Lessons of the Syrian Revolution for Iranians: A Review of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

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

Iranian LGBT Activist and Writer Comments on Orlando Florida Massacre

Author:  Shadi Amin

Date: June 13, 2016

Source:  https://www.facebook.com/shadi.aminn/posts/10154274781209521

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.

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Solidarity with Iranian Workers: Free Labor Activist Jafar Azimzadeh

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.

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