Trump’s Travel Ban Grants Iran’s Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals

According to Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran,  If Trump’s “executive order had been in effect in 2009, it would have prevented Iranian dissidents, including Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, from entering the United States to speak about the Islamic Republic’s violent repression of pro-democracy protesters who disputed the results of the presidential election that year. . .This order has left those Iranians most vulnerable to persecution, at the mercy of the Islamic Republic,”   Below is the text of a press release from the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

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Open Letter from Iranian Political Prisoner, Arash Sadeghi

Arash Sadeghi started his hunger strike on October 24, 2016 after his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraei  was sentenced to six years in prison for writing an unpublished story about the barbaric practice of stoning women.  He ended his hunger strike on January 3, 2017 after Golrokh was given a  prison furlough.  In this open letter to his supporters he statesthe issue is not only  my wife Golrokh Iraei  as an individual and as my wife.  She is the symbol of all the girls, women and even men in this country whose basic human rights are being violated and have become innocent victims.”

Update:  On January 24, 2017,  Arash Sadeghi resumed his hunger strike after Golrokh Ebrahimi was returned to Evin prison by Iranian authorities.

 

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The Tragedy of the Syrian Revolution and the Responsibilities of Socialists

The inaction of the majority of the global Left in face of the Syrian regime/Russia/Iran perpetrated massacre in Aleppo is the sign of a very deep problem.  In this article, I will attempt to explore the roots of this problem in order to draw out some lessons about what socialists can do now.  ( This article was originally published by the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists on December 6, 2016.)

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Election of Donald Trump Marks Regression to Authoritarianism

Although Trump’s message has been against “big government,” in fact his economic plan which mainly consists of tax cuts for large companies and massive spending cuts in the public sector, does not contradict the rule of a strong state/army.  His authoritarianism might be similar to what we have seen in emerging economies such as Russia and China during the past 25 years.

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Challenging Intellectuals Who Justify Iranian Imperialism; Searching for Socialist Solidarity

Below is a summary of a longer article by two Iranian socialists who are opposed to Iran’s military intervention in Syria.  This summary is followed by a response from Frieda Afary and Joseph Daher.  Both pieces were originally published on the website of the Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists on September 10, 2016.  http://www.allianceofmesocialists.org/challenging-intellectuals-justify-iranian-imperialism-searching-socialist-solidarity/

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