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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
By Richard Phillips, 24 May 2010
Acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been jailed for more than two months in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
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
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.
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.
By Keith Jones, 20 April 2010
US and Israeli threats point to the danger of a new military conflagration in the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 June 2009
A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the Perspective “Iran and public opinion.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19 June 2009
A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site on the aftermath of the elections in Iran
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.
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.
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.
By Joe Kishore, 16 June 2009
The Nation magazine, the voice of left-liberal supporters of Obama, has quickly weighed in to support charges of vote-rigging and a “coup d’état” in Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2009
Clashes between police and supporters of defeated candidate Mousavi erupted over the weekend after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in last Friday’s presidential election.
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2009
The response of the US media to the Iranian election says more about the state of democracy and the so-called “free press” in America than it does about the state of democratic rights in Iran.
By Peter Symonds, 12 June 2009
Iranian voters go to the polls today in the first round of the presidential election after a boisterous campaign that has involved hundreds of thousands in rallies and street demonstrations for and against incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
By Sahand Avedis and Alex Lantier, 4 June 2009
The campaign for Iran’s June 12 presidential elections has been dominated by debate over national strategy between the four candidates allowed by the clerical Guardian Council to run.
By Richard Phillips, 23 April 2009
Hysterical denunciations by the US, Israel and the European powers of the Iranian president’s speech to the UN’s anti-racism review conference were entirely predictable and part of a highly-orchestrated campaign against the event.
By Peter Symonds, 25 March 2009
The US administration made a much publicised gesture toward Iran last Friday with the release of a video by President Obama to mark Nowruz, the Persian New Year. While the tone was conciliatory, the essential strategy remains the “carrot and stick” policy outlined by Obama in his election campaign.
As Hillary Clinton ratchets up rhetoric against Iran
By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2009
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ratcheted up US rhetoric against Iran as a new report proposed that Washington consider imposing a Cold War-style “nuclear umbrella” over the Middle East.
11 February 2009
The tragedy of the Iranian revolution that toppled the Shah’s dictatorship 30 years ago is that the working class proved incapable of assuming a political role commensurate with its social weight in the struggle. For this, Stalinism is responsible.
By Patrick O’Connor, 28 November 2008
The value of a barrel of crude oil fell below $50 this month—just one-third of the record $147 a barrel recorded in July—marking the sharpest price collapse since formal futures trading began in 1981.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2008
The Iranian view that Obama’s election would lead to a shift in US policy was reflected most clearly in a letter of congratulations sent to the president-elect by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
By James Cogan, 29 October 2008
With the price of oil plummeting on world markets, the Iranian government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is confronting a deepening financial and social crisis.