Two days in Taksim: Battle continues for Turkey’s freedoms

As fierce fighting continues and PM Erdogan refuses to back down, what next for protesters forcibly evacuated by police from their anti-government sit-in? In the warren of cobbled streets just off Istanbul’s Taksim Square, hundreds of riot police fired tear gas Sunday at protesters trying to return to nearby Gezi Park, the site of a … Continue reading

Gaza ceasefire: Who really won?

    The historic Gaza-Israel truce saw Egypt take centre-stage as a major geo-political player: as details of the ceasefire are fine-tuned amid growing instability in Egypt, Bel Trew takes a closer look at the losses and gains The Gaza-Israel ceasefire agreement, brokered by Egypt and the US one week ago, has been largely forgotten … Continue reading

“We give our lives to Gaza” – Egyptians break seige

It was a mad mission. On the bloodiest night of the latest Israeli onslaught on Gaza, over 550 Egyptian revolutionaries in 11 buses drove over the border to the besieged territory. The unprecedented expression of solidarity challenged their country’s siege on the strip. Activists, who had fought their own war for independence on Tahrir Square, … Continue reading

Eyewitness from Gaza: Convoy breaks the seige

Over 500 Egyptian activists cross into Gaza in Egypt’s largest solidarity convoy during one of the bloodiest days of the ongoing Israeli offensive; Bel Trew who traveled with the group reports back Five minutes after a Gaza-bound convoy of 330 Egyptian activists arrived at the Rafah border crossing, the bombing started. Even on the Egyptian … Continue reading

The Battle for Damascus: Syrian activists speak out

The battle for Damascus continues after a bomb blast killed three top Syrian officials Wednesday afternoon, including President Bashar Al-Assad’s own brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, and the defence minister Daoud Rajiha. Senior military official General Hassan Turkmani also died in the attack on the heavily-guarded National Security building in the capital.   Thursday saw Al-Assad finally … Continue reading

Occupy Squared

The ill-judged offer by Occupy Wall Street protesters to ‘monitor’ elections in Egypt could have rocked the bonds that tie the two protest movements, but a discussion has emerged over political action outside old frameworks… Yesterday the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters were forcibly removed from Zuccotti Park by the New York Police Department. In … Continue reading

Occupation Unknown… Why we should occupy, not protest

 November 3, 2011 Last week a group of anonymous Egyptian activists wrote a letter to Occupy Wall Street (OWS). For the first time two global political movements directly spoke to each other. “To all those in the United States currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces,” the letter read, “your comrades in Cairo are watching … Continue reading

Story-telling the Revolutions – Why we should post pictures of Gaddafi’s Body

25 October, 2011 On Facebook, 371 people have ‘liked’ a graphic collection of photos of Gaddafi’s corpse as posted by the Libyan Youth Movement. Below the album a 254-comment fight is waging between the majority who are celebrating that Gaddafi ‘got what he deserved’ and the minority who are demanding the album be taken down. … Continue reading

London’s Burning

Canary Wharf  Magazine – 09/11  One month on, Bel Trew looks at why the London riots happened… Monday 8th of August: Croydon, Hackney and Clapham are on fire. The rioting, which started in Tottenham on Saturday when a peaceful protest against the shooting of Mark Duggan turned violent, spread across London. The looters have just swept … Continue reading

London Rioters Interviewed

The Boy Who Refused to Riot Bel Trew 5 Sep 2011, Evening Standard Five teenage boys are sitting on a park bench in east London. Most of them are wearing hoodies and hiding their faces. They look intimidating, the kind of group you would normally cross the street to avoid. These boys, four of whom were … Continue reading

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