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UN Security Council approves military intervention in Mali

By Ernst Wolff, Alex Lantier, December 22, 2012

On Thursday the UN Security Council authorized foreign intervention in Mali, under the pretext of freeing northern Mali from occupation by Islamist forces.

State Department officials sanctioned for Benghazi attack

By Bill Van Auken, December 21, 2012

The disciplining of four State Department officials and the report issued by the inquiry into the attack on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya amount to an official coverup of the real issues involved.

French President promotes corporate interests, Mali war in Algeria visit

By Alex Lantier, December 21, 2012

On December 19-20, French President François Hollande made a 36-hour visit to Algeria, to expand military and trade ties between France and its former colony.

Tunisian UGTT union calls off one-day national strike against Islamists

By Antoine Lerougetel, Alex Lantier, December 19, 2012

At the last minute, the UGTT union called off a one-day national strike called against the assault by Islamist thugs of UGTT members.

UK government pays millions to tortured Libyan to conceal its crimes

By Julie Hyland, December 18, 2012

The British government has agreed to pay £2.23 million to Libyan Sami al-Saadi and his family, who were kidnapped with the aid of MI6 and rendered to Tripoli.

Egyptian constitutional referendum marked by low turnout, allegations of fraud

By Johannes Stern, December 17, 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.

Junta forces Malian prime minister to resign

By Ernst Wolff, December 15, 2012

Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.

Mass protests against referendum on new Egyptian constitution

By Chris Marsden, December 12, 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, December 10, 2012

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

Tunisian UGTT union calls one-day national strike

By Antoine Lerougetel, December 10, 2012

The UGTT union has called a one-day national strike for December 13, amid rising working class protests and clashes with right-wing Islamist groups.

Protests spread throughout Egypt against Islamist dictatorship

By Johannes Stern, December 8, 2012

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

Trade unions shut down South African farm workers strike

By Iqra Qalam, Jashua Lumet, December 8, 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called off a strike in the Western Cape Province in a bid to contain growing anger and resistance among farm workers.