The Middle East, North Africa
The Prospects for Revolution!
The recent uprisings that have rocked regimes in the Middle East and North Africa showed how quickly people can shatter what Marx called the “belief in the permanence of existing conditions”. Yet the local and international centers of power are even now trying to tame and turn back these movements. The women gathered on March 8th Women’s Day in Cairo’s Tahrir Square were told, “Back to your kitchens – the revolution’s over!” And we have seen how over and over again powerful mass uprisings that topple tyrants are absorbed back into the system – in the Philippines, Indonesia, Nicaragua, or think of Iran, where the overthrow of the Shah was followed by the Islamic Republic… – and for the great majority the wheels of oppression grind on … How can this be avoided? What kind of society is needed by the peoples of this region and people all over the world? This conference analyses the prospects for a thorough-going revolution that breaks free from the grip of imperialist domination. Join in a day of serious discussion and warm-hearted solidarity!
Nawal el-Saadawi, author of The Hidden Face of Eve, Daughter of Isis, Memoirs from the Women’s Prison, from Egypt
Amir Hassanpour, University of Toronto, Canada, from Iran
Raymond Lotta, revolutionary political economist, writer for Revolution newspaper, from the US
Shahrzad Mojab, academic-activist, Professor University of Toronto in gender studies, education & women and revolution, from Iran
Sami Ramadani, senior lecturer, London Metropolitan Uni, from Iraq
Aitemad Muhanna, researcher in gender issues in Gaza, Palestine
Panel Chair: John Hutnyk, Bad Marxism, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmith’s
Location: Conway Hall (Red Lion Square, Holborn tube)
Date: 30 May – Bank Holiday Monday
Time: 9:30 am to 5 pm (£9 – £7 concessions)
For more info, contact the Committee for a Revolutionary Alternative on facebook or email: lonconf2011[at]gmail.com or call 07904 550 033