Iran/USA – MONTÉE DE TENSIONS

Depuis le retrait des USA en mai 2018 de l’accord international sur le nucléaire iranien, suivi du rétablissement de lourdes sanctions US contre l’Iran, les tensions entre les gouvernements des USA et de l’Iran ne cessent d’augmenter, sur fond d’incidents militaires dans la région du Golfe.

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Iran – Usa tension amid the ongoing Arab Spring

The recent tensions and threats of war between the USA and Iran have roots to the origins of the Islamic Republic following the 1979 Revolution that overthrew the despotic dictatorship of the Shah.

Since then, Iran has continued to remain a regional power, especially after surviving the 10 year long war with Iraq. The current tensions are different front the past in that they come after years of popular uprisings in the region and have seen new players emerge, with alliances becoming much more fluid.

APC interviewed Joseph Daher, an academic and socialist activist. He is also the author of the recent book ‘Syria after the Uprisings , the political economy of state resilience’.

Asia Pacific Currents provides updates of labour struggles and campaigns from the Asia Pacific region. It is produced by Australia Asia Worker Links, in the studio of 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia

To listen to the interview follow this link: https://www.3cr.org.au/asiapac/episode-201907060900/iran-usa-tension-amid-ongoing-arab-spring?fbclid=IwAR1f7WxZ55cLxBxcS9RyUFFOVVgVDXn5i2eUBk_vbnijm8A1yb8cuVGmpE8

Sudan – women at the heart of mobilizations

Women have played a key role in the protests in Sudan since December 2018, and continue to do so since the fall of the dictator al-Bashir in April 2019.

The level of women’s participation and their role in organizing daily struggles is unprecedented in the country’s history. The presence of women on the streets and on demonstrations is massive. They are also involved in workers’ organizations, including the Sudanese Professional Association, and opposition parties within the Coalition of Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change (FDLC) that are leading negotiations with senior military officials.

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Book: “Syria after the Uprisings The Political Economy of State Resilience” Joseph Daher 2019

Book available for purchase on the following link: https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745339382/syria-after-the-uprisings/

Overview

Syria has been at the centre of world news since 2011, following the beginnings of a popular uprising in the country and its subsequent violent repression. Eight years on, Joseph Daher analyses the resilience of the regime and the failings of the uprising, while also taking a closer look at the counter-revolutionary processes that have been undermining the uprising from without and within.

Through a sharp reconstruction of the key historical developments, Daher focuses on the reasons behind the transition of a peaceful uprising into a destructive war with multiple regional and international actors. He argues that other approaches have so far neglected a global analysis of the conflict’s economic, social and political characteristics. He also shows that it is impossible to understand the Syrian uprising without a historical perspective dating back to the seizure of power by Hafez al-Assad in 1970.

A result of years of research and discussions with activists, students, members of political parties and Syrian academics, this book will be the go-to analysis of Syria for years to come. Continue reading