List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2006-06-21

    The Iran Crisis: Fact vs. Fiction

    New York Wednesday - June 21, 2006     07:00 PM

    Three years ago we were misled into an invasion of Iraq, with over 2700 US soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed. The drums are beating yet again as the Bush Administration relentlessly pursues a new crisis with another oil-rich Middle Eastern nation, Iran.

    Why is Iran the next target? Is the issue really a threat of Iran developing nuclear weapons? Is Iran a threat to international peace? Has Iran violated the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty? Is Iran a key sponsor of state terrorism? Why does the fourth largest producer of oil in the world need nuclear energy?

    What is it about Iran that place it in the headlines year after year ? What is it about Iran that makes it such an intractable problem? What makes Iran such an important prize for the U.S.? What does history tell us about Iran?


    Ervand Abrahamian, Distinguished Professor of Middle East History, at the City University of New York. Among his published books are Iran Between Two Revolutions; The Iranian Mojahedin; Khomeinism; Tortured confessions; and Inventing the Axis of Evil. He is currently working on two books: The CIA Coup in Iran, and History of Modern Iran.

    Virginia Baron, Former editor of Fellowship magazine and Parabola Magazine. Ms. Baron has also served as director of publications for US Save the Children. She was on the first Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) peace delegation to Iran in December 2005 as part of her decades-long peace and reconciliation work in the Middle East. Ms. Baron has taken some 40 trips to the region, from Israel and Palestine to Libya, Lebanon and Syria to promote cross-cultural understanding between the citizens of the United States and the Middle East and to enhance interfaith dialogue.

    Behrad Nakhai, (PhD, Nuclear Engineering), Dr. Nakhai has worked for Energy as a Nuclear Engineer performing various functions such as: Nuclear Safety and Transient Analysis, Reactor Engineering. Previously he worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a research scientist and taught at the at the University of Tennessee and The Center for Nuclear Studies, where he developed the STA program for training of nuclear power plant managers and engineers.

    Tom O’Donnell, (PhD, Nuclear Physics) is Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Science, Technology and Science Program (STS) and the Center for Middle East and North African Studies (CMENAS), and the Residential College. He lectured on “The Global Oil System and the Middle East” in graduate economics at The University of Algiers and, as visiting professor, at The New School for Social Research in New York City in spring-summer of 2005. He is currently writing a book on “The Globalized Oil Order.” Professor O’Donnell is also Associate Member of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics (MCTP).

    Please join us to discuss these and other pertinent issues surrounding Iran, and the nuclear crisis. Let’s understand the real facts about Iran .

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    * Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South. Manhattan, NY

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