Mass arrest of trade unionists in Karaj

Yesterday, Friday 15th of June at 12 noon 60 members of the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ organizations and a number of labor activists were arrested in the city of Karaj. According to the latest news, Mitra Homayooni, Vafa Ghaderi, Reyhaneh Ansari, Khaled Hosseini, Mahmoud Salehi, Saeed Moghaddam, Cyrus Fathi, Ghaleb Hoss are amongst… Continue reading Mass arrest of trade unionists in Karaj

Arash Sadeghi and Hossein Ronaghi on Hunger Strike – Solidarity needed

Below is an article which appeared on the Iranian website Eshterak reporting on the barbaric treatment of two political prisoners. On Thursday May 24th, Arash Sadeghi, Iranian student and political prisoner finally was allowed to receive a visit from his grandfather after 130 days of detention. This visit took place in section 209 of Evin… Continue reading Arash Sadeghi and Hossein Ronaghi on Hunger Strike – Solidarity needed

Clandestine gay rights rally in Tehran

‘It’s not easy to be gay in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A recent United Nations report decried “harassment, persecution, cruel punishment and even the death penalty.” Because Islamic law requires four adult male witnesses to prosecute sodomy, Iranian police typically seek confessions, often through torture. Women, easier to convict, are given 100 lashes for… Continue reading Clandestine gay rights rally in Tehran

We demand the immediate release of Dr. Fariborz Raisdana!

We demand the immediate release of Dr. Fariborz Raisdana! On Monday the 20th of May, Dr Raisdana – academic, leftwing economist and writer – was arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison. He is a well known intellectual, economist, social activist and member of the Iranian writers’ association. He has published several books and… Continue reading We demand the immediate release of Dr. Fariborz Raisdana!

A letter by death row prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi for May 9

Execution is a weapon of choice for the Iranian regime when dealing with trade unionists, leftists, and  Iran’s ethnic minorities. Below we link to a letter by death row prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, of Iran’s Kurdish minority. After a trial lasting 20 minutes,  the pair were convicted for allegedly assassinating the son of a… Continue reading A letter by death row prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi for May 9

May Day protest

May Day protest of workers outside the Shahab Khodro car plant. The placard says:  “We are hungry”

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Stop press: Majid Tamjidi to speak at Hopi school

The veteran labour activist and political analyst Majid Tamjidi, who now lives in exile, will be joining our weekend school on Saturday April 21 at 2.30pm. He will address the vital issue of ‘How sanctions and the Islamic regime destroy the Iranian working class’. His intervention comes at a time when thousands of jobs are… Continue reading Stop press: Majid Tamjidi to speak at Hopi school

Protest against extradition to Iran of two labour activists!

Bina Darabzand, a leading member of the Consistency Committee to Establish Workers’ Organizations in Iran, and his son Oktai, a journalist and blogger, have recently fled Iran due to threats by the Islamic Republic regime against their lives and security. They have sought refugee status in Turkey; however, they remain under pressure from the Turkish… Continue reading Protest against extradition to Iran of two labour activists!

Recommended readings by Iraj Seif

Iraj Seif is an Iranian economist and blogger. His recent articles include: – The risk of famine in Iran:  http://www.viewpointonline.net/risk-of-famine-in-iran.html – A dangerous game in Tehran (about the conflict between Khamenei and Ahmadinejad: http://www.viewpointonline.net/a-dangerous-game-in-tehran.html – The political economy of contemporary Iran: http://iranistudies.blogspot.com/2011/09/political-economy-of-comtemporary-iran.html More articles on http://iranistudies.blogspot.com/