Soviets in Iran: Is a Revolution Underway?

‘Nuevo Curso’ on the dynamic of resumed workers’ struggles (Haft Tapeh, Foolad Steel)

» We have been following the rise of the class struggle in Iran since last December. At the end of last year a wave of mass strikes spread, crossing the border of Iraqi Kurdistan, to mobilize the whole of the workers in Iran. (1) The workers took to the streets and, what is most important: they did it under their own leadership, without subordinating themselves to the petty bourgeoisie of the bazaar and the university that rejected the movement. This massive and class character of the movement prevented widespread repression and temporarily halted the course towards aggravation of the war in the Middle East. It so much frightened the ruling classes that, when protest mobilizations began in Jordan, all powers allied to inject billions (2) and stop the movement before it reached a maturity similar to that of Iran. «

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Which solidarity with the arrested workers of Haft Tapeh?

A contribution for discussion

The following article from the ‘Arbeidersstemmen’ blog presents some reflections on the actual resumption of proletarian struggles in Iran; on certain echoes to the regime’s persistent attempts at cruelly repressing their upsurge, and on some political lessons to take. It proposes a number of urgent questions for discussion among internationalists.

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Iraq: The Sequels of the War against Daesh

Échanges et Mouvement’ on this summer’s mass revolt in Iraq

The Shatt al-Arab is the common estuary of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, more than a kilometer wide, in the proximity of Iran and Kuwait, and with Basra and Abadan as centers on the Iraqi and Iranian side respectively. In the 1950s it was still a prosperous region, not only because of the oil, but also for an incredible ecological riches, adapted to the salty sea water and the fresh water of the rivers, [surrounded by] more than 15 million palm trees and a great agricultural riches.

Three wars (Iraq – Iran 1980 – 1988, the Gulf war of 1990 – 1991 and the Iraq war of 2003), the bloody repression by Saddam Hussein in 1991, the present instability because of the Syrian conflict and the penetration of Daesh have annihilated this prosperity, and have caused irreparable damages to the ecological riches as well as to the agricultural activities. Moreover this annihilation has been aggravated by important punctures of the two rivers’ waters by Turkey, Iran, Kurdistan and the region of Baghdad. An inhabitant of the city of Basra sees it as follows: “Today the canals of the city are prone to filth. The turbines of the electricity plants stand still and the city of oil survives almost without electricity and drinking water. Half of the inhabitants are without a job.”

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Two internationalist statements on the American withdrawal from the Iranian ‘nuclear agreement’

Both ‘Nuevo Curso’ (Spain) and the ‘International Group of the Communist Left’ (France, Canada) have reacted swiftly to the news on Tuesday May 8 of the (expected) withdrawal from the 2015 ‘nuclear agreement’ with Iran by the USA, putting out first statements on its significance and implications.

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Syria: The Real Significance of the US Bombardment

F.D.  (Battaglia Comunista) on the Syrian War campaign

The “surprise attack” in Syria by the USA, the UK and France on Saturday April 14, highlights the level of escalation of the inter-imperialist tensions and confrontations currently attained. As one of the first groups in the internationalist communist Left, the ICT has published a statement, which analyses this situation as an expression of the tendency towards a generalizing of local and regional wars, and clearly points out what is at stake. We recommend this important contribution to our readers.  (AFRD)

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Bombardment in Syria: What is to be done in face of war?

‘Nuevo Curso’ apropos of the US “surprise attack” of April 14

» We woke up this morning with the news of the allied attack on Syria. The USA, French and British armies have launched more than 100 shells on Syrian soil, including Damascus and Homs. The objectives, according to the official versions, were the sites and arsenals of chemical weapons. The situation had reached a point of no return and all the actors expected an imminent attack. (1)

This attack is another example of the criminal development of war tensions around the world. Each of the imperialist capitalisms both in the region – Syria itself, Turkey, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel, even Greece and Egypt, now in the second row – as well as in the capitalist centers – France, USA, Great Britain, Germany – they see in the Mediterranean Levant a strategic border where their respective ambitions collide. Continue reading “Bombardment in Syria: What is to be done in face of war?”

Have we escaped a new world war?

‘Nuevo Curso’ on the latest escalation of war tensions over Syria

» Inter-imperialist tensions have been growing for the past six months: Korea, Turkey, the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Syria and Yemen… The economic press is already talking about the globalization of war and the decomposition of Europe as the main risk in the immediate future. The big media are again asking about the possibility of a world war with a naturalness that has not been seen in thirty years. In the background, yet very visible, the trade war feeds new “doctrines of national security” (1) from China to the US, from Russia to South Africa, which gives each clash of interests the potentiality of escalating and incorporating agents into a chain reaction. Continue reading “Have we escaped a new world war?”

Is the defense of Afrin proletarian internationalism?

Abstract

The Turkish invasion of Northern Syria, with the declared goal of expelling the Kurdish YPG from the Turkish border, has caused various reactions from organizations that rely on anarchism, socialism or communism. (…) in this case we see that groups and individuals who orient themselves at the Communist Left are influenced by left bourgeois positions. (…) In Germany, this concerns the Council communist Workers’ League” RKAB and the “Friends of the Classless Society”.(1) Some Marxist humanists in the United States arrive at a similar defense of Rojava in a different way. Two articles about the Turkish invasion of Syria have been published on the website “The International Marxist-Humanist”. (…) The two articles on the Afrin conflict are published on behalf of the CPRSJ, the Coalition for Peace, Revolution and Social Justice, a platform of local branches of various organizations (in Los Angeles or California), including IMHO. The quotations from a speech and an article published on this platform, taken from “The International Marxist-Humanist”, should therefore not simply be attributed to IMHO, let alone to other Marxist-humanistic organizations. But they did not contradict the position taken either.

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Turkish military Invasion of Northern Syria

‘Nuevo Curso’: Is Turkey starting a World War?

» 2018 started with the USA announcing the creation of a “security zone” on the Syrian-Turkish border on the basis of the Kurdish YPG-PKK forces … which precipitated a predictable Turkish military deployment.

In 1984 the PKK opened a cruel war against the Turkish State. Massacres and crimes against humanity on both sides cost the lives of between 25,000 and 30,000 people, many of them, especially during the first ten years, were Kurdish peasants from rural areas and Kurdish politicians from urban areas who did not accept the hegemony of Öcalan’s new power and the establishment of his personality cult. Throughout its history, the PKK relied, at different stages, on neighbors and rivals of Turkey, while simultaneously maintaining camps and military bases in the Syria of the father of the current al Assad and in the Iran of the ayatollahs. The PKK, which was financed for years by channeling heroin trafficking to Europe, became an ally of both China and Qaddafi, the IRA and the Shining Path. In short: the PKK wanted to establish a territory in Turkey at any price and the PKK would pay any price to destabilize the Ottoman giant. Therefore, from the perspective of the Turkish State, the American game today is perceived in a similar way the Spanish state would perceive the situation if, after a civil war in France, the USA decided to “secure the border” [for its Spanish ally] on the French side of the Atlantic Pyrenees [in the French war zone] with a force of 3,000 ETA-militants.  Continue reading “Turkish military Invasion of Northern Syria”

The movement in Iran is a practical refutation of Leninism

A critique of the positions defended by some groups of the communist Left

» The movements of workers in Iran seem to have been ignored for a long time by groups that refer to the internationalist Communist Left. The Spanish group Nuevo Curso who relies on the Spanish Left of De Munis (1) immediately pre­sented the two articles adopted in this ‘Digest’s’ issue: “Mobilizations of workers in the Middle East” (12/29/2017) and Why is the movement in Iran in reflux?(01/03/2018). While, at the time of writing, no analysis is yet available from vari­ous Bordigist groups, the ICT and the ICC have recently presented their analyzes. The ICT de­cided to postpone an English translation of both articles from Nuevo Curso to its forthcoming printed version of Revolutionary Perspectives. On its website it has published an article, “Iranian Protests against Austerity” (2) with some notable differences compared to the texts written by Nuevo Curso. The same differences also appear in two articles of the ICC about the movements in Iran. (3) Such a fraternal unanimity of ICT and the ICC is remarkable, given their years of open mutual hostility.  Continue reading “The movement in Iran is a practical refutation of Leninism”