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No war on Iran! For regime change from below!

category international | anti-war / imperialism | press release author Thursday January 26, 2012 13:48author by Yassamine Mather Report this post to the editors

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 Of the three pieces of ‘evidence’ that are not out of date, two are entirely unverifiable, and one an obvious forgery (see But the regime draws sustenance from these rumours: the threats against Iran help the theocracy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 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.

Yassamine Mather

Chair, Hands Off the People of Iran

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   '..should the regime..     opus diablos    Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:08 
   Opus     pat c    Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:51 
   They're the only ones that turn up Felix!     LonelyProtester    Tue Jan 31, 2012 13:46 
   If the north..     opus diablos    Tue Jan 31, 2012 14:12 
   Syrian bloodshed, does anyone care?     A Freeman    Tue Feb 07, 2012 14:46 
   You just saved me..     Culchie    Tue Feb 07, 2012 16:03 
   some perspective on arms sales...     AFreeShill    Tue Feb 07, 2012 17:10 
   Any answers?     A Freeman    Tue Feb 07, 2012 19:07 
   Syria - beset by US/UK/Israeli/Saudi vipers     Anti-War    Wed Feb 08, 2012 03:48 
 10   Still No Condemnation     Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:19 
 11   Usual nonsense from the loony racist Freemn     AntiWar    Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:54 
 12   It is the foreign-backed mercenary armed Groups that are a threat to ordinary Syrians     Anti-War    Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:02 
 13   So     Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:06 
 14   Again, the stupidity of the average troll     Anti-War    Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:29 
 15   French Zionists behind French-Syrian "Opposition " Groups     Anti-Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:44 
 16   Well, well     Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 13:32 
 17   Yeah whatever . . .     Anti-Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 14:34 
 18   Follow the trail     Anti-Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 14:43 
 19   Oh, I already knew you were only here to troll     Anti-Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 20:57 
 20   No Wonder the UN refused to release the Arab League report in English     Anti-Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 21:10 
 21   The report states that much of the violence in Homs comes from the Zionist-backed Armed Murder-Gangs     Anti-Shitheads    Wed Feb 08, 2012 21:17 
 22   The Report even states that the Media has been lying regarding Bombings and casulties     Anti-Culchie    Wed Feb 08, 2012 21:30 
 23   NATO IS SPAWN OF THE 3RD REICH AND IS ENEMY OF THE JEWS     Anti-Culchie    Thu Feb 09, 2012 08:55 
 25   British SAS already there     Stephen    Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:20 
 26   Am I the only one that has noticed that "Stephen" is in fact "Felix Quigley"?     Anti-Shitheads    Fri Feb 10, 2012 00:21 
 27   Nato and Israel (and the Whabbi-ist Saudi's) are all working together     Anti-Shitheads    Fri Feb 10, 2012 00:34 
 28   55% of Syrians do not want Assad to resign     Anti-Shitheads    Sat Feb 11, 2012 03:29 
 29   Stratfor report on Syria     Anti-Shitheads    Sat Feb 11, 2012 03:37 
 30   Giraldi on Syria     Anti-Shitheads    Sat Feb 11, 2012 03:41 
 31   28 people murdered by Zionist/NATO backed Terrorists in Syria     Anti-Shitheads    Sat Feb 11, 2012 04:06 
 32   Zionist/NATO Murder-Gangs murder pregnant woman in Syria     Anti-Shitheads    Sat Feb 11, 2012 08:11 
 33   Nice reading     Hmm    Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:31 
 34   cynical outside influences are behind all this     lefty    Mon Feb 13, 2012 18:47 
 35   Hands Off Syria     pat c    Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:34 
 36   "oops"! conservative millionaire scum shed crocodile tears over weapons sales to bahrain...     lefty    Tue Feb 14, 2012 19:57 
 37   Presumably Pepe is not allowed to be explicit about al-CIA-duh     Anti-Shitheads    Tue Feb 14, 2012 23:56 
 38   Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours?     Anti-Shitheads    Wed Feb 15, 2012 00:04 
 39   Did Mossad attempt to infiltrate Islamic radical outfits in south Asia?     Anti-Shitheads    Wed Feb 15, 2012 00:21 
 40   Meanwhile     Meanwhile    Wed Feb 15, 2012 15:50 
 41   Nut Cases     Very Fearful.    Wed Feb 15, 2012 16:14 
 42   @meanwhile/very fearful     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 06:09 
 43   Spot a Fanatic.     Very Worried.    Thu Feb 16, 2012 07:26 
 44   check your worried arithmetic     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 07:48 
 45   Not Real War.     Worried.    Thu Feb 16, 2012 08:19 
 46   Oh dear...     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:43 
 47   Trade is war.     Rational Ecologist.    Thu Feb 16, 2012 13:04 
 48   I think     Meanwhile    Thu Feb 16, 2012 15:13 
 49   shed the blinkers     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 15:48 
 50   and     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 17:29 
 51   getting the fake fear and anti muslium sentiments of "worried" in proportion     nukey    Thu Feb 16, 2012 18:56 
 52   Memory lapse     Meanwhile    Thu Feb 16, 2012 19:42 
 53   colour vision?     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 20:00 
 54   Clarification     Meanwhile    Thu Feb 16, 2012 20:33 
 55   not so fast...     nukey    Thu Feb 16, 2012 20:38 
 56   @meanwhile     opus diablos    Thu Feb 16, 2012 20:51 
 57   Further down the page     Meanwhile    Thu Feb 16, 2012 23:13 
 58   Enough of the off-topic thread-derailment plz, from the probale Tel-Aviv-based War Monger called 'Meanwhile'     Anti-Shitheads    Thu Feb 16, 2012 23:58 
 59   Haahaa - Welcome back, anti-Islamic hate-monger, forger and proven LIAR, Denis MacEoin     Anti-Shitheads - - That means YOU, Denis!    Fri Feb 17, 2012 00:08 
 60   Fraid     Meanwhile    Fri Feb 17, 2012 00:39 
 61   Note from moderator....     wageslave    Fri Feb 17, 2012 00:55 
 62   back at the open window...     opus diablos    Fri Feb 17, 2012 09:51 
 63   self-correction     opus diablos    Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:56 
 64   Regarding the lying Liars that are spreading lies about Iranian Nukes     Anti-sheads - yes Denis, that means YOU    Fri Feb 17, 2012 15:05 
 65   U.S. State Department Lies With Its Satellite Pictures Of Syria - No Artillery "Deployed"     Anti-Shitheads - incl. Denis MacEoin    Sat Feb 18, 2012 18:44 
 66   Yer digging in deep     Meanwhile    Sun Feb 19, 2012 02:15 
 67   How to tell you pissed off a Zio-Racist, (like Denis MacEoin fer instance)     Anti-Shitheads    Sun Feb 19, 2012 06:13 
 68   keep d cool, AS..     opus diablos    Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:53 
 69   Again     Meanwhile    Sun Feb 19, 2012 13:08 
 70   awwwwwwww     opus diablos    Sun Feb 19, 2012 13:49 
 71   The Global Economy is shifting away from Dollar dependance - US Sabre rattling is but the desperate death-rattle of a failing empire     Anti-Shitheads    Sun Feb 19, 2012 16:05 
 72   that pretty well     opus diablos    Sun Feb 19, 2012 16:14 
 73   Byeeeee - don't let the door slam yer arse on the way-out     Anti-Shitheads    Sun Feb 19, 2012 16:59 
 74   Iran 'halts oil sales to France and Britain'     pat c    Sun Feb 19, 2012 18:39 
 75   "The Queen and her despotic friends"     W. Finnerty    Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:55 

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