Weekly Featured Profile – Bahman Azad
Bahman Azad is an Iranian-American peace and justice activist living in the United States. He has a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology from American universities. He served in the Iranian Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant between 1971 and 1973.
He is a former acting director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. He is currently a Professor of Economics and Sociology at Berkeley College in New Jersey.
Azad has been active in radical politics since his arrival in the United States in 1973, first as a student activist against the previous regime in Iran and then as a member of the National Board of the Communist Party USA front U.S. Peace Council. He joined communist dominated Veterans for Peace in the early 1990s at the invitation of his close friend and then VFP President, long time Maoist David Cline. He is currently serving as the Chair of VFP’s Iran Working Group, Organizational Secretary of the U.S. Peace Council, Co-Chair of the Iran Pledge of Resistance and an NGO representative of the formerly Soviet controlled World Peace Council at the United Nations.
In 2004 Roger Keeran, and Thomas Kenny published “Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union”
Special thanks went to Bahman Azad, Norman Markowitz, Michael Parenti, Anthony Coughlan and Betty Smith for reading the entire manuscript and suggesting editorial and substantive changes.
In December 2010, Alfred L. Marder, Catherine Goodman and Bahman Azad were listed as the originators of a U.S. Peace Council “Petition to President Barack Obama and Congress to end the Korean War and Normalize Relations,” a long time goal of communist North Korea.
- We call on U.S. government to stop its repeated “war games” threatening North Korea, to stop demonizing but rather recognize North Korea as a sovereign nation, to engage the North Korean government in meaningful direct talks to end the Korean War, to sign a peace treaty, to remove all U.S. military bases and troops from South Korea, to negotiate with North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons as part of global nuclear abolition, and to normalize diplomatic and trade relations between the two nations.
Earlier this year Bahman Azad joined the Coordinating Committee of Hands Off Syria Coalition, a front group supporting the pro-Moscow regime in Syria.