Perpetual War for Peace?…Iraq…Iran…& the Corporate Agenda

This feature length television program - with internationally known experts Antonia Juhasz, Rostam Pourzal, and Raed Jarrar- is now available for online viewing at

Traprock Peace Center produced this program (also available as a DVD) on November 3, 2006, featuring speakers with the Just Foreign Policy tour - . Sunny Miller served as Moderator and Executive Producer. See speaker biographies below. This 1 hour and 45 minute program includes audience discussion.

If you would like a DVD of this entire program, contact Traprock Peace Center at 413-773-7427.

“Perpetual War for Peace?” …Iraq…Iran…& the Corporate Agenda" also featured an exhibit of 15 photographs of Iraq, Iran and Lebanon by photojournalists.

These remarkable speakers and the photo display toured throughout the Northeast, Nov. 1-12.

Speaker Biographies

Antonia Juhasz, activist, author, and policy-analyst Antonia Juhasz is a visiting scholar at the Washington, DC-based Institute for Policy Studies and author of The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time (REGAN, HarperCollins, 2006). The Bush Agenda has been described as “a resounding call to action,” by John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. The Organizer, one of India’s largest newspapers, called it “A meticulous expose of corporate America’s intentions in the Gulf.” Juhasz reveals the “oil time-line” now driving the end of the war and the corporate globalization agenda in Iraq and throughout the Middle East while offering specific actions we can take today to change the course of history.

Juhasz served previously as the project director of the International Forum on Globalization and as a legislative assistant to two United States Members of Congress. A frequent media commentator and award-winning writer, her work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and publications including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. She is a contributing author to Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible (Berrett-Koehler, 2004) and the forthcoming book, A Game as Old as Empire (Berrett-Koehler, 2007). She lives in San Francisco.

Rostam Pourzal, President of the U.S. branch of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran Rostam Pourzal is an independent researcher and organizer for human rights and is the president of the US branch of the Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran. He advocates direct and sustained dialog without pre-conditions between Iran and the United States. Mr. Pourzal visits Iran regularly and has served on the boards of several Iranian-American organizations. He has been interviewed on dozens of well-known broadcasts, including CNN International, Pacifica Radio, Aljazeera, and MSNBC. In 2004, he worked with the Fellowship of Reconciliation to send two goodwill delegations (three dozen American citizens) to Iran. That ground-breaking initiative was widely reported on BBC, CNN, and other world media.

Raed Jarrar, Iraq Project Director at Global Exchange, architect Raed Jarrar was in Iraq during and after the 2003 invasion, and took part in a number of humanitarian and political projects there including two first-hand experiences in establishing and leading volunteer grassroots organizations and NGOs based in Iraq. Raed Jarrar was the Country Director of CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey in Iraq after the US invasion in 2003. He also established an NGO called “Emaar” that carried out work in Baghdad and the nine cities of the south, coordinating with local authorities, community leaders and other NGOs. He maintains a popular web-log that includes analysis and news summaries regarding Iraq and the Middle East. In addition, Raed promotes The Iraq Reconciliation Plan, proposed by the Iraqi Parliament in June 2006. Raed Jarrar most recently was part of a Global Exchange delegation that brought together citizen activists from the US and current Iraqi Parliamentarians in Jordan to share information and strategies for ending the war. Find more at:

*** Photo Exhibit by Award Winning Photo Journalists
(For permission to use photographs, please contact Just Foreign Policy, 202 448-2898. When permission is granted, please attribute appropriately.)

Lynsey Addario Photojournalist from the United States sharing images from Iraq. Addario’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Associated Press, Time Magazine, Newsweek, among others. Addario’s photo essays from Iraq, Darfur, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mexico have won her accolades around the globe. Now based in Istanbul, Turkey, Addario is documenting conflict, human interest stories, and people throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Mohammad Kheirkhah Photojournalist from Iran sharing images from Iran. Kheirkhah is a freelance photographer working for United Press International in Tehran. He is also a contributor photographer to document IRAN Images.

Andrew Stern Photojournalist based in New York City sharing recent images of the war in Lebanon. Stern has photographed in over 20 countries and his award winning work has appeared in The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Readers Digest, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Internazionale, and many other publications domestically and internationally. Stern is committed to documenting critical social and political issues and is co-author of We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism Verso 2003.

Ramin Talaie Photojournalist born in Iran now based in Brooklyn, New York sharing images from Iran. Talaie has been published in The Guardian, the New York Times, among others.

Copyright notice: This video is © 2006 Traprock Peace Center; all rights reserved. Permission granted to copy in full only, without changes and with attributions, for free distribution only, and notice that it is used with permission of Traprock Peace Center, all rights reserved. Such use does not require prior permission, but does require notice to Traprock so we may gauge the reach of our programs. For notice, questions or permissions, including requests for a DVD of this program, contact: or call Traprock at 413-773-7427.

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