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The Monthly Survey

Submitted by AWL on 29 August, 2014 - 7:52

Articles:

The dementia of power (Adam Keller)
Royal Mail strike looms
Glaisdale: Tories are to blame (William Irons)
Rail strikes looming
Train crew: strike together!
Rail spivs £10 a day pay insult
Russian workers are organising! (Bob Arnott & Kirill Bukatov)
Social democracy in the '90s (Martin Thomas)
Iran's Sham election (Maryam)

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New support for Shahrokh Zamani

Submitted by Matthew on 30 April, 2014 - 11:21

On 23 April, after officials at Gohardasht prison made a written commitment to transfer him to a wing reserved for political prisoners, jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani ended his hunger strike after 47 days.

During the hunger strike, Workers’ Liberty, our Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency comrades, and others supporting the campaign stepped up the pressure for Shahrokh’s release.

Free Shahrokh Zamani!

Submitted by Matthew on 23 April, 2014 - 12:48

Jailed Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani has now been on hunger strike for over a month.

His hunger strike began in solidarity with a strike by imprisoned Sufi Dervishes (mystics), but was extended after he was transferred to Ghezel Hesar prison, known for terrible conditions, torture and executions. His transfer was unexplained and he was placed in solitary confinement.

Shahrokh Zamani on Hunger Strike

Submitted by cathy n on 6 April, 2014 - 2:45

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) has reported that the imprisoned Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, has just entered his 30th day of a hunger strike.

The agency reports that his initial 3 day strike which was made in solidarity with imprisoned and persecuted Gonabadi Dervishes was extended after being exiled to the infamous Ghezel Hesar prison, a jail notorious for abysmal conditions, torture and executions. Shahrokh was jailed in 2011 for his organising of the painters and decorating union.

Why we defended Salman Rushdie

Submitted by AWL on 25 February, 2014 - 6:41

Twenty-five years ago Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses. Two week later the theocratic ruler of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa declaring it permissible for Muslims to assassinate Rushdie because of the suposedly “blasphemous” subject of the book.

This is how an Iranian comrade of ours defended Rushdie.


We defend Salman Rushdie because we've experienced Khomeinism in practice. Many Iranians in Iran and in exile, oppose the “Islamic Republic”, and want a secular Iran.

Marxist Revival # 1 out now Matthew Wed, 02/05/2014 - 11:44

The first issue of a new journal of international discussion among revolutionary socialists, Marxist Revival, is out now. Click here to download it as pdf, or to get a printed copy, click here to send us £2 plus £1.20 postage.

Iran deal

Submitted by Matthew on 27 November, 2013 - 9:31

The agreement between Iran and western governments, on Iran freezing its nuclear programme, in return for some relief from economic sanctions, is a good thing.

The Geneva deal eases political tensions and reduces the possibility of military action against Iran. Political friction may still ratchet up if either side fails to deliver, if further investigation of Iranian nuclear capability shows military development, or if Israel kicks up enough fuss to undermine the agreement.

Solidarity with Iranian workers

Submitted by Matthew on 13 November, 2013 - 11:09

Most of the information that has come out of the meetings in Geneva on 7-8 November (to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme) point to the French side taking a much tougher stand than the other imperialist countries.

Some even blame them for the failure. They are all going to meet again on 20 November; meanwhile the Iranian regime has agreed to more inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Surveying homophobia

Submitted by Matthew on 6 November, 2013 - 12:52

In this two part documentary, Stephen Fry and the director Fergus O’Brien set out to survey what the situation is for LGBT people around the world.

A laudable task, and a good way to use your celebrity. In some ways the documentary lives up to its good intentions to expose homophobia across the world; the interviews with victims and survivors of some of the most extreme consequences of homophobia moved me.