Whither the Iranian Democratic Opposition?

Although the recent disqualification of two candidates Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei from the election, is very significant and further reveals the intense power struggles within the regime, more significant are the defining issues which continue to fuel the grassroots discontent inside Iran. Originally appeared in Iranian Progressives in Translation, May 25, 2013.

Persian “Capital”: Hassan Mortazavi’s New Translation of Marx’s Classic Work

This article examines the new features of Hassan Mortazavi’s new translation of Marx’s Capital, Vol. 1, and the responses it has received inside Iran. I argue that what led to this translation was both a dissatisfaction with the failure of the Iranian left during the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and an interest on the part of a new generation of Iranian youth in philosophically based, non-dogmatic and constructive alternatives. Approaching this translation from the vantage point of current debates among leftist Iranian economists can also illuminate key concepts in Marx’s critique of capitalism — Editors

[First published in Iranian.com: http://www.iranian.com/main/2012/may/persian-capital ]