Iran on the Brink

Iran on the Brink : Rising Workers and Threats of War

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While the world keeps its eyes riveted on Iran's nuclear programme, the Islamic Republic has gone through a crisis of its own. This book shows how soaring unemployment and poverty has given way to social protest. A new labour movement has come to the fore. Although strikes are banned, workers are beginning to organise and underground networks are challenging the rule of the mullahs from within.The authors offer a unique portrait of the social upheaval, why it is happening and where it may take the country. Following the fall of reformism, the rise of Ahmadinejad and the recent outbursts of ethnic violence, this book provides rare insights into the inner contradictions of the Islamic Republic. The second part of the book deals with the international issues facing Iran - in particular the nuclear question, Iran's oil reserves and the serious threat of invasion. It is a sobering account of the realities of life in Iran, and the threat that war poses to the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 22mm | 340.2g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532603X
  • 9780745326030
  • 1,419,524

About Andreas Malm

Andreas Malm is a reporter for Arbetaren, a major newspaper in Sweden. He is the author of two previous books. Shora Esmailian is an Iranian journalist and activist living in Sweden. She is an editor at Arbetaren, Sweden's major progressive weekly newspaper.
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Table of contents




1. May Day in Children's Park

2. Springs interrupted

3. The sword that chopped off America's hand

4. Millionaire mullah bonanza

5. The Islamic Republic of Dust

6. Outcry

7. Intifada of the provinces

8. Obituary of a reformism

9. A meek president and his assertive subjects


10. Behind those high walls: Overtures of war

11. Terror at the theatre

12. The matter with the bomb

13. A waterfall out of reach

14. A fighter dog emasculated

15. Real men on their way to Tehran

16. A people caught in crossfire

17. Theses on a country of contradictions



System of the IRI

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'This is a stunning, eye-opening book, a powerful resource and inspiring read' -- Peace News
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