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Siavash Abghari currently is Professor of Finance and Director of Finance Program at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has taught at University of Georgia, Emory University and West Georgia University. He has published articles in academic journals concerning Oil and Natural Gas Utilizations in Iran, Islamic Banking, Democracy and Economic Development among others.   He is a human rights activist, campaigning for human rights and democracy in Iran and the Middle East. He is the founder and President of the Esmail Khoi Foundation, a nonprofit cultural organization established in the United...Read more

Fariborz Birjandian is Executive Director of Calgary Catholic Immigration Society working from the local level to international. Mr. Birjandian has served on many committees, boards and task forces related to immigration, refugees, diversity, equal rights and the cultural arts. He became a refugee when he left his home country of Iran and settled for a brief time in Lahore, Pakistan, where he began his involvement and work with refugees through the UNHCR. Fariborz was resettled to Canada, where he volunteered with CCIS and soon began work as a Settlement Counselor for the organization. For...Read more

A.J. Bryant has been involved in the fields of conflict resolution, international development and human rights since 2006. An Indian adoptee, he is a published journalist, panelist and blogger about international adoption issues, peacebuilding and contemporary India. Passionate about empowering marginalized populations, he developed original research on the Dalits and conflict management while living in India in 2011. He holds a master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, D.C, where he lives with his wife Sasmita. You can find him...Read more

Dr. Habib Eslami is the Author of "Love of Two Lands: Pursuit of Freedom in Iran", and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

About “Love of Two Lands”:
As a tribute to my late father, my teachers, and all who have had a positive impact on my life, I have written this blend of stories and anecdotes about my life experiences in both Iran and America. The voices of the young and tireless freedom fighters of Iran give me the inspiration to share my own tales as well as the stories of those whose lives have touched mine. Political unrest,...Read more

Reza is a political theorist, analyst and activist. He has a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from University of Tehran, Iran; has studied Media and Communication Studies at Örebro University, Sweden; and is a Ph.D. student in English Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). At IUP, he is also editor-in-chief of the English Department’s Newsletter and editorial assistant of the department’s journal, ...Read more

Mehrtash Rastegar was born in London on the 25th February, 1982. He was educated in the UK and completed a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law. Mehrtash utilised his education and understanding of law and human rights by establishing a web-blog 'Another Human Rights Blog', which was nominated for an award at the 2010 International Council Press and Broadcasting, International Media Awards in London. In 2010, Mehrtash joined forces with Homayoun Mobasseri at Neda for a Free Iran (NFAFI) where he wrote a number of articles for NFAFI's publication, as well as draft letters and...Read more

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