A civil activist and an advocate of the oppressed working class of Iran, Sepideh Gholian, who was arrested during workers’ protests, and endured four years and seven months of imprisonment in the dungeon, of the Islamic regime, was released from the case of Haft Tappeh workers, but her freedom didn’t last long and few hours later, she was arrested again by the security apparatus of the Islamic Republic, and taken back to prison.
Brazil’s attempted coup was thwarted by Lula’s decisive action, minister says
Alexandre Padilha says insurrection by Bolsonaro supporters was well-organized ‘act of terrorism’ aimed at toppling government. Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro invade the National Congress in Brasília on 8 January. Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro invade the National Congress in Brasília on 8 January. Photograph: Sérgio Lima/AFP/Getty Images. The insurrection that shook Brazil’s capital was a well-organised coup attempt that was thwarted thanks to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s swift and firm reaction, one of the president’s top ministers has told the Guardian.
First images from Nasa’s James Webb space telescope reveal ancient galaxies
Nasa has released an image of far-flung galaxies as they were 13bn years ago, the first glimpse from the most powerful telescope ever launched into space, which promises to reshape our understanding of the dawn of the universe. The small slice of the universe, called SMACS 0723, has been captured in sharp detail by the James Webb space telescope (JWST), showing that particular cluster as it was 4.6bn years ago, as well as the light from many different twinkling galaxies which are among the oldest in the universe. Joe Biden, who unveiled the image at a White House event, called the moment “historic” and said it provided “a new window into the history of our universe”.
Niloofar Golkar: Workers’ Organizations and ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’
Workers’ Organizations and ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’: A Bottom-Up Solidarity in Making
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS • March 12, 2023 •
On February 15th, twenty workers’ unions, feminists, students, and one human rights organization in Iran published the Charter of Minimum Demands of Independent Civil and Trade Unions of Iran, the first collective document from within the country, voicing their demands for a democratic and just future without dictatorship and oppression.
Statement of the Coordinating Council of Union Organizations of: Iranian Educators in solidarity with lawyers, doctors and students
These days, our Iran is going through inflammatory days, every day that passes, the alignments become clearer and the path of seeking rights becomes clearer. On one side, the right-seeking and justice-seeking people who strive for freedom and equality, and on the other side, the self-interested power worshipers have lined up. For the first time in Iran's political and social scene, multiple forces from different directions have taken a common goal, in this way, maximum unity and solidarity is the most necessary action ahead.
Call for an urgent action
Condemn trumped-up charges against trade union activists in Iran! Arrests of two French teachers’ trade unionists in Iran and the scandalous coverage by the Intelligence Ministry and IRI Broadcasting. Statement of the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, in Response to the Ridiculous TV Show of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Against the Teachers' Union Activists
International Women's Day Honouring Brave Women of Iran
A night of talks and performances honouring the brave women of Iran. Let's hear directly from women's rights activist in Iran. Women Life and Freedom UK and Kurdish Women's Rights have collaborated to celebrate International Women's Day on March 11th. The aim of this event is to highlight the violations of women's rights and the sacrifices women have made while fighting for their fundamental rights and freedom of expression. We hope this event will encourage our audience to stand up for women's rights.
Sign onto the Women, Life, Freedom Charter
Iran's women's revolution has announced the end of the Islamic regime and its discrimination, misogyny and violations of the human right to life. The courage and beauty of the struggle of the youth and all members of society has inspired the world. Widespread gatherings outside Iran have shown unprecedented solidarity. This is the end of Islamic rule and the beginning of a new Iran. An Iran imprinted with ‘women, life, freedom.’
Maryam Namazie: CELEBRATING DISSENT 2022
Celebrating Dissent 2022 is being held in Cologne, Germany during August 20-21, 2022 with over 50 speakers from 30 countries worldwide, including Scientist Richard Dawkins, Writer Bonya Ahmad and Actor Nazmiye Oral. Find out more about the conference here. This will be the largest gathering of ex-Muslims and freethinkers since lockdown and will continue from the highly successful Celebrating Dissent in Amsterdam in 2019 as well as the 2017 ‘Glastonbury of Freethinkers’.
Rights and freedom Iran ‘They used our hijabs to gag us’: Iran protesters tell of rapes, beatings and torture by police
More than 500 people have been killed since protests erupted following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody. More than 500 people have been killed since protests erupted following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody. Composite: Getty/AFP As human rights organisations report an escalation in the brutal treatment of detainees, we speak to some of those who say they have suffered at the hands of state security forces
Join Hair 4 Freedom, 100 Reasons for Solidarity, Global Body Riot & more
Hope you are well. Since the murder of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Jina Amini for ‘improper’ veiling by the Islamic regime of Iran’s morality police on September 16, there have been ongoing mass protests led by women and girls.This is being called a women’s revolution, the main slogan of which is ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ and ‘We don’t want and Islamic state.’ Join us in solidarity actions to show your support!
What the war in Ukraine taught us
What the war in Ukraine taught us, Palestinians: We fight our oppressors, and we get branded terrorists. Ukrainians do the same, and they get applauded for their courage. Members of the Territorial Defence Forces prepare to patrol in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 28, 2022 [File: Mikhail Palinchak/EPA-EFE] Since the early hours of February 24, when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the world at large has been watching the Ukrainian people’s bravery and resilience in awe.
Boycott the Islamic regime of Iran
Global campaign to Expel the Islamic Regime of Iran from International Labour Organization (ILO) (The Farsi transaltion will follow the English)We call on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to expel Iran.The Islamic regime opposes worker's rights, bans strikes and free independent labour unions, and has jailed worker activists for organising to demand better pay and conditions, has executed 4 workers and shot dead tens of children in recent months for participating in protests, and so on- all of which are clear violations of ILO principles and statutes. Iran's state-controlled organisations at the ILO represent the oppressive anti-democratic regime, not the working people of Iran. They should be expelled from the ILO.
Jean-Luc Godard, giant of the French New Wave, dies at 91
The radical director of Breathless and Alphaville, and who was a key figure in the French Nouvelle Vague, has died. Peter Bradshaw on Godard: a genius who tore up rule book without troubling to read it. Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director who was a key figure in the Nouvelle Vague, the film-making movement that revolutionised cinema in the late 1950s and 60s, has died aged 91. French news agency AFP reported that he died “peacefully at home” in Switzerland with his wife Anne-Marie Mieville at his side.
Ukraine invasion: Kharkiv residents describe intense battle to defend city
Ukrainian forces say they have repelled an attack on the country's second city Kharkiv after fierce clashes with Russian forces. Regional governor Oleh Synehubov said the city was now rid of Russian troops - after street-to-street fighting.Thousands spent the night in basements and shelters, with intense shelling described by one resident as "something like Star Wars above your head". "The wave of the blast was so strong that my ears popped," another said.