Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe!

Submitted by Matthew on 15 November, 2017 - 10:33 Author: Charlotte Zalens

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British Iranian dual national, has been detained in Iran’s infamous Evin prison since April 2016.

Nazanin was on holiday with her young daughter visiting family in Iran when she was arrested and charged with “plotting to topple the Iranian regime”. Despite having refused requests to meet Nazanin’s husband and campaigners on her behalf for a year, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson publicly contradicted her reason for being in Iran claiming she was “training journalists”.

Hariri resignation stokes up regional tension

Submitted by Matthew on 15 November, 2017 - 9:08 Author: Simon Nelson

The bizarre resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saudi state media has opened up another battleground between Iran and Saudi Arabia for regional dominance. Hariri said his life was in danger, pointed the finger at Iran and by extension the Shia sectarian Hezbollah, one of his government’s coalition partners.

Trump, Iran and the nuclear options

Submitted by AWL on 11 October, 2017 - 9:13

Morad Shirin of the Iranian Revolutionary Marxist Tendency spoke to Solidarity.

Under the Iran Nuclear Review Act, the White House has to certify the agreement every 90 days. He’s done it twice so far but he is saying he may not do it this time. As far as anybody else is concerned — because it’s not a bilateral agreement — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, between five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany, plus the EU, has been voted on by the Security Council, and is part of international law.

Saudi Arabia tries to push Qatar into line

Submitted by Matthew on 14 June, 2017 - 10:58 Author: Dan Katz

A simmering conflict between the Gulf State of Qatar and its larger neighbour, Saudi Arabia, has abruptly flared into an open, serious stand-off.

Beginning on 5 June, a Saudi-led grouping of states including Egypt, Bahrain and UAE broke off diplomatic relations, and implemented travel and trade bans against Qatar. Qatar has said it will not retaliate.Saudi Arabia has closed Qatar’s only land border and ordered its citizens to leave Qatar.

Phoney election in Iran

Submitted by Matthew on 24 May, 2017 - 9:19

From the Iranian Workers’ Action Committee

On 19 May 2017, the Iranian regime yet again held phoney [Presidential] “elections”to disguise the basic fact that it is one of the most repressive capitalist dictatorships in the twenty-first century. Along with the “presidential elections” there were also “local elections”in Iran’s cities and villages.

Iranian workers’ action campaign

Submitted by Matthew on 26 October, 2016 - 10:42 Author: Michael Elms

On Thursday 20 October, the Shahrokh Zamani Action Campaign (SZAC) was launched at a meeting at the headquarters of the National Union of Teachers in central London.

SZAC is a campaign to build solidarity between the labour movement in the UK and Europe and the workers’ movement in Iran. It takes its name from the Iranian painter who was jailed for 11 years for forming a trade union, and who died in jail in September 2015 despite a global labour movement campaign for his release.

Abolish the death penalty!

Submitted by Matthew on 27 July, 2016 - 11:09

Saudi Arabia has executed 99 people during 2016, more than at the same point last year.

Crimes punishable by beheading, stoning or firing squad in Saudi include blasphemy, drug offences, adultery, murder, and “false prophecy.”

Excluding China – whose regime keeps the number of state killings a close secret – 90% of known executions during 2015 were carried out by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Jeremy Corbyn and the Middle East

Submitted by AWL on 25 July, 2016 - 2:52

Below are some articles discussing Corbyn's politics in connection with the Middle East, particularly Iran, and more generally.

Corbyn and the Middle East: the hypocrisy of the right, a challenge for the left (by Sacha Ismail, July 2015)

For Corbyn, and better politics (by Colin Foster, July 2015)

James Bloodworth is wrong about Jeremy Corbyn (by Sacha Ismail, August 2015)

Appeal from Shahrokh Zamani Action Committee

Submitted by martin on 9 June, 2016 - 4:37 Author: Shahrokh Zamani Action Committee

The Shahrokh Zamani Action Committee is calling on union branches to discuss the following motion:

This union branch notes that:

∙ The July 2015 nuclear deal between the Iranian regime and the US and European governments has opened up trade and diplomatic relations.

∙There are now many international organisations like the World Bank, IMF and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) advising the Iranian regime on modernising its methods of exploiting waged labour.