Iran: Three waves of urban protest

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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Iran Quietly Lowers the Temperature With U.S.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Alissa J. Rubin and Farnaz Fassihi After years of increasing tensions that nearly led to war, Iran has moderated its approach to the West, shifting from a policy…

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Fundamentalist Pandemics: What Evangelicals Could Learn From The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Juan Cole This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism — this time…

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All Prisoners Are Political Prisoners: Rethinking the Campaign to #FreeThemAll Beyond Borders and Beyond COVID-19

Monday, April 13, 2020

Golnar Nikpour In late February, amid the catastrophic spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, relatives of several of Iran’s prisoners of conscience…

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Iran Covid-19 Deaths Rival US as Trump Blockade blocks Medical Supplies

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Juan Cole The European Union has activated the Instex trading mechanism for the purpose of sending medicine and medical supplies to Iran to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Instex…

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Coronavirus: How Iran could become the guinea pig for the herd immunity strategy

Monday, March 30, 2020

Maziyar Ghiabi Pandemics such as the coronavirus outbreak produce exceptional times, affecting ordinary people fearing contagion as much as those in power, including government and state institutions.  The…

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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…

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Iran coronavirus: US sanctions could turn crisis into catastrophe

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Nader Entessar & Kaveh Afrasiabi By all accounts, the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran poses a major existential threat that could overwhelm the healthcare system and other resources…

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Iran’s coronavirus outbreak makes no sense. What’s really going on?

Friday, February 28, 2020

Chris Stokel-Walker For six weeks after China first reported details of a previously-unknown coronavirus spreading in the city of Wuhan, the disease – now called Covid-19 – stayed…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi It should be noted that this virtual roundtable took place in…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 1)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi Introduction Much of the discussion about politics in the Islamic Republic…

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Can the U.S. and Iran Avoid a Disastrous Collision?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Prabir Purkayastha With the United States walking out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—more commonly known as the Iran accord—we all enter into a heightened zone…

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Western “Anti-Imperialists” Silence Middle Eastern and North African Voices

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Daliah Lina “You stand with the terrorist troops. You are a jihadist.” This just covers a part of the public smearing I had to face the last couple…

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Protests in Iran: interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad

Friday, January 31, 2020

Interviewer: Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen wild swings in protests in Iran: from the anti-regime protests before Soleimaini’s assassination, through the huge funeral mobilisations, to renewed…

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Trapped in Iran

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

I WAS PAYING my bill at the hotel when they came. There were seven of them, stiff and formal in plain-clothes. “Mr Pelham?” asked the shortest one and…

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Blundering into War: What Trump doesn’t know about Iran

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Patrick Cockburn At the time of his assassination, General Qasem Soleimani’s strat­egy in Iraq and other countries in the Middle East with large Shia populations had become counterproductive. He is…

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