US and Iran in stand-off

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 22/05/2019 - 13:15
Trump and Iran

The US is applying pressure to get the Iranian regime to give more concessions.

As long as something doesn’t go wrong, that is precisely what will happen: the regime will give ground after making a show of being defiant. Things are more complicated than before because the US has people like John Bolton, the National Security Adviser, in charge of this policy.

May Day arrests in Iran

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 08/05/2019 - 13:34
may day

Following a call by four independent labour organisations, Trade Union of the Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers’ Union, Coordination Committee for Establishing Labour Organisations and the Retirement Alliance, workers, teachers, students and pensioners demonstrated outside the Iranian regime’s "parliament" on May Day.

The regime’s response was to arrest a large number of demonstrators.

Iran: free jailed worker activists!

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 20/03/2019 - 11:06

Esmail Bakhshi, a leader of the workers at the big Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane complex in south west Iran, has been in jail since 20 January.

His family says he is ill and not getting medical care. They fear for his life.

Sepideh Gholian, an activist and journalist who supported the sugar cane workers in a long-running series of strikes demanding unpaid wages and workers’ control over the enterprise, has also been jailed since 20 January.

The Satanic Verses thirty years on

Submitted by AWL on Sat, 02/03/2019 - 08:56

It is thirty years since the publication of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses, partly based on the life of the founder of Islam, Muhammad, sparked protests across the Muslim world, with riots in India and Pakistan in which dozens of Rushdie's fellow Muslims were shot dead, book burnings on the streets of Britain, and ultimately an Iranian death sentence which sent its author into hiding under armed police guard.

7,000 jailed in Iran

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 30/01/2019 - 10:42
White Wednesday

Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian, are still in Iran’s jails but Ali Nejati has been allowed into hospital. Bakhshi is a leader of the Haft Tappeh sugar¬cane workers, in south¬west Iran; Nejati, a former leader of those sugar¬cane workers; Gholian, a social activist and supporter of the workers. All three are known to have been tortured in jail, and their jailing is part of a response by the Iranian government to action by the sugar¬cane workers, and by steelworkers in nearby Ahvaz, which has seen dozens jailed and then released since late last year.

Bakhshi and Gholian jailed again

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 23/01/2019 - 10:12
Bakhshi and Gholian

At 23:55 on Sunday 20 January, a large number of armed men in 15 SUV patrol cars descended on Esmail Bakhshi’s home and detained him.

Bakhshi is a representative of the Haft Tappeh sugar­cane workers, in south­west Iran, who have recently been in dispute over unpaid wages and control of the sugar­cane complex. He was previously jailed on 18 November, and released on bail on 12 December.

Gholian and Bakhshi freed on bail; 40 steel strikers arrested

Submitted by martin on Wed, 19/12/2018 - 12:35
Sepideh Gholian

Sepideh Gholian - student, social rights’ activists and journalist who was arrested on 18 November while she was supporting and reporting on the strike of the Haft Tappeh Sugar Cane Workers - was freed from jail, on bail, on 18 December.

Esmail Bakhshi, a leading Haft Tappeh workers' representative of the Haft Tappeh workers, was released on 12 December.

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