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category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Friday October 19, 2007 11:16author by Willi Munzenberg Report this post to the editors

The Stop The War Coalition In Britain has refused to accept the affiliations of Hands Off The People Of Iran and Communist Students. Mark Fischer writes on these developments.

The logic of the decision taken on October 12 by the Stop the War Coalition’s officer group to reject the affiliations of Hopi and CS could be pretty drastic.Andrew Murray’s terse email announcing the exclusions made it clear that this is a political decision. He wrote that a “study of statements and articles issued” had convinced the officers that both Hopi and CS are “entirely hostile to the coalition, its policies and its work”. A sub-committee of the STWC leadership, the steering committee, made this decision. It has 11 members, 3 are members of the SWP (Lindsey German, John Rees, Chris Nineham), 2 are members of the Morning Star’s Communist Party of Britain (Andrew Murray and Kate Hudson). This small group runs the STWC on a day-to-day basis and effectively subverts the democracy of the STWC as a whole.

What repercussions follow from this particular decision? If Hopi and CS are now defined as ‘hostiles’, what about the CPGB itself - currently an accepted affiliate to the STWC? Like Communist Students, we have hardly made a secret of our support for Hopi’s principled approach to solidarity work. Are we to be purged? And what fate awaits those prominent members of the STWC that have also signed up to Hopi - the likes of Ken Loach, Mark Steel, Respect councillors Fozol Miah and Rania Khan, Labour MPs Diane Abbott, Harry Cohen and John McDonnell, prominent members of the Green Party including principal male speaker Derek Wall, Caroline Lucas MEP, Robin Harper MSP, the co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie Scottish Green Party MSP or Jenny Jones, London assembly member for the Greens? Can they soon expect to be informed by comrade Murray that - unnoticed previously - they are “thoroughly hostile” elements and are to be turfed out?

Full story here:

Open letter to Andrew Murray
From Yassamine Mather, Hands Off the People of Iran

You also refer to the objectionable “statements” of our campaign. Perhaps you and the other StWC officers could draw out what you find so “hostile to the Coalition” in our founding statement?a

This founding statement has two core elements to its political platform:

a) Unconditional opposition to any imperialist military attack/sanctions against Iran and the demand for the immediate withdrawal of all imperialist troops from the Gulf region. Surely there can be no objection to this, comrade? We assume this is a position we share with all the officers of the StWC, the steering committee and the vast bulk of its membership.

b) Opposition to the theocratic regime and solidarity with and practical aid to grassroots movements - of women, workers and students - fighting for democracy and freedom in Iran.

We have already had experience of how leading members of the StWC have characterised this strand of the Hopi platform. Does that mean that the StWC’s ‘policy’ is that the theocracy must not be opposed by people who are simultaneously against the imperialist war?! And on pain of excommunication?!

Are you seriously saying that there is no place in this broad movement against imperialist war for comrades who say we should support grassroots movements for democracy and socialism in Iran? And what about the brave activists of these movements - the women beaten and arrested on International Women’s Day; the 100s of Tehran busworkers arrested for going on strike; the 1000s of workers in the car industry or the Hafte sugar cane plant; the students who protested against the presence of the barbarian Ahmadinejad ? Are they to be left to stand alone against this regime; is the anti-war movement in this country telling them that they have to abandon their struggles and get behind ‘their’ government?

This would be a betrayal not only of these people, but of the cause of peace and anti-imperialism itself.

Full text of letter:

Reject exclusion of Communist Students

Ben Lewis takes Owen Jones (Socialist Youth Network) to task over his enthusiastic support for the undemocratic exclusion of Hopi and Communist Students from the Stop the War Coalition.

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Reply to Andrew Murray

Amir Javaheri Langaroudi (Etehadchap Kargari) replies to allegations

HOPI's Iranian activists and speakers include:

Mohamad Reza Shalgouni - Founder of the Revolutionary Organization of Iranian Workers - Rahe Kargar Member of Irons' Palestine Group who spent 8 years in the Shah’s prisons.

Torab Saleth a former member of the International Executive Committee of the USFI (United Secretariat of the Fourth International) and currently an activist of Workers Left Unity Iran.

Ardeshir Mehrdad - author and activist on the Iranian left with over 35 years of political activity. Also of Workers Left Unity Iran.

Ruben Markarian a former member of the Central Committee of Rahe Kargar and a cadre of this organisation.

Nader Sadeh - member of Haste Aghaliyat ( Fedayin)

Azar Sheibani, Firouze Rad - activists in the Campaign for Abolition of all Misogynic Gender Based legislation & Islamic Punitive Laws in Iran

There are many other that we can refer you too and that would be more than happy to givce you a rundown of their history in the movement.

Is Andrew Murray suggesting that the CPGB has recruited all of these Iranian activists or infiltrated their organisations in order to set up HOPI?! This is beyond comprehension.

But let us assume for a moment that the ludicrous suggestion by Murray is correct and the Weekly Worker group set up HOPI as a rival to StWC. Why would it want to now affiliate to the Coalition? In order to take it over? How on earth would this be possible? So, your ‘political’ reason for excluding it seems rather sectarian!

We, in Etehadchap Kargari, are determined to continue our activities in HOPI. The support we got in response to our call in Farsi to unite in a campaign like HOPI has been impressive. This is one of the most successful campaigns we have undertaken in the last few years.

In Solidarity

Amir Javaheri Langaroudi

On behalf of the coordinating committee of Etehadchap Kargari

Full text of letter:

author by Gramsci - nonepublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is yet another example of Trotskyists mouthing off about left unity but opposing it in practice. Left unity under Trot leadership seems to be the only kind they can accept. This is very sad but painfully familiar to those of us with long memories.

author by Hackerpublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Amir Javaheri lives in Los Angeles and runs an Anti Iranian television station.

He and his company has received funding from the American Government throught the democracy fund. This has been reported in the New York Times on more than one occasion.

Enough said.

author by Willipublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Amir Javaheri Langaroudi lives in Göteborg Sweden.

Hacker is once again exposed as a liar.

author by Hackerpublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

He spends a considerable amount of time in LA running his TV station. He spends no time in Iran. He has received funding from the American Government through the democracy fund and has been accused of being a monarchist.

I'll admit my real name isnt Hacker, will you admit your real name is Pat?

author by Willipublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Are you so silly that you cannot realise that there are 2 Iranians on the world with similar names?

You lies and your attempt to derail any thread which is critical of the Iranian Dictatorship suggests you are a supporter of theirs.

author by Tinapublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 13:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

How about you prove any of your rubbish? If it's so well known, how come I can't find anything online?

And what about the excellent political points Amir is making in his open letter? Why don't you reply to them? I think your post is a rather pathetic and lame attempt to try and brush over the crimes committed by the Iranian regime against the democratic, women and students movements.

Anti-war activists must take a principled stand now: we should clearly be against any attacks against Iran, be they military strikes or sanctions - and at the same time, we must be in firm support of the democratic struggles of those below against their semi-fascist dictator. Surely, we are for change in Iran - change that comes from below!

Naturally, those movements are also campaigning against any military attack on Iran, after all, it is those below who would suffer most. We should do everything to support our comrades, brothers and sisters who have been fighting on those two fronts for decades - against imperialism, against the theocratic regime.

author by Willipublication date Fri Oct 19, 2007 13:45author address author phone Report this post to the editors

This is a message I received from Yassamine Mather:

Amir Javaheri Langaroudi lives in Gotenberg, he is well known amongst Iranians in Scandinavia. He was a member of the Tudeh Party in his youth. He has been with Rahe kargar for 20 years.
He writes every week for many websites (in Farsi). Anyone on the political left in Iran or in exile knows exactly who he us.

The surname Javaheri is a common surname that is why he uses the full surname Javaheri Langaroudi

Yassamine .

Hacker is nothing more than a congenital liar. He has never posted a truthful comment.

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