Maryam Alaniz is a socialist journalist, activist, and PhD student living in NYC. She is an editor for the international section of Left Voice. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryamAlaniz
Women, Life, Freedom: Strategic Perspectives on the Iranian Revolt
Over a month after a historic feminist revolt broke out in Iran, what is the significance of the these protests? What strategic lessons can we take from the experience of the Iranian Revolution to push this struggle toward a victory?
Maryam AlanizOctober 28, 2022
Say Her Name! Protests Erupt across Iran after Police Murder of Mahsa Amini
Iran has erupted over the death of a young woman in police custody for "improperly" wearing the hijab. In the context of a deep economic and political crisis, Iranians are also questioning their deeply unpopular regime and its brutal oppression of women.
Maryam AlanizSeptember 20, 2022
Trotsky’s Legacy Today: Class Struggle, the Left, and the Need for a Revolutionary Party
Yesterday, La Izquierda Mexico organized an event to commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky and discuss the legacy of his ideas today in the midst of a historic crisis of capitalism. Here we publish the intervention of Left Voice member Maryam Alaniz, on the relevance of Trotskyist ideas for socialists in the U.S.
Maryam AlanizAugust 21, 2022
Poll Shows 75 Percent of Americans Support Unionizing Amazon Workers
A new poll shows that a supermajority of respondents, especially young people and people of color, support the unionization struggles of Amazon workers. This growing enthusiasm comes against the backdrop of the recent victory among Staten Island Amazon workers.
Maryam AlanizApril 20, 2022
Biden’s Economic Warfare on Afghanistan Is Killing Thousands and Empowering the Taliban
Despite a historic humanitarian crisis, the Biden administration’s economic measures against Afghanistan, as well as the sanctions on Russia and war in Ukraine are making it harder for Afghans to access food and survive. Biden’s policies are also making it harder for Afghans fighting back against the Taliban.
Maryam AlanizMarch 31, 2022
Biden’s Budget Is a Massive Increase in Military Spending
President Biden has released his federal budget amid mounting political and economic crises. It would massively increase defense and police spending, making life worse for the working class at home and abroad.
Maryam AlanizMarch 29, 2022
No to War in Ukraine! Out with Russian Troops! No NATO Imperialist Intervention!
Yesterday, Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine after decades of increasing tensions between NATO and Russia for control of the zone of influence of the former Soviet Union. Neither imperialist intervention nor Russian military interference in Ukraine! For an independent working-class and socialist Ukraine!
Maryam AlanizFebruary 24, 2022
Imperialist Backed Airstrike in Yemen Kills At Least 70 People
Yemen, the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent history, continues to be devastated by a proxy war backed by U.S. imperialism. The latest attack shows the urgency of confronting the geopolitical and imperialist interests that have created this unimaginable human crisis.
Maryam AlanizJanuary 22, 2022
35,000 Argentinians Mobilize Against the IMF — Workers Around the World Must Join this Fight
New negotiations over Argentina’s fraudulent and illegitimate foreign debt prompted a rally of tens of thousands denouncing the predatory IMF. Workers all over the world should join their bold stand against imperialism.
Maryam AlanizDecember 14, 2021
New Report Details Brutal Abuse of Asylum Seekers by U.S. Immigration Officers
A report released this week by Human Rights Watch uncovered over 160 cases of violence and sexual abuse perpetuated by U.S. Immigration Officers against migrant asylum seekers.
Maryam AlanizOctober 23, 2021
The Specter of 9/11 and the Crisis in Afghanistan
Just as 9/11 was a flashpoint in the relative decline of the U.S. empire 20 years ago, the withdrawal from Afghanistan has likewise deepened the contradictions facing U.S. imperialism. How the crisis develops depends on the independent action of the working class and oppressed and international solidarity on behalf of workers around the world.
Maryam AlanizSeptember 11, 2021
Protests Erupt Across Afghanistan in Defiance of Taliban Rule
For the past three days, Afghans in at least four cities have taken to the streets to resist the return of the Taliban in protests led by women and youth. Though the protests are small, they signal a way out of a crisis created by U.S. imperialism that does not rely on local or foreign foes.
Maryam AlanizAugust 20, 2021
We Are Thirsty!: Thousands Take to the Streets in Response to Iran’s Escalating Water Crisis
Over the past week, thousands of multi-ethnic Iranians have demonstrated in response to Iran’s water crisis and power blackouts. These protests, in conjunction with massive oil strikes and strikes in other sectors, highlight the discontent of a large swath of the Iranian population that faces a sanctions-battered economy and a repressive bourgeois regime.
Maryam AlanizJuly 21, 2021
Iranian Oil Workers Organize the Country’s Biggest Strikes since the Iranian Revolution
For almost a month, Iranian oil workers, along with workers in other industries, have organized demonstrations and wildcat strikes in response to a dire economic and health crisis accentuated by U.S. sanctions.
Maryam AlanizJuly 15, 2021
Biden Continues U.S. Bombing in Iraq and Syria
Yesterday, Joe Biden ordered airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against two Iranian-backed militias in the name of “national security.” This latest act of imperialist aggression in the Middle East serves to ramp up pressure against Iran in the midst of tense negotiations for a new nuclear agreement.
Maryam AlanizJune 28, 2021
Puerto Rican Unions to Hold Biggest National Strike since 2019
Today in Puerto Rico, workers and activists are calling for a national strike and mobilizations in response to the privatization of Puerto Rico’s electric grid under the U.S. and Canadian company LUMA Energy.
Maryam AlanizJune 3, 2021
Israeli Oppression of Palestinians Continues Amid Sheikh Jarrah Protests
Israeli police injured hundreds of Palestinian protestors and worshippers at Al-Aqsa mosque Friday night. The attack follows a week of protests against the Sheikh Jarrah evictions, the latest act of forced displacement of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.
Maryam AlanizMay 8, 2021
Mumia Abu-Jamal Shackled to Hospital Bed after Heart Surgery
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner and former Black Panther member who has been imprisoned for almost four decades, underwent successful heart surgery after being diagnosed with Covid-19 and congestive heart failure last month. Political prisoners like Mumia highlight the rotten nature of the racist, capitalist state and should be released immediately.
Maryam AlanizApril 22, 2021
Biden Ratchets Up Military Tensions with China
Like his predecessors, Joe Biden is committed to a harsh line against China’s hegemonic ambitions. Recent military exercises in the Taiwan Strait show that imperialism is a bipartisan affair and that Taiwan could serve as a backdrop for the growing tensions between China and the United States.
Maryam AlanizFebruary 27, 2021
Fast-Food Workers and SEIU Plan Actions to Demand Higher Federal Minimum Wage and Union Rights
Fast-food workers in 15 cities, led by the Service Employees International Union, are planning work actions today demanding a $15 hourly federal minimum wage, union rights, and increased Covid-19 protections. These are important demands, but SEIU’s top-down, bureaucratic-led efforts are no way to build real workers’ power.
Maryam AlanizJanuary 15, 2021
What’s Behind the Assassination of Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist?
On Friday Iranian media reported that Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated. Though the details surrounding the killing are still unknown, the latest imperialist attack on Iran polarizes the situation in the Middle East for the incoming Biden Administration, which seeks to restore the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Maryam AlanizNovember 30, 2020
New York City Cops Violently Repress Post-election Protesters
Amid election week, hundreds of protestors in the West Village are protesting the undemocratic U.S. regime. Some of these demonstrators have been violently attacked, kettled, and arrested by NYPD cops in full riot gear.
Maryam AlanizNovember 4, 2020
What Will the U.S. Elections Mean Internationally?
The U.S. elections, which occur at the center of capital and imperialism, will undoubtedly have a global impact. The choice between Trump or Biden offers the working class around the world a lose-lose scenario and reaffirms the decline of the American Empire.
Maryam AlanizNovember 1, 2020
Protests in Kyrgyzstan Catapult the Country into Political Crisis
A political crisis in Kyrgyzstan has generated tumult in the former Soviet Republic. As tensions rise, Russia and China, who have geopolitical interests in the Central Asian country, confront growing regional volatility and global disorder.
Maryam AlanizOctober 10, 2020
Large Blast Rattles the Port of Beirut in Lebanon
A large blast in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has just shook the city with reports of widespread destruction and a high number of injuries. Lebanon is currently in the midst of a social and economic crisis which has pushed Lebanese people to protest the deteriorating conditions in their country this past year.
Maryam AlanizAugust 4, 2020
U.S. Imperialism Boosts Military Spending Amidst Cuts for the Working Class
With the recent passage of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act and even greater defense spending through the Senate Republicans’ proposed coronavirus relief package, the U.S. has unprecedented authority to attack the working class here and abroad instead of providing pandemic relief.
Maryam AlanizJuly 28, 2020
Socialism is The Future. Our Generation Will Win It.
We are in the midst of widespread uprisings against racist state violence, led by a vanguard of Black youth. With more and more young people pushing forward and leading social movements, working class youth must ensure our movements don’t fall away or be co-opted by the Democratic Party. We need to create a political party of our own, one that has the youth united with the working class to take the fight directly to the capitalist system.
Maryam AlanizJune 26, 2020
U.S. Sanctions and Economic Turmoil Spark More Protests in Syria
Syria is in an unprecedented state of economic turmoil after years of a devastating civil war. Now with a new set of U.S. sanctions and with limited support from allied powers and Lebanese capital, the regime is backed into a corner. In response to the crisis, widespread protests against the regime and a rapidly deteriorating economic situation have emerged.
Maryam AlanizJune 19, 2020
Cuomo’s No Darling of the Movement Against Police Brutality
Democrats like New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, are trying to demonize protesters fighting against a racist state. By imposing a curfew and attempting to divide protesters, Cuomo shows his true face as a capitalist politician.
Maryam AlanizJune 2, 2020