Below is the text of Frieda Afary’s presentation to a group of international labor activists on June 10, 2018.
At a time when the Trump administration is increasing sanctions and war threats against Iran, a wave of teachers’ protests in the U.S. and Iran can create the possibility for international labor solidarity instead of militarist ideological brainwashing. In this article, I would like to offer some details about the teachers’ protests in both countries, ask what they have in common and how U.S. teachers can learn from Iranian teachers’ demands.
For Iran, the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Nuclear Agreement will mean crushing sanctions and direct or continued indirect war declared by Israel and Saudi Arabia with U.S. support. For the Middle East, it will mean further destruction and regional imperialist competition. For the world, it will mean further division between the U.S. and the European Union and further global imperialist competition.
Raoul Peck’s Young Karl Marx has succeeded in presenting a holistic view of the young Marx and his time that also speaks movingly to the problems of our time . . . Three aspects stand out as unique: I. Marx’s concept of organization; II. Marx’s challenge to the French Anarchist thinker, Pierre Proudhon; III. The role of women.