Ungewöhnliche Ansichten #3: 2007 محلة الكبرى

[E]verything changed in December 2006. A new phenomenon appeared: militant workers, though lacking political background. Many women stood out among them. In general, they belong to no organization or party. There was a need to start from scratch, to create active committees with the aim of educating the workers, giving lectures and organizing leadership courses.

Artikel im israelisch-arabischen Magazin Challenge über die Arbeiterunruhen im ägyptischen Mahalla im April.

The awakening of labor has surprised not just the regime but also the various leftist movements. The Egyptian Left includes a broad spectrum of national Nasserites and socialist organizations.

Until now, in the absence of a workers‘ movement, the section of the Left that sought to distance itself from Mubarak had no population to work with, so it limited its activity to supporting the Palestinian national movement. In the year 2000 it backed the Intifada, and especially Hamas, which it saw as leading the resistance. Now, however, the workers‘ struggle has made a new approach possible, neither national nor Islamic. It is opening a third, internationalist alternative. Since the start of the awakening, the labor movement has provided the Left with its natural environment, and there is the feeling that leftist forces are again on their feet.

Es ist natürlich immer gut, wenn die Linken von der Zündelei mit der nationalen Sache abgelenkt werden; den Arbeitern von Mahalla und anderswo ist trotzdem zu raten, diese nationale Linke und andere Recuperateure lieber nicht anzufassen (die offizielle ägyptische Linke ist, was ihre Stellung zur allgemeinen Befreiung betrifft, mit der offiziellen deutschen vergleichbar; und in etwa so fossil.)

Wie auch immer, wir hatten ja in der Printausgabe irgendwas kurzes dazu geschrieben.

Via Wartezeit überbrücken und Entdinglichung.