Category: News & Analysis

Iran: national teachers’ strike could herald new era of dissent

Iran witnessed a nationwide strike by teachers on October 14-15. Iranian social media exploded with photos and videos of the teachers’ sit-ins at elementary and high schools across more than a dozen cities. Official Iranian media completely ignored the strike, however, while mainstream media abroad largely […]

Struggling To Make Ends Meet, Iranian Teachers Go On Strike

Teachers are protesting what they say are their low wages. News reports and social-media posts suggest that dozens of teachers across Iran have reportedly refused to appear in classrooms. Instead, they appear to be staging sit-ins to protest low wages. […]

Neoliberal Economics: The Plague of Iran’s Economy

The Iranian economy is mired in a deep recession. The real or productive sector of the economy is paralyzed, largely by out-of-control (and often illicit) imports that have replaced domestic production. Rent seeking, corruption and the looting of national resources […]

German Auto Giant Daimler Quits Iran, Citing U.S. Sanctions Threat

German auto giant Daimler halted its business activities in Iran hours after U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to block any company operating in Iran from selling in the vast U.S. marketplace. “We have suspended our already limited activities in Iran […]

Minister Says Unemployment Will Skyrocket In Iran

As the first round of reimposed U.S. sanctions against Iran takes effect, the Iranian economy is taking a beating, and Iran’s leaders are expressing concern about maintaining social cohesion in the face of increasing economic pressures. Iran’s Minister of Cooperatives, […]

Iran & Sanctions: A Prelude to War?

Iran: Sanctions & War Dispatches From The Edge May 29, 2018 The question is: has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the determination of the Bush administration to invade Iraq in […]

IRAN – Water crisis escalates as protests in towns grow

Morning Star reports, Thursday 19 July 2018 WATER shortages are becoming a “political issue” in Iran, the left-wing Tudeh Party of Iran warned yesterday as protests across many towns and cities continue to grow. International secretary, Navid Shomali, told the […]

Bolton, MEK and Trump Iran Strategy

There are growing indications that the Trump administration plans to use the Mojahedin-e Khalq (People’s Mojahedin of Iran, or MEK) as a key element in its strategy to destabilize Iran preparatory to regime change. On June 30 Trump’s personal lawyer […]

Iran & Sanctions: A Prelude to War?

May 29, 2018 The question is: has the Trump administration already made a decision to go to war with Iran, similar to the determination of the Bush administration to invade Iraq in the aftermath of the 2001 attacks on New […]

Iran: Teachers’ Rights Advocate Mohammad Habibi Still In Detention

Mohammad Habibi, a member of the board of directors of the Teacher’s Trade Association of Tehran who was beaten and arrested on May 10 Tehran’s teachers gathering, has been held in the Great Tehran Penitentiary without access to legal representation. […]