Dispossession, proletarianization and the uprising of dispossessed Arabs in Iran’s Khuzestan province

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Soon after the election of Raisi as new President of Iran with a historically low turnout, Iran faced a widespread wave of protests and strikes. The…

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Chopin or Paganini, a poem

Sunday, September 5, 2021

By Majid Naficy I ask for ChopinBut Alexa plays PaganiniWith his fast violin. She does not know that I’d likeTo sit by a qanat creekAnd watch tiny fishComing…

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سلب‌مالکیت، پرولتریزه‌شدن و خیزش‌های فرودستان عرب خوزستان

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Ardeshir Mehrdad argues that the recent protests by the Arab population of Khuzestan province of Iran was not only the result of ethnic-national discrimination suffered by…

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Iran: The Imam, the strikers and the black, black oil

Monday, August 9, 2021

Peyman Jafari “We are melting away,” lamented the shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, on December 26 1978 in a phone tap of a conversation with his advisor and former…

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Reflections on the State of Democracy in Iran after the 2021 Elections: An Elegy for the Voting Non-Voter

Monday, August 2, 2021

Shervin Malekzadeh SpongeBob SquarePants showed up on the boulevard halfway to midnight, almost two hours after state officials confirmed Hassan Rouhani as the seventh President of the Islamic Republic…

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Iran accused of using ‘unlawful force’ against water protesters

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Middle East Eye staff Iran is using unlawful and excessive force in a crackdown against protests over water shortages in its oil-rich but arid southwestern Khuzestan province, international…

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Struggles in Iran – Another response

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

We published a letter we received from comrades Iman Ganji and Jose Rosales on the current strikes in Iran. We asked them how these strikes related to the…

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Petrochemical workers in Iran strike over pay and conditions

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Jean Shaoul Petrochemical workers across Iran have been waging strikes since June 19 to demand higher pay, the payment of back wages, the elimination of intermediary contractors and…

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Iran Clears Way for Hard-line Judiciary Chief to Become President

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Farnaz Fassihi Candidates in Iran’s presidential elections have always been strictly vetted, and those deemed insufficiently loyal to the Islamic Revolution were disqualified. Within those limits, contenders held…

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Iran’s Presidential Election: Electioneering without candidates

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Yassamine Mather Iran’s presidential elections will be held on June 18 and so far it is not clear who will be the candidates proposed by the many Islamic…

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Poems by Mohammad Mokhtari

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Iranian writer, poet and left-wing activist, he was an active member of the Iranian Writers Association. He was murdered during the chain of extrajudicial murders of progressive intellectuals…

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Three Poem by Mehrdad Fallah

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mehrdad Fallah comes from Northern Iran. He was born in 1960 in Fashoo Poshteh – “a small village . . . five fingers away from the Caspian”, as…

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The limits of guerillaism: interview with Mohammad Reza Shalguni

Monday, February 8, 2021

Mohamad Reza Shalgouni was a founder-member of the Organisation of Revolutionary Workers of Iran (Rahe Kargar). He spoke to Yassamine Mather about his strategic reassessment as a prisoner…

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Spiralling poverty in Iran adds to pressure on regime

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Najmeh Bozorgmehr This time last year, Mohammad could still just about afford fruit and chicken for his three children. But as US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic have…

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Iran: Three waves of urban protest, 1992-2019

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad Since the beginning of the 1990s, Iranian society has witnessed successive waves of protest movements. One could argue that it has been in a perpetual state…

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Iran: Three waves of urban protest (Farsi)

Friday, January 1, 2021

Ardeshir Mehrdad ME4Change summary of the article: The author analyses the three large waves of urban protests in Iran over the last three decades. The three waves differ…

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Gangsterism as Foreign Policy: Assassinations are Becoming the New Norm

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Patrick Cockburn I was in Israel on 4 November 1995 when a student named Yigal Amir assassinated the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin as he left a peace…

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More than ever, the struggle for justice unites the Middle East and the world

Monday, November 16, 2020

Jade Saab “A spectre is haunting Europe…” This is how Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels opened their Communist Manifesto, written on the eve of several uprisings on the continent…

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Iranian writers Association and PEN protest at imprisonment of writers and repression in Iran.

Friday, November 6, 2020

The protest by the Iranian Writers Association in Exile and Iranian PEN Association in Exile against the arrest and long prison sentence by the Islamic Republic on three…

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How filmmaker Khosrow Sinai uncovered the hidden history of Polish refugees in Iran

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Aga Sablinska Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai passed away in August from COVID-19, leaving behind an important and eye-opening document of Polish exodus during the Second World War. His…

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Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Monday, September 14, 2020

Pooyan Tamimi Arab, Ammar Maleki, Tilburg Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s…

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Will October Surprise Be Trump-Provoked War With Iran?

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Bob Dreyfuss Was Donald Trump’s January 3rd drone assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the first step in turning the simmering Cold War between the United States and…

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Remembring Houshang Pezeshgnia, Iranian artist

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Houshang Pezeshgnia, Iranian artist (1917-1972) was one of the first modernist painters in the country. He attended the College of art in Istanbul studying under professor Leopold Louis….

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Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. War Machine Presses On

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jeff Mackler That Russia paid the Taliban financial bounties to kill 18 U.S. and “coalition” soldiers in Afghanistan is in dispute to say the least. Both Democrats and…

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Trump Authorized CIA To Wage Cyberwar On Iran And Others

Monday, July 20, 2020

Moon of Alabama Recently there have been a number of incidents in Iran where unexplained fires or explosion have destroyed some infrastructure: Since June, fires or explosions have…

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Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Farnaz Fassihi and Steven Lee Myers Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of…

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Iran and the Belt and Road Initiative: Amid Hope and Fear

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Iran is one of the countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). What effects will the realization of the BRI have on the geo economical and…

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خطر تشکل های سازش طبقاتی (کورپورات) در ایران

Sunday, June 7, 2020

هدایت سلطان زاده یاد داشتی کوتاه در این زمینه این نوشته حدود سی سال قبل در « راه کارگر تئوریک » شماره ۳ منتشر شده است و بنابراین…

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US imperialism, Zionist and the danger of war

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Mike Macnair, Moshé Machover, Yassamine Mather Crisis and need for conflict Mike Macnair What we are seeing today is a situation where the United States is lashing out…

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Iranian feminist political prisoner’s open letter defends Kurdish women political prisoners

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee Golrokh Iraee’s letter from inside the Varamin-Qarchak prison; the pressures on #Zeynab Jalalian continue. Zeinab Jalalian is one of the longest serving political prisoner in…

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