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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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Iranian Intellectuals Analyze/Oppose Iran’s Role in Syria

Editorial note from Frieda Afary 
  On October 30, 2015 when the U.S., Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and several other nations held a conference to discuss the fate of Syria, the Persian-language human rights website, Zamaneh, launched a special page entitled “War in the Region and Iran’s Share of Responsibility.”

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

On the Death of Labor Activist Shahrokh Zamani

Below is a message from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran

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