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The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists: "We call for a single unified committee to lead the General Strike."

Tuesday 6th September 2011

Summary of a statement by Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists, issued 5 September 2011

  1. We cannot ignore the role of the working class and its struggles over the past five years, or its role during the Egyptian revolution. It was the wave of strikes that paralyzed the regime in the final week of Husni Mubarak's reign.
  2. Today the working class is putting the revolution back on the road. The important centers of the working class have announced a number of strikes due to begin over the next few days.
    The strikes are in defense of the right of workers to a fair wage, humane working conditions and against corruption and the dominance of Mubarak placemen in institutions and public bodies.


  1. These strikes are being spearheaded by the textile workers of Mahalla al-Kubra; teachers and lecturers; health workers; workers in aviation, transport and other sectors.
  2. The struggle of workers was not only a major episode ...
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Declaration of the European Anticapitalist Left Conference

Monday 18th July 2011

This declaration was agreed by a meeting of the European anticapitalist left, which took place in London on 11-12 June 2011.

The global economic crisis is now in its fourth year.

It is evidently not a ‘normal’ cyclical recession but a systemic crisis on a comparable scale to and with the same disruptive potential as the Great Depression of the 1930s. Like that earlier crisis, the present one is protracted and goes through different stages - credit crunch, financial crash, global slump, and now a ‘recovery’ marked by mass unemployment, intensified competition among the leading capitalist powers, and the sovereign debt crisis. There is room for discussion on the left about the precise causes of the crisis – are they to be traced to the tendency of the rate of profit to fall or are they restricted to the more specific problems generated by neoliberalism? – but it is ...

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Statement by Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists: "The Mask has Slipped"

Thursday 14th July 2011

The mask has slipped: instead of military salutes we now hear the generals’ threats
12 July 2011

Only a short while ago, the spokesman of the Military Council, Major General Fangari, saluted the martyrs of the revolution and melted Egyptians’ hearts with the memories of the days they spent chanting that the army and the people were “one hand.”

Today he delivered another kind of message to the revolutionaries: threats to “take all necessary measures to confront the threats which encircle the homeland unless this questioning of the ongoing process ceases … as do the rumours and misconceptions which lead to discord and rebellion and the promotion of the interests of a narrow minority over those of the country as a whole.” He calls for honest citizens to work for the return of normal life for the children of “our great people”, and, brandishing his finger in the face ...

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Statement from the Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt on the Nakba Protests

Tuesday 17th May 2011

Sharaf and the military are the successors of Mubarak: Down with the agents of Zionism

On the anniversary of the Nakba, the police and army fire live ammunition at Egyptians to protect the embassy of the Zionists.

“With the fall of Mubarak, Israel announced that it had lost a strategic ally in the region. Congratulations to Israel on finding a replacement.”

According to eye witness reports the demonstration which marched on the Zionist embassy had succeeded in breaking the security cordon of a number of military vehicles which the army had put in place between part of Murad Street and University Bridge since the revolution began in January.

Demonstrators were then surprised by ranks of Central Security Forces riot police who attacked them just steps away from the embassy building, which occupies two upper floors of the building. The police were also firing tear gas with such intensity that it reached ...

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