Iran on the brink - Rising Workers and Threats of War

A new book on Iran has recently come out, Iran on the brink, which is based on interviews with workers in Iran and which gives a unique glimpse into the struggles and aspirations of the Iranian working class. On March 6 at 6.30pm it will be launched at Housmans Bookshop in London.

Iran on the brink will be launched at Housmans Bookshop on Tuesday 6 March at 6:30pm. Come and meet the authors and discuss their book which was written after they spent several weeks interviewing labour activists in various Iranian cities.

Published by Pluto Press, Iran on the brink gives a unique glimpse into the struggles and aspirations of the Iranian working class.


- An insider's account of Iran's people, its politics, and the threat of invasion -

This is the first book to explore the changes taking in place in Iran from the ground up. 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.

Author details:

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.

Further details are available from the Pluto Press website:

Venue: Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, England.

Underground: King's Cross. (for a map see

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2007,

Time: 6:30pm.