Iran

Student Peace Trip to Iran

Thursday, March 9, 2017 to Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nonviolence International is organizing a Student Peace Tour to Iran from March 9-19, 2017 led by Dr. Mubarak Awad. Students will learn about Iran and meet with Iranian students to promote mutual understanding and peace between the two countries. The all-inclusive cost per person is $2900.

More information is available on their website. The application deadline is January 20, 2017.

Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

We celebrate the use of creative diplomacy shown in the Iran Nuclear Deal announced Monday that diminishes the threat of war and nuclear proliferation in our world. We applaud the Obama administration for not walking away from the negotiating table, even though many in our country cry for a rejection of the deal, which would surely lead to violent conflict.

New Agreement with Iran Offers Great Hope for Good Outcomes

PPF is encouraged by the agreement announced on April 2 between negotiators from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. The agreement puts in place a framework for resolution of a key dimension of a conflict that has bedeviled relationships across the Middle East. For those of us committed to finding a peaceful resolution to this conflict through diplomacy, this agreement opens a way forward that respects Iran’s right to develop a nuclear industry for peaceful uses, while controlling the threat that it will produce atomic weapons.

Is Reconciliation Possible with Iran?

Our world is confronting a major fork in the road in negotiations concerning Iran's nuclear programs. The deadline is fast approaching for reaching agreement in talks currently taking place in Geneva. The outcome will have widespread implications, opening possibilities for scaling back on conflicts or adding dangerous fuel to those fires in many places around the globe.

Plentiful Harvest

Presbyterians’ commitment to education is bearing fruit in rising aspirations for freedom across the Middle East

by Victor E. Makari
from Presbyterians Today

Briefing Papers for GA Overtures: A PPF Resource for Commissioners

PPF has published these brief documents that lift up key issues and analysis of overtures before the General Assembly that pertain to peacemaking and nonviolence. Please share these documents widely with commissioners and others at General Assembly.

Iran Bombing Threat: Creating a Mindset that Leads to War

by Chris Iosso, an editorial
from Unbound

Peace sign asking Who would Jesus bomb? (trick question)

The first thing one encoun­ters in dis­cussing the war drum­beat tar­get­ing Iran is the one-sidedness of the debate. Glenn Green­wald of Salon gives a quick sum­mary on this point, and James Wall, for­mer Chris­t­ian Cen­tury edi­tor, describes the same real­ity. This sug­gests that the talk of war with Iran, though help­fully called, “loose talk,” by Pres­i­dent Obama in his Sun­day, March 4, speech to the Amer­i­can Israeli Pub­lic Affairs Com­mit­tee (AIPAC), is actu­ally quite delib­er­ate and orches­trated talk designed to cre­ate a mind­set favor­ing war.

Presbyterian Leaders Oppose Rush to War with Iran

by Jerry L. Van Marter
from Presbyterian News Service

As President Barack Obama prepared to meet with Israeli Leader Benjamin Netanyahu on March 5, Presbyterian leaders urged direct negotiations between the United States and Iran over that country’s unsettling nuclear program.

Apply for Delegation to Iran with Fellowship of Reconciliation

This week, a former 21-year CIA official named Robert Baer alleged that Israel is planning to attack Iran this coming fall, prior to a planned United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood. The allegations have captured media headlines in the Middle East, with several stories in Israel's major dailies like Ha'aretz and the Jerusalem Post debating this possibility.

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