IRAQ: Government Continues Crackdown as Death Toll Rises Over 300

Photo: Protesters in Iraq barricade a bridge leading to one of the country’s largest ports By Miriam Cordova Over the weekend, Iraqi security forces initiated a new crackdown on protesters which left at least nine dead and another 100 injured. The new wave of repression from the reactionary government leaves a total of at least 300 dead and another 15,000 injured since the protests began … Continue reading IRAQ: Government Continues Crackdown as Death Toll Rises Over 300

LEBANON: Protesters Call for Aoun’s Resignation, End to Sectarian Government

Photo: Lebanese protesters lead a sit-in while riot police watch By Miriam Cordova Protests throughout Lebanon, especially in major cities like Beirut and Tripoli, have entered the fourth week, and have seen the participation of tens of thousands of people. After Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation last Tuesday, protesters are now targeting the country’s remaining political elite, specifically President Michel Aoun, with calls to … Continue reading LEBANON: Protesters Call for Aoun’s Resignation, End to Sectarian Government

SAUDI ARABIA: Houthi Rebels Launch Massive Attack on US-Backed Forces

Photo: Houthi rebels in Yemen By Jennifer Kelly This past Sunday the Yemeni organization Ansar Allah, more popularly known as the Houthi Movement or simply the Houthis, released video of what they say was a military defeat of Saudi forces inside of Saudi Arabia just north of the Yemeni border. According to the Houthis, the attack occurred sometime in late August and resulted in a … Continue reading SAUDI ARABIA: Houthi Rebels Launch Massive Attack on US-Backed Forces

EGYPT: Thousands Arrested in Government Crackdown of Protests

Photo: Thousands of protesters took the streets in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt last week By Mike Talavera On Friday, riot police and other security forces closed down Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, anticipating a repeat of mass protests that erupted a week before. While the ramped-up police presence discouraged people from taking to the streets in the nation’s capital, thousands of protests happened elsewhere, … Continue reading EGYPT: Thousands Arrested in Government Crackdown of Protests

Trump Calls Off Meeting with Taliban, Peace Talks Flounder

Photo: US airstrike that killed 30 in Afghanistan in November 2018. By Jennifer Kelly On Saturday night, US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he was calling for an end to negotiations with the Taliban, including a previously undisclosed meeting scheduled for Sunday at Camp David with the president of the Afghan puppet government, Ashraf Ghani. Talks were allegedly canceled because the Taliban took … Continue reading Trump Calls Off Meeting with Taliban, Peace Talks Flounder

AFGHANISTAN: US Inching Toward Total Withdrawal, Peace Deal with Taliban

Photo: US envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks to audience after televised debate. By Jennifer Kelly After 18 years of imperialist war, the US is getting close to reaching a peace agreement with the Taliban, which would include a complete withdrawal of US troops. Ahead of a final agreement, US President Donald Trump announced he would be withdrawing over 5,000 troops from Afghanistan on August … Continue reading AFGHANISTAN: US Inching Toward Total Withdrawal, Peace Deal with Taliban