Eleanor Goldfield hosts this week’s episode, and spends the hour on conditions in Iran, where demonstrators have taken to the streets in response to the death of a young woman in the custody of the Iranian “morality police.” Leila Zand is an Iranian-American activist and scholar who joins the show to contextualize the events of the past month in Iran. She highlights the importance of understanding the history of Iran, and the US, and cautions against using events as an excuse for continued US imperialist aggression. People all over the world have the right to self-determination, be it in terms of government or how they dress. Zand’s work pushes for these ideals to be actualized without violence.
Leila Zand is an Iranian-American peace activist and scholar, based in Washington DC.
She presently works with the womens’ peace organization Code Pink.
“Mahtab” by Marjan Farsad