Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians: A Review of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

Five years after the Syrian Revolution, many Iranians are still wondering why a popular revolution which demanded democracy, justice and equality turned into a holocaust of the Syrian people.  Why was Bashar al-Assad’s fascistic regime able to remain in power?  Why and how did sectarianism and religious fundamentalism grow?  How did ISIS arise?    What is the role of the Iranian government in bringing about the current disaster?   What can be done to possibly reverse the current course of events?  Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami’s Burning Country is a well-documented account that can answer these questions in a satisfactory way.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Iranian LGBT Activist and Writer Comments on Orlando Florida Massacre

Author:  Shadi Amin

Date:  June 13, 2016

Translated by Frieda Afary

Translator’s note:  Shadi Amin is the author of Gender X (2015) and a number of other works on Iranian LGBT identities and  the sexual torture of women political prisoners.   She has also translated and published a collection of writings by Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde.   She is one of the coordinators of the Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network in Germany.   Below, she comments on a gunman’s massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Solidarity with Iranian Workers: Free Labor Activist Jafar Azimzadeh

Below  is a statement from a group of scholars and activists to protest  the flogging of Iranian mine workers  and to  defend Iranian labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh who has been on a hunger strike since April 29, 2016.  Background information and  a statement issued by Jafar Azimzadeh and Esmail Abdi at the beginning of their hunger strike follow.    For more information please see the website of the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran ( which has provided the translations below.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Open Letter from Mothers of Iranian Political Prisoners

The following letter from Mothers of the Laleh Park in Iran has been addressed to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein,  United Nationas High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Radio Zamaneh’s Interview About the Alliance of Syrian & Iranian Socialists

Radio Zamaneh,  a Persian-language human rights station and website in Holland conducted an interview with Joseph Daher and Frieda Afary.
Date of publication:  May 31, 2016
Persian source:

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Website and Statement of the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists

Below is the statement of the newly formed Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists.  For the Arabic and the Persian versions,  please go to the newly launched trilingual website of the Alliance at

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Rise, Decline and Return of Marxist Feminism

In this introduction to the Persian translation of Heather Brown’s  Marx on Gender and the Family:  A Critical Study (Brill Press, 2012 and Haymarket Press, 2013), the translators  situate Brown’s work in the context of the various tendencies within Marxist feminism from the 1970s to today, and their different explanations of the relationship between gender oppression and capitalism.  They discuss Brown’s assessment of Marx and feminist critiques of Marx by asking four questions:  1. Did Marx consider the sexual division of labor “natural?”  2.  What is the relationship of capitalist value production to the realm of reproduction, including the family?  3.   What are the major differences between Marx and Engels on the origins of women’s oppression?  4.  What was the concept of women’s emancipation in Marx’s activities, journalism and his life? The Persian original of this introduction was published by Naqd-e Iqtisad-e Siasi on March 8, 2016.  See

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