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John Rees, recently returned from Egypt and Tunisia where he interviewed socialist activists centrally involved in the revolutions. He talks about the implications for the region and the world.


#1 RE: Socialists and the Middle East revolutions: John ReesMark Tyers 2011-03-08 18:54
So the Egyptian left are building an electoral political party, but how developed are the popular decision making bodies (ie united fronts)?
#2 RE: Socialists and the Middle East revolutions: John Reesx Snowdon 2011-03-08 19:19
There's a number of processes taking place. One of them is the emergence of a new left-wing coalition - see Joseph Daher's interview with a Socialist Renewal activist elsewhere on Counterfire for more on this - but just as significant is the emergence of independent trade unions. The left will of course be strengthened if it has a strong relationship with these new efforts at union organisation, just as it needs (and, from what I can infer, has) a strong connection with popular committees.

Also, the new left coalition isn't purely concerned with electoral politics - indeed its immediate priorities aren't to do with elections, but rather strikes, demonstrations and wider organisation.

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