The stormy street demonstrations in Iran
are continuing and gathering strength. Anti-government protesters held
another big rally in central Tehran today (Wednesday), which, to judge
from photographs we have just received, has dwarfed even the massive
demonstrations of the last few days. It defied renewed calls from
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, to keep off the streets.
Faced with vast protests, the ruling regime in Tehran is being pulled
in opposite directions.
Dramatic events are unfolding in Iran.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched in silence through central
Tehran on Monday to protest Iran’s disputed presidential election in an
extraordinary show of defiance that appeared to be the largest
anti-government demonstration in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Reuter
says one demonstrator was shot dead. But nothing can stem the tide. The
revolutionary situation is unfolding with lightening speed. This is the second of two articles on Iran.
Two candidates stood in the Iranian
“elections”, but the regime had decided who was going to win long
before any votes were cast. In spite of the mild, “loyal opposition” of
Mousavi, large sections of the Iranian electorate used their vote to
express opposition to the regime. Once the “result” was announced
violence broke out on the streets, revealing the seething anger and
discontent among the masses. This marks a new phase in the development
of the Iranian revolution. Socialist.net are publishing here the first of two articles on the unfolding crisis in Iran
Israel has recently declared a unilateral ceasefire, bringing to an end
one of its bloodiest military incursions into the Gaza strip. As the
dust settles, the scale of the devastation becomes clear: over 1,300
Palestinians lie dead, with estimates of the number wounded topping
5000. Much of Gaza's infrastructure lies in ruins, with power stations,
water networks and sewage systems destroyed; homes, mosques and even
schools have been reduced to rubble. According to the UN, the cost of
rebuilding Gaza could run into billions of dollars.
The so-called Peace Process is dead. It will be
not be revived until the Israeli army has done its bloody work in Gaza
thoroughly. Ultimately, both Jews and Arabs must have the right to live in
peace and control their own destinies in a homeland of their own. It is easy to
state this aim, but not so easy to say how it can be achieved. In the
concluding part of his article Alan Woods shows the relation between war and
revolution and explains that the prior condition for solving the Palestinian
question is the overthrow of the reactionary Arab regimes in the Middle East.