From Inside Iran to Standing Rock: No to War and Yes to Decolonization!

UPDATE: Due to impending emergency surgery for the organizer, Moji Agha, this event as of now will consist of in-person presentations by David Barsamian and Ron Forthofer, who will then lead a lively discussion with the audience. Any further updates will be posted here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
 – 9:30 p.m.

Room 150, Eaton Humanities Building
University of Colorado – Boulder

Free and open to the public

Hear an esteemed panel of Middle East experts discussing current relations with Iran and how we can work for peace and decolonization globally.

According to General Wesley Clark, a few days after 9/11 a general at the Pentagon told him that the Bush administration had plans to

“take down seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, then Syria and Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off with Iran.” 

The long-planned military subjugation of Iran is the linchpin in this global domination project. We support peaceful campaigns such as this one by Iranian-American Moji Agha and hope you will too.

Program Agenda:
6:30 to 7:00: Gather; Rumi poem; Iran slide show
7:00 to 7:20: Opening remarks
7:20 to 8:15: Panel presentation
8:20 to 9:10: Moderated Q & A
9:10 to 9:30: Planning for future peace gatherings

Panel Members:
Mostafa Tajzadeh (Joining remotely from Tehran, Iran)
Former high-ranking reformist Iranian official; political prisoner from 2009 to 2016; leading Iranian peace/nonviolence activist. See

Albert Bender (Joining remotely from Nashville, Tennessee)
Cherokee native and leader in the Standing Rock struggle; attorney specializing in Native American law; Chairperson, American Indian Coalition; author, freelance reporter, and columnist for News from Indian Country and other publications; former Chief Tribal Court Judge/Director of Native American Tribal Legal departments. See

David Barsamian 
Award-winning independent investigative journalist and author who has reported extensively from inside Iran; founder and host of Alternative Radio. He will give an up-to-date report and analysis of Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal. See

Kathy Kelly (Joining remotely from Chicago)
Nobel Peace Prize nominated American peace activist, author, and lecturer who has lived in active combat zones in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Gaza, Palestine; co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence; co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness. See

Ron Forthofer
Retired professor, author, and seasoned social justice activist; observer/analyst of U.S. foreign relations focusing on the Middle East; columnist for numerous newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor and the Financial Times. He has been a progressive candidate for the U.S. Congress and for the office of Governor of Colorado. See

Moji Agha (Mojtaba Aghamohammadi)
Organizer of the gathering; Iranian-American reformist Muslim Sufi “monk”; bilingual poet and writer; academic with professional and clinical backgrounds in psychology and cultural studies; peace and social justice advocate whose projects have been endorsed by Noam Chomsky and Cornel West. See

For more information about this event, contact Moji Agha at [email protected].

The event is co-hosted by the Boulder Veterans for Peace and the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder.

Parking and Directions: There is paid parking at CU Lot #380 just east of Macky Auditorium.


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