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Iran

1979: Iran - Revolution and counter revolution

Iran’s clerical rulers are celebrating the fifth anniversary of their “Islamic Republic". They do so against a background of temporary economic stability and in a country where all open opposition has been mercilessly crushed. Read more...

Iran’s “nuclear weapons programme”: seeking a pretext for the next big oil robbery.

The release of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday 23 August found no evidence that Iran has been working on a secret nuclear weapons programme. The report was commissioned after traces of enriched uranium were found in equipment at Iran’s nuclear facilities two years ago. Iran’s claim that the uranium samples came form contaminated equipment bought second-hand from Pakistan has been vindicated. Read more...

Iranian clerical dictatorship rigs elections

The supreme leader of the Iranian Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared last week's parliamentary elections a great success for the existing regime and a blow to blow to Iran's enemies, namely George Bush. Read more...

Boycott the elections! Down with the Islamic republic!

This Friday – 20 February – elections to Iran's parliament will take place. But most Iranians entitled to vote won't take part. Perhaps one in three across the country will go to the polls – but it could be as low as one in ten in the capital Tehran. Read more...

Stop the clerics creeping coup

On 5 May the second round of Iran’s rigged election took place. The result was a victory for the reform wing of the Islamic regime: but its triumph could be short-lived. Read more...

Iranian government clamps down on opposition

More than 2,000 students and workers are currently being tortured in Iranian jails after the Islamist regime moved to crush a nationwide rebellion over the summer months. A number of prisoners are already believed to have been killed. Read more...

SWP: wrong positions on Iran and Iraq

‘The war is no longer just a conflict between two ruling classes fighting for domination of the region . . . The war now is one in which Iran faces the world’s mightiest imperial power (the USA—WP) and its European and Arab allies. Under these circumstances socialists are not neutral... We are with the Iranians—for the defeat of the whole coalition of forces, including Iraq, that is ranged against them.’
(Socialist Worker Review December 1987). Read more...

The Shoras and the Shah

Mark Hoskisson reviews Workers and Revolution in Iran, by Assef Bayat (Zed Books, London 1987, 227pp, £7.95) Read more...

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