Sunday, December 31, 2017

Reflections on the Growing Anti-Regime Protests in Iran

In comparison to the mass protests that arose in 2009 after the fraudulent presidential election, these protests are different in several important  respects:  1. They directly oppose poverty and  systemic corruption.  2.  They include the wide participation of the working class  (men and women), many unemployed. .  3.  Demands include an end to the Islamic Republic,  Death to Supreme Leader Khamenei, Death to president Rouhani,  Death to the “Revolutionary Guards” and an end to Iran’s military intervention in Syria and Lebanon.   4. In some cases,  individual women have bravely taken off their headscarves or veils  in public places and have encouraged others to follow them.

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International Campaign in Solidarity with Middle Eastern Political Prisoners

The aim of this campaign is four-fold: 1.To shine a spotlight on the political prisoners who are labor, social justice, feminist, anti-racist and human rights activists opposed to war, imperialism, occupation, authoritarianism, religious fundamentalism and extremism.  2. To oppose all the global and regional imperialist powers in the Middle East:  The U.S., Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey and Iran. 3. To demand that both state actors and non-state actors responsible for perpetrating war crimes in the Middle East be put on trial. ( We support initiatives meant to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity by enforcing universal jurisdiction, such as the cases filed in Spain, Germany, France and other EU states by local and Syrian lawyers.)  4.  To show that demanding the immediate release of political prisoners in the Middle East is a crucial part of fighting the rise of authoritarianism and racism at home.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Alliance of Middle Eastern Socialists – Founding Statement of Principles

The region has been so plagued by the politics of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” that any effort to develop an affirmative vision of a humanist alternative to capitalism around universal concepts and goals has been missing.   As a result, revolutionary or progressive movements that do emerge, most recently those that arose in 2011, have been destroyed by authoritarian capitalist systems, religious extremism and sectarianism, with the assistance of various regional and global imperialist forces.

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Political Economy of Hezbollah: A Book Review

Hezbollah’s role in the Lebanese government is being used as a pretext for Saudi Arabia and Israel –with U.S. backing– to threaten Lebanon and Iran with war.    For those socialists who oppose the actions of all these states and want to express a principled anti-war position,  Joseph Daher’s  Hezbollah:  The Political Economy of Lebanon’s Party of God is a must read.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Join the Solidarity with Iranian Political Prisoners & Oppose Imperialist War Threats Against Iran

Below are short biographies of three Iranian political prisoners who strongly oppose any imperialist intervention in Iran as well as internal state repression and any regional imperialist intervention by Iran or other Middle Eastern states.    Each of these prisoners symbolizes an important aspect of the struggle for social justice and against religious dictatorship, authoritarianism and militarism.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Iran: Mass hunger strike by political prisoners to protest inhumane conditions

More than a dozen political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, have gone on hunger strike to protest  the cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions they have been forced to endure at a maximum-security prison in Karaj, Alborz province.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Particular Features of the Islamic Republic’s Capitalism and the Need for a Humanist Alternative to Capitalism/Militarism

There is no doubt that there are divisions within the Iranian ruling class concerning economic and political approaches.   There is no doubt that Iran’s capitalism is inefficient.  There is no doubt that the IRGC acts like a Mafia band.   However,  currently, it seems that the IRGC, the government (president and parliament) and the Guardian Jurist,  are all united around the goal of preserving a strong state with a smaller social welfare sector and a much larger military sector.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Threat of Wider Wars in the Middle East and the Responsibilities of Socialists

The coming together of Qatar, Iran and Turkey against Saudi Arabia and its allies, showed that coalitions now forming to compete with each other are not strictly based on the Shi’a-Sunni divide.  The alliances currently confronting each other are fighting over the control of the region, its capital,  and aim  to repress any movements for social justice.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Other Iran’s Views on the May 2017 Presidential Election

At a time when the Trump administration’s bellicose language about Iran is raising serious concerns, it is important not to equate opposition to U.S. imperialism with support for Iran’s repressive regime and its own regional imperialist wars. There is an Other Iran that needs to be defended.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Alliance of Syrian & Iranian Socialists’ Statement on Assad’s Chemical Bombing & Trump’s Latest Airstrikes

The Trump administration’s  April 6 targeted missile strike on the Syrian airbase from which the chemical attack was launched, is not a reflection of any genuine concern for the Syrian people.  It will not help the struggle against the Assad regime, ISIS and Al Qaida.    Instead, this administration’s latest airstrikes are motivated by other aims.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Trump’s Travel Ban Grants Iran’s Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals

According to Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran,  If Trump’s “executive order had been in effect in 2009, it would have prevented Iranian dissidents, including Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, from entering the United States to speak about the Islamic Republic’s violent repression of pro-democracy protesters who disputed the results of the presidential election that year. . .This order has left those Iranians most vulnerable to persecution, at the mercy of the Islamic Republic,”   Below is the text of a press release from the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Open Letter from Iranian Political Prisoner, Arash Sadeghi

Arash Sadeghi started his hunger strike on October 24, 2016 after his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraei  was sentenced to six years in prison for writing an unpublished story about the barbaric practice of stoning women.  He ended his hunger strike on January 3, 2017 after Golrokh was given a  prison furlough.  In this open letter to his supporters he statesthe issue is not only  my wife Golrokh Iraei  as an individual and as my wife.  She is the symbol of all the girls, women and even men in this country whose basic human rights are being violated and have become innocent victims.”

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