While the COVID-19 virus continues to prey on vulnerable lives in Iran and across the globe, the governments of the US and Iran have both turned the crisis into another episode of political rivalry and propaganda exchange between themselves, erasing the root causes of the country’s healthcare crisis and turning the lives of 80 million people into a bargaining chip for political and economic gains.Continue reading For Iran and the US, public health is a political weapon
This panel offers an overview of the prison and refugee camp populations and situations in the U.S., Syria and Iran. It will address some key obstacles to the formation of a global prison abolitionist movement, offer ways of overcoming them and present ideas about an alternative to the capitalist carceral and authoritarian system. Please click on the link below and raise the volume to view this panel.Continue reading Toward a Global Prison Abolitionist Movement: Videorecording of a Panel
In Iran, the prison population is approximately 240,000, with no accurate count of political prisoners. The Iranian government’s effort to cover up the spread of the virus until late February has led to Iran’s population suffering the highest coronavirus death toll in the MENA region so far. There are currently reports of riots in prisons in Tabriz, Azarbaijan, Saqez, Kurdistan, Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Hamedan, as well as a hunger strike of 200 women prisoners in Urmia …Continue reading What Is Holding Back the Formation of a Global Prison Abolitionist Movement to Fight COVID-19 and Capitalism?
The eloquent statements and slogans voiced by the latest wave of mass protests in Iran seem to indicate that the uprising has entered a new stage. The efforts of the regime to derail the protests after the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani and to give the impression that the Iranian masses were on its side have proved to be wrong. While this regime still does have support from perhaps a quarter of the adult population, the majority are clearly opposed to it and want to see it overthrown.Continue reading Iran Popular Protests Against Regime Intensify in Response to Iran Downing of Passenger Plane