Website & Statement of the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists

Below is the statement of the newly formed Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists.  For the Arabic and the Persian versions,  please go the the newly launched trilingual website of the Alliance at http://www.allianceofmesocialists.org/

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The Rise, Decline and Return of Marxist Feminism

by Frieda Afary and Farzaneh Raji

In this introduction to the forthcoming Persian translation of Heather Brown’s  Marx on Gender and the Family:  A Critical Study (Brill Press, 2012 and Haymarket Press, 2013), the translators situate Brown’s work in the context of the various tendencies within Marxist feminism from the 1970s to today, and their different explanations of the relationship of gender oppression to capitalism.  They discuss Brown’s assessment of Marx  and feminist critiques of Marx by asking four questions:  1. Did Marx consider the sexual division of labor “natural?”  2.  What is the relationship of capitalist value production to the realm of reproduction, including the family?  3.   What are the major differences between Marx and Engels on the origins of women’s oppression?  4.  What was the concept of women’s emancipation in Marx’s activities, journalism and his life?  The Persian original of this introduction was published by Naqd-e Iqtisad-e Siasi on March 8, 2016.  See https://pecritique.com/2016/03/07/%D8%B8%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%8C-%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%88%D9%84-%D9%88-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%DA%AF%D8%B4%D8%AA-%D9%81%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D9%85-%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B1%DA%A9%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C/

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Iranian Intellectuals Analyze/Oppose Iran’s Role in Syria

Editorial note from Frieda Afary
On October 30, 2015 when the U.S., Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and several other nations held a conference to discuss the fate of Syria, the Persian-language human rights website, Zamaneh, launched a special page entitled “War in the Region and Iran’s Share of Responsibility.” http://www.radiozamaneh.com/243343

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My Letter to Jewish Journal on Iranian Jews & Iran Nuclear Agreement

Below is a brief letter which I sent to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal in response to three articles published in the August 14, 2015 issue, under the headline, “Local Iranian Community Fears Deal Has Hidden Dangers.”

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