Despite the differences in the historical experiences of African American freedom fighters and Syrian revolutionaries, both have something in common: Being treated as the dehumanized “other,” and suffering from the ways in which prejudice and discrimination have been used to impede their struggles for social justice.
Five years after the Syrian Revolution, many Iranians are still wondering why a popular revolution which demanded democracy, justice and equality turned into a holocaust of the Syrian people. Why was Bashar al-Assad’s fascistic regime able to remain in power? Why and how did sectarianism and religious fundamentalism grow? How did ISIS arise? What is the role of the Iranian government in bringing about the current disaster? What can be done to possibly reverse the current course of events? Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami’s Burning Country is a well-documented account that can answer these questions in a satisfactory way. Continue reading Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians: A Review of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War
Author: Shadi Amin
Date: June 13, 2016
Translated by Frieda Afary
Translator’s note: Shadi Amin is the author of Gender X (2015) and a number of other works on Iranian LGBT identities and the sexual torture of women political prisoners. She has also translated and published a collection of writings by Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde. She is one of the coordinators of the Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network in Germany. Below, she comments on a gunman’s massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
Below is a statement from a group of scholars and activists to protest the flogging of Iranian mine workers and to defend Iranian labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh who has been on a hunger strike since April 29, 2016. Background information and a statement issued by Jafar Azimzadeh and Esmail Abdi at the beginning of their hunger strike follow. For more information please see the website of the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (www.workers-iran.org) which has provided the translations below.
The following letter from Mothers of the Laleh Park in Iran has been addressed to Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nationas High Commissioner for Human Rights.