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Syria: Assad’s concessions are a fraud

President Assad struggles to stay in power as the resistance movement grows Read more...

History in the making - the Arab revolutions and the struggle for democracy

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2011 will undoubtedly be remembered as the year of the Arab Revolution. We have seen an explosion of democratic aspiration and courageous struggle as revolutions spread in a few weeks from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Syria. Like all such movements, which challenge and topple leaders and systems that had once appeared to be fixed features of the global order, the world was taken by surprise by the speed, scale and energy of the mobilised masses who sensed an opportunity to dislodge their rulers. Read more...

Israel and USA promise to veto Palestinian statehood

Whilst most of the worlds population support the Palestinian bid at the UN for statehood, the US and Israel have threatened to stop recognition at all costs. Andy Yorke explains what is at stake Read more...

¿Reconocerá la Asamblea General de la ONU un Estado Palestino?

En Septiembre la ONU descubrirá sus cartas sobre la cuestión del estado palestino. Lo que podría tener serias ramificaciones internacionales, escribe Simon Hardy. Read more...

Israeli protest movement plans million-person march in September – but will it challenge the occupation?

Since mid-July “tent city” protests and weekly demonstrations have been shaking the state of Israel, writes Mark Booth. On the 24 July, 30,000 protested, then 150,000 people on the 30th and 300,000 on 6 August. Activists involved in the protests have called for a million-strong march on 3 September. Read more...

Will the UN General Assembly recognise Palestinian statehood?

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September will see a show down at the UN over the question of Palestinian statehood - which could have serious international ramifications, writes Simon Hardy Read more...

Massacre in Syria – but the people remain defiant

The Syrian regime continues its crackdown on opposition forces, but the demonstrations and protests are continuing. How can President Assad be removed from power? By Marcus Halaby Read more...

Egypt faces an alternative: "democratic" counterrevolution or socialist revolution

At the end of July and beginning of August it appears the forces which made the Egyptian Revolution in January and February had suffered a serious setback, writes Dave Stockton Read more...