Our program will address current events in Iran and the international reaction to them. US-led forces are exploiting events in Iran to push for violent regime change. Unilateral and illegal economic sanctions imposed by the US are killing Iranians. These sanctions are responsible for much of the Iranian people’s suffering and anger. They have served as a background for the outburst of different protests and are intentionally aimed at destabilizing the Iranian society through instigating a “velvet revolution.” Iran is targeted by the imperialists because of its key role in an emerging multipolar world through strategic alliances with countries and movements such as Syria, Russia, China, and Venezuela, and Hezbollah.

Our speaker, Bahman Azad, an Iranian-American peace activist, is the executive secretary of the US Peace Council, a representative of the World Peace Council at the UN, and on the Administrative Committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). He has also served as co-chair of Venezuelan Embassy Protectors Defense Committee, coordinator of the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases and the Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases, and co-coordinator of the Hands Off Syria Coalition. He has a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in sociology and is the author of the book: Heroic Struggle, Bitter Defeat: Factors Contributing to the Dismantling of the Socialist State in the USSR.