Uprisings in West Asia and North Africa at a crossroads

The popular uprisings that started in Tunisia in 2011 were echoed by similar movements in countries such as Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Israel, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen. The demands of these protests were very clear, calling for less repression, less inequality and less injustice. Most have been met with repression by a variety of reactionary forces. The situation has been made more problematic by the weakness of an organised working class movement that is able to actively mobilise around our agenda. Workers are still strongest in Tunisia, while they have suffered serious setbacks in Egypt, are under severe pressure in Bahrain, face multiple issues in Yemen, while struggling to survive as a political force in the ongoing bloodbath of Syria