Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Diamaid Ferriter: Mean-spirited in giving credit to Atheist Ireland
Fintan O’Toole: Falling for the myth that the people are to blame Anthony
Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions Anthony
Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony
Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Russia reacts to Turkey?s attack SITREP November 29, 2015 by Scott Sun Nov 29, 2015 04:41 | Scott
Historically, Russia?s big wheels turn slowly, almost invisible to the naked eye, but they do turn and grind anything getting between them into fine dust. On November 24th something extraordinary
Ukraine Syria Turkey Crisis News November 28, 2015 Sat Nov 28, 2015 18:49 | Scott
Help produce more actual and interesting content, join our struggle by donating via PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ The growing number of violations of the ceasefire regime in Donbass is
International Military Review ? Syria, Nov. 27, 2015 Sat Nov 28, 2015 04:16 | Scott
Help produce more actual and interesting content, join our struggle by donating via PayPal: email@example.com or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ Over the past 3 days, Russian warplanes have conducted 134 sorties, hitting
Mini SitRep Krimea and Sevastopol Sat Nov 28, 2015 03:07 | Saker-Admin
Mini SitRep Krimea and Sevastopol …. by Auslander Yesterday and today have been difficult days, I will lay the events out by number: 1. We have roughly 60,000 guests in
The Western Sanctions on Russia SITREP by the Serbian Girl Fri Nov 27, 2015 15:53 | Scott
The US ?led war campaign against Russia, includes financial warfare. USA has complete dominance of the global financial network. Sanctions were put in place in order to financially asphyxiate Russia
The Saker >>
Open Letter: Recognition of the Travelling Community as an Ethnic Minority in Ireland Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:56 | Liam Thornton
The Labour Party #repealthe8th Proposals: An Analysis Wed Nov 25, 2015 20:11 | Fiona de Londras
Book Launch: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland, 8 December 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 | Liam Thornton
FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 | Liam Thornton
The Green Party?s Reproductive Rights Policy: An Appraisal Tue Nov 17, 2015 07:55 | Fiona de Londras
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Marion Steenson RIP 11:52 Sun Nov 29, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week: We Got Nothing Edition 11:24 Sun Nov 29, 2015 | Garibaldy
Books on Music for Christmas? 09:48 Sun Nov 29, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Critiques of products in consumer society. 13:29 Sat Nov 28, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Suspended animation 11:39 Sat Nov 28, 2015 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
No war on Iran! For regime change from below!
anti-war / imperialism |
Thursday January 26, 2012 13:48 by Yassamine Mather
Make your voice heard against war and repression, urges Hands Off the People of Iran chair, Yassamine Mather
The war drums against Iran are beating ever louder. The new embargo on Iranian oil, to come into force on July 1, is only the latest in a long list of measures imposed by US and EU imperialism. It bans all new oil contracts with Iran, and cuts off all existing deals. Also, all of the Iranian central bank’s European assets are to be frozen.
We are told that the sanctions are designed to weaken the regime and “force Iran back to the negotiating table” over its nuclear programme. This is clearly nonsense:
In reality, the ‘nuclear danger’ is used by imperialism as an excuse to deal with an increasingly unstable situation in the Middle East. Imperialism has recently lost a number of friendly regimes in the region (like Egypt) and needs to reassert control in this oil-rich area. War is also a useful distraction from economic misery and the current crisis of capitalism.
Former International Atomic Energy Agency analyst Robert Kelly has debunked the latest report purporting to show that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Of the three pieces of ‘evidence’ that are not out of date, two are entirely unverifiable, and one an obvious forgery (see http://hopoi.org/?p=1841). But the regime draws sustenance from these rumours: the threats against Iran help the theocracy to stay in power, neutralise the opposition and unite the people behind a regime under attack from imperialism.
The new sanctions will make it even more difficult for Iran, Opec’s second largest producer, to be paid in foreign currency for its oil exports (which were worth more than $100 billion in 2011). Previous rounds of EU and US sanctions targeting Iran’s financial system have already caused a shortage of foreign currency. A shortage of foreign currency means that Iran cannot import food at a time when food prices have already risen to astronomical levels. The Iranian rial has tumbled to a new low.
But the sanctions are unlikely to dramatically weaken the regime. The rich and powerful are able to protect themselves to a large degree from the effects. In fact, leaders of sanctioned regimes are almost always strengthened (and enriched) by sanctions.
However, the sanctions will mean even more misery for ordinary Iranians: many workers will not receive their wages in time (if at all) and even the BBC has warned that social security payments and the remaining food subsidies could be the first to be cut by a theocracy under financial pressure. This will only increase the hardship and miserable conditions that our brothers and sisters in Iran have had to endure for many years.
Further, the military provocations of US-led imperialism - assassinations, sabotage and preparatory military manoeuvres in the region - have also dramatically upped the tension in the country and are being used by the theocracy to increase repression.
As the examples of Iraq and Afghanistan prove beyond doubt, democracy can only come from below, from the people themselves. But a people driven to their knees by brutal sanctions are hardly in the position to overthrow dictatorship.
We know from history that sanctions are only the first step in wars being waged against ‘unfriendly’ regimes. A military attack against Iran is very much on the agenda. Should the regime really decide to close the Strait of Hormuz, this could happen sooner rather than later.
That is why it is so important that we side now with the people of Iran in their struggle against their own theocracy and the threats by imperialism!
Make your voice heard now! Send us a message in the form of an email, voice mail, short video or a photograph holding the poster pictured alongside (download from www.hopoi.org) and encourage your comrades and friends to do the same. We will post all messages on a special section on Hopi’s website and on YouTube, Facebook and other social media sites. Plans are also afoot for solidarity events, film screenings and fundraising events.
Chair, Hands Off the People of Iran