Iran

IAEA dossier heightens danger of war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2011

As in the war against Iraq, the latest allegations about Iranian weapons of mass destruction are nothing but a threadbare pretext for further aggression against Tehran, including further sanctions and ultimately military attack.

US/Britain prepare for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2011

The war plans are not being driven by concerns over Iran’s nuclear program but by deepening inter-imperialist rivalry, fuelled by the worsening global economic crisis.

Washington and Iran: The reckless policy of provocation

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2011

With the fabricated allegations of an Iranian “terror plot,” US imperialism is seeking to advance its global interests by means of provocations and threats of military aggression.

US steps up sanctions and threats against Iran over alleged terror plot

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2011

The White House announced new sanctions against Iran, while Vice President Biden warned that “nothing has been taken off the table” in the US response to an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.

Obama administration alleges Iranian terrorist plot

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2011

The claims could provide the pretext for a dramatic escalation of punitive US measures against Iran over a range of issues.

Case of jailed Americans highlights infighting in Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 20 September 2011

As the country’s economic and social crisis has deepened, a political struggle has opened up between Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Khamenei.

Iran’s Green Protests: Elite power struggle intensifies as Supreme Leader nears death

By Sahand Avedis, 8 March 2011

In the midst of an historic uprising of the working class in North Africa and the Middle East directed against the region’s authoritarian US-backed regimes, Iran’s rightwing Green opposition has failed to relaunch itself.

Iran and the Egyptian revolution

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2011

The government of Iran, the right-wing Green Movement opposition and the Obama administration in Washington have all sought to invoke the developments in Egypt to further interests that have nothing to do with this revolutionary upsurge.

International talks over Iran’s nuclear program collapse

By Peter Symonds, 24 January 2011

The chief focus of US efforts to tighten sanctions is not so much Iran, but China, which has become the target of an aggressive campaign to undermine its influence internationally.

Cables expose US-Israeli war talks

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2011

US diplomatic cables quoted by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten expose discussions between US legislators and Israeli officials on preparations for the next Middle East war.

Iran imposes huge increases in fuel and food prices

By Keith Jones, 24 December 2010

Iran’s government has imposed massive hikes in the prices of subsidized goods and services, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electricity, water and flour. The price hikes, which came into effect last Sunday, are the first stage in what is now expected to be a two-step elimination of the government’s more than $100 billion price-subsidy program.

Iranian filmmaker sentenced to six years in jail

By Richard Phillips, 23 December 2010

Iranian authorities have framed up acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi who now faces six years’ jail and is banned from making films, writing scripts, giving interviews or travelling abroad for the next 20 years.

Leaked cables show Australian intelligence discounted Iranian threat

By James Cogan, 16 December 2010

Diplomatic cables sent to Washington by the US embassy in Canberra reveal that Australian intelligence agencies were concerned that Israel would exploit Iran’s alleged nuclear program to start a war.

US and Israel use sabotage and assassinations to thwart Iran’s nuclear program

By Keith Jones, 14 December 2010

The recent assassination of a scientist on the streets of Teheran is part of an escalating campaign of murder and sabotage mounted by the US and its allies against Iran’s nuclear program.

New WikiLeaks revelations confirm

Obama administration targets Iran for aggression

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2010

The Obama administration has devoted enormous attention and effort to a worldwide campaign to destabilize Iran and open the way to direct military aggression, the latest mass of documents released by WikiLeaks confirms.

Mounting US war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2010

Leading Republican Senator Lindsey Graham signaled a turn following the midterm elections toward the escalation of US threats against Iran, calling for an all-out war that would “neuter” the country.

US tightens economic blockade of Iran

By Peter Symonds, 8 October 2010

The Obama administration is using the threat of US penalties to ramp up the pressure on banks, companies and governments internationally to cut economic ties with Iran.

Obama threatens Iran

By Alex Lantier, 6 August 2010

At a White House briefing Wednesday, President Obama personally joined the growing chorus of war threats against Iran coming from Washington and its allies.

EU, Australia and Canada impose tough sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2010

While promoted as means of pressuring Iran, the sanctions are a further escalation of a dangerous confrontation that is setting the stage for war.

Harsh new US penalties against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2010

US President Obama has signed into law new measures against Iran that have the potential to heighten tensions, not only with Tehran, but America’s European and Asia rivals.

US and EU impose extra sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2010

The latest US-led unilateral penalties set the stage for an escalating confrontation with Iran, which has denounced them as “illegal”.

One year after Iran’s presidential election

By Peter Symonds, 12 June 2010

Today marks one year since the presidential election in Iran triggered a bitter factional struggle in the Iranian ruling elite that erupted in the form of the Green movement.

UN Security Council tightens sanctions on Iran

By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2010

The UN Security Council’s fourth sanctions resolution against Iran, part of a US-led effort to isolate and weaken the Tehran regime, will be used to justify even more provocative actions against Iran.

US turns up heat on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 4 June 2010

Amid overblown press reports that Iran is building a nuclear weapon, the US and its European allies are pushing for new sanctions against Tehran in the UN Security Council this month.

Jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi on hunger strike

By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2010

Acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been jailed for more than two months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.

US presses ahead with UN sanctions against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 May 2010

The Obama administration introduced a resolution into the UN Security Council on Tuesday to impose new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs.

Green protests fall flat

Lessons of Iran’s May Day

By Sahand Avedis, 8 May 2010

Iranian workers and teachers spurned the call of Green movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi for massive demonstrations on May Day. The Green leaders had hoped to relaunch their antigovernment agitation by tapping into growing working class discontent.

Iran, the US and the UN nuclear conference

By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2010

The Obama administration and the US media have exploited the Iranian president’s visit to New York to again threaten Iran over its nuclear programs and demonise the Iranian president.

Rumblings of new war in the Middle East

By Keith Jones, 20 April 2010

US and Israeli threats point to the danger of a new military conflagration in the Middle East.

Washington nuclear conference promotes US campaign against Iran, North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2010

President Barack Obama opened the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington Monday, a two-day event that, in the guise of promoting disarmament and opposing terrorism, seeks to line up international support for the US campaign to isolate, pressure and ultimately overthrow the governments of Iran and North Korea.

New US nuclear doctrine targets Iran, North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2010

The new Nuclear Posture Review issued by the Pentagon Tuesday is being hailed by the Obama administration’s apologists as a step towards global nuclear disarmament. It is nothing of the kind.

Ahmadinejad retreats in clash over Iran’s budget

Slashing of subsidies to begin

By Keith Jones, 2 April 2010

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has backed down from a confrontation with the country’s parliament over the implementation of a politically explosive plan to phase out $100 billion worth of price subsidies for gasoline, electricity, public transport, bread and other food staples.

US escalates threats against Iran

By Barry Grey, 1 April 2010

At two forums this week, the United States and its main allies stepped up their threats against Iran, citing the country’s alleged nuclear weapons ambitions and pledging to impose a fourth round of sanctions against the regime in Tehran.

Is a US attack on Iran imminent?

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2010

In recent weeks there have been a series of press reports as well as statements by military experts that strongly indicate that either the Obama administration or the Israeli government, or both, may be moving toward an attack on Iran.

Washington ratchets up war threats against Iran

By Patrick Martin, 29 March 2010

The Obama administration is ratcheting up its war threats against Iran, in a calculated effort to provoke a crisis with Tehran which could produce a general war in the Middle East.

US prepares for military confrontation with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2010

An article in the Scottish-based Sunday Herald last weekend indicated that the Obama administration is keeping open the “military option” against Iran.

US presses for new UN sanctions against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2010

The US-led push for tougher sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program intensified this week with the circulation of a draft UN Security Council resolution to Russia and China.

The UN nuclear agency, the US and Iran

By Peter Symonds, 25 February 2010

With the Obama administration escalating its campaign for further sanctions against Iran, an IAEA report issued last week provided an apparent boost to US propaganda that Tehran is developing a nuclear weapons capacity.

Iran’s Green movement in disarray

By Keith Jones, 20 February 2010

Iran’s bourgeois opposition Green movement has been thrown into disarray by its failure to make good on its threat to stage mass protests on February 11—the 31st anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah’s US-sponsored dictatorship.

The US puts “regime change” in Iran on agenda

By Peter Symonds, 17 February 2010

As part of a drive for punitive new sanctions against Iran, the Obama administration has launched a major diplomatic offensive in the Middle East to enlist the support of its allies in the region.

Iraq: US military raid on “Iranian-backed terrorist organisation”

By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2010

US troops and their proxy Iraqi security forces killed at least five people on Friday during a raid on a village near the Iranian border.

Iranian regime mounts display of “national unity” on anniversary of anti-Shah revolution

By Keith Jones, 12 February 2010

To the palpable disappointment of the Western corporate media, Iran’s regime succeeded in marginalizing opposition protests on the anniversary of the popular revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah. It did so by mobilizing its supporters in large numbers and by mounting a massive security operation.

Munich Security Conference steps up threats against Iran

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2010

The US delegation, and particularly Senator Joseph Lieberman and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, used the conference to make open war threats against Iran.

US pushes for new sanctions against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 10 February 2010

Washington is pressing for the rapid imposition of new UN sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programs. As a pretext, the US has seized on Tehran’s announcement that it will produce more highly enriched uranium to fuel its research reactor.

US and EU powers greet Iranian offer with threats and bullying

By Keith Jones, 5 February 2010

The US and its European allies have given a decidedly chilly response to a very public attempt on the part of Iran to revive an International Atomic Energy Agency-brokered deal that would allow Teheran to keep the country’s only nuclear research reactor in operation.

Iran’s Green Revolution leaders seek compromise with Supreme Leader

By Keith Jones, 1 February 2010

All three of the principal leaders of Iran’s “Green Revolution” bourgeois opposition have made conciliatory public statements in recent weeks, backing off from their demand for the annulling of the June 2009 presidential election and reaffirming their support for the Islamic Republic.

Iran to eliminate price subsidies, threatening mass impoverishment

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2010

The Guardian Council of Iran’s Islamic Republic has given constitutional sanction to legislation mandating the elimination of $100 billion annually in price subsidies for gasoline, heating oil, electricity, staple foods, and other products and services.

Iranian scientist assassinated as US steps up war threats

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2010

Massoud Ali Mohammadi, one of Iran’s leading nuclear scientists, was assassinated in Tehran Tuesday, just two days after the top US military commander in the region announced that the Pentagon has drawn up plans to bomb Iranian nuclear sites.

The US to turn up heat on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 8 January 2010

The US administration is signalling aggressive new moves against Iran, following the expiry of President Obama’s December 31 deadline for a negotiated deal over Tehran’s nuclear programs.

The crisis of the Islamic Republic and the tasks of the Iranian working class

By Keith Jones, 29 December 2009

The mounting crisis of the Islamic Republic raises crucial questions of perspective for the Iranian and international working class.

Iran: Mass opposition protest at funeral for dissident cleric

By Keith Jones, 22 December 2009

Web sites associated with Iran’s bourgeois opposition claim hundreds of thousands of people descended on the holy city of Qom Monday to participate in the funeral procession of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

US threatens Iran with harsh sanctions

By Peter Symonds, 18 December 2009

As President Obama’s December deadline for negotiations with Tehran runs out, the US is pressing for tough new sanctions against Iran.

Signs of mounting crisis within Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 11 December 2009

In defiance of a government ban, tens of thousands of university students on Monday marked Iran’s annual National Student Day by joining anti-government protests.

US pushes through IAEA censure of Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2009

The IAEA resolution sets the stage for an intensifying confrontation between Iran and the US and its European allies over the coming month.

Obama warns of new sanctions against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 November 2009

The Obama administration is preparing for new sanctions against Iran after Tehran called for modifications to an agreement reached last month over its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

Wrangling continues over Iranian nuclear deal

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 2009

An international agreement on Iran’s low-enriched uranium is yet to be finalised. An initial Iranian response handed yesterday to the IAEA reportedly contains caveats that are not likely to be accepted by the US and its European allies.

Iran makes significant concession to defuse nuclear standoff

By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2009

A draft agreement was finalised yesterday to ship Iran’s low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing into fuel for its Tehran research reactor.

Attacks on Iranian Revolutionary Guards kill 42

By Peter Symonds, 20 October 2009

Two bombings in the eastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchistan on Sunday near the border with Pakistan killed at least 42 people, including six high-ranking members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

US pressure builds ahead of talks with Iran in Vienna

By Peter Symonds, 14 October 2009

In the lead-up to international talks next Monday on Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium, the Obama administration has been intensifying pressure on Tehran.

US builds “coalition of like-minded nations” against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 10 October 2009

While the US is publicly backing continued international talks with Iran over its nuclear programs, preparations are continuing apace for the imposition of draconian new penalties should Tehran fail to meet American demands.

Western media steps up pressure on China over Iran

By John Chan, 8 October 2009

As US pressure escalates against Iran over its nuclear programs, a distinct anti-China undercurrent has appeared in the media over Beijing’s resistance to backing punitive new sanctions against Tehran.

New York Times recycles fabrications about Iran’s nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 6 October 2009

The media campaign of half-truths and fabrications over Iran’s nuclear programs stepped up a notch over the weekend.

US continues to pressure Iran after Geneva talks

By Peter Symonds, 2 October 2009

Following international talks in Geneva, President Obama has again warned Iran that it faces “increased pressure” if it fails to take “swift action” to meet its nuclear obligations.

Imperialist interests drive US focus on Iran, Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2009

For three decades, under Democratic and Republican administrations, American imperialism has plunged ever more deeply into the Middle East and the region west, south and east of the Caspian Sea.

Talks with Iran open in Geneva amid threats and provocations

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2009

Talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1—the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany—open in Geneva today in an atmosphere of threats and provocations generated by Western governments and media over the Iranian nuclear program.

“Cheats and Deceivers”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2009

In an editorial published Sunday, the Financial Times of London joined the media onslaught against Iran, calling its rulers “cheats and deceivers” who “cannot be remotely trusted” in relation to the country’s nuclear program.

Once again, on the ex-left and Iran

By Joe Kishore, 29 September 2009

The latest orchestrated provocation over Iran’s nuclear program exposes the reactionary role of the middle-class backers of the “green” opposition in Iran.

Obama follows Bush’s modus operandi on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 28 September 2009

In a manner chillingly reminiscent of the Bush administration’s buildup to the Iraq war, top White House officials yesterday intensified the US propaganda offensive against Iran.

US and European powers threaten Iran

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2009

With all the hallmarks of an orchestrated political provocation, the US, Britain and France, with the support of Germany, denounced a supposedly secret Iranian nuclear plant, threatening stepped-up economic sanctions and possible military action.

US heightens threats against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 25 September 2009

The US and its European allies exploited this week’s UN session to threaten tough new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programs.

Iranian opposition demonstrates under pro-imperialist slogans

By Peter Symonds, 21 September 2009

Anti-government protests in Iran on Friday confirmed the openly right-wing character of the opposition movement led by defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi.

Clinton takes hard line on Iran in run-up to talks

By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday enunciated a hard line against Iran in the run-up to talks scheduled October 1 between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.

Threat of US-led sanctions against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2009

The Obama administration warned last month that the US would press for tough new sanctions against Tehran unless it responded positively to an offer for negotiations on the nuclear issue by the end of September.

US, Europe step up pressure on Iran

By Patrick Martin, 4 September 2009

The US and the major European powers are stepping up demands that Iran curtail its nuclear research and development program in advance of a September 23 deadline, which coincides with the annual opening meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

Turkey: The Kurdish question takes centre stage

By Kerem Kaya, 31 August 2009

In recent weeks, the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government has taken steps—since dubbed the “democratic process”—towards addressing the Kurdish question through peaceful rather than military means.

Washington’s double standard: The elections in Iran and Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 28 August 2009

The Obama administration and the American media, after denouncing the presidential election in Iran as “rigged” and undemocratic (without any evidence), now uphold the legitimacy of the presidential election in Afghanistan, despite growing evidence of vote fraud.

Iranian election crisis continues amid growing US threats

By James Cogan, 5 August 2009

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn in today for his second four-year term as Iran’s president while a rift in the country’s ruling elite is being aggravated by US economic and military threats.

Factional struggles deepen within Iranian ruling elites

By Peter Symonds, 1 August 2009

Nearly two months after Iran’s presidential elections, the factional rivalry within the Islamic Republic’s ruling elites that erupted over the disputed results has become more bitter and entrenched.

Tensions mount within Iran’s ruling establishment

By Bill Van Auken, 21 July 2009

The speech given last Friday by the billionaire former president Rafsanjani, a backer of the defeated opposition candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi, signals an escalation of the struggle within Iran’s ruling establishment.

Iran, imperialism, and the “left”

By Alex Lantier, 7 July 2009

Recent developments have further confirmed the bourgeois and politically-reactionary character of the Iranian protest movement organized by supporters of defeated reformist presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi.

The “left” and the US military offensive in Afghanistan

By Joe Kishore, 6 July 2009

As the Obama administration carries out a massive military offensive in Afghanistan’s southern region, the US “left” has fallen in line.

The Mousavi campaign in Iran and the lessons of past “color revolutions”

By Niall Green, 4 July 2009

The political movement of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, named the “Green Wave” due to its campaign color, has striking parallels with the US-backed “color revolutions” in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine.

Letters on Iran and public opinion

30 June 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the Perspective “Iran and public opinion.”

Denials of US interference in Iran not credible

By Peter Symonds, 29 June 2009

The Obama administration has responded to Iranian allegations of manipulating opposition protests inside the country with flat denials. However, there is considerable evidence of extensive US operations against Iran, spanning a range of diplomatic, intelligence and military activities.

Iran and public opinion

By Barry Grey and David North, 27 June 2009

The World Socialist Web Site replies to a critic of its analysis of the crisis in Iran.

Letters on Iran and the US media

27 June 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the Iranian elections, the Nation, and the US media

Iran, the media and the World Socialist Web Site

By Joe Kishore, 26 June 2009

The various TV commentators and print reporters—to say nothing of the newspaper columnists—have become open partisans of the oppositional candidate in Iran, who happens to be the candidate favored by the United States.

International issues in the Iranian crisis

By David North and Alex Lantier, 25 June 2009

President Obama’s declaration, in his June 23 press conference, that he was “appalled and outraged” by the Iranian government’s reaction to protests over Iran’s presidential election results represents an escalation of US pressure on the clerical regime in Tehran.

The tasks of the Iranian working class

By Peter Symonds, 24 June 2009

The various petty-bourgeois left tendencies in Europe and the United States have responded to the crisis in Iran by lining up behind their own governments in backing defeated presidential candidate Mousavi and his supporters.

The propaganda war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 24 June 2009

The US media, including its supposedly “left” representatives, is continuing a concerted propaganda campaign against Iran over allegations that the June 12 presidential election was rigged.

Iran: Protests wane as conflict within regime continues

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2009

Even as mass street demonstrations have dissipated in the face of police repression, Iran’s ruling political establishment remains internally divided.

Besancenot and the NPA support Sarkozy’s policy on Iran elections

By Peter Schwarz, 23 June 2009

The position of the French New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA) on the situation in Iran is fully in line with that of the French government and the established parties of French imperialism.

For a socialist, not a “color” revolution in Iran

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2009

The establishment of genuine democratic rights is impossible outside the fight for socialism against all factions of the ruling elite. Any attempt to sidestep the difficult task of constructing the necessary revolutionary leadership in the working class inevitably leads to political disaster.

Iran’s supreme leader sets stage for confrontation

By Peter Symonds, 20 June 2009

With an uncompromising speech at Friday’s prayers, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has set the stage for a potentially bloody confrontation with opposition leaders demanding a re-run of last week’s presidential election.

Factional struggle deepens within Iranian ruling elite

By Peter Symonds, 19 June 2009

A tense factional struggle within Iran’s clerical regime continued as tens of thousands of supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets of Tehran for a sixth day running to demand fresh elections.

The New York Times and Iran: Journalism as state provocation

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2009

In its editorials and biased news coverage on Iran, the New York Times has functioned as an instrument of US foreign policy, seeking to manipulate public opinion in support of an imperialist destabilization operation masquerading as a crusade for democracy.

Letters on the elections in Iran

19 June 2009

A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the aftermath of the elections in Iran

Obama: US “meddling” in Iran should not be seen

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2009

Because of its long history of intervention in Iran, Washington has shrunk from giving public support to the political factions backing Mousavi, but behind the scenes, the US is exploiting the election crisis to pursue its own strategic interests.

For workers’ power and a socialist Iran

By Peter Symonds, 17 June 2009

The political crisis unfolding in Iran raises fundamental issues for the working class. While there are tactical differences between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, both are tested defenders of the existing regime and the interests of the Iranian bourgeoisie.

Iran: Election clashes mount as West escalates pressure

By Bill Van Auken, 16 June 2009

Over 100,000 people demonstrated Monday in the streets of Tehran against the results of last week’s presidential election as the Islamic regime’s top clerical leader ordered an investigation of opposition charges of vote-rigging.