The Kurdish revolution – a report from Rojava
Peter Loo is supporting revolutionary social change in Northern Syria.

Turkey wages war on its Kurdish population
Turkey is conducting the greatest massacre and displacement of Kurds since the 1990s, write Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret

The Egyptians by Jack Shenker
Laleh Khalili reviews Jack Shenker's new book and finds it strikes an unexpectedly optimistic note about the after-echoes of the Egyptian uprisings

In Egypt, a second life for independent trade unions
Union members in a crowded assembly hall lashed out against the Egyptian regime’s latest efforts to suppress workers, writes Giulio Regeni

Rebuilding Kobanê
Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret report from the war-torn city of Kobanê and meet those trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed

Solidarity with Rojava: 3K in 31 Days
Plan C are fundraising £3000 to help rebuild Kobane after ISIS attacks and to support the political revolution in Rojava, writes Paul Higgins

Revolutionary resistance in Kobane
The fight against ISIS in Kobane has been based on the Kurdish defenders’ deep-seated belief in their model of participatory democracy, writes Yvo Fitzherbert

Delist the PKK
The ‘terror’ ban on support for the Kurdish struggle must be lifted, writes the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign’s Melanie Sirinathsingh

Free Mahienour! Egyptian revolutionary and climate activist
In May Egyptian revolutionary, climate activist and lawyer Mahienour El-Massry was unjustly jailed. Just before she was imprisoned she spoke to Mika Minio about her amazing work.

Tunisia: Families of martyrs and wounded on hunger strike against impunity
Isabelle Merminod and Tim Baster report on the lack of justice three years after the fall of Ben Ali

Egypt’s still-unfinished revolution: celebration and danger
Whether or not the events in Egypt constitute a military coup, Morsi’s fall portends great excitement but even greater dangers, writes Phyllis Bennis

Syria: We need to stop a new war in the Middle East
The Syrian civil war is spreading, writes Phyllis Bennis – but US military action is the last thing the country needs

World Social Forum: A new turn in Tunis
The World Social Forum in Tunisia was framed as the alter-globalisation movement meets the ‘Arab spring’. James O’Nions reports back from Tunis on how both sides of that equation are faring

Tunis: A tale of two World Social Forums
The WSF needs updating for a post-Arab Spring, post-Indignado world, writes Nick Dearden. The problems and the possibilities were both on show in Tunisia

Egypt: The revolution is alive
Just before the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Emma Hughes spoke to Ola Shahba, an activist who has spent 15 years organising in Egypt

Syria: Which road for Damascus?
The pressure to ‘do something’ about the killings and repression in Syria is immense. Phyllis Bennis cautions against simplistic answers

Broken Spring?
Sami Ramadani argues that counter‑revolution has gained the upper hand in Syria and across the Arab world

Iran in the crosshairs again
Sabre rattling against Iran is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean the threat of war isn’t real. Phyllis Bennis analyses the situation in the wider Middle East

Cairo: ‘After seeing friends carried away with blood streaming from their lids, you stop trusting the goggles’
Mika Minio-Paluello gives an eyewitness account of the street battles in Egypt late last year

An Israeli spring?
Miri Weingarten asks if Israel’s surge of social activism heralds a new dawn

The people are strong
Michael Pooler reports from Israel on Bedouin efforts to resist eviction in the Negev Desert

After the spring
Sami Ramadani considers the response to the popular uprisings from the region’s dictators and other reactionary forces, as well as the role of imperialism

Uprising in Iraqi Kurdistan
Dashty Jamal on the fight for freedom in Kurdistan.

Home-grown in Lebanon
Responding to the discussion on political Islam begun in the previous issue of Red Pepper, Bilal El-Amine considers the experience of Hizbullah in Lebanon

Essay: Red Shi’ism, Iran and the Islamist revolution
From the Iranian revolution to the Palestinian struggle, it has often been Islamic ideas that have inspired resistance to imperialism. Here, Alastair Crooke argues that the left needs a more complex understanding of the thinking, critical forms of political Islam

Essay response: How not to understand Islamist politics
Saeed Rahnema argues that Alistair Crooke's understanding of the Iranian revolution and recent events is deeply flawed

Essay response: Which side are you on?
Alastair Crooke's glorification of the Islamist movement is based on distortions and falsification, says Azar Majedi

The people reloaded
Misguided western leftists may have their doubts about the Iranian mass movement against President Ahmadinejad's disputed election 'victory'. They should put them aside in the face of the new politics of revolt, write Morad Farhadpour and Omid Mehrgan

20 June
'I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.'

Playing the Great Game
The Tricycle Theatre's production of The Great Game - 12 plays on the history and contemporary realities of the struggle for control over Afghanistan - brings to the fore what will be one of the central political issues in the coming years. Co-director Indhu Rubasingham reflects on the project