Islamic Republic of Iran

Shithole World

Submitted by admin on Mon, 01/15/2018 - 22:42
'Rohingya refugees who arrived from Myanmar to Shah Porir Dwip the previous night, on a boat headed to Bhanga in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar'  Shahidul Alam

 

Dear Friends,

Shithole? That is what US President Donald Trump is said to have called certain countries of the three continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is familiar language. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once called Bangladesh a 'basket case'.

It is well worth remembering that in 1757 Major General Robert Clive of the East India Company described Dhaka as 'as extensive, populous and rich as the city of London'. Before the Select Committee on East India (1840) Sir Charles Trevelyan said, 'The population of the town of Dacca has fallen from 150,000 to 30,000 an

Welcome to 2018

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:14
Massive Protests Erupt in Iran

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to 2018. It promises to be a year of protest and unrest.

It begins in Iran. These are little understood protests. It says a great deal about the impoverishment of the use of a class analysis in the corporate media that it would like, therefore, to link these protests to the Green Movement of 2009. Those are utterly different - different classes and different horizons. Indeed, the standard bearer of their reformism is now in power in the government and the more radical elements of the Green Movement have been long made marginal.

In Alternet today, I have a brief report

Yemen, Iran, Books

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:30

 

Dear Friends,

On Wednesday morning - at around 1am - I got the news that Save the Children had just released a brief report suggesting a horrific finding: that a million children in Yemen are at the threshold of cholera, which is a death sentence for them. I made some calls right then, waking some friends up who work diligently in the world of relief. The UN had suggested that two million children are in the zone of cholera that is growing in Yemen. This is an unmitigated war-made disaster.

The UN and the human

West Asia and Comrade Charlie Chaplin

Submitted by admin on Thu, 07/27/2017 - 02:09

 

Dear Friends,

Bad news comes from the eastern Saudi city of Qatif, where the National Guard has been running rampage through the city in the name of counter-terrorism. The police has been going after young dissenters, but also migrant workers who are mainly from South Asia. I have seen pictures of Indian and Bangladesh men lying naked on the sidewalk, being held in place by heavily armed Saudi guardsmen. There is also a photograph of a South Asian man lying dead in a side-street. I am trying to get as much information as possible from contacts in the region, but little has come out beyond

Syria's Wars, Yemen's Wars, Trump's Wars, & Soviet Children's Books

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/21/2017 - 19:49

 

Dear Friends,

News comes from Washington - actually from an off the cuff remark from US President Donald Trump - that the United States will no longer support the Syrian rebels. The fear, Trump says, is that they are - in one way or another - allied with some variant of al-Qaeda. There is, of course, some truth to that. But it is not true that the United States is actually going to cut off its intervention in Syria. That is a fundamental misreading of the Trump statement.

First, the United States will continue to back the Syrian Defense Forces in north-easte

#Iranaphobia and Trumpland

Submitted by admin on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 10:12
Rahim (Our House Is on Fire), Shirin Neshat 2013

 

Dear Friends,

Listening to the confirmation hearings of the team assembled by Donald Trump has been eye-opening. There is a Secretary of Education who believes that guns should be in classrooms in case the school is attacked by grizzly bears. There is a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who 'hasn't looked at the scientific research on the dangers of lead exposure to children'. And then there are the nominees who just want to bomb Iran. The leaders in that pack are Trump's national security team (Mattis, Flynn), but not far behind is his pick as US Ambassador the UN, my fellow Pun