Even though it has to wage much of its struggle underground, the Tudeh Party of Iran, 40 years after the overthrow of the autocratic U.S.-installed Shah, continues the fight for a secular, democratic, and socialist Iran. The following is an exclusive interview with Mohammad Omidvar, a member of the political bureau of the Tudeh Party.
Tudeh Party of Iran condemns the US neo-colonial interference in Venezuela!
The Tudeh Party of Iran is closely following reports coming from Venezuela on the coordinated attempts by the US administration and its regional allies in Latin America to subvert the legitimate, constitutional and elected government of the Bolivarian Republic. According to this news, the architects of the attempted coup d’état have proclaimed Juan Guaidó, a spokesperson of the right-wing opposition and hitherto relatively unknown figure, as president of the country and have started moves to engineer ‘legitimacy’ for the US sponsored puppet “administration”.
The Tudeh Party of Iran has been closely following the developments in Sudan since 19th December when the popular struggle against the dictatorial regime of Omar al-Bashir entered a new phase.
During the past three weeks masses of people in every part of the country have taken to the street to protest against the government economic policies, repression, corruption and the decision to increase the price of bread, Al-Bashir’s government has responded with deploying its entire Security Forces including police and special forces to break the nationwide protests. Human Rights organisations have accused Al-Bashir public speeches appeared to justify violence rather than discourage it.
Dear Comrade Raul Castro, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba
On the momentous occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the victory of the Cuban Revolution, the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran would like to convey the fraternal message of all the members and supporters of our Party, and indeed the progressive forces and the people of Iran, through you to the people of Cuba and their Communist Party.
In protest to the disastrous policies of the theocratic regime of Iran, particularly the horrible conditions created due to the wide-ranging economic crisis in the country, and to fight for their unalienated and legitimate rights, the Iranian teachers and educational workers have called for a sit-in protest in schools and educational centres across the country.
Devaluation of the national currency (Rial), the large gap between the wages and expenditures of families, soaring poverty in the society, social class-based education system, institutionalized corruption, and injustice, have all made a direct and devastating adverse impact on the livelihood, purchasing power, and job security of the teachers and educational workers, as have impacted other social layers.
The conscious and dedicated teachers of Iran have correctly recognized that the way to counter this situation is to escalate their struggle, and so they have announced a two-day sit-in at the schools on October 14 and 15 in order to express their protest and to advance their struggle.
According to media reports - this morning, Saturday 22 September - at least 25 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in an armed terrorist attack on a military parade of the armed forces of the I.R. of Iran in the city of Ahvaz, itself marking the 38th anniversary of the start of Iran-Iraq war. A number of the dead and wounded were civilians and ordinary spectators. The Tudeh Party of Iran condemns this terrorist act in the strongest terms.
It is reported that the criminal theocratic regime in Iran has executed three political prisoners: Ramin Hossein Panahi, Loghman Moradi and Zanyar Moradi in Rajai Shahr prison, early on the morning of Saturday 7 September 2018). Fars News Agency, a mouthpiece of the regime’s repressive security system, confirmed the news and claimed the three “were members of the Komala group who had previous records as being security threats ….”
July and August of 2018 mark 30 years since one of the most outrageous political crimes in the contemporary history of Iran and indeed the world - the National Catastrophe; the massacre of thousands of political prisoners, on the direct orders of Khomeini. Thirty years after that atrocity, several aspects of the crime, its perpetrators, organisers and executors, have now been revealed. These leave no doubt that the murder of thousands of political prisoners - many of whom had already been sentenced to jail terms which they were serving, or had already served in full - in the summer of 1988, was undertaken with no other objective than a massive and bloody cleansing of the political opposition thus to secure the survival of the Islamic Republic.
Workers at the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Complex, and at the Iran National Steel Industrial Group (INSG) in Ahvaz, have once again gone on strike in the past few days. The sugarcane mill workers’ action is in solidarity with their co-workers in the animal feed and sugarcane harvest section who have been laid off. The strike involves various sections of this huge production plant from the engineering divisions through to the security and facilities departments.
According to reports, amidst the catastrophic deterioration of the country's economic situation; the freefall of the Rial (Iranian currency) against foreign currencies (e.g. an exchange rate of more than 11,000 thousand Tomans to the USD, reached this week); increasing costs of basic consumer goods; and shortages of water, electricity, and basic commodities that are used daily by the general public, once again the popular protests have erupted in cities across the country.
We, the undersigned Communist and Workers parties, condemn the decision of the Trump administration - in complete contravention of world public opinion - in taking the USA out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) agreement with Iran, and the dangerous consequences this now has. The United States’ withdrawal on 8 May 2018 from the JCPoA agreement - signed between the five Security Council Permanent members plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran - has significantly increased tension in the region and has raised the threat of a new devastating war in the Middle East.
In the last moments before Nameh Mardom, the central organ of the CC of the Tudeh Party of Iran, went to publication, the world media reported the killing of tens of defenceless Palestinians and the injuring of more than two thousand of them by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip. Firing at unarmed people, youth and children who were demonstrating in protest at the racist policies of the Israeli government and the formal opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, is undoubtedly a horrific criminal act that must be investigated without hesitation by the international bodies. The support of the Trump administration for this crime and the silence of the European states and a number of Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, indicate the close coordination of imperialism’s plans with those of the reactionary forces in the region in order to protect the interests of the criminal and racist government of Israel.
While condemning the killing and injuring of the Palestinians by the Netanyahu government in Israel, the Tudeh Party of Iran calls upon all the progressive and freedom-loving forces of the world to rise collectively to protest this horrific criminal act and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Tudeh Party of Iran
14 May 2018
With the appointment of Mike Pompeo, the former director of the CIA, as the United States Secretary of State and John Bolton as the National Security Advisor of the Trump administration - both of them from the neo-con faction and radical warmongers in the United States - and then Mike Pompeo’s recent trip to the Middle East and his meetings with the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister of Israel, the tensions between the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia on the one hand, and the Islamic Republic of Iran on the other have taken extremely dangerous dimensions.
With the addition of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to Donald Trump’s cabinet, a whole range of threats by the US against our country are set to intensify. John Bolton is a warmongering right-wing hawk who during the past two decades has continually advocated military action against Iran with the aim of implementing "regime change". John Bolton's job as the National Security Advisor will be to assess and provide political and military options to the US President. He was one of the chief architects of the attack on and invasion of Iraq during the presidency of George W. Bush and his neo-conservative administration.