Iranian forces shooting at faces and genitals of female protesters, medics say

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Deepa Parent and Ghoncheh Habibzadeh Iranian security forces are targeting women at anti-regime protests with shotgun fire to their faces, breasts and genitals, according to interviews with medics…

Read More

Socialism is Dead; Long Live Socialism

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

سوسیا لیسم مرد؛ زنده باد سوسیالیسم Interview with Çiğdem Çidamlı This is an interview by the German group Kollektiv with the Turkish feminist activist and former member of…

Read More

The Hijab as a Billboard for Islamist Propaganda

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Ibrahim Quraishi As the counter-revolutionary movement intensified for over five weeks in Iran, egregious State murders indeed transformed three young brave women by the names of Nika Shakarami,…

Read More

Protests in Iran: a unique experience with global significance

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Mehdi Kia The protest movement in Iran, now in its sixth week and with no end in sight, is in many ways unusual. Its ability to maintain almost…

Read More

What we mean by the slogan “Woman, Life, Freedom”

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Ardeshir Mehrdad Woman, Life, Freedom (Zan, Zendegi Azadi) has become the main slogan of the uprising which began in September 2022 after the killing in custody of the…

Read More

The revolutionary ambitions of Iran’s Generation Z

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran Narges, a young Iranian protester, walks confidently through ranks of riot police on her way to work with long, black, wavy hair clearly on…

Read More

Even as Iranians Rise Up, Protests Worldwide Are Failing at Record Rates

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Max Fisher Mass protests, once a grave threat to even the fiercest autocrat, have plummeted in effectiveness, a study shows. Factors appear to include polarization, social media and…

Read More

Iran on fire: Once again, women are on the vanguard of transformative change

Thursday, September 29, 2022

On Sept. 16, 2022, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian woman, died in Tehran, Iran, while in police custody. Amini was arrested by the Guidance Patrol, the morality squad…

Read More

اقتصاد سیاسی حجاب اجباری

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Political economy of compulsory hejab احمد فخیم Ahmad Fakhim سال‌هاست که راست ایرانی، مدام بر طبل این ادعا می‌کوبد که: «آزادی فردی روی دیگر سکه‌ی مالکیت شخصی یا مالکیت…

Read More

Death by Stoning: Poem by Ziba Karbassi

Sunday, September 13, 2020

translated by Stephen Watts and Ziba Karbassi little morning starare you here withyour star-gaze gone?little wrenare you staying in the busheswhen you go to the skies?little silver coinare…

Read More

The Syrian Revolution: A History from Below

Friday, July 10, 2020

12 Webinars, June 20-August 5, 2020 Syria has been the focus of much regional and global attention following the massive eruption of popular revolt in mid-March 2011. The…

Read More

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…

Read More

Engels was right, class society and women’s oppression aren’t inevitable or irreversible

Monday, May 25, 2020

Elaine Graham-Leigh 200th anniversary of his birth, Elaine Graham-Leigh looks at Engels’ The Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State All page references are to the…

Read More

جامعه‌ی ایران مدیون مقاومت‌ها و فعالیت‌های پیگیرانه‌ی زنان است

Saturday, March 14, 2020

هایده مغیثی در گفت‌وگو با مریم حسین‌خواه [این مصاحبه به مناسبت روز زن (۸ مارس) صورت گرفته است.] چهار دهه پس از استقرار حکومت اسلامی در ایران، حقوق…

Read More

Defend the women’s revolution in northeastern Syria

Friday, October 11, 2019

ROAR collective Since 2012, with the leading role of women, the people in North and East Syria have been building a social system that enables a peaceful, radical-democratic,…

Read More

Feminists on the front lines of the Algerian uprising

Monday, September 9, 2019

Leïla Ouitis When in early February Algeria’s ailing octogenarian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his intention to run for the presidency for a fifth term, millions of Algerians took…

Read More

Domestic Violence is Widespread in the Middle East

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Cesar Chelala. Gender violence, manifested essentially as violence against women, is one of the most significant epidemics in the Middle East today. This kind of violence occurs in…

Read More

Lights out: Tehran’s clampdown on Western habits

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Iran is a country in which many aspects of public life: governance, education, foreign relations and even people’s lifestyles are peculiarly determined by ideology. The authorities…

Read More

Tehran 2019: City On Edge, Iranians In Anticipation

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fariba Amini. May this year was a very pleasant time in Tehran when it comes to the weather. The abundant rain had cleared the pollution for a while,…

Read More

Welcome to the new Algerian revolution: an interview with Hamza Hamouchene

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Omar Hassan speaks to Algerian scholar and activist Hamza Hamouchene, coordinator of Environmental Justice North Africa and co-founder of the Algeria Solidarity Campaign, about the mass movement sweeping Algeria. In…

Read More

Three poems by Forugh Farrokhzad, a woman alone

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

English Translations of selected Poems and Poetry of the great Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad فروغ فرخزاد Forugh, one of the most famous Persian Women poets died in a…

Read More

Women and the War in Yemen: Actors or Victims?

Sunday, May 5, 2019

In most conflicts, women are grouped with children; they are categorized among the most vulnerable groups. This designation erases, in many cases, women who are engaged in the…

Read More

Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

Read More

Iran: Women’s right and the class struggle

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Friday March 8 is International Women’s Day, which this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first major protest by Iranian women against the Islamic…

Read More

The Me Too Movement in the Middle East

Thursday, February 14, 2019

by Lara al-Kateb and  Omar Abbas with contributions from Selin Cagatay, Frieda Afary,  Fatemeh Masjedi and socialist feminists inside Iran  The Me Too movement against sexual assault and…

Read More

Defying War and Defining Peace in Afghanistan

Friday, February 1, 2019

Kathy Kelly. On January 27th, 2019, the Taliban and the U.S. government each publicly stated  acceptance, in principle, of a draft framework for ongoing negotiations that could culminate…

Read More

Chile’s feminists inspire a new era of social struggle

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Bree Busk. It is May 2018 and as winter descends on Santiago, Chile, a new wave of feminist activity is exploding into life. Anti-patriarchal graffiti covers the city…

Read More

5.5 Million Women Build Their Wall in Kerala

Monday, January 14, 2019

Vijay Prashad. On Jan. 1, 5.5 million women in the Indian state of Kerala (population 35 million) built a 386-mile wall with their bodies. They stood from one end…

Read More

Inside Mother Camp: the woman tackling Afghanistan’s drug problem

Monday, January 7, 2019

Rushi Kumar. Laila Haidari is considered a criminal, despite never committing a crime. The 40-year-old works with drug addicts in Kabul. “The addicts I work with are considered…

Read More

Exploitation and Expropriation, or Why Capitalism Must be Attacked with Equal Force on Every Front

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Michael D Yates. [Author’s note: This essay is based upon arguments made in Chapter 2 (“Some Theoretical Considerations”) of my book, Can the Working Class Change the World? Unless…

Read More