Class struggle in Jordan’s war economy

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Just a minor correction on note 3: it wasn't Bolton that met the MeK in Paris recently but Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani - Bolton met them last year. Based on its indiscriminate bombings and attacks,the Mek - Muhahedin-e-Khalq - was designated a terrorist group until recently by all the major powers but has recently been "de-terrorised" by most of the west. It's an Iranian exile group that seems to have no presence in Iran which strongly suggests it had no role in the protests or the raising of slogans in the protests in that country. It started out as radical Islam and turned to "marxism" and then developed into a vicious cult dominated by a group of killers. President Donald Trump, National Security Advisor John Bolton, personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and a completely irrational cult. You wouldn't want to make it up.

Significant levels of

Significant levels of protests have going on in Iraq for a week: in Basra, where the port of Umm Qasa was blocked by residents, the cities of Amara, Nasiriya and Najaf. In several provinces there have been clashes with the security forces which has left 3 protesters dead so far. Government buildings have been attacked and set on fire and many riot police have been injured in the clashes. There have been some anti-Iranian slogans but the main focus of the demonstrators has been the Iraqi government, inadequate services and unemployment.

There's quite a significant

There's quite a significant teachers' strike that's been brewing up in Jordan for a while now:

The teachers' union is at the head of the strike that it's been forced to call after its endless prevarication over the implementation of a pay rise agreed years ago. The argument of the state is that "we can't afford it", which is true and the previously "radical" stance of the Muslim Brotherhood towards the working class has changed into calling for dialogue and the defence of the national interest.

The protests in Amman have been well-attended, militant and the workers combative but it looks like its deliberate isolation to teachers has allowed the state, unlike in previous movements, to unleash a dose of repression. Demonstrations have been tear-gassed, teachers arrested, jailed and abused.

Elsewhere "Middle-East Eye" reports that a few months ago protests were taking place all over Jordan over issues of unemployment, corruption and low wages. It remains to be seen if this general ferment can link up with the teachers and break their isolation. The working class in Jordan has already shown its fundamental solidarity in action quite recently.

The strike by over a hundred

The strike by over a hundred thousand teachers now enters its fourth weak with the strike and demonstrations holding out. The government is trying carrot and stick with a ten percent increase on one side and threats of sackings this week if the teachers don't return to work. Despite the tenacity of the strikers, the teachers' union has kept the workers fixated on the question of "teachers" and the other main unions have kept their workers back "waiting for the outcome of the teachers' dispute". There doesn't appear to be joint demonstrations and solidarity actions with other workers as there were in the upsurge a few months ago.

In the meantime, fresh protests and demonstrations have spread from the southern provinces of Iraq to Baghdad. Protest has broken out again in Basra, Nasriya, Najaf, Dhi Qar and Karbala. Government offices and Iranian interests have been attacked, the latter because the Iranians seem to control water and electricity supplies which they have cut back again recently. There doesn't appear any religious leadership to the struggles and, while they are spontaneous, they are continuous with similar struggles over the last months against lack of jobs and basic services. The government has mobilised its counter-terrorist units and other army units, all using lethal force. Three demonstrators have been shot dead so far. There's no democratic demands so the movement and the repression against it doesn't get anything like the attention of Hong Kong. Iraq is also becoming a potential battleground for wider imperialist interests.

Iraq struggles

The nationwide protsts in Iraq "which appear to lack any organised leadership" (BBC) are now attracting media attention. Baghdad is under state-imposed lockdown.

Three-thousand workers at the

Three-thousand workers at the Universal Appliances in Cairo on strike since Monday over unpaid wages. The video, in part, appears to show a workers' assembly: