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strike on October 24, 2016 after his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi-Iraei was sentenced to six years in prison for writing an unpublished story about the barbaric practice of stoning women.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 states: “the 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.”
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.)
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.
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/
Recent developments in the Middle East show that states which have been seemingly at opposite ends concerning the war in Syria, or states that have been historically hostile to each other in the post-World War II period have come together to form new alliances. Existing alliances between Russia, China, Iran and Syria have also been strengthened. All aim to maintain the brutal and authoritarian Assad regime (with or without Assad), and reject the Kurdish right to self-determination.
All these developments further underline the fact that the countries playing the imperialist role in the Middle East today, are not only the U.S. and Israel. Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are also acting as imperialist powers in the region.