Mubarak unleashes thugs

The masses need to arm themselves and win over soldiers to their side, writes Eddie Ford

With events in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world still moving rapidly, the 82-year-old Hosni Mubarak continues to cling onto power like a limpet. Inspired by the mass revolt in Tunisia which within days forced the dictator Ben Ali to flee the country, millions are demanding that Mubarak goes.

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Letters

Anarchy; Peak Labour; Cul-de-sac; Mass movement; Rape myths; Stooge; Free Jonathan; Beyond; Stepping up

Grounds for optimism

Israeli socialist Moshé Machover talks to Mark Fischer about the implications of the uprising in Egypt for the whole region

Ruling sexism offside

James Turley argues that those wishing to rid the world of the sexist idiocy of Andy Gray and Richard Keyes must set their sights higher

The religious right and genocide

Tony Greenstein looks at sections of Israel's orthodox rabbinate and makes a less than flattering comparison

The pope and the Pentagon

How is it that Noam Chomsky's latest linguistic theories can acquire such a devoted following? Chris Knight of the Radical Anthropology Group continues his examination of Chomsky's life and work

Confident

Robbie Rix reports a good start to February's fighting fund

Unity is only temporary

The anti-Mubarak coalition will break apart once alternative political and economic interests are presented, writes Yassamine Mather

Comedy and tragedy

Jim Moody reviews two RSC productions at the Roundhouse

Keeping up the pressure

Ben Lewis reports on a promising weekend of student action and plans for the battles ahead

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