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Save Arash Sadeghi!

Submitted by martin on 17 October, 2018 - 7:59 Author: Campaign to Free Political Prisoners in Iran (CFPPI)
Arash Sadeghi

Help us To save jailed university student activist, Arash Sadeghi

Arash Sadeghi, a jailed university student activist, is suffering from cancer in prison in Iran. The authorities in Iran have deliberately deprived Arash of receiving specialised medical care and have sentenced him to ‘silent execution’.

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Satanic Verses, thirty years on

Submitted by AWL on 10 October, 2018 - 11:31 Author: Matt Cooper
Down with Satanic Verses placard

Last month saw the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

Rushdie’s sprawling novel defies summary: interlinking stories meld scurrilous fantasies, dark humour and cutting political satire directed not only at Islam, but British racism and Indian immigrants’ attempts to adapt. It is an honest attempt to deal with the warping pressures of racism, religion and cultural dislocation.

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Hezbollah: state ban not the answer

Submitted by AWL on 3 October, 2018 - 8:03 Author: Ira Berkovic

The Tory government plans to ban the political wing of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Islamist political party with a well-armed paramilitary wing. This armed wing is already proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the British government, but Hezbollah’s political wing is not specifically banned. The proposed ban is motivated in part by a desire to exert diplomatic pressure on Iran, a key state ally of Hezbollah, in the context of its continuing imprisonment of British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

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Lull but no peace

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 7:48 Author: Colin Foster
Gaza wall

A lull in conflict in the Middle East looks likely. But it may be short-lived, or not happen at all. None of the underlying drivers of tension have eased.

On the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli snipers killed 64 people on 14 May. That brings the total killed by snipers over weeks of protests, from which groups mostly of young men sally forth to throw stones and improvised firebombs, to over 110. Thousands have been injured.

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Iran sugar workers demand control

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 11:24 Author: Morad Shirin

Recent events have shown that Iran’s working class is willing and able to fight consistently against the capitalist class, the regime and the state. By the end of the current Iranian year (on 20 March) the number of workers’ strikes and protests in the course of the year could reach the 1,000 mark.

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Iran protests: “a fire beneath the ashes”

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 10:41 Author: Kaveh Abbasian

On Monday 29 January, many women took off their scarves in many parts of Iran, especially in Tehran, put it on a stick, and got on boxes and waved it around, like the woman from the iconic picture from early in the movement.

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Trump to renew Iran deal

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:49 Author: Johnny Whiteley

Donald Trump is set to maintain the 2015 “nuclear deal” with Iran when it comes up for renewal on 17 January.

Under the deal Iran is obliged to restrict its nuclear programme in return for the easing of international sanctions.

Trump had previously declared his intention to undo the nuclear deal, denouncing it as weakness in the face of the regime. Accordingly, he has had to hedge his renewal of the deal with much tough-sounding bluster and secondary sanctions.

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Iran: Haft Tappeh workers take the lead

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:46 Author: Morad Shirin, Iranian Revolutionary Marxist Tendency
Haft Tappeh speaker

There have been more strikes and protests during the past week for payment of unpaid wages and other basic demands.

There have been at least 600 such protests in the past year and they will probably increase as we approach the Iranian New Year, with workers demanding their new year bonuses and so on. Wage arrears of many months exist in many industries, including state-owned, part-private, fully-private, religious endowments and the Pasdaran [Revolutionary Guards]. The various businesses owned by the Pasdaran amount to about a quarter of the economy.

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Submitted by guenter on Tue, 23/01/2018 - 01:32

in Germany, many left(?) Groups, often from ex-gdr, refused to Support the ongoing wokers protest, cause they saw them 100% created and conducted by USA and Israel. they simply ignore that the demonstrating workers are no fans of USA and started spontaneously without having been orchestrated.
on a conference of the ex-gdr-daily newspaper junge welt , iranian marxists who entered the stage to Claim solidarity for the protests, have been thrown out by the stalinists. they claimed that the Mullahs are cultural conservative, but economically progressive(!). their old theory of the "anti-Imperialist" allies. they dont learn- although this time even the tudeh-party is for supporting the protests.

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