Category Archives: Iran

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). 

‘Sanctions Are Coming’: US Issues Limited Iran Sanctions Waivers, With One Big Exception

By Ankit Panda

President Trump appears to be excited about the imposition of a second round of sanctions on Iran that had been lifted as part of the United States’ participation in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. At least that’s the impression given off by the president tweeting a stylized image, referencing the popular prestige television drama Game of Thrones, noting that “sanctions are coming” on November 5.

Five-nation deal paves way for tapping Caspian riches

The leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have signed a landmark deal on the legal status of the resource-rich Caspian Sea, taking a big step towards resolving 22 years of dispute with the prospect of massive financial gains.

US to enforce sanctions against Iran

The U.S. will enforce sanctions against Iran on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Addressing reporters aboard his plane headed back to Washington from his Asia visit, Pompeo said: “The United States is going to enforce these sanctions.”

The last southern battle in Syria: finish off ISIS and then on, towards Idlib

by Elijah J Magnier

Southern Syria is surrendering to the forces of the Syrian army: deals have been concluded between the Syrian government and the militants, including jihadists belonging to Jabhat al-Nusra (aka Hayat Tahrir al-Sham). The main deal, supervised by the Russian forces, allows whoever is willing to go to the northern city of Idlib, which is becoming the largest gathering of jihadists, to join the caravan and board the green buses, carrying their personal light weapons.