Letters and Politics

The Iran Nuclear Deal and What it Means for the Middle East

Iran and six other nations reached a nuclear deal today, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement.

We’ll discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal with Kaveh Ehsani, Professor of International Studies at DePaul University and Ervand Abrahamian, Professor of History at Baruch College, City University of New York.

Then, Vladimir Lenin, Imperialism, and Greece.

With Richard Becker, co-editor of Imperialism in the 21st Century: Updating Lenin’s Theory a Century Later.

About the book:

Imperialism in the 21st Century revisits and updates the analysis of Russian revolutionary Vladmir Ilyich Lenin, who showed how the monopoly stage of capitalism had produced imperialist wars, and only social revolution could bring them to an end. Two world wars of unimaginable destruction confirmed Lenin’s basic thesis and also led to a complete reorganization of world politics. The rising tide of anti-colonial national liberation movements and the emergence of a powerful socialist bloc of countries after World War ll re-shaped some of the characteristic features of modern imperialism but not the organically expansionist tendency of monopoly capitalism. The dynamic of inter-imperialist rivalry for control of colonies and spheres of influence which led to World War l and World War II was replaced with a new war drive against their common enemy: socialism. The post-Cold War world order delivered unrivaled hegemony to the U.S. ruling class, who became drunk with success, but there are growing contradictions that may explode the world order once again. This publication reflects the views of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. “As the world has changed, Lenin’s core conclusion remains entirely valid that war is intrinsic to the imperialist stage of capitalism. … It underscores the bedrock necessity of anti-imperialist struggle in creating a new world based on human cooperation. A world without war!”

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