Down with the dictator!

April 4, 2011

About 100 people huddled together in icy San Francisco wind in Union Square Feb. 25 in solidarity with the “Day of Rage” protest in Iran. The Day of Rage was inspired by and in solidarity with the Egyptian protesters and the wave of protests by North African and Middle Eastern peoples. Over a year after [=>]

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The Iranian marathon to freedom

April 3, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

After nearly 14 months of apparent “quiescence,” once again Iranian cities erupted into street demonstrations, shocking the powers that be who had imagined, in their false consciousness, that the movement is all but dead!

Thus on Feb. 14 hundreds of thousands in cities throughout Iran came out to [=>]

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Readers’ Views (March-April 2011)

April 2, 2011

THE MIDDLE EAST EXPLODES: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER?

The Middle East events are bringing lots of people to talk about 1979 as well as the 2009 movements in Iran. I appreciated Raha’s essay in the Jan.-Feb. issue, Philosophy and Iran’s revolution: Where to now? because it raises the question of what could go wrong right now in [=>]

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Egyptian women define the struggle

March 28, 2011

For Egyptian women the oppression of the last decades was extreme. They could not report the harassment they experienced to anyone, and men face no consequences when they harass. Public spaces became very problematic for women: their very presence on the street was an opportunity for men to show their “manhood” by harassing them.

Despite a [=>]

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We need your help!

March 25, 2011

As the revolutions that began this year in Tunisia and Egypt spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa, they were recognized by masses of men, women and youth throughout the world, not as “far off events,” but as a new moment struggling to be born everywhere.

That moment has enveloped the massive protests in Wisconsin trying [=>]

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Women’s freedom and Marx’s dialectic

March 22, 2011

Essay
Woman as Reason

by Terry Moon

The contemporary nature of Marxist-Humanism is evident when one views the theory and practice of women’s liberation. Today that involves both an unprecedented attack on women’s rights–especially reproductive rights–now taking place in the U.S., and women’s creative activism in the revolutionary developments in the Middle East, where they are fighting repressive [=>]

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International Women’s Day and Iran

March 21, 2011

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya

Editor’s note: The first International Women’s Day was observed 100 years ago in March 1911. This year also marks the 32nd anniversary of the historic demonstration in Tehran, Iran, on International Women’s Day, March 8, 1979. On that day, women and supporters braved Islamic Guards and thugs allied with the [=>]

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Revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya shake world order

March 18, 2011

Across the Maghreb and Middle East there have been demonstrations and uprisings, from Bahrain to Algeria to Morocco, Sudan to Yemen to Iran. The revolts have included some of the lowest and deepest layers of the oppressed people and have seen the ruling classes of the world tremble.

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World in View: Neo-fascists in Israel

March 10, 2011

by Gerry Emmett

Dutch Rightist Geert Wilders, who has also visited New York to attack the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” visited the West Bank settlements last month to declare that Palestinians should leave, to live in Jordan. “There already is a Palestinian state, and that state is Jordan,” he lied. Wilders, who sometimes tries to present [=>]

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Women transforming the Middle East

February 21, 2011

Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East, by Isobel Coleman (Random House, 2010)

Many people in the Western world observe the fundamentalism, terrorism and oppression of women in Middle Eastern countries and assume Islam is the problem. In fact, many in the Middle East look upon women’s rights as a threat to [=>]

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Tunisia: a revolution

February 15, 2011

World in View
by Gerry Emmett

Protests have exploded in Tunisia and Algeria. On Dec. 17, in the city of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia, 26-year-old street vendor Mohammad Bouazizi doused himself in gasoline and burned himself to death in a despairing protest at the confiscation of his unlicensed fruit and vegetable cart.

Then on Dec. 22 another [=>]

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Support the revolutions of Egypt and Tunisia!

February 4, 2011

Feb. 3, 2011

Support the revolutions of Egypt and Tunisia!

When Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak unleashed his plainclothes security agents and hired thugs against the freedom fighters in Tahrir Square Feb. 2, it was not only to support his shaken and discredited 30-year regime. He was serving the interests of all rulers, in the Middle East and [=>]

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Deadly Middle East gamble: Attack on the Mavi Marmara

August 19, 2010

Photo by News & Letters. In response to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, especially the storming of ships bringing relief aid, hundreds of protesters closed down a terminal at the port of Oakland, Calif., on Jun. 20 to stop the Israeli Zim Shenzhen ship from unloading its cargo. Dockworkers honored the picket lines.

The current [=>]

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