Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency has joined with Labour Fight and other comrades to form the Committee for Marxist Revival (CMR). The CMR’s general tasks and perspectives are available on the site.
In the lead up to his week-long European tour President Barack Obama has had to defend US imperialism’s assassination of an unarmed Osama Bin Laden once again. Immediately after the extrajudicial execution Obama, the former law professor, said in a special televised address that “Justice has been done”! A few days later his Attorney General, i. e., the head of the US government’s Department of Justice, said: “The operation in which Osama Bin Laden was killed was lawful”. Eric Holder went on to say: “We do respect the rule of law, there are appropriate ways in which we conduct ourselves and expect our people to conduct themselves, and I think those Navy Seals conducted themselves in a way that’s consistent with American, [and] British values.” Read the rest of this entry »
LF: At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, the world entered into a major economic crisis. What were the reasons for this crisis which has effected the deterioration of living conditions of millions of working class in the world?
MR: In Capital, Karl Marx makes a distinction between “recurrent crises” of capitalism, which is related to business-cycle fluctuations known as “recession”, to the one which is called “major crisis”. From the late 19th century to present day, four such major crises can be distinguished: the crisis of the 1890s, the Great Depression of 1930s, the crisis of the 1970s, and the current crisis 2007-8.
Once again on 14 February 2011 hundreds of thousands of brave young people came out on the streets of Iran. This time the demonstrations were in support of the struggles of the people of North African against their dictatorial regimes. However, the protests in Iran, like the protests in 2009 during the heady days of the ‘election’, were against the ruling clique. As in 2009, although the protests were called by Mousavi and Karroubi (leaders of the regime’s ‘reformist’ wing), the protesters were instead chanting radical slogans such as “Down with dictatorship” and “Mubarak! Ben Ali! Now it’s time for Seyed Ali! [meaning Khamenei]”.
We have to give clear guideline in our analysis based on the objective situation and our understanding of the experiences of the international class struggle. In a very good analytical article about the situation of Egypt, published here yesterday, once again the central slogan for masses considering the objective situation is missing.
The unprecedented events in Egypt during the past few days have caught US imperialism unprepared. Having poured $1.3bn a year into propping up the Mubarak regime US imperialism has finally realised that the time has come to find an alternative for continuing its long-term interests of exploiting and oppressing the Egyptian masses and preserving the rule of reactionary regimes in the region.
I generally agree with the analysis of the above article [published here on 28 January] about the present situation in Tunisia. However I have some observation about the central slogan to be posed by the revolutionary Marxists in Tunisia (and other Arab countries) today.
The self-immolation of a young vegetable vendor was the spark that ignited a popular revolt against Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s vicious dictatorship. While the vicious dictator who ruled Tunisia for 23 years has now fled, his regime has survived almost intact.
On 19th February 2010 I received a letter written by comrade Alan Woods (on behalf of the IS). I found this a very interesting letter, especially as it comes from the principle leader of our organization. This letter shows the depth of the IMT’s leadership crisis. This is a leadership which acts as a group of journalists in the face of major events in a critical part of the world like Iran. For this reason I shall try to respond to this letter in depth, paragraph by paragraph, so that nothing will be left out.