Category Archives: Iran

USA | Iran: Preparing the ‘Battle Space’

by Alastair Crooke

Bernard Lewis, a British-American historian of the Middle East, has been formidably influential in America – his policy ideas have towered over Presidents, policy-makers and think-tanks, and they still do. Though he died last year, his baleful views still shape America’s thinking about Iran. Mike Pompeo, for example, has written: “I met him only once, but read much of what he wrote. I owe a great deal of my understanding of the Middle East to his work … He was also a man who believed, as I do, that Americans must be more confident in the greatness of our country, not less”.

Iran: Class struggle and neo-liberal capital accumulation

by Minna Langeberg

Recent months have seen protests throughout Iran, by teachers, nurses, labourers, retirees, oil industry workers, bazaar traders and shopkeepers, truck drivers, farmers, the unemployed, students, and many more.

The current wave of protests across the country is a continuation of those of December 2017- January 2018 that were brutally suppressed by the regime. Like the 2017-18 protests, they signal the deep crisis of legitimacy of the regime, as expressed by one of the most enduring slogans that emerged from those protests: ‘Fundamentalists, Reformists, the game is over’. The main slogan of current protests is ‘Bread. Work. Freedom’.

USA | Bolton’s Eagerness to Attack Iran

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The Wall Street Journal reports on Bolton’s eagerness to attack Iran last year:

India | Chabahar port: India, Afghanistan, Iran agree on routes for trade and transit corridors

A crucial trilateral meeting of officials from India, Afghanistan and Iran on the strategically-important Chabahar port was held on Monday during which they agreed on the routes for trade and transit corridors between the three countries.

New Wave of Strikes / Protests in Iran Need Solidarity from International Socialists and Progressives

During the past two weeks,  the ongoing wave of protests and strikes in Iran have gained a new intensity.

On the one hand,  the impact of the second and more cruel wave of  the U.S. Trump administration’s  sanctions on Iran is truly breaking the backs of the masses. Although the sanctions which are aimed at stopping Iran’s oil exports,  technically do not include food and medicine imports,  the way in which they prevent banking transactions between Iran and the rest of the world, practically prevents payment for food and medicine.  Thus the majority of Iran’s 82 million people are suffering from the shortage of food, medicine and basic services.  In addition they face the sharp decline in the value of the currency, rial,  astronomical inflation, more lay offs and non-payment of wages,  which are also related to the problems of Iran’s economy prior to the re-imposition of the sanctions.  Given the massive decline in the value of the rial, the  minimum wage is now down to the equivalent of $100 per month  for a family of four, which is lower than  the World Bank’s definition of absolute poverty ($2 per day for each person).