Iran-USA: “You have to oppose both governments” Matthew Wed, 03/21/2012 - 11:23

Ayob Rahmani of the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) spoke to Solidarity.

What do you think about the build-up to war?

I do not think full-scale war — invasion of Iran by the US and its allies — is going to happen. It seems impossible, given the problems the US and its allies have in Afghanistan and Iraq. Politically and militarily they failed to achieve what they intended.

Iran is a big country with around 75 million people and with a bigger and stronger army in a strategic position in the Middle East.

Iran: dancing towards war

Submitted by Matthew on 7 March, 2012 - 8:32

On Tuesday 6 March, the European Union announced a move to restart talks with Iran over its nuclear programme.

“The time and venue of these talks will now be agreed”, said EU foreign-affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

The same day the Iran government said it would allow UN investigators to visit the Parchin military complex, to which it had previously refused access.

Barak threatens to bomb Iran

Submitted by Matthew on 8 February, 2012 - 2:20

On Thursday 2 February, Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak threatened an Israeli missile attack on Iran soon.

He said he believed that Iran’s nuclear programme would soon be so far shifted to heavily-shielded underground centres that bombing could not hinder it.

Washington Post journalist David Ignatius followed up by reporting that US defence secretary Leon Panetta believed there was a “strong likelihood” that Israel would attack Iran’s nuclear program within the next six months — as early as April.

Back our enemies' enemies?

Submitted by Matthew on 8 February, 2012 - 11:08

We need a new Marxist left. The one we have is largely degenerate.

What other conclusion can we draw from the following:

At the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts conference on 28-29 January, members of the SWP, Counterfire and Socialist Action voted against a motion opposing war and sanctions on Iran — originally proposed by Counterfire members — because their motion had been amended to include the words:

Trade unionists arrested in Iran

Submitted by Matthew on 8 February, 2012 - 10:42

Two well-known labour activists in Tabriz, Shahrokh Zamani and Mohammad Jarahi, have been rearrested and transferred to Tabriz prison.

Shahrokh Zamani is facing 10 year imprisonment and Mohammad Jarahi is facing five years.

Sharif Saaed-panah and Mozafar Saleh-nia, both Executive members of the Free Union of Workers were arrested and held in custody for two weeks and released on bail on 19 January.

A long way to go on gay rights

Submitted by Matthew on 8 February, 2012 - 10:38

According to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) seven majority Muslim countries still maintain the death penalty for homosexual activity.

They are Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen.

In northern Nigeria, where some states use Sharia law, homosexuality is also punishable by death.

In Iran gay men are normally arrested under other trumped up charges. But in September 2011 three men were executed for homosexuality.

Does criticising the Iranian government make you like the Tea Party?

Submitted by AWL on 30 January, 2012 - 8:01

At the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts conference in Liverpool on Sunday 29 January, student members of the Socialist Workers Party, Counterfire and Socialist Action voted against their own motion opposing US sanctions or military action against Iran!

No to war and sanctions, no to the Islamic Republic: support Iranian workers! Matthew Wed, 01/25/2012 - 15:54

The EU has agreed an oil embargo on Iran. In response Iran has threatened to close the strait of Hormuz (through which oil supplies pass). The US has said if that happens it could take military action.

The embargo might work, and Iran might back down. However Iran has other customers for its oil.

There is a possibility there will be a stumbling into a war which could ignite a series of other conflicts across the region.