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No War With Iran Study Group
February 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Short URL: https://siliconvalleydsa.org/?p=4687
Join others to discuss the history of Iran. The group will be going through a curriculum developed by the Catalyst Project (https://collectiveliberation.org/no-war-on-iran/) “to counter the disinformation campaign about Iran, educate people about the history and current situation in Iran, and inspire people to oppose US aggression against Iran.”
The readings for this second session are below. Please come with your questions about and thoughts on the readings and be prepared to discuss them. Feel free to join even if you were unable to finish the readings. The knowledge in the room will be valuable to everyone.
As you dive into looking at the current situation, carry forward the work that you’ve done on the history to find connections and implications for the present. Understanding the news about Iran requires holding many different angles on the story. It requires trying to understand the material interests of US individuals and corporations underneath the outrageous provocations and wild pendulum swings of Trump; it requires understanding the role of key US allies including Saudi Arabia and Israel who are interested in pushing for US intervention in Iran for their own reasons; it requires understanding that sanctions, which can also be called economic warfare, are violent and that their impacts land most heavily on the ordinary people of Iran, particularly working class people, women and children. The external pressure also makes it harder for the Iranian people to have the space to shape their social conditions.
• Vijay Prashad interview with Seyed Mohammad Marandi, “Iranians Will Not Forget. The Hybrid War Against Iran,” August 2019 (18 pages):
• Mehdi Hasan, “Here are Five Lies About Iran That We Need to Refute,” August 14th, 2019 (4 pages):
• Raha Iranian Feminist Collective, “Sanctions Against Iran: A Duplicitous Alternative to War,” May 14th, 2012 (5 pages):
[While this article is from 2012, it provides a feminist analysis of how sanctions impact people in Iran that is relevant as the Trump administration has been aggressively ramping up sanctions].
• Iran – US Standoff: A Timeline of Key Events – May 2018 – June 2019 (10 pages), June 22nd, 2019:
• Gregory Shupak, “In Media’s Looking Glass, US Doesn’t Threaten Iran but Merely Responds to Iranian Threats,” June 6th, 2019 (4 pages):
• Stories from Iranians about the Impact of Sanctions:
[These personal stories add human depth to some of the impacts of sanctions prior to the Iran Nuclear Agreement. They are relevant again today as the US imposes harsher and harsher sanctions on Iran.]
• Sina Toosi, “Israeli Strikes Seek to Bait Iran and Scuttle US-Iran Diplomacy,” August 29th, 2019:
[Israel plays an important role of destabilizing the region and baiting Iran. While it is allied with the US, it is also pursuing its own interests.]
• Women Against Sanctions, War and Militarization: Statements by Feminists from Many Countries, 2012:
• Paola Rivetti, “Labor and Class in Iran,” May 26th, 2017:
• Democracy Now! Interview with Rami Khoury, “Israel Airstrikes in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq,” August 28th, 2019 (14 minutes):
[More analysis of Israel’s actions vis a vis Iran.]
• Vijay Prashad, “The Hybrid War Against Iran,” June 26th, 2019:
[This article provides a brief summary of some of the key ideas of a hybrid war that are discussed in more depth in Prashad’s interview with Seyed Mohammad Marandi above.]