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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?
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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)



Complaint against Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists withdrawn

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who were playing a leading role in the orchestrated campaign against the Revolutionary Socialists (RS) dramatically changed their position on Sunday, reports Socialist Worker in the UK.

Gamal Tag-al-Din, a leading MB lawyer, publicly withdrew his official complaint to the public prosecutor. This complaint had accused three RS members of planning to overthrow the state.

Sameh Naguib, a leading member of the RS, named in the complaint, has been the subject of an organised media smear campaign for the past week. Egypt’s revolutionary socialists hit back at state attacks

Tag-al-Din had faced a storm of criticism not only from left and liberal political forces and revolutionary activists, but even from within the Brotherhood itself. Muhammad al-Beltagi from the executive of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party condemned the legal complaint on Saturday.

The Brotherhood’s official spokesman Mahmoud Ghazlan distanced himself from Tag-al-Din’s action. Meanwhile Tag-al-Din’s fellow lawyers also rounded on him in a public statement.

The attack on the Revolutionary Socialists by prominent Brotherhood members sparked outrage because the RS played such a central role in defending the Brotherhood at the height of Mubarak’s campaign against the Islamists.

As leading RS member Ahmed Ezzat explained on Al-Jazeera on Sunday, RS activists mobilised in defence of the Brotherhood over many years when they faced oppression by the state. “Our organisation emerged at a point when the Brotherhood and other Islamists were under attack by the state in the 1990s. Some political groups joined in the smear campaigns against the Brotherhood, saying they were the ‘enemy number one’ of the masses, rather than the Mubarak regime.”

“Our position was always that the dictatorship had to go, and that people should look behind the slogans which the state was using against the Islamists. We were always leading the campaigns to defend the Islamists from the state, whether it was the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood or Islamist student activists.

“I am a human rights lawyer and I spent a lot of time myself at the police stations representing arrested Islamists who had been brought in for questioning. This was a matter of political principle. Our view was that the Muslim Brotherhood was not our enemy, we were all facing the same dictatorial regime.”

The swift retreat of Tag-al-Din and those in the Brotherhood who wanted to work with the military council to attack the revolutionary forces, shows the pressures and contradictions faced by the Islamists as they stand on the verge of political power.

But it is likely that there will be other such attacks on revolutionary activists in the near future. As Sameh Naguib warned in a meeting on Monday night “the campaigns of repression and smears have only just begun and organised solidarity between all the revolutionary forces is crucial. But the Egyptian mass movement has broken the barrier of fear.”


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