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Maryam Alaniz

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

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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 Alaniz

September 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 Alaniz

August 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 Alaniz

April 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 Alaniz

March 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 Alaniz

March 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 Alaniz

February 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 Alaniz

January 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 Alaniz

December 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 Alaniz

October 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 Alaniz

September 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 Alaniz

August 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 Alaniz

July 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 Alaniz

July 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 Alaniz

June 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 Alaniz

June 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 Alaniz

May 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 Alaniz

April 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 Alaniz

February 27, 2021

Permanent Revolution in Iran

The revolution that began 42 years ago offers lessons for how to beat imperialism and reactionary governments.

Maryam Alaniz

February 7, 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 Alaniz

January 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 Alaniz

November 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 Alaniz

November 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 Alaniz

November 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 Alaniz

October 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 Alaniz

August 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 Alaniz

July 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 Alaniz

June 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 Alaniz

June 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 Alaniz

June 2, 2020

Listen To Militant Nurse Tre Kwon On Activist Livestreams

Tre Kwon, a nurse activist and member of Left Voice’s Editorial Board, joined other activists and workers to denounce the conditions faced by frontline workers. Listen to hear her discuss the demands that workers can raise to confront the for-profit healthcare system.

Maryam Alaniz

April 26, 2020