"I will be on that boat attempting to escape the madness. What about you?" I asked an audience of about 100 people on June 8. I ended my my Book Talk, sponsored by Los Altos Voices for Peace, with the photo and the question above. Photo shows desperate Syrian refugees on an overcrowded boat hoping to cross the sea and arrive on the Greek island of Kos. The tragic events unfolding in Syria reminds me of my own journey of escaping Iran for a chance to find peace elsewhere in the world. … [Read more...]

President Obama and Donald Trump’s views regarding Muslims are converging


https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/president-obama-donald-trumps-views-regarding-muslims-tabazadeh I voted for President Obama twice, hoping that he would be "the" President who will bring harmony and peace to people from all races and religious backgrounds. However, his steadfast support for the discriminatory visa bill, which singles out dual nationals from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Sudan, speaks volumes as to where he truly stands--not that far from Donald Trump who publicly stated that all Muslims should be barred from entering Unites States. The identities of the nineteen 911 hijackers are as follow: Fifteen from Saudi Arabia; one from Egypt, two from the United Arab Emirates, and one from Lebanon. Click to see full names and identities of the 911 attackers Given the above facts, isn't it odd that none of the above countries are … [Read more...]

An ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East


Written by Azadeh Tabazadeh https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ongoing-saga-refugees-from-middle-east-azadeh-tabazadeh?trk=pulse_spock-articles An Ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East Nov 28, 2015 If you really want to know how innocent families fall victim to retaliating wars and bombings in the Middle East read my story. My family and I had the means to flee Iran 33 years ago in the midst of a raging war and political chaos, but the majority of Iranians, Afghanis, Iraqis and now Syrians don't have the resources to get out. In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in Iran only Spain would allow Iranians to enter without a visa. My family and I fled Iran in 1982 and sought refugee in Spain before winning visas to come to the United States. Frankly, I don't know what would have happened to my family and me and thousands … [Read more...]