Rebuild on solid foundations

Yassamine Mather celebrates the continuing mass protests, recognises their limitations, laments the parlous state of the left and urges unity around the basic principles upheld by Hopi (This article is based on Yassamine’s talk in this video) You would not know from the media that the protests are continuing – they are now entering a… Continue reading Rebuild on solid foundations

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Two statements on the protests (in Farsi)

بیانیه هایی برای تشکیل یک فروم چپ Iran, Third Voice: https://hopoi.org/farsi/farsi-statement-1.html Call for a ‘leftist forum’: https://hopoi.org/farsi/farsi-statement-2.html

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Iran protests continue

Yassamine Mather celebrates the current wave of mass protests, the youth, the bravery. However, lack of serious organisation, coordination and a strategic plan is a real problem that must be addressed The current wave of protests, which started almost two months ago, seem to be getting stronger with every day that passes. They are by… Continue reading Iran protests continue

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Statement on the death of Mahsa Amini and protests in Iran

1- The brutal murder of Mahsa Amini by the police of the Islamic Republic of Iran has led to nationwide protests lasting more than twenty days so far against this crime, against the Islamic Republic and against its mandatory hijab. Women, especially young women and students, have played a decisive role in this uprising. 2-… Continue reading Statement on the death of Mahsa Amini and protests in Iran

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Something has to give

Mahsa Amini’s killing at the hands of the morality police sparked protests in every province. The young, in particular female students and school students, refuse to be ruled in the old way. However, the Islamic regime seems determined to keep on using mass repression, fear and the cloak of religion, says Yassamine Mather The first… Continue reading Something has to give

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Putting two and two together

A new nuclear deal is now probably on the cards, says Yassamine Mather. But Iran’s conservatives, US Republicans and the Israeli government are fuming At a time when the western media is totally focussed on facts and fiction about Ukraine, we do not hear much about the Iran nuclear negotiations, even though a lot seems… Continue reading Putting two and two together

In the final round

Neither Russia nor China can afford to come to the rescue. Yassamine Mather shows that for Iran a great deal hangs on the results of the Vienna negotiations After months of discussion at the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action talks in Vienna, Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, Amir Abdollahian, admitted on January 24 that its… Continue reading In the final round

Dismal political failings

There can be no excuse for taking money and doing the bidding of neocons and reactionaries. Yassamine Mather savages the so-called ‘people’s tribunal’ which took place in London last week When Iranians ask me why the European and US left seems to have nothing to say about workers’ protests in Iran and at times appears… Continue reading Dismal political failings

Bitter fruit of imperialism

Islamist jihadism is a modern, not an ancient, phenomenon. Yassamine Mather looks at causes, social roots and terrible consequences In the aftermath of every Islamist terror attacks in America, Europe or the UK, such as the stabbing of Tory MP David Amess, we hear the ‘analysts’ and media pundits come up with the same nonsense… Continue reading Bitter fruit of imperialism

Centrality of class independence

Khomeini and the clergy completely outmanoeuvred the left. But it need not have been that way. In his second and concluding article on the role of oil workers in the 1979 revolution, Peyman Jafari stresses the complex nature of ideology and class consciousness On January 12 1979, two weeks after the Oil Strikes Coordinating Committee… Continue reading Centrality of class independence