Kevin B. Anderson

Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Upheaval in the Middle East: The Arab Spring and Iran 2009

Speakers: Mansour M., Greg Burris & Kevin Anderson

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Venue: Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

Sponsor: West Coast Marxist-Humanists

Speakers:

  • Mansour M., Iranian cultural worker
  • Greg Burris, radical film critic just returned from the Middle East
  • Kevin Anderson

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Venue: Community Room A, Westside Pavilion, Los Angeles

Sponsor: West Coast Marxist-Humanists

The Arab revolutions of 2011 have changed the face of regional and even global politics. Rooted in struggles against both political authoritarianism and predatory capitalism, they have mobilized broad sectors of the working class as well as students and intellectuals, especially in Tunisia and Egypt. As the mass unrest has spread to Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and Syria, new contradictions have emerged, among them NATO intervention in Libya, the relationship of religion to society, the politics of ethnicity, and the support of some parts of the international left for authoritarianism. Two years ago, the mass democratic movement in Iran mobilized millions, but it ended in defeat, at least for now. This meeting will address the deeper meaning of two years of upheaval in the Middle East, assessing the prospects for democratic, labor, anti-capitalist, women’s, and youth movements in the region.

Suggested readings:

  1. Preliminary Statement on the Upheaval in Iran (June 2009)
  2. Support the Iranian People’s Movement Against the Repressive Regime (September 2009)
  3. Arab Revolutions at the Crossroads by Kevin Anderson (April 2011)

Future Meetings (same time and location):

  • September 10: On the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: Marx’s writings on race, class, and slavery before and during the Civil War.

Note: Westside Pavilion is at Pico & Westwood Boulevards; Community Room A is on east side of the mall, third floor, behind food court; 3 hours free parking is available in mall’s lot.


For more information visit U.S. Marxist-Humanists website or email to [email protected]