More than 500 people have been killed since protests erupted following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody. More than 500 people have been killed since protests erupted following Mahsa Amini’s death in custody. Composite: Getty/AFP  As human rights organisations report an escalation in the brutal treatment of detainees, we speak to some of those who say they have suffered at the hands of state security forces

Hope you are well. Since the murder of Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Jina Amini for ‘improper’ veiling by the Islamic regime of Iran’s morality police on September 16, there have been ongoing mass protests led by women and girls.This is being called a women’s revolution, the main slogan of which is ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ and ‘We don’t want and Islamic state.’ Join us in solidarity actions to show your support!

What the war in Ukraine taught us, Palestinians: We fight our oppressors, and we get branded terrorists. Ukrainians do the same, and they get applauded for their courage. Members of the Territorial Defence Forces prepare to patrol in Kyiv, Ukraine, February 28, 2022 [File: Mikhail Palinchak/EPA-EFE] Since the early hours of February 24, when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the world at large has been watching the Ukrainian people’s bravery and resilience in awe.

Global campaign to Expel the Islamic Regime of Iran from International Labour Organization (ILO) (The Farsi transaltion will follow the English)We call on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to expel Iran.The Islamic regime opposes worker's rights, bans strikes and free independent labour unions, and has jailed worker activists for organising to demand better pay and conditions, has executed 4 workers and shot dead tens of children in recent months for participating in protests, and so on- all of which are clear violations of ILO principles and statutes. Iran's state-controlled organisations at the ILO represent the oppressive anti-democratic regime, not the working people of Iran. They should be expelled from the ILO.

The radical director of Breathless and Alphaville, and who was a key figure in the French Nouvelle Vague, has died. Peter Bradshaw on Godard: a genius who tore up rule book without troubling to read it. Jean-Luc Godard, the French-Swiss director who was a key figure in the Nouvelle Vague, the film-making movement that revolutionised cinema in the late 1950s and 60s, has died aged 91. French news agency AFP reported that he died “peacefully at home” in Switzerland with his wife Anne-Marie Mieville at his side.

Ukrainian forces say they have repelled an attack on the country's second city Kharkiv after fierce clashes with Russian forces. Regional governor Oleh Synehubov said the city was now rid of Russian troops - after street-to-street fighting.Thousands spent the night in basements and shelters, with intense shelling described by one resident as "something like Star Wars above your head". "The wave of the blast was so strong that my ears popped," another said.

Alexandre Padilha says insurrection by Bolsonaro supporters was well-organized ‘act of terrorism’ aimed at toppling government. Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro invade the National Congress in Brasília on 8 January. Supporters of Brazilian former President Jair Bolsonaro invade the National Congress in Brasília on 8 January. Photograph: Sérgio Lima/AFP/Getty Images. The insurrection that shook Brazil’s capital was a well-organised coup attempt that was thwarted thanks to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s swift and firm reaction, one of the president’s top ministers has told the Guardian.

Nasa has released an image of far-flung galaxies as they were 13bn years ago, the first glimpse from the most powerful telescope ever launched into space, which promises to reshape our understanding of the dawn of the universe. The small slice of the universe, called SMACS 0723, has been captured in sharp detail by the James Webb space telescope (JWST), showing that particular cluster as it was 4.6bn years ago, as well as the light from many different twinkling galaxies which are among the oldest in the universe. Joe Biden, who unveiled the image at a White House event, called the moment “historic” and said it provided “a new window into the history of our universe”.

George Monbiot: There’s no solidarity in ‘sovereign citizen’ protests — only incoherent rage. Protests such as the Ottawa truck blockade are sweeping rich nations. But the movements are based on capitalist delusions. A protester walks in front of parked trucks as demonstrators continue to protest the vaccine mandates implemented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 8 February 2022 in Ottawa, Canada.

These days, our Iran is going through inflammatory days, every day that passes, the alignments become clearer and the path of seeking rights becomes clearer.  On one side, the right-seeking and justice-seeking people who strive for freedom and equality, and on the other side, the self-interested power worshipers have lined up. For the first time in Iran's political and social scene, multiple forces from different directions have taken a common goal, in this way, maximum unity and solidarity is the most necessary action ahead.

Condemn trumped-up charges against trade union activists in Iran! Arrests of two French teachers’ trade unionists in Iran and the scandalous coverage by the Intelligence Ministry and IRI Broadcasting. Statement of the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations, in Response to the Ridiculous TV Show of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Against the Teachers' Union Activists

After the dramatic turn in events, with Russian President Vladimir Putin recognising the breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine followed by the sending in of Russian military forces, we are publishing a statement by the Russian IMT comrades, elaborated together with Marxists in Ukraine and the Donbas, in opposition to this inter-imperialist conflict. On 15 February, the Russian State Duma voted in favour of a proposal for immediate diplomatic recognition of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).

 Iran's women's revolution has announced the end of the Islamic regime and its discrimination, misogyny and violations of the human right to life. The courage and beauty of the struggle of the youth and all members of society has inspired the world. Widespread gatherings outside Iran have shown unprecedented solidarity. This is the end of Islamic rule and the beginning of a new Iran. An Iran imprinted with ‘women, life, freedom.’

Celebrating Dissent 2022 is being held in Cologne, Germany during August 20-21, 2022 with over 50 speakers from 30 countries worldwide, including Scientist Richard Dawkins, Writer Bonya Ahmad and Actor Nazmiye Oral. Find out more about the conference here. This will be the largest gathering of ex-Muslims and freethinkers since lockdown and will continue from the highly successful Celebrating Dissent in Amsterdam in 2019 as well as the 2017 ‘Glastonbury of Freethinkers’.

Rasoul Bodaghi, one of the protesting teachers, was arrested: On December 11, Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the executive board of the Teachers' Union and a member of the Coordinating Council of cultural union associations, was arrested. The reason for this arrest was the call for two days of strike and sit-in and one day of nationwide protest rally by the Coordination Council. Rasoul Bodaghi has already been in prison for seven years for defending teachers' rights.