Iran

Israel’s Netanyahu tours Europe to advocate action against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2018

For all their differences with Trump, and evident distaste for Netanyahu, the European leaders did not seek to distance themselves from his demands because they know he speaks for Washington.

US Secretary of State Pompeo presents war ultimatum to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2018

Washington’s “Plan B” after scrapping the nuclear deal is to escalate economic sanctions and military pressure aimed at toppling the Iranian government.

Bernie Sanders defends American imperialism at town hall on Iran

By Tom Hall, 22 May 2018

Sanders, along with his guests, presented a thoroughly conventional, pro-imperialist critique of the Trump administration’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord.

German Chancellor Merkel announces major rearmament program

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 May 2018

Facing a deepening conflict with the United States, Berlin is seeking to use its armed forces to pursue its geo-strategic interests around the world.

European Union tries to salvage Iran nuclear accord from US unilateralism

By Jean Shaoul, 17 May 2018

The European powers are furious because Trump’s threats cut across their attempts to exploit Iran economically and fear sanctions presage a war that will destabilise the Middle East

German militarization and Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

By Johannes Stern, 15 May 2018

Following US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, the German bourgeoisie is intensifying its campaign for militarism, rearmament, and war.

Israel marks 70th anniversary amid war crimes and deepening social crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2018

Washington’s ripping up of the Iran nuclear treaty and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem have given the Israeli state a green light for war with Iran and violent suppression of the Palestinians.

US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal drives Ankara into a corner

By Halil Celik, 14 May 2018

Washington’s reimposition of punishing economic sanctions on Iran, and its plans to force other countries to follow suit, threatens to roil the already crisis-ridden Turkish economy.

US steps up pressure on Iran with new round of sanctions

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2018

Announced the same day as Israel launched its largest-ever direct assault on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, the sanctions mark a further step by US imperialism in the direction of an all-out military confrontation with Iran.

For a working-class strategy against the imperialist repartition of the Middle East!

By Keith Jones, 11 May 2018

In Iran, as around the world, the struggle against imperialist aggression and war must be founded on the independent political mobilization of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution.

European powers condemn Trump’s cancellation of Iran nuclear treaty

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 10 May 2018

Trump’s scrapping of the 2015 treaty has revealed deep and explosive divisions between Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.

Middle East teeters on brink of region-wide war after US withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 10 May 2018

After Israeli war planes targeted Iranian personnel in Syria for the third time in less than a month, Iranian Quds forces reportedly launched rockets into northern Israel.

Trump torpedoes Iran nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 9 May 2018

In its reckless and ruinous drive for global hegemony, US imperialism, like the Nazi regime, makes diplomatic agreements only to break them when expedient.

Tensions rise with Trump set to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2018

With Trump’s allies signaling that he will rip up the agreement, Israel has issued increasingly bellicose threats against Iran.

Washington and Tel Aviv lurching toward a war with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2018

The aggression that is being prepared by the US and Israel threatens to drag all of the major powers into what could prove a catastrophic world war.

Israel denounces Iran nuclear deal after new missile strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2018

Netanyahu’s bellicose speech indicting Iran, following on the heels of missile strikes on Syria, underscores the growing threat of a region-wide war.

The growing threat of an Israeli war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2018

In the shadow of US-French discussions on the Iranian nuclear deal, Israel is preparing for a military confrontation with Iran, threatening to ignite a regional and even global war.

Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents meet in Ankara

By Halil Celik, 10 April 2018

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran came together in Ankara April 4 to discuss developments in Syria as well as the relations between the three countries.

On the brink of war: US and NATO prepare military strike on Syria

By Keith Jones, 10 April 2018

The American and European ruling elites see in war a means not only to reverse a series of geopolitical setbacks in the Middle East, but also to crack down on domestic political opposition.

Mehring Books publishes The Struggle against Imperialism and For Workers’ Power in Iran

24 March 2018

The pamphlet addresses pivotal issues of socialist strategy in a country that for decades has been a target of US imperialist intrigue and aggression, and where the working class, as heralded by the protests that opened 2018, is now striving to find the road of independent class struggle.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

Washington delivers new ultimatum on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2018

The Trump administration is threatening to abrogate the Iran nuclear agreement in order to force the European powers to adopt a hard line against Tehran.

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”

The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran—Part 3

By Keith Jones, 16 February 2018

The only viable basis for opposing imperialism is the revolutionary mobilization of the workers and toilers of Iran and the Middle East, based on an appeal to their democratic and social strivings.

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”

The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran—Part 2

By Keith Jones, 15 February 2018

Mazaheri equates the Islamic Republic with the “democratic popular” upsurge of 1978 and 1979. In reality, this upsurge involved antagonistic class forces with very different aims and aspirations.

A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”

The struggle against imperialism and for workers’ power in Iran

By Keith Jones, 14 February 2018

The history of Iran and the global struggle against imperialism demonstrates that a viable anti-imperialist strategy can only be founded on the independent political mobilization of the working-class in opposition to all factions of the bourgeoisie.

Stricken Iranian tanker sinks, causing major oil spill in East China Sea

By Robert Campion, 17 January 2018

After the ship exploded, all its crew members were presumed dead and concerns were raised about the worst petroleum condensate discharge in history.

Trump vows to renew all-out economic war on Iran

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2018

Trump insisted he will issue no further waivers of economic sanctions unless the Iran nuclear agreement is rewritten in accordance with his demands.

Iran: Anti-government protests abate in face of mass repression

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 8 January 2018

None of the grievances fueling the working class protests that swept across Iran in recent days have been addressed, let alone resolved.

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

By E.P. Milligan, 8 January 2018

Even as Trump was bloviating about the right to protest in Iran, his Justice Department was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution.

The working class unrest in Iran: The WSWS replies to an apologist of the Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 6 January 2018

The WSWS’s attitude toward Iran is based on two fundamental factors: Iran’s character as a historically oppressed country that must be defended against imperialism and the antagonistic relationship between the Iranian bourgeoisie and working class.

Working class opposition erupts in Iran: A harbinger for the world in 2018

By Keith Jones, 4 January 2018

The working class unrest in Iran has already upset the calculations not just of the Iranian elite, but of governments around the world.

Mass protests against austerity and social inequality shake Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 3 January 2018

The protests are fueled by deep-rooted class anger in a country where the unemployment rate for youth approaches 40 percent and half of the population lives in poverty.

An interview with Iranian filmmaker Ali Asgari, co-director of The Silence and Disappearance

“The subjects that interest us are connected with social issues and the lack of equality”

By David Walsh, 1 December 2017

Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi are Iranian filmmakers working sensitively on social subjects. The Silence, a short work filmed in Italy, is their latest effort.

Earthquake near Iran-Iraq border kills hundreds and injures thousands

By Trévon Austin, 14 November 2017

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake is the deadliest in 2017.

Crown Prince extends purge of rivals in Saudi Arabia

By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2017

The scale of the purge testifies to the mortal crisis wracking the venal ruling clique in Riyadh, which treats the country as its personal fiefdom.

Saudi crown prince charges Iran with “act of war”

By Jordan Shilton, 8 November 2017

After purging his main domestic rivals, Crown Prince Bin Salman accused Tehran of “direct military aggression” after a missile was fired into Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

Lebanese crisis bound up with war drive against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2017

Prime Minister Hariri announced his resignation in Riyadh, echoing the virulent anti-Iranian rhetoric of the Saudi monarchy.

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony

By Keith Jones, 16 October 2017

Trump’s new “Iran strategy” has been denounced by European leaders, who accuse Washington of acting as a law unto itself, inciting a global nuclear arms race and heightening the danger of war in the Middle East and on the Korean Peninsula.

Transatlantic antagonisms deepen after Trump threatens withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 16 October 2017

Transatlantic relations have deteriorated throughout 2017 as Trump has resorted to “America first” nationalism and the major European powers, above all Germany, have advanced their own imperialist ambitions.

Denouncing Iran as a terrorist state, Trump refuses to recertify nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2017

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is amended to Washington’s satisfaction.

Trump’s threats against Iran aggravate German-American tensions

By Johannes Stern, 14 October 2017

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US.

Trump to light fuse under Iran nuclear deal, as part of more aggressive anti-Iran strategy

By Jordan Shilton, 11 October 2017

In addition to certifying Iran as non-compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal, Trump is said to be preparing to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist organization.”

US initiates plan to blow-up Iran nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 21 September 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined Washington’s demands for the “renegotiation” of the Iran nuclear accord at a meeting yesterday of its signatories.

Trump administration preparing to escalate provocations against Iran

By Jordan Shilton, 15 September 2017

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, indicated that Trump will refuse to certify Teheran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

France boosts trade ties with Iran despite US sanction threats

By Kumaran Ira, 12 August 2017

These deals point to very sharp objective economic conflicts between the European powers and the United States that threaten to spill over into military conflict.

New US provocation in Persian Gulf as Washington expands Iran sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2017

The strategy of the Trump White House and Pentagon is to provoke Iran either into abrogating the nuclear accord, or into an outright military clash with the US.

Trump threatens Iran, plots to scuttle nuclear accord

By Jordan Shilton, 24 July 2017

Trump’s bellicose remarks came just days after he reluctantly agreed to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord.

Saudi ultimatum to Qatar brings Middle East to brink of wider war

By Peter Symonds, 26 June 2017

The Saudi-led ultimatum to Qatar contains demands deliberately designed to be rejected, providing the pretext for even tougher sanctions and military action.

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017

Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.

Terror attack in Iran exacerbates war tensions in Gulf

By Keith Jones, 8 June 2017

Iranian authorities charged that Saudi Arabia and Washington orchestrated yesterday’s attack, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Iran’s president wins reelection

By Keith Jones, 22 May 2017

While Rouhani cast himself as the candidate of peace and moderation, he favors slashing social spending and a rapprochement with the imperialist powers.

Iran holds presidential election amid mounting geopolitical turbulence

By Keith Jones, 18 May 2017

US “secondary sanctions” continue to squeeze Iran’s economy, contributing to mass joblessness and growing social anger.

At least 23 dead, dozens trapped in Iranian coal mine disaster

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 May 2017

The tragedy underscores the perilous conditions confronting coal miners in Iran and around the world.

Washington threatens war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson made clear that Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement would do nothing to prevent US military aggression.

US secretary of state issues war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2017

The administration indicated it will review all sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, with an eye toward reimposing them on the phony pretext that Tehran is a “state sponsor” of terrorism.

Top US general calls for military action against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 30 March 2017

General Joseph Votel’s provocative remarks and calls for military action feed into the growing clamour in Washington for tough measures against Iran.

China protests US sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2017

The Trump administration blacklisted three Chinese individuals and two Chinese companies in retaliation for Iran’s missile test.

Democrats back Trump administration’s new sanctions against Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 4 February 2017

The sanctions are part of an aggressive shift of the new administration and follow the declaration of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn that Iran was being put “on notice.”

Washington’s war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2017

It would be a dangerous mistake to believe that the actions of the Trump White House are the result of mere improvisation or impulse. Rather, they are part of a definite plan.

White House issues war threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 2 February 2017

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran “on notice” over its ballistic missile test, accusing it of “destabilising behaviour.”

US destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian patrol boats

By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2017

The incident underscores the volatile situation in the Middle East and the potential for a rapid rise of US-Iranian tensions once Trump assumes the US presidency.

Russia, Iran and Turkey issue joint declaration on Syrian settlement

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2016

The joining of Turkey, a NATO ally, with Moscow and Tehran has provoked anger and recriminations from the US establishment and media.

The life and career of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami

By David Walsh, 14 July 2016

The Iranian director will be best remembered and long honored for the series of feature films, including documentaries, that he made between 1987 and 1997.

With Washington’s blessing, Boeing signs mega-deal with Iran

By Roger Jordan, 12 July 2016

Boeing’s $20 billion deal to sell commercial aircraft to Iran Air is by far the largest US business transaction with Tehran since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Doha oil talks collapse

By Nick Beams, 19 April 2016

The main reason for the failure to agree on an oil production freeze appears to be tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are on opposites sides in conflicts in the Middle East.

Washington steps up threats over Iran missile tests

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2016

While the tests by Iran do not violate the nuclear accord, Washington sees them as an intolerable affront to its drive for hegemony.

Iranian elections strengthen Rouhani’s hand

By Keith Jones, 1 March 2016

Last Friday’s elections have strengthened a faction of Iran’s ruling elite that favours speedy rapprochement with Washington and accelerated neo-liberal restructuring.

Iran’s President Rouhani visits Italy, France as economic rivalries deepen

By Kumaran Ira, 5 February 2016

After lifting sanctions on Iran, the imperialist powers are locked in a bitter competition over who will seize the largest share of lucrative Iranian markets.

Europe joins the economic “gold rush” to Tehran

By Peter Symonds, 30 January 2016

Iranian President Rouhani’s trip to Europe signals that Iran is wide open for foreign investors following this month’s lifting of international sanctions.

US and EU lift economic sanctions against Iran

By Keith Jones, 18 January 2016

The nuclear deal with Iran is a tactical shift by Washington, the aim of which is to strengthen US imperialism so it can better confront, including militarily, China and Russia.

Iran releases US sailors in run-up to nuclear sanction relief

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2016

The incident served to highlight the deep divisions within the US political establishment over the nuclear deal.

US Navy vessels impounded in Iranian waters

By Keith Jones, 13 January 2016

US Republicans seized on yesterday’s incident to repeat their charge that Obama is “appeasing” Tehran and demand a renewed campaign of economic sanctions and military threats against Iran.

Iran claims Saudis “deliberately” struck embassy in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 8 January 2016

The accusations that Saudi jets attacked an Iranian embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, come amid rising tensions that are pushing the Middle East to the brink of all-out war.

The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2016

The barbaric killing spree carried out by the royal parasites in Riyadh was a calculated political act driven by both domestic and international objectives.

US threatens new sanctions on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 4 January 2016

Washington’s threat is particularly provocative as it came just days after Tehran fulfilled a key aspect of last July’s nuclear deal—to ship its enriched uranium to Russia.

Clinton pledges to outdo Obama in militarism

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2015

In a speech and question-and-answer session at a Washington think tank, the Democratic frontrunner took an even more hard-line position than the current administration.

Obama secures votes to override congressional opposition to Iran deal

By Keith Jones, 7 September 2015

The White House has insisted the nuclear deal would actually facilitate military action against Iran if Washington deems it necessary.

Conflict within US political establishment over Iran nuclear accord intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2015

The conflict within the American state presents the spectacle of a large majority in Congress pushing for imminent war against Iran.

Obama on Iran: The specter of World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2015

The US president took the extraordinary step of going public in warning that powerful factions within Congress and the state apparatus are determined to go to war against Iran.

Obama speech on Iran: Collapse of nuclear deal will mean war

By Barry Grey, 6 August 2015

Obama’s attempt to cast the policy shift toward Iran as a commitment to peaceful diplomacy and adherence to international law is a transparent fraud.

French Foreign Minister Fabius visits Iran to boost ties after nuclear deal

By Kumaran Ira, 3 August 2015

After taking a bellicose stance against Tehran in recent years, Paris now sees the nuclear accord as an opportunity to boost its influence in Iran.

Failure of Iran nuclear pact will lead to war, Kerry warns

By Thomas Gaist, 29 July 2015

In response to bipartisan warmongering, Kerry insisted that the nuclear pact would serve as a stepping stone toward intensified confrontation with Tehran.

German economics minister rushes to exploit business opportunities in Iran

By Johannes Stern, 27 July 2015

Berlin’s scramble to dominate exploitation of the Iranian economy is another move in German imperialism’s return to the world stage.

The Iran nuclear pact and US imperialism’s drive for global hegemony

By Keith Jones, 21 July 2015

Obama’s “engagement” with Iran is a strategic bet that through a combination of pressure and inducements US imperialism will be able to harness Tehran to its predatory agenda.

UN Security Council approves pact on Iranian nuclear programs

By Peter Symonds, 21 July 2015

Despite the UN vote, the nuclear pact still faces concerted opposition in the US Congress and political establishment.

Iran signals closer collaboration with West

By Peter Symonds, 18 July 2015

While hardliners have expressed some opposition to this week’s nuclear agreement, significant layers of business are already positioning themselves for the lifting of sanctions.

US seeks to placate Mideast allies angered by Iran nuclear deal

By Keith Jones, 17 July 2015

Obama and his top aides have indicated the US will offer Israel and the Saudi monarchy new weapons systems and enhanced intelligence cooperation and security guarantees.

US political infighting begins over Iran nuclear deal

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2015

Congress has a total of 82 days to take action to block the lifting of sanctions against Iran, which would require overriding a presidential veto.

Obama promotes “historic” nuclear deal with Iran

By Keith Jones, 15 July 2015

US President Obama gave a lengthy speech yesterday, insisting that the deal with Tehran served US “national-security interests,” that is, it advanced the strategic interests of US imperialism.

Iran talks continue into the weekend

By Keith Jones, 11 July 2015

The Obama administration is seeking an agreement that will provide Washington with maximum leverage over Iran and the ability to easily pivot back to all-out confrontation.

Iran nuclear talks approaching make-or-break deadline

By Keith Jones, 6 July 2015

As the talks proceed in Vienna, the US press has been churning out reports touting a new Pentagon mega-bomb specifically crafted to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Iran nuclear talks to go past June 30 deadline

By Keith Jones, 29 June 2015

The US is threatening to walk away from the talks unless Tehran capitulates to its demands for further sweeping concessions.

US sends warships to Strait of Hormuz, claiming Iran threat

By Thomas Gaist, 2 May 2015

The US Central Command justified sending naval forces to patrol the strategic waterway as a response to Iran’s seizure of a cargo ship earlier this week.

US-Iran tensions over seizure of cargo vessel

By Thomas Gaist, 29 April 2015

The incident comes against the backdrop of a redoubling of the US-backed aerial bombardment of Iranian-allied militias in Yemen.

Australian government to share intelligence with Iranian regime

By Peter Symonds, 24 April 2015

The foreign minister’s mission in Tehran was to feel out the possibilities for Washington for greater collaboration with Iran in securing US interests in the Middle East.

Saudi-led coalition halts air assault in Yemen

By Niles Williamson, 22 April 2015

Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday after nearly a month of daily bombardments that it was winding up the US-backed air campaign against Houthi rebels.

Iran’s Zarif volunteers Tehran as US strategic partner

By Keith Jones, 22 April 2015

Zarif’s “message” is remarkable both for what it says and what it doesn’t say.

White House and Congress reach deal over Iran nuclear talks

By Thomas Gaist, 17 April 2015

The Obama administration signaled approval Tuesday for legislation that would give Congress a role in the event that a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program.

US, Israel condemn Russian missile deal with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015

Moscow’s lifting of its ban on delivery of defensive surface-to-air missiles to Iran has cut across US and Israeli threats of military action.

Iranian regime cautiously embraces international nuclear deal

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2015

Public criticism has been largely limited to the terms of the agreement, with no prominent figure calling for an end to the talks.