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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Tag: Egypt

Building a revolutionary socialist party in Egypt

The Revolutionary Socialists sprang from underground to play a leading role in Egypt’s revolt. Sameh Naguib explains how they built a party to shape the struggle. The last two and a half years in Egypt have been like being in a kind of hurricane that doesn’t settle. The Revolutionary Socialists as an organisation has been vindicated.

But if we hadn’t built an organisation before the revolution we would have been decimated, splintered into a hundred pieces.


Unless we prepare ourselves for those moments of mass action and revolution the wave will be too strong for us to stand on our feet and offer an alternative.

We have grown rapidly since the revolution began, in terms of numbers of members and in terms of being active in areas that were very difficult to be in before.

Freedom is in the hands of the people: Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt

In the face of the attacks of the Muslim Brotherhood, we will not take refuge in anything but our revolution, and we will protect it from any assault for the millions who have taken to the streets since June 30 through today. The people are capable of responding to any attack on their revolution. We shall continue to mobilize millions into the streets and squares, to form our popular committees to defend ourselves against the coercion of the Muslim Brotherhood. We will protect our revolution against any assaults, in the face of any attempts to circumvent it or to whitewash our demands for bread, freedom, social justice and retribution for the martyrs against the killers…all the killers.

We struggle with the masses of the revolution for its continuance and for the implementation of its goals. For the revolution, there is a people to protect it. All power and wealth to the people.

Victory to the 30 June revolution: Statement of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt

The revolution is continuing, but it still needs time and to organise itself. This requires the reformation of popular committees to defend our revolution in every street, neighbourhood and factory. We are multitudes, but we lack organisation in our ranks.

Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt: Four Days that Shook the World

So we begin from this moment preparations for the third Egyptian revolution inevitably to come, to be ready to lead this revolution to final victory.  For the masses have proven anew that their revolutionary energy is endless, that their revolution is truly a permanent revolution.  Let us rise to the task of this historical responsibility and let us work together for the success of the revolution.

Second revolution brings down Egypt’s president

People feel empowered and entitled by the events of the last few days writes Sameh Naguib of the Revolutionary Socialists in Socialist Worker UK from Cairo. This is a contradictory situation. It is formally a military coup. But at the same time it is a mass popular revolt.The people brought down the president after just one year because he did not deliver, and they will do it again.

Statement by the Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt

Despite our appreciation of the people’s joy at this great mobilisation and the signs of victory, the theft of the January Revolution by a deal between the Brotherhood and the Military Council in February 2011 and what followed thereafter, stands as a warning. We must remain prepared and mobilised in the streets, exercising constant pressure so as not to leave any chance for traitors and opportunists to steal our glorious revolution.

We affirm that the general strike is the weapon for all wage-workers, employees and professionals. It is an even more powerful weapon than sit-ins and demonstrations, for it was strikes which finished off Mubarak. Strikes will be our weapon to resist any deals or an attempted coup against the demands of the masses.

Egypt: the masses arise

But if we can’t know precisely how things will unfold in the next few days, one thing is certain writes Tom Bramble in Socialist Alternative. Two and a half years after the first call went out on 25 January, the Egyptian revolution is alive and kicking. Every attempt to crush the revolutionary movement, to extinguish the beacon of hope that has been an inspiration to millions across the entire region, will be resisted.

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt

June 30 may be remembered as another turning point for the Egyptian Revolution argues Sameh Naguib, a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, in a post translated and published in Socialist Worker US. Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood will take to the streets on the one-year anniversary of Morsi’s first day in office to call on him to resign.

Egypt: towards a second revolution

Revolutions usually begin with a temporary and apparent unity among all those who oppose the old regime. However, with the beginning of the fall of that regime, opposition forces quickly become divided according to the interests which they express, their conceptions of revolution and the limits of their goals, between the completion of the revolution and its halting, between the political demands and social demands of the revolution.

For capitalism, both global and Egyptian, is in a state of collapse and the Egyptian working class is in a constant state of near uprising. These historical conditions do not recur often, so either we progress toward the second Egyptian Revolution or our fate will be the victory of the counterrevolution.

Egypt: no to dictatorship, no to trading on revolution and martyrs

We will not accept a new pharaoh. The Revolutionary Socialists [of Egypt] call on the revolutionary people to save the revolution which has been stolen by an alliance between the Brotherhood and the remnants of Mubarak’s regime. We call on people to come out into the streets with the slogans: bread, freedom, social justice.