers.
By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2011
Britain and France have dismissed a call by Italy for a ceasefire in Libya, underscoring mounting tensions within NATO over its bid to install a compliant regime in the oil-rich country.
By Chris Marsden, 22 June 2011
Monday night’s air strike on a compound west of Tripoli that killed 19, including women and children, puts an end to any pretence that NATO is not deliberately targeting civilians in its ongoing bombardment of Libya.
By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2011
June 19 marked the 90-day limit on the use of US military forces in Libya under the War Powers Act
By Peter Symonds, 20 June 2011
Contrary to NATO claims, it is inconceivable that this was the only strike out of more than 11,000 to have killed civilians.
By Jonathan Aswan, 20 June 2011
In recent weeks and days, the revolutionary struggle of the Egyptian working class has witnessed a new upsurge.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 June 2011
The major US and European oil conglomerates previously active in Libya are preparing to resume business in the event that the illegal NATO-led war achieves its objective of “regime change”.
By Harvey Thompson, 17 June 2011
The upsurge of industrial struggle by Egyptian workers that preceded the January revolution shows no sign of diminishing.
By Susan Garth, 16 June 2011
Washington has intervened in Libya with bombing raids aimed at overthrowing the Gaddafi regime. Now it is preparing another African intervention and has Sudan in his sights.
By Chris Marsden, 15 June 2011
The demand by outgoing US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates for Europe to take a greater share of the military load bore its first fruit with Germany’s recognition of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council.
By Peter Symonds, 10 June 2011
For all the Western propaganda about establishing democracy in Libya, there are clearly fears that the country will descend into chaos if Gaddafi finally goes.
By Jonathan Aswan, 10 June 2011
On May 27, hundreds of thousands workers and youth demonstrated across Egypt against the military junta which took power after Mubarak's ouster on February 11.
By Patrick O’Connor, 6 June 2011
British and French assault helicopters began operations over key Libyan cities on Saturday, marking a significant escalation of NATO’s war of aggression in the North African state.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 June 2011
Hundreds of doctors marched from the doctors’ syndicate to the Egyptian Cabinet offices with their unmet demands on May 29, threatening to go back on strike.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 June 2011
Washington and its NATO allies are readying an intensified campaign aimed at ousting the Gaddafi government and installing a client regime in Tripoli.
By Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2011
The following article is based on a report, given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a seminar of the German section of the Socialist Equality Party during the Easter holidays in 2011. We are publishing it in three parts.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 May 2011
Demonstrations last Friday in Egypt were among the largest since the revolutionary movement of workers and youth forced out the longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. They raise basic questions of political program and perspective.
By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2011
The following article is based on a report given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a seminar of the German section of the Socialist Equality Party during the Easter holidays in 2011. We are publishing it in three parts.
By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2011
Demonstrations Friday brought huge crowds back to Tahrir Square in Cairo and in dozens of other cities throughout Egypt.
By Kumaran Ira, 27 May 2011
Tunisian interim prime minister Beji Caid Essebsi met with French president Nicolas Sarkozy on May 17-18 to plan joint strategy against continuing protests in Tunisia.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2011
With the most intense bombing raid yet against Tripoli and a threat to deploy attack helicopters, the US and NATO are sharply escalating the war in Libya.
By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2011
President Obama is defying the War Powers Act restrictions on presidential war-making.
By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2011
While the protection of civilian lives is the nominal justification for the NATO attack on Libya, the NATO-backed opposition forces are engaged in their own campaign of murder.
By Johannes Stern, 21 May 2011
As the Egyptian revolution reaches a crucial turning point, a group of parties calling themselves “left” and even “socialist” have united to form an alliance with the bourgeoisie, which in turn backs the ruling military junta.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2011
NATO has escalated its war against Libya, widening air strikes to hit civilian government buildings and economic infrastructure.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 May 2011
In proceeding as it has against Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court has revealed itself to be a pliant tool of US and European imperialism.
By Kumaran Ira, 17 May 2011
Last Monday, the Tunisian interim government announced the formation of the independent electoral committee to oversee the July 24 election of a constituent assembly.
As opposition leader meets Obama officials at White House
By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2011
A representative of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council met with officials at the White House Friday as the US and NATO moved to escalate their intervention in Libya.
By Harvey Thompson, 13 May 2011
A nationwide doctors’ strike began May 10 in governmental clinics and hospitals.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 May 2011
At least 12 people died Saturday night in sectarian fighting outside the Coptic Saint Mena Church in Imbaba, a Cairo suburb.
By Barry Grey, 10 May 2011
The British Guardian newspaper published an investigative report Monday documenting the case of African refugees who were left to die by NATO and European authorities in the early days of the war against Libya.
By Chris Marsden, 9 May 2011
The threat of war crimes charges against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, his son and other officials is a weapon fashioned and wielded by the major powers now waging war on Libya.
By Niall Green and Kumaran Ira, 9 May 2011
Demonstrators in Tunisia calling for a “new revolution” were brutally attacked by riot police after warnings of a possible military coup.
By Patrick O’Connor, 6 May 2011
The illegality of the Obama administration’s moves to use Libya’s national wealth to keep the so-called rebel leadership afloat underscores the colonial character of the US-NATO war to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
By our correspondent, 5 May 2011
Strikes are continuing in numerous plants across Egypt in defiance of the military junta’s prohibition of strikes and protests.
By Olivier Laurent, 5 May 2011
The political reforms in Tunisia aim to remove people from power who are too politically associated with the dictator Ben Ali, whilst justifying the maintenance of the social conditions against which the Tunisian masses revolted.
By Susan Garth, 4 May 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Rome today for a two-day meeting of the Libya Contact Group.
By Barry Grey, 3 May 2011
US and NATO officials have brushed aside charges by the Libyan government that the air strike Saturday night that killed the youngest son and three grandchildren of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was a targeted assassination intended to murder Gaddafi.
By James Cogan, 2 May 2011
The killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son and three grandchildren are political assassinations for which US and NATO leaders are directly responsible.
By Patrick O’Connor, 29 April 2011
The “friendly fire” incident underscores the bogus character of the claims by Washington and Brussels that their “precision” bombing raids are aimed at protecting the Libyan people.
By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2011
Assassination of the Libyan ruler is now the barely disguised policy of the Western powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2011
The civilian and uniformed chiefs of the US and British military machines met in Washington Tuesday to plot a further escalation of the imperialist intervention in Libya.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2011
With the attack Monday morning on the Bab al-Azizyah complex in Tripoli, the US-NATO war on Libya has entered a criminal new phase that incorporates the policy of assassination.
By James Cogan, 25 April 2011
Senior leaders of the US Congress yesterday called for the assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a major escalation of air strikes.
By Barry Grey, 23 April 2011
The death toll in Libya from US, French and British air strikes continues to mount and promises to rise sharply as the imperialist powers escalate their attacks on both military and civilian targets.