Remembering Akbar, Iran, and Other Gnarly Things Like Revolution

The Long Haul of the Iranian Left

Protest outside US Embassy in Tehran. Photograph by Abbas, dated 1979, from the Iran Diary series.

During the chaos of government overthrow and shifting alliances, Ghamari developed into a popular campus speaker, writer, and organizer. He was such a good revolutionary that Iran’s new regime, now apparently hijacked by Islamic rightists, arrested him on charges of betraying the revolution – a revolution that had begun when its leaders proclaimed that finally, there would be no more political prisoners. It’s brutally absurd ironies like this one that course through Ghamari’s history.

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Susie Day has written about prison issues since 1988, when she began reporting on the cases of people charged with political protest acts, one of them, Marilyn Buck. Her book, The Brother You Choose: Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution, was published by Haymarket Books in 2020.

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