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Iran on the Brink: Rising Workers and Threats of War Paperback – April 20, 2007
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
The book is divided in two parts, the first one deals with the iranian common citizen and its fate through revolution and islamic regime up to 2.006, that's after Ahmadineyad's rise to presidency (and good insights on this event indeed).
The second part deals with the current international crisis with Iran, and clearly shows why the common iranian, although has very little to gain from his own regime, won't have any other choice but to support it. Sadly, that's the conclusion.
As reporters for the Swedish left-wing weekly Arbetaren (The worker), Malm and Esmailian approach Iran from a position of traditional left-wing concern about workers, human rights, and despotism. They spent much of 2004 traveling around Iran, meeting with those facing the growing repression to which the reform movement was subjected as it was being shut down. Their focus is on ordinary Iranian workers, not on the Westernized intellectuals who usually win foreigners' attention. Malm and Esmailian provide graphic accounts of those workers' suffering under the cruel tyranny of the Islamic Republic and of the vicious repression to which they are subject.
Make no mistake: This book is situated firmly in the camp of the hard Left, which sees Israel's evil hand everywhere and cannot imagine Bush ever doing anything good. Malm and Esmailian's discussion of nuclear issues is a mélange of conspiracy theories, ill-informed speculation, and plain error.Read more ›