These are not “confrontations” or “clashes” as the mainstream media and Western governments are saying. We are dealing with the deliberate crimes of an occupying, colonial and racist force against unarmed protesters.
Currently, the military interventions of the Islamic Republic in the region and especially in Syria have become so deadly, and the possibility of military attacks from the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran have increased so much, that the Iranian labor movement cannot take a step forward without declaring its open opposition to the militarism of the Iranian state and all these states.
In this paper, I would like to address four questions: 1. Is capitalism inherently authoritarian, and if so, why? 2. What economic and ideological factors can account for the current rise of authoritarianism in the U.S. 3. What is New About Trump’s Authoritarianism? 4. How can it be effectively challenged?
Those who oppose both the Assad regime and the Jihadists and all the imperialist powers, need to focus on a glaring fact: Support for Assad and Putin has become a rallying cry for Western white supremacist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic organizations and parties. We need to show that opposing the Assad regime’s war on the Syrian masses is absolutely necessary for fighting the growth of white supremacy in the U.S. and other Western countries. Indeed it is necessary for challenging the growth of capitalist authoritarianism around the world. Assad’s Syria could be our future.
“The Free Union of Iranian Workers considers itself part of the movement for liberation from gender discrimination and any type of inequality in the social life of human beings. Thus we condemn the attacks on justice-seeking and freedom-loving women and men in front of the Ministry of Labor. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all who have been arrested in front of this ministry, and the cancellation of the judgments issued against the Daughters of Revolution Avenue, an end to their prosecution and an end to all the forms of discrimination that have been forced upon the women of Iran during the past four decades.”