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France’s Yellow Vests: It’s just 1 protest…which has lasted 8 years

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The most important thing to understand about France’s Yellow Vest movement is that the Mainstream Media wants you to view it as an isolated incident which exists in a vacuum, when we are much better served to look at in a continuum. When the Yellow Vests started I was not foolish to say: “So what?” After all, the Yellow Vest movement is dwarfed

Khashoggi Part 4: fake-leftism identical in Saudi Arabian or Western form

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog File it under “things we’d like to be true…so we never examine it”: The West’s unstated belief that their politics are exponentially morally superior to those of Saudi Arabia. “We only work with them – we are not at all like them,” is what it boils down to. This article aims to show just how similar “Oriental despotism” is to “Occidental domination” in

Khashoggi Part 3: ‘Liberal Democratic Salafism’ is a sham, ‘Islamic Socialism’ isn’t

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog The most important thing to understand about Salafism is that it exists in every country, Islamic or not. Some will immediately close their minds to such an idea because they have been socially conditioned to believe that their culture should not have anything in common with Muslim culture. However, those who go along with me will find that this discussion should clarify much

Khashoggi Part 2: A ‘reformer’…who was also a hysterical anti-Iran/Shia warmonger?

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I wouldn’t want readers to think that I egotistically view Jamal Khashoggi’s anti-Iran stance as his most important flaw…. Part two in this 4-part series only focuses on Iran because they provide a distinct counterpart to “Khashoggi Thought”: By laying out the differences between these two we can see how Khashoggi relates to the Middle Eastern world; then in Part 3 we can

House of Cards finale: #MeToo, sure, but women are just as bad as men

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog (SPOILER ALERT! This article is not very good.) If House of Cards only had a first season and a final season it could have been remembered as almost genuinely dissident television. Season 1 did something never seen on American screens: It accurately showed that modern American Liberal Democracy is designed to be won by politicians who are amoral, individualistic and disgusting sociopaths. Season

Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTV’s Serena Shim: A 4-part series

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely don’t know the first two, while the entire world seems to know about the last one. This is a 4-part series which explains what Jamal Khashoggi represented ideologically, the relevance of his ideology in the modern Islamic World, the perhaps-unexpected

The reinstatement of North Korea: What effects on the ‘story’ of socialism?

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog It seems unlikely – as it defies 73 years of ongoing aggression, warfare, the near-warfare of constant tap dancing on the border, starvation-creating sanctions, false promises, broken promises, racist caricaturing, hysterical knee-jerk anti-socialism, and more besides – but what if Washington finally allows North Korea to reintegrate into the multinational world? North Korea has been so politically oppressed from without that they are

Iran’s definitive account of the Iraq war: Written by a female Iraqi Kurd

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog On September 22nd there was a terrible terrorist attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz which killed 25 innocent people and wounded 70 other people. This was universally reported in the West as having occurred at a “military parade”, when it was actually a parade to commemorate the 1980 start of the Western-backed, Western-funded, Western-armed invasion which used Iraq to try to destroy

Eurozone didn’t admit a Lost Decade – France won’t admit austerity continues in 2019

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog One would think that if economic austerity had ended, it would be trumpeted loudly? After all, it has been going on for so long, is so hugely despised, is such an economic failure, and has been the source of so many protests, arrests, tear-gassings, water cannoning, police violence and – certainly – deaths due to the lack of adequate health care, suicides due

France tells dead Algerians they were killed by ‘systematic torture’

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Last week French President Emmanuel Macron admitted for the first time ever that France used torture systematically during the Algerian War for Independence. This has earned Macron and France international plaudits for “bringing the country closer to grappling with its colonial past”, “righting a historical wrong” and other such total nonsense. I covered the story for PressTV, and alongside both Algerian and French-Algerian

No blow too low for Democrats in choosing mullah for US Guardian Council

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog It’s time to admit that America is ultimately run by mullahs. No, there isn’t a pro-Iran lobby which is funding a Deep State cabal or anything. The idea of a “pro-Iran lobby” being permitted to democratically exist in the US is, of course, a total impossibility as long as Iran maintains its anti-capitalist and anti-Zionist stances. And no, I am not referring to

Iran detente after Trump’s JCPOA pull out? We can wait 2 more years, or 6, or…

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Unfortunately, the final part in this 11-part series on modern Iran arrives at a time of major economic instability, perhaps the worst since the end of the Iran-Iraq War. For the sake of argument, let’s be honest about what concrete steps Iran would have to take in order to finally get the sanctions called off. We should totally ignore US Secretary of State

‘The Death of Yazdgerd’: The greatest political movie ever explains Iran’s revolution

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog I’d say it’s a pretty low bar to be the greatest political movie off all-time…. Perhaps movies are just too sensationalistic by nature to give politics the seriousness it deserves? Maybe politics are simply too complex to condense into 90 minutes, less the time needed for a compelling love story? What are the greatest political movies of all time? Firstly, let’s exclude the

‘Martyrdom and Martyrdom’ & martyrdom: understanding Iran

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog “We are the nation of martyrdom, we are the nation of Imam Hossain, you better ask.” – Iranian Major General and Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani, July 27, 2018 That injunction for education was in response to US President Donald Trump’s threatening “all-caps tweet” to Iran. The exchange provides a rather timely news peg for this article, and it also confirms its necessity;

‘Cultural’ & ‘Permanent Revolution’ in Iranian Revolutionary Shi’ism

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog “Trotsky was and, in as much as he lives in his writings, remains the foremost strategist of world socialist revolution. Hence the indissoluble association of his name with the theory and strategy of Permanent Revolution—an association familiar even to those like Mazaheri….” That is a quote from the World Socialist Web Site’s 3-part series designed to rebut my work popularising the concept of

Iran’s Basij: Reconstructing society via class warfare

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In this 11-part series, which began as a response to the World Socialist Web Site’s 3-part series against my views of Iran and also Iranian Islamic Socialism in general, I have included a 4-part sub-series on the Basij: I think that the total ignorance of the Basij demands it amid the crumbling JCPOA pact on Iran’s nuclear energy program and the increased worries

A leftist analysis of Iran’s Basij…likely the first in the West

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In the World Socialist Web Site’s 3-part response to my critique of their Iran coverage and their accusation that “Islamic socialism is a sham” (not just Iranian Islamic Socialism), one thing surprised me: Why was there not one mention of the Basij? After all, it is 10+ million person (low estimate) organisation mainly drawn from the working class – surely the WSWS would

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