Iran


US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

12 December 2018 An economic recession and a brutal government crackdown have put the people of Rojhilat in a precarious situation, writes Douglas Gerrard

Our bodies are a battleground

28 November 2018 Annahita Moradi reports on women fighting back against Iran's morality laws

By withdrawing from the Iran Deal, Trump is gambling with the future of the planet

10 May 2018 Jettisoning the deal risks nuclear escalation at a delicate time in Middle East relations, writes Kate Hudson from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Iran in the crosshairs again

2 March 2012 Sabre rattling against Iran is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean the threat of war isn’t real. Phyllis Bennis analyses the situation in the wider Middle East

Essay: Red Shi’ism, Iran and the Islamist revolution

17 October 2009 From the Iranian revolution to the Palestinian struggle, it has often been Islamic ideas that have inspired resistance to imperialism. Here, Alastair Crooke argues that the left needs a more complex understanding of the thinking, critical forms of political Islam

Essay response: How not to understand Islamist politics

17 October 2009 Saeed Rahnema argues that Alistair Crooke's understanding of the Iranian revolution and recent events is deeply flawed

Essay response: Which side are you on?

17 October 2009 Alastair Crooke's glorification of the Islamist movement is based on distortions and falsification, says Azar Majedi

The people reloaded

14 September 2009 Misguided western leftists may have their doubts about the Iranian mass movement against President Ahmadinejad's disputed election 'victory'. They should put them aside in the face of the new politics of revolt, write Morad Farhadpour and Omid Mehrgan

Support the Iranian people, oppose Tehran’s clerical fascism

9 February 2009 Peter Tatchell says solidarity with the Iranian freedom struggle is non-negotiable, no matter how much the US threatens a military strike

Women of the revolution

30 January 2009 Thirty years after the toppling of the Shah in Iran, Azar Sheibani looks at how Iranian women have defied the reign of misogynist terror

Attack Iran? Yes they can

4 August 2008 With US threats, Israeli military exercises and Iranian missile tests, it seems like a carefully choreographed build up to the next Middle East conflagration is under way. But can the US really risk a strike on Iran? Phyllis Bennis weighs up the evidence in conversation with Oscar Reyes

For the love of oil

1 December 2007 Iranian author Mehri Honarbin-Holliday reminds us of the nefarious history of the crushing of Iranian democracy by the US and UK, and describes the peaceful efforts of a new generation of Iranian youth to build it in the beleaguered circumstances of a sanctions-imprisoned Iran

West’s warmongering serves repression in Iran

1 November 2007 Iranian President Ahmadinejad has failed to deliver on his 2005 election promise to 'put the oil money on the people's tables'. The growing gap between millionaire mullahs and ordinary workers' incomes has led to a new labour movement, ranging from bus drivers to teachers. In this context, western aggression is a godsend for Ahmadinejad's regime, which uses the pretext of 'security threats' to crack down on strikers and militarise Iran, write Andreas Malm and Shora Esmailian

The last days of fundamentalist Iran

1 May 2003 As it became clear over the last few months that US-UK hostilities against Iraq would take the form of all-out war, Iran's Islamic government defined its foreign policy as one of 'active neutrality'.