The contradictory figure of Ayatollah Montazeri died in the early hours of Sunday, December 20. In one of his last statements, he warned that the current crisis in Iran was threatening the entire basis of the regime. Yet how did this man – originally a stalwart of the state, one of the main architects of [...] → Continue Reading Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri (1922-2009)
On Monday December 7, Hands Off the People of Iran activists attended a demonstration outside the Iranian embassy to mark Students Day. It was particularly important for those outside Iran to express our solidarity because this year’s commemorations in that country have highlighted a deepening radicalisation of the student movement, with demonstrations spreading beyond the [...] → Continue Reading Hopi activists at Azar 16 demo outside Iranian Embassy in London
The regime has “temporarily” shut down the newspaper of defeated reformist candidate Mehdi Karoubi. has Etemad-e Melli was closed down under the orders of the prosecutor’s office and no edition appeared on the streets today (August17). It has been alleged that the paper was about to release a statement calling for further defiance. In response [...] → Continue Reading 15 Arrests at demonstration after the closure of paper Etemad Melli (National Trust)
Just as Iranian ex-leftwingers in the west call for reconciliation between the two wings of the Islamic regime, the ruling faction clamps down on its rivals. Yassamine Mather reports The Stalinist show trial of Saturday August 1 – when a number of prominent ‘reformists’ appeared on Iranian state TV to ‘thank their interrogators’ before repenting [...] → Continue Reading Show trials and apologetics
French translation of Yassamine Mather’s article ‘The Beginning of the End’ on the Carre Rouge website.
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Hopi activists have heard that a number of oil workers and employees at the Tehran Oil refinery havee been arrested – a clear sign that the regime fears a strike. The oil workers’ militancy is in part due to their anger about Ahmadinejad’s silly attempts to artificially create a better price of oil per barrel [...] → Continue Reading Crackdown on Iranian oil workers
From the LA Times As far as the occasions of the week are concerned, the most important occasion was the death anniversary Imam Kazem, our seventh [Shiite] imam, who was one of our most oppressed imams who experienced much hardship. His excellency became an imam when he was 20 years old and during his whole [...] → Continue Reading Rafsanjani's Full Speech