Iran

Free Shahrokh Zamani! Free Reza Shahabi!

Submitted by Matthew on 6 November, 2013 - 8:55

Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani was imprisoned in June 2011.

Many workers like Zamani have been imprisoned, and some tortured, on charges of “propaganda”, “endangering national security”, and “participating in an illegal organisation”.

Iran’s clerical rulers are no more friends of labour rights than they are of women’s rights, religious freedom, or LGBT rights.

The SWP and the Iran-Iraq war: the sudden shift to super-anti-imperialism

Submitted by dalcassian on 3 September, 2013 - 11:55

In 1988 the SWP suddenly became very 'anti-imperialist'. It became a loud cheerleader for what it sees as progressive or revolutionary nationalisms.

It still talks of socialism and class struggle, but now these are proposed as merely the best means to secure the greater nationalist end. It fiercely supports Iraq in the Gulf War. It insists fanatically that it is not even worth thinking about an appeal to the Israeli working class, that Israel must be destroyed, and that a 'two-state' solution in Palestine is worthless even as an interim measure.

Remember Afshin Osanloo!

Submitted by Matthew on 3 July, 2013 - 7:04

Afshin Osanloo, an Iranian workers’ organiser, has died in Rajai-Shahr prison in the city of Karaj.

He suffered a heart attack. He was 42 years old and had no previous history of health problems. It is widely suspected that his death was caused by the torture he suffered during his imprisonment since December 2010.

Afshin’s brother, Mansour, is also a prominent trade union leader who suffered imprisonment and torture in the notorious Evin prison.

Hasan Rohani, the rulers' choice

Submitted by Matthew on 27 June, 2013 - 9:14

On 15 June many thousands of people were allowed on to the streets of Tehran and other cities to celebrate the “election” of Hassan Rohani as “president” of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Rohani’s “landslide victory” quickly brought about statements from Ali Khamenei, the Leader, and many notable clergy, state institutions and political groupings congratulating him. Even the pasdaran, the so-called “Revolutionary Guards”, were quick to pledge their loyalty.

The Kurds in Turkey and Syria

Submitted by Matthew on 12 June, 2013 - 11:11

In May the Turkish state oil company agreed a oil exploration deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq alongside US company ExxonMobil.

Iraqi oil resources are vast, but heavily concentrated in Northern Iraq under the administration of the KRG. That and the KRG’s relative stability has attracted many multinationals, and governments (Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, Israel) to the autonomous area.

Khomeini protest

Submitted by Matthew on 4 June, 2013 - 8:21

On June 2, a celebration of the life of Ayatollah Khomeini, close to the anniversary of his death, was held at the Islamic Centre of England, in Kilburn, London. Invitees included Ayatollah Moezi, the personal representative of the Supreme Leader of Iran in London.

Iranian exiles organised a protest at this disgraceful glorification of a dictator. The action was mostly made up of socialists, but also included some royalists holding Pahlavi-era flags.

Iran: two leadership crises, one revolutionary solution

Submitted by martin on 23 May, 2013 - 4:36

Some of the best-known candidates for Iran's coming presidential election have been banned from the poll by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The bans reflect conflicts within the regime.

The following is the English translation of the editorial of Militaant No. 58, March 2013. http://marxist.cloudaccess.net/polan/492-two-leadership-crises.html

Free hunger striking Iranian trade unionist Reza Shahabi!

Submitted by AWL on 19 December, 2012 - 1:11

Reza Shahabi, an Iranian labour leader imprisoned since June 2010, went on hunger strike on 17 Dec 2012 to protest against mistreatment by jail guards as well as prevention of his medical treatment by the judicial authorities.

Reza Shahabi's physical conditions have deteriorated. He has announced that he will refuse taking his medication and eating food until he is allowed to be transferred to a hospital outside prison for complete treatment.