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. […]

A jailed trade union leader is on hunger strike in Iran. Help us secure his release

The TUC is demanding the immediate release of Esmail Adbi, jailed by the Iranian regime for defending workers’ rights. The TUC is supporting an Amnesty International campaign for the immediate release of jailed Iranian teacher and trade union leader Esmail […]

FREE TEACHER TRADE UNIONIST ON HUNGER STRIKE

Esmail Abdi – an Iranian maths teacher and trade unionist – was arrested on 27 June 2015 after voluntarily going to Evin prison to ask why he’d been banned from travel. He was planning to attend the global union Education […]

Iranian Teachers Jailed, Shackled After Peaceful Protest

Retired and active Iranian teachers demonstrate outside Tehran’s planning & budget office, May 10, 2018, to demand greater government funding for education. In this image protesters hold a sign advocating free education for Iranian children. Iranian security forces later broke […]

 

Iranian teachers’ leader on hunger strike

Jailed Iranian teachers’ leader Esmail Abdi has gone on hunger strike in protest at his continuing unlawful detention and the “massive violations of civil rights of teachers and workers in Iran”. Mr Abdi, of the Trade Association of Teachers in Tehran, was […]

Imprisoned Iranian teacher, Esmail Abdi, to begin hunger strike as of 17th April 2018

Esmail Abdi: “I will start hunger strike in protest against widespread violation of civil rights of teachers and workers.” This spring of 2018 is also the fortieth spring since the revolution, a revolution which promised overcoming dictatorship, establishing democracy, creating […]

Solidarity with hunger strikers demanded

8th April 2018 Press release For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has called for the immediate release of hunger striking human rights activists unjustly held in Iranian prisons. Following their arrest without […]

“When God Sleeps”: An Iranian musician critiques his society

Till Schaudner’s new documentary When God Sleeps is a robust, thoughtful account of punk rocker Shahin Najafi’s struggle to have his music and ideas heard despite death threats from the Iranian government. Shahin grew up in a small northern Iranian town near […]

Jailed Iranian teacher wins major solidarity award

1st April 2018 Press release For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR), has today welcomed the conferring of an International Solidarity Award upon a jailed Iranian trade unionist by one of the UK’s […]

NASUWT INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AWARD FOR IRANIAN TEACHERS LEADER

IMMEDIATE 1 APRIL 2018 The NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has today presented its International Solidarity Award to Esmail Abdi at its Annual Conference in Birmingham.   The award was presented to Mr Abdi in recognition of his commitment to fighting for the […]

Iran nuclear deal ‘won’t outlast Trump’s first term’ in office

The Iranian nuclear deal has looked very fragile since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 but, so far, the U.S. president has been persuaded to leave the agreement alone. That position is not likely to last much longer, […]

UNISON calls for the release of Iranian Trade Union Leader Esmail Abdi

Public sector trade union activists attending the annual International Seminar in Newcastle upon Tyne, 23 – 25 March 2018, called for the release from prison of Esmail Abdi, Iranian teacher trade union leader. Participants in the seminar included International Officers […]

Bolton’s appointment is bad news for the Iranian people

JANE GREEN assesses the implications of the return of the rightwinger for Iran, its protesting workers, the nuclear deal and the Middle East DURING the administration of George W Bush, the under secretary of state for arms control, one John […]

CODIR warns against the threat of a new war- The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran

Everyone knows Bolton is a hawk. Less understood is how he labored in secret to drive Washington and Tehran apart. By GARETH PORTER • March 22, 2018 In my reporting on U.S.-Israeli policy, I have tracked numerous episodes in which the United States […]