The 2009 imperialist-backed “Green Revolution” in Iran

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Nation promotes Iran’s “Green Wave”

Once again: Iran, imperialism and the “left”

By Barry Grey, 15 July 2009

The current issue of the Nation features a lengthy article by Dreyfuss entitled “Iran’s Green Wave.” What is remarkable about this article is its frank characterization of the forces that dominate the Iranian opposition and the reactionary and anti-working class policies upon which it is based.

Tehran and Tegucigalpa: A tale of two capitals

By Barry Grey, 9 July 2009

The contrasting coverage of events in Iran and Honduras says a great deal about the character and role of the American media.

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 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.

The Nation’s man in Tehran: Who is Robert Dreyfuss?

By Bill Van Auken, 22 June 2009

The line of the Nation magazine on the events in Iran is indistinguishable from that of the American political establishment. The background of its principal correspondent on the Iranian events, Robert Dreyfuss, deserves careful examination.

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.

The Nation magazine and the Iranian election

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.

Protests erupt after Iranian election

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.

The New York Times and the Iranian 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.

Iranians voting in presidential poll

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.

Iranian presidential election: candidates debate strategic shift

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.