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  • Rima Hassan: The Controversial Advocate of Palestinian Rights in France

    Rima Hassan: The Controversial Advocate of Palestinian Rights in France

    Rima Hassan, a 32-year-old legal scholar and activist, has made history by becoming the first French-Palestinian member of the European parliament. Her party, the left-wing France Unbowed (La France Insoumise, LFI), obtained 9.89 percent of the votes cast on EU elections and is now sending nine MEPs to Brussels. The…

  • Iranian Women in a Century’s Frame

    Iranian Women in a Century’s Frame

    In the early 20th century, Iran’s neutrality in World War I was undermined as it became a battleground for Russian, British, and Ottoman forces, leading to social upheaval, famine, and epidemics. Post-war, Iranian women began advocating for their rights, exemplified by Sediqeh Dowlatabadi’s magazine “Zaban-e Zanan” and protests by the…

  • Street Power: The Islamic Regime’s Worst Nightmare

    Street Power: The Islamic Regime’s Worst Nightmare

    Once, Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic, said that he would not “surrender to street challenges.” This was during the days of the Green Movement when the streets were filled with protesters, and the government’s response was an iron fist and the killing of protesters in the streets.…

  • Iran’s Youth vs. Theocracy: Iran After death of Raisi

    Iran’s Youth vs. Theocracy:
    Iran After death of Raisi

    Raisi is dead. A killer of thousands of innocent people who were executed with just a few questions. Some of these questions were: Is the prisoner willing to condemn the Mojahedin organization and its leader? Is the prisoner loyal to the ideals of the Mojahedin organization? And for the leftist…

  • The Challenge of Anti-Fascism in Western Leftist Politics

    The Challenge of Anti-Fascism in Western Leftist Politics

    The left-wing, while diligently opposing fascism domestically by promoting anti-racism, often falters internationally, owing to the intertwining of nationalism and religious fervor. Trotsky’s “uneven and combined development” elucidates this by revealing how variegated political and economic stages breed both progressive and reactionary ideals globally. Additionally, leftist factions in countries like…

  • Theology of Terror: How Religion Fuels Genocide in Gaza

    Theology of Terror:
    How Religion Fuels Genocide in Gaza

    When 100 days had passed since Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, Abu Ubaida (Hudhayfah Kahlout), the spokesman for Hamas’s military wing, spoke in a televised message about the reasons for the “Al-Aqsa Storm” operation. One of these reasons was forgotten among the many news reports and…

  • Palestine: Solidarity without Blind Spots

    Palestine: Solidarity without Blind Spots

    Marx’s analysis links primitive accumulation of capital and colonialism as two pillars of capitalist expansion, involving violent expropriation and exploitation tied to colonial ventures. This historical critique aligns with contemporary leftist debates in places like Greece, where the left grapples with anti-imperialist narratives and the ethical implications of alliances and…

  • Class Conflict and Redefining Socialism

    Class Conflict and Redefining Socialism

    The Islamic Republic is facing a crisis of hegemony; its political, economic, and cultural dominance is diminishing amidst internal discontent and defiance, particularly from the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement. In contrast, Turkey exemplifies the decline of political Islam in a less autocratic context. Historical communism’s struggles inform current leftist nationalism…

  • “Seven Winters in Tehran”, Fight for Saving Life

    “Seven Winters in Tehran”, Fight for Saving Life

    Documentary shock, “Seven winters in Tehran” by Steffi Niederzoll tells the story of Reyhaneh Jabbari, hanging for stabbing a man who wanted to rape her, and sheds light on the oppression of women in Iran. The production of “Seven Winters in Tehran,” co-produced by Germany and France, took more than…

  • Foucault, Iran Revolution, and the Question of Orientalism

    Foucault, Iran Revolution,
    and the Question of Orientalism

    After several decades, we think that Western intellectuals in 1979 were mistaken about the Iranian Revolution, or, at best, were deceived by the words and behavior of Islamist who oppressed the revolutionaries and the “tricks” of the their leaders. But this is true? Can we add that these were intellectuals…

  • War; Marxism vs. liberal left!

    War; Marxism vs. liberal left!

    Western reluctance to support Ukraine swiftly, international firms’ vested interests in Russia, and the right-wing’s indifference toward Russia’s expansionism are central themes. Global left-wing politics, accused of siding with Russian imperialism and neglecting issues like migration and the struggles in the Global South, demonstrate intellectual poverty. They overlook major geopolitical…

  • The Essence of Socialism is Human

    The Essence of Socialism is Human

    Mansoor Hekmat interpreted Marx’s thoughts to argue that social production and consciousness are products of human action, not precursors to existence. He asserted that revolutions, like the French, increase consciousness and transform society. Social arrangements like capitalism or socialism, while consciously constructed, do not define humanity. Hekmat emphasized that true…

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