Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Solidarity with Iranian Women Political Prisoners and Women Indicted for Opposing the Compulsory Hijab or for other Social Justice Activities



Below, the Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists is providing short biographies of several of the most well-known feminist political prisoners, in order to heighten awareness of the important role of women in the current protest movement in Iran and to promote solidarity with Iranian feminist struggles, and the protest movement as a whole.


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What Are Iran’s Labor Protests/Strikes Demanding? What Are the Barriers to a Revolutionary Socialist Direction? What Kind of International Solidarity Is Needed?



Below is the text of Frieda Afary’s presentation to a group of international  labor activists on June 10, 2018.


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June 23 Los Angeles Panel on Solidarity with Iranian Labor, Feminist, Student & Environmental Protests



You are invited to a Panel Discussion:
Solidarity with Iranian Labor, Feminist, Student & Environmental Protests
Oppose Trump’s War Threats

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What Can U.S. Teacher Protests Learn from Iranian Teacher Protests?



At a time when the Trump administration is increasing sanctions and war threats against Iran,  a wave of teachers’ protests in the U.S. and Iran can create the possibility for international labor solidarity instead of militarist ideological brainwashing.  In this article,  I would like to offer  some details about the teachers’ protests in both countries,  ask what they have in common  and how U.S. teachers can learn from Iranian teachers’ demands.

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No to Trump’s, Netanyahu’s, Bin Salman’s Imperialist War Drive Against Iran. Support Progressive and Revolutionary Opposition to Iranian Regime


For Iran, the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Nuclear Agreement will mean crushing sanctions and  direct or continued indirect war declared by Israel and Saudi Arabia with U.S. support.   For the Middle East,  it will mean further destruction and regional  imperialist competition.   For the world, it will mean further division between the U.S. and the European Union  and further global imperialist competition.


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Review of Raoul Peck’s “Young Karl Marx”: A Must-See Film

Raoul Peck’s Young Karl Marx has succeeded in presenting a holistic view of the young Marx and his time that also speaks movingly to the problems of our time . . .  Three aspects stand out as unique:   I. Marx’s concept of organization;   II. Marx’s challenge to the French Anarchist thinker, Pierre Proudhon;   III.  The role of women.


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Oppose the Continuous and Deadly Repression of Palestinians in Gaza

These are not “confrontations” or “clashes” as the mainstream media and Western governments are saying. We are dealing with the deliberate crimes of an occupying, colonial and racist force against unarmed protesters.


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Open Letter from the Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists to Iranian labor Unions

Currently, the military interventions of the Islamic Republic in the region and especially in Syria have become so deadly, and the possibility of military attacks from the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran have increased so much,  that the Iranian labor movement cannot take a step forward without declaring its open opposition to the militarism of the Iranian state and all these states.


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On Capitalism, Authoritarianism and What Is New about Trumpism

In this paper,  I would like to address four questions:  1. Is capitalism inherently authoritarian,  and if so,  why?  2.  What economic and ideological factors can account for the current rise of authoritarianism in the U.S.  3.  What is New About Trump’s Authoritarianism?  4. How can it be effectively challenged?

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Victory of Assad Regime in Ghouta Is Major Defeat for Those Fighting Racism and Capitalist Authoritarianism Globally

Those who  oppose both  the Assad regime and the Jihadists and all the imperialist powers,  need to focus on a glaring fact: Support for Assad and Putin has become a rallying cry for Western white supremacist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic organizations and parties.  We need to show that opposing the Assad regime’s war on the Syrian masses is absolutely necessary for fighting the growth of white supremacy in the U.S.  and other Western countries.   Indeed it is necessary for challenging the growth of capitalist authoritarianism around the world. Assad’s Syria could be our future.


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Iran: Ongoing Labor Strikes, Women’s Protests and Ideas for International Solidarity

“The Free Union of Iranian Workers considers itself part of the movement for liberation from gender discrimination and any type of inequality in the social life of human beings.  Thus  we condemn the attacks on justice-seeking and freedom-loving women and men in front of the Ministry of Labor.  We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all who have been arrested in front of this ministry,  and the cancellation of  the judgments issued against the Daughters of Revolution Avenue,  an end to their prosecution and an end to all the forms of discrimination that have been forced upon the women of Iran during the past four decades.”


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The Legacy of Ali Akbar Dehkhoda and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution for Today: A Book Review

In 1907-1909,  Dehkhoda was a revolutionary who simultaneously opposed the monarchy, the clergy,  the imperialist powers and the capitalist system which they represented.  He defended the rights of women and oppressed minorities and advocated free thought based on rationalism.


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Statement from a group of international socialist feminists in solidarity with Iranian women

We the signatories of this statement,  refuse to separate our opposition to U.S. imperialism and any imperialist war drive on Iran,  from our support for the progressive and revolutionary  social justice struggles of Iranian women, workers and oppressed minorities against their regime.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Active Manifestations of a Passive Revolution

In each trench, the regime has to be delegitimized. A movement for self-determination has to be aroused so that people, everywhere, can take matters into their own hands. The experiences of various countries shows that occupied trenches join each other and put pressure on a regime to the point where it would have to call for a vote on its continuation.


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The New Resistance in Iran

Ashley Smith of the International Socialist Organization interviews Frieda Afary



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