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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, for May 5, 2004 - 7:00pm

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Voices of the Middle East and North Africa - May 5, 2004

Last weekend was the May Day. This important day was observed and celebrated by the working classes of many countries in the Middle East.

Following the May Day events in Turkey, we have an interview with Ms.Turkan from the editors of the magazine: AntiKapitalist,( published in Turkey.

Turkey has a tradition of a militant and festive May Day celebrations. This year, a discussion on where to hold the demonstration, and factional differences proved that the time for separation from the backward and concessionist forces have come for the working class and progressive movements. This break point is an indicator of a political change about to happen. Since this separation and need for re-organization is decicive for the future of the labor forces in Turkey, we will be investigating the matter further in our future programs.

In our second segment we will visit a country which has not been mentioned much in the media. Bahrain used to be a country rich with oil processing. These days, the conflict between the workers and the system which is integrating more to the global, capitalist, free market system of the world is more appearant. When more than 1500 workers from the public and the private sectors, half of which were women, took to the streets with red flags and banners carrying Che Guevara's pictures in a Muslim country, we decided to bring their efforts on the air. We spoke with the reporter from Bahrain Tribune,( Mr. Mazem Mahdi, who covered the May Day news. This segment brings light to differences between the foreign workers and the Bahranian workers, new labor laws which now allow independent trade unions and the crises of the Bahranian economy.

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