News & Letters,
June - July 2009
Specter of revolution stalks Iran's theocratic rulers
Tehran has seen massive outpourings, perhaps as many as three million June 15. Other cities, Isfahan, the Azeri city of Tabriz, Shiraz, and villages across Iran have also seen demonstrations and street fighting. ... Mass unrest has reached levels not seen since the Revolution of 1979.
The irrepressible spirit of revolutionary Iran
by Nazanin Afarin
Reminiscent of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, this mass movement has unleashed the fury of people who have endured 30 years of ruthless oppression. This feels like the same irrepressible spirit of the revolution 30 years ago--the same uncompromising will with full knowledge and acceptance of the bloody sacrifices that must be made in pursuit of freedom and justice.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
On the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution:
Revolution and counter-revolution
This is one of a series of Political-Philosophic Letters written by Raya Dunayevskaya during and after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. They were translated into Farsi and distributed by Iranian revolutionaries. Part II appears here. Part I appeared in the April-May News & Letters. The whole series was published in a pamphlet, Iran: Revolution and Counter-Revolution, and is available along with the Farsi edition.
Woman as Reason
The tragedy of Dr. Tiller's murder
The murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion fanatic is a tragedy. Tiller was a courageous freedom fighter and by all accounts a kind, generous, dedicated doctor.
Questions on Sotomayor
The Republican and right-wing hysterical attacks on President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor reveal not only how much is at stake with a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, but how afraid they are of a judge who identifies as a woman of color.
Gaza drowned in silence, despair and anguish
Gaza appears to have drowned in silence for now. It has all but vanished from the headlines. Not even Obama's speech in Cairo made mention of it. Amid the devastation and mass graves, with orphans roaming the streets for food, the Palestinians, in shock and disbelief, continue to ask: "Why?" and "How can we explain this to children?" This, they cry, was "a war of extermination."
Workers and labor supporters demonstrated on April 17 in front of Commercial Forged Products protesting racism, disrespect, arbitrary suspensions, and refusal to recognize the union president.
World in View
China 20 years after
Over 150,000 people marched in Hong Kong in the largest demonstration since 1989 to honor the thousands of workers and students killed by tanks and soldiers in and around Tiananmen Square 20 years ago on June 4.
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