Peace With Iran Delegation to Iran, January 10–18, 2019

Thursday, January 10 - Friday, January 18, 2019 

Concerned that the US administration is making a case for war with Iran, a coalition of peace groups, organized by www.codepink.org, is putting together an historic Peace Delegation to Iran. We hope our delegation can have a significant impact in helping move our two nations from a place of hostility and military threats to a place of mutual respect and peace with one another. 

Cost: $1500 per person. Includes hotels, programming, in-country transportation, and food.  Booking Deposit: $200. Covers visa and handling fees. This deposit is non-refundable if you cancel, but is refundable if your visa is denied. Click here to pay your $200 non-refundable deposit before our November 15th deadline!

Visa Request Form: Please complete these visa request forms when submitting your deposit. 

Contact: Lily (lily@codepink.org)


FAQs 

Who is invited to apply?

The delegation is open to people from other countries but will be mostly Americans. (please note that we will only have English translation). We are seeking people who are connected to and active with a community at home, such as faith-based organizations,  universities,  peace/justice groups, as well as journalists, writers, artists and videographers. We encourage those who have avenues for disseminating information when they return home-- writing articles and op-eds, giving talks, influencing members of Congress or the administration, etc. Due to the large number of persons expected to apply to go on the delegation, the US organizers will select applicants, but the Iranian government will decide if applicants will get visas. 

How and when should we get there? 

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own airfare to and from Tehran. If you are coming from the United States, you should leave the US on Wednesday, January 9 so you arrive in Tehran on Thursday, January 10, and return home from Tehran on Friday, January 18. 

You can take whatever flight you want, but we will soon post some of the flights other people are taking if you want to join them. You should get changeable/ refundable tickets or use mileage in case the Iranian government does not issue you a visa, which has happened frequently in the past. 

What is the cost?

The total cost for hotels, programming, in-country transportation and food is $1,500. A $200 deposit is required by November 15. You can pay this online or make out a check to CODEPINK, marked Iran Trip in the memo, and send to CODEPINK Iran, 2017 Linden Ave, Venice, CA 90291. This will be used to pay for the visa and handling fees. This deposit is non-refundable if you cancel, but is refundable if your visa is denied. You must bring the remainder of the fee, $1,300 US dollars, with you in cash to give to the trip leaders as soon as you get to the hotel in Tehran. 

What does the fee include?

  • Assistance with acquiring visas
  • Accommodations 
  • Program activities and entrance fees
  • Three meals per day
  • In-country transportation 
  • English-speaking guides 

Price is based on double room accommodations. Specific roommates cannot be guaranteed though we do our best to accommodate your request.

A single room can be requested at an additional cost of $200.

What does the visa process entail? 

It is difficult to get visas for Iran, and the Iranian government process is time-consuming. That is why your application and $200 deposit must be received by November 15. For purposes of processing a request for your Iranian Visa in a timely manner, the registration, along with your deposit, is due November 15. The earlier you get us your information, the most likely you are to get the visas. 

In order to come on this trip you must fill out and submit these forms.

You must upload a passport copy and a photo for your visa and send to CODEPINK. Your passport copy and photo are vital parts of the visa application process. The acceptance of your photos is at the discretion of the Iranian consulate. Please make sure you answer all the questions — if you do not, your application may not be accepted by the Iranian government.

Passport Copy Requirements

Follow this guide to ensure that you have a suitable digital image.

  • Must be in color
  • In JPEG file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • Only the first page
  • Properly exposed (not too dark or too light)
  • Be sized 800 X 600 pixels
  • Clear and all characters readable
  • Must have 6 months validity before the expiration of the passport.

Photo Requirements

Visa photo requirements are just like a passport photo. To ensure that your visa photo meets all the requirements you can go to a professional visa photo service. Or follow this guide to ensure that you have a suitable image.

  • Must be in color
  • In JPEG file format
  • Equal to or less than 500 kB (kilobytes) in file size (less than 10 kB is not accepted)
  • In a rectangular aspect ratio and be sized 400 X 600 pixels
  • 80% of the photo must be of applicant’s face with a full-face view directly at the camera and a neutral facial expression.
  • Optional for women to wear a headscarf in their visa photo.  

What will the delegation focus on?

This Peace Delegation will give participants a unique chance to understand this much-maligned nation and put a human face on this political struggle. It will help facilitate understanding and respect between our people—the building blocks necessary for true international diplomacy and peace between our countries.

Program highlights are subject to change, but  will hopefully include:

Meetings in Tehran:

  • Meet with representatives of the Foreign Ministry and Parliament
  • Visit the Museum of Peace and meet with its members
  • Visit with university professors and students to learn about their hopes and dreams
  • Interact with filmmakers, artists, poets and other cultural workers
  • Learn about the effect of US and EU sanctions on Iran.
  • Explore bustling Tajrish and Grand bazaars and learn about the important role they play in Iranian commerce and culture
  • Visit beautiful parks and mosques decorated with intricate and colorful mosaic designs 
  • Tehran's famous Sa'dabad Palace (summer residence of the Qajar Dynasty) and Golestan Palace. 
  • Learn about Islam as practiced in Iran. Meet with religious leaders and scholars

Outside Tehran: Travel to the beautiful cities of Isfahan and Shiraz

Can I stay longer? 

You may stay one more week with your visa, but your stay must be arranged through an Iranian travel agency that we can recommend.  Under the terms of your visa, you can not stay on your own without the services of a travel agency. The expenses for any time after the delegation are your sole responsibility. 

What airlines fly to Tehran?

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Emirates fly into Tehran.

What if I have Israeli stamps in my passport? 

Iran refuses entry to those who have their passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp. It is recommended that you obtain a new passport if you would like to attend the delegation. 

FAQ UPDATES 12/14/2018

Who will we be meeting in Iran?


We have secured meetings with professors and students at Tehran University who are studying American Studies. Meetings with artists, filmmakers, women activists, veterans, and members of the Peace Museum. You will also have the opportunity to visit synagogues, churches, mosques, and Zoroastrian temples. We are in the process of getting permission from Iran to have these meetings.

If there are places and people you would like to meet in Iran, please give Leila a list of those people and places. She can’t promise anything, but she can prepare a list of individual names and organizations to ask permission for.


Will there be transportation to and from the airport?
Our hosts have provided buses available to pick you up from the hotel and back.

What are the updates on our visas?
The committee who is issuing the visa is meeting this week to discuss approving visas. We hope by the end of next week we will have answers. Once, they let us know we will immediately share with you all.

Should we buy our flights before our visa is issued?
We understand that the longer you wait to purchase tickets the more expensive flights can get. If you can, please wait until visas are approved before purchasing flights.However, you like to purchase flights we recommend for you to use mileage, purchase a refundable ticket, or see if you can get credit.

Is there a preferred form of currency we should bring?
You must have cash with you. 100 dollar bills are purchased better than smaller bills.

When and where do we pick up our visas?
From Iran they will send your visas 2 weeks after being approved to the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Embassy of Pakistan in Washington. D.C. We will let you know when the visas are ready and ask that you mail your passport to the Iran Interest Section where they will issue your visa in your passport and send your passport back to you. This process should only take a day.

If you have indicated that your visa is not being issued in the U.S., your visa will be issued to the respective Iranian Embassy in the country that you have indicated.

 

Will there be any problems coming back into the U.S?
You should not have any problems coming back into the U.S. The worst that can happen is that you can get secondary or tertiary screening where they examine all your things at US airports.


Can we go to Palestine with an Iranian visa in our passports?
Yes, you will still be able to go to Palestine with an Iranian visa in your passport.

Can we bring our laptops to Iran?
Yes, you can bring your laptop. They will not search the content on your computer.


Can we use social media such as Facebook or Twitter?
Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are heavily filtered in Iran. However, almost everyone in Iran has access to these social media sites through VPNs. Once you are in country we will show you how to use these applications.

Will we be able to schedule meetings to meet people that we know in Iran?
People will definitely be able to meet you at the hotel. When we are there in Iran, it is possible we can work around things on the ground to see if you can meet people.

Are there any restrictions on bringing medication?
There are no restrictions in bringing any prescription medication, however we advise against bringing medical marijuana.

How can we communicate with people in the U.S.?
On previous trips, we have purchased a cheap phone where everyone can use. We highly recommend that you download Whatsapp, it is an app that you can use to text or call those in the U.S.  


Would it be possible to fly from Shiraz to Tehran instead of taking a 10 hour bus ride?
The itinerary we have is raw, we will arrange the best way to see Shiraz and Tehran. We will adjust the itinerary when we have a better idea of dates.

 

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  • Stephen Zunes Zunes
    commented 2018-12-15 12:55:01 -0500 · Flag
    Mr. Reimann,
    Visiting a foreign country and meeting with representatives of that country’s government does not constitute endorsement of that country’s policies. Please realize that it is possible to oppose U.S. imperialism while at the same time opposing repressive policies by governments targeted by the United States.Over the decades, I have been part of delegations that have met with officials of repressive governments both supported by and opposed by the U.S. government, including Morocco, Israel, Bahrain, UAE, Cuba, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and more. I have learned a lot from those meetings and glad I took part in them. None of them constituted support or endorsement of repressive policies, nor did my participation constitute any sort of denial of any of the transgressions by these governments. I am going to Iran with the same attitude.
  • John Reimann
    commented 2018-12-15 02:03:15 -0500 · Flag
    Again, look at the open letter posted below. How will those engaged in struggle against this repressive far right wing religious fundamentalist and mysogynist regime view this visit? This includes striking workers, women fighting for their rights, and Arab and Kurdish Iranians fighting against the oppression of the Iranian regime. How will they view this visit? I’ll give you three guesses. The first two don’t count.
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-12-10 10:33:08 -0500
    Ray: If you checked the facts & evidence, you would change your tune. If there is anyone who understand the need for peace it is the Iranian people, after a million were killed in a needless war, 1980-1988 when Iraq invaded Iran, supported again by the US. For facts look in your own backyard (governments)!!!! I suggest you read Dr. John Tirman (executive director & principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies), “Deaths of Others”, to realize it has been the US who has killed 6 million people on all sides since 1953, without counting the manned, lamed, orphans, widows, displaced, refuges or the environmental or heritage damages or losses. In addition, perhaps you should also know that Iran (Persia) has not invaded any country for the last 270 years, compared to the US & its so called allies. Bottom line: What are you doing to build peace in the real world. Talk is cheap, but action is what counts. That is why I support this trip by practitioners who know what they are doing, as a real opportunity to dialogue & build peace together rather than selling war machines to kill for profit. Peace is the only future we have to survive.War is for barbarians.
  • Ray Human
    commented 2018-12-08 05:48:54 -0500
    This trip will be a propaganda opportunity for Islamic Fundamentalist regime of Iran at the time of great straggle in Iran by workers and farmers and lay people to push a change. Your mission will do nothing to help the Iranians on daily life,but the repressive militaristic government which has become the leading regional war monger who is involved in more than half a dozen military adventures in the region.I wish you reconsider of becoming an Islamic show case,while thinking of Iranian people.
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-12-06 15:54:14 -0500
    Prof. Reimann: I am clear on your dissertation. You mention “repressive regime”. Excellent. Thank you. Let us first look on our own backyard!!!! The pragmatic reason why it is critical to build peace even with your enemies, with creative (not extruded) advocates & thinkers like Code Pink, is because: 1) peace is the most urgent need in the world today, especially in that region, 2) peace will totally eclipse the military establishment & industry in the future. Therefore, may I suggest you read Dr. John Tirman (executive director & principal research scientist at the MIT Center for International Studies), “Deaths of Others”, to realize it has been the US who has killed 6 million people on all sides since 1953, without counting the manned, lamed, orphans, widows, displaced, or the environmental or heritage damages or losses. In addition, perhaps you should also know that Iran (Persia) has not invaded any country for the last 270 years compared to the US & its so called allies. These are facts, not opinions, for your consideration. We need a new paradigm, since the old one doesn’t work. Code Pink is one group leading the way. They are reaching out & being pragmatic, – applying knowledge & experience. Again please join the group to build peace in the ground. A practicum would be useful.
  • John Reimann
    commented 2018-12-06 13:19:24 -0500
    Jorg Ostrowsky: thank you for your comments. However, you not only are making some assumptions, you also seem not to have seriously read the letter. It has nothing to do with the Iranian people; it’s about a repressive regime that is holding the people down. Take a second look at the letter (which has been slightly updated on my blog site – oaklandsocialist dot com). Do you dispute what it says about the exploitation and repression of workers, of women, of Iranian Arabs and Kurds? Do you deny that many have been imprisoned – even executed – for exercising their democratic rights? So, the question is, when you go to Iran and meet with government officials there, will you bring up these cases?

    As for myself, personally: I am not now nor have I ever been a professor nor an academic, nor have I ever attended an institution like MIT. I’m a retired construction worker, former recording secretary of Carpenters Local 713 in Hayward CA and an expelled member of that union. (Expelled for having fought for the membership and having led a wildcat strike.) Nor have my experiences been confined to just the US working class movement. I’ve visited the workers movement in Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico, Pakistan, Egypt (during the Arab Spring), and different parts of Europe. I also was in Ferguson right after Michael Brown was killed, and I’ve lived my whole life in the US working class – all sectors of it – not in academia.

    Back to the main issue, Jorg: The letter makes clear that we have no support for US imperialism and its attacks in different forms on different countries, including Iran. But opposing these attacks has nothing in common with supporting the right wing Iranian regime. So the question is: Do you stand with the working class and the oppressed in Iran (women, Iranian Arabs, Kurds and all those standing up for their rights), or with a brutal, repressive right wing regime?
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-12-06 11:52:23 -0500 · Flag
    Prof. Reimann et al: Thank you for your academic comments. If you had been to Iran, as I have, your perspective of the “real world” would be vastly different! May I suggest you & your colleagues join the group to learn a balanced approach. You could learn a lot!!. One of my MIT teachers told me long again, “you cannot teach anything unless you have had 15 years experience”. 15 years may be debatable, but the premise is remains true. I encourage you to see a peace-loving nation, a hospitable people, a rich heritage & a land of living music, dance, art & poetry. I encourage your troupe to venture into reality with this group of leading-edge & proactive advocates, thinkers & doers. Then please let me know how you have trasnformed.
  • John Reimann
    commented 2018-12-02 21:16:11 -0500
    The following is an open letter to Code Pink:

    Open Letter to Code Pink
    December 1, 2018

    Dear Code Pink:

    You have recently announced that you will be organizing a trip to Iran. You state the purpose is to help “move our two nations from a place of hostility and military threats to a place of mutual respect and peace with one another.”

    As socialists, and as supporters of the international working class, we, of course oppose any aggression – economic, political or military – by US capitalism against Iran or any other country. However, we also do not think that the issue is simply a matter of lack of “mutual respect” between this aggressive and repressive US government and, we have to say it, the smaller and less powerful but also aggressive and repressive capitalist government of Iran.

    We think that the real issue for discussion between Americans and Iranians is that of organizing links and mutual support between the working class and the oppressed peoples of our two countries. This is as opposed to talking about “mutual respect” between the “nations”, which always means between the governments. Any agreement reached between the US and Iranian governments will simply be an agreement for how to “peacefully” loot, plunder and repress the peoples of the world as well as the global environment.

    We are concerned that your visit will actually help facilitate the repressive role of the Iranian government. We note that you plan to meet with “representatives of the Foreign Ministry and Parliament” – that is to say, representatives of the regime. You say you will be meeting students and professors. But who will be selecting the students and professors you will be meeting? In the absence of any hint to the contrary, we think it is safe to say it will be the same regime that will be selecting those students, professors and anybody else you will meet with.

    Your plans to meet with Iranian regime officials fly in the face of what has been happening in Iran this year. • There have been a number of major labor strikes in Iran. These include the strikes of 4500 Haft Tapeh sugar cane workers and of 4000 workers at the National Steel of Ahvaz. (See Alliance of Middle East Socialists) • There have been protests of ethnic Arabs in Iran, and these protests have been viciously repressed, complete with sweeping arrests and even executions. (See Amnesty International.) The Iranian government has also executed Kurdish political prisoners and continues to imprison other Kurdish political prisoners. • We have seen the courageous acts of Iranian women who have taken off their head scarves in public. They too have been repressed, arrested and imprisoned. Other feminist human rights activists such as Nasrin Sotudeh, Narges Mohammadi, Zeynab Jalalian, Golrokh Iraee, Atena Daemi as well as feminist men such as Farhad Meysami and Arash Sadeghi languish in prison. Some are currently on hunger strike. • There is also the continued mistreatment of Afghan migrants/refugees who do not have basic civil rights and are treated as a source of even cheaper labor. • Finally, we note that the Iranian regime has been involved in mass murder and ethnic cleansing in Syria, and intervening militarily and politically in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen as well.

    We are alarmed that while you will be hearing the position of the repressive right-wing government in Iran, you evidently have no plans to hear from any of the progressive opposition forces mentioned above. That can only mean that the end result of your visit will be to help legitimize this right-wing, repressive and reactionary regime.

    Recognizing the nature of the Iranian regime does not mean supporting the capitalist / imperialist government of the United States. We can and should oppose both by supporting the struggles of the oppressed and exploited in both countries and around the world. The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend.

    We hope you will reconsider your plans for your visit to Iran.

    Our true allies in Iran are all those struggling against this regime, not the regime that is even more repressive than the Trump regime.

    Yours for international working class solidarity and for socialism,

    John Reimann, Cheryl Zuur
    former recording secretary, Carpenters Local 713 former president, AFSCME Local Union 444
    Editor, www.oaklandsocialist.com

    Sarah Morken Reza Fiyouzat
    former candidate, Tacoma City Council independent writer

    Jason Pike Art Francisco
    Socialist/activist, Poland member, Carpenters Local 30
    Irene Kellogg Michael Karadjis
    member (retired) United Federation of Teachers, NYC Western Sydney University
    socialist and solidarity activist

    Ruth Riegler Les Evanchick
    editor Human Being

    Felipe Messeguer Marilyn Kimmerling
    Costa Rica Member, Industrial Workers of the World

    Elizabeth Cook

    Roger Silverman
    West Ham Labour Party & Newham Momentum
    Member, National Education Union, Newham

    Jon Bekken
    American Association of University Professors
    Chair of the Faculty, Albright College

  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-12-01 20:29:25 -0500
    @Jason, Hello your view of separating countries into working and ruling class is a smart move.
    I recently went to Tehran and noted some of the women you addressed also have seen some in instagram. I have not had the chance to talk with those women who are taking scarf off or clothing themselves in styles that are taboo. Maybe I will the next time I get any chance. I thought they are influences of political hands (read ruling class) like Reza Pahlavi which are rooted outside of Iran.

    About the workers being on strike, if you mean the ones belonging to Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Industry Co, I have noted them both in news and instagram.They have not been payed for many months now. Other than that have not noticed stikes. Basically if you are a worker here in Iran (which I have some in my family) you cannot stop working because you cannot pay the life costs if you do. Startups have become very hard here as well, that secure jobs for working class. Mostly because of influences of politics on economy like money losing its value. Also some companies that had been producers of about 400 products have gone bankrupt as a result of this unexpectedly money devaluation. This also closes many jobs and puts pressure on workers who cannot get enough for their living costs.

    So basically we cannot deny the effects of ruling class on working class. This is why I do not oppose peace groups and even invest my time into policy research despite not being of the ruling class. But the idea of “Working-clas internationalism” is interesting, Do you mean using of cryptocurrencies? I just saw today 2 of Iranians go into SDN list of OFAC because of that. I also had a PHD friend and connection in that field which just one day vanished from linkedin. I have no idea what happened to her. The ruling class do not seem to be letting any much of place left out of their territory. if your “Working-class internationalism” has actually a practical model I would love to know about it very much.
  • Jason Pike
    commented 2018-12-01 14:01:37 -0500
    As afriend of mine noted "I see that Code Pink and “a coalition of other peace groups” is planning a visit to Iran. The purpose is to help “move our two nations from a place of hostility and military threats to a place of mutual respect and peace with one another.”

    This is the same foolishness we hear constantly and it essentially propagates the myth that we’re each one whole nation, that there is no class divisions, and that war is simply a result of misunderstanding. And who will they be visiting there?

    Meet with representatives of the Foreign Ministry and Parliament
    Visit the Museum of Peace and meet with its members
    Visit with university professors and students to learn about their hopes and dreams
    Interact with filmmakers, artists, poets and other cultural workers
    Learn about the effect of US and EU sanctions on Iran.
    Explore bustling Tajrish and Grand bazaars and learn about the important role they play in Iranian commerce and culture
    Visit beautiful parks and mosques decorated with intricate and colorful mosaic designs
    Tehran’s famous Sa’dabad Palace (summer residence of the Qajar Dynasty) and Golestan Palace.
    Learn about Islam as practiced in Iran. Meet with religious leaders and scholars

    You would never know that thousands of workers have been on strike there, nor that dozens of courageous women have been publicly taking off their scarves. This is the disaster that the “peace” movement represents."

    To add a word of my own, the result is a false dilemma: frienship with one of the most brutal regimes in the world (in terms of how it conducts itslelf at home but also consiering its actions in Iraq and Syria) or enocurage aggressive aggression by the US, the srongest and most aggressive (and therfore murdrous) imperialist power of all. Working-clas internationalism can avoid b0oth these traps. Working-class people all over the world can have solidarity with each other, and with all then oppressed and exploited, and not the exploiting and oppressing ruling class of any country and its exploiting and oppreessing regime, be it in the US or in Iran.
  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-11-13 08:32:59 -0500 · Flag
    @Terrie, A Salam from Mashhad, Iran to you. I sent a request on Linkedin to you too. Communicating hopes and dreams of Americans for Iranians is being done greatly and you are part of it too :). Problem with Iran is not about nuclear treaty. Iran has become the sacrificial altar of multi polarity VS mono polarity inherited from world wars, And a sacrificial altar for religious based ideologists who break others. Because their existence not only is important to themselves but also to rival countries of USA. Peace and religious values are being toyed with these days in Iran like the way future of our nations. I have a lot to say maybe more later…
  • Terrie Hampel
    commented 2018-11-12 16:51:03 -0500 · Flag
    While I’ve given this opportunity some very serious thought, I am sending my regrets at this time. Many reasons have made me hesitate to join, which I would be happy to discuss with anyone. I do hope I can be helpful in sharing any information about your trip, discussions you have there, etc., with my community of women and peace-activists here in Michigan. I anticipate that you all will do good work in communicating the hopes and dreams we Americans have for the lives of Iranians who work for peace and safety in their own country. Thank you for inviting me. Please keep me on the list for future delegations!
  • Terrie Hampel
    commented 2018-11-04 15:37:35 -0500
    First, let me say thanks to the Code Pink organizers who are inviting me to join them and other peaceworkers in Iran for this visit which I hope will be a significant opening for future exchanges. I am giving it my most serious thought. I would very much like to be part of this trip and to experience ancient Iran. Hesitations I have about going in January are: how important is the timing, given our withdrawal from the nuclear treaty and our POTUS’ threats to up sanctions against Iran? I just completed Inside Iran, (Medea’s) and learned much, but feel I have so much more to learn, before I have anything intelligent to say as an American, to Iranians. I’m also not confident that I have an audience for any reports I bring back here in West Michigan. I am certainly ready to listen, study more and discuss with others, and happy to hear any other participants’ thoughts about going. I hope to make a decision about this within the week. Weather I become part of this delegation or not, I will always commend Code Pink’s goals of opening dialogues with people in other countries that continue suffering under human rights violations and oppressive regimes.
  • Carol Foresta
    commented 2018-11-04 11:31:02 -0500 · Flag
    If I would like to stay an additional week in Iran do I enter the 18th as my date of departure or do I write the 25th as my day of departure?
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  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-10-26 13:14:56 -0400
    Hello Jorg, Thanks for answer.My word was from a point of an independent not a reformist wing here in Iran. I do not agree that proposal of a peace policy will last or have heavy impact unless it notices more than gardens you mentioned. As far as I know USA policy makers have much better information on what is going on in Iran and an attempt to sensor that with gardens strategy will make you fail in achieving a lasting peace. Remember that the Iranians who 40 years ago took USA embassy in Iran as lair of great satan, Went through wars and sanctions and now days standing in whole middle east against USA, did not endure it for >>Your description could be in any city or country in the west.<< But with the promise of a civilization without that symptom. We were betrayed and lied to and used. Today we hate Rouhani because he was using JCPOA as a diplomatic shield for Irans influencing the region. I am not a simple guy. That way people will only be used in Iran these days. I want to be a fan of pink meme that is smart and can see through the cunnings of Iranians politicians. Not to be used as a pawn of them which is designed for regimes benefit leaching of people themselves.
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-10-26 11:25:01 -0400 · Flag
    Mohsen: Thanks for your comments. No matter which country we tour, visitors can not easily see reality, but this travel plan is as good as it can be, as close to people and society as possible. Your description could be in any city or country in the west. Their travel plan is most hourable, since they will visit heritage sites as well & will then visit the tombs of poets such as Saadi & Hadez. We should build more Persian Gardens in the west, beyond Geneva & Granada. Like every country, we have our own list of serious problems to correct & improve. We need to build bridges of cooperation & collaboration, since Iran is a peace-loving & very hospitable country. In this way we can have “dialogue among civilizations”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialogue_Among_Civilizations
  • Mohsen Ahmadi
    commented 2018-10-26 10:55:34 -0400 · Flag
    I doubt this trip plan can show you what really is going on in Iran. But I guess better than this is not possible for now. Just for an example Last night while I was walking in alley a sound caught my attention, I saw a woman who I think said a salam like voice, she was trying to gather stuff from trash, having a double her size sack full of things gathered from trashes in streets with her which she had dropped and the sound of that was what took my attention. I was a guy wearing a clothing in black which looks like military clothing with a pink arm band on the arm passing by, I assume she felt I might be a security guy and so she said salam. Anyway I did not ask her, because there was nothing really I could do for her… There is so much you will probably miss seeing and hearing in Iran….
  • Jorg Ostrowski
    commented 2018-10-25 10:35:30 -0400
    I wish I could go with you, but I already have plans for April 2019 with others. I will be working on my project entitled, Silk Road to Peace. I have been in Iran twice before, given many presentations & traveled with my Iranian & international team members, each time 42 days. There is no nation in which the people are so hospitable & peace-loving, as a the record shows. It is a resilient nation, rich in history & heritage, culture & tradition, poetry & literature, dance & music, education & technology. Thank you for opening the eyes of the world. Perhaps you should open a chat line on Telegram, since the people who are going are leading thinkers & doers. Congratulations!!!
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  • Hanan Nasr
    commented 2018-10-24 23:20:19 -0400 · Flag
    I am very excited to share with you this different and unique experience as it will be my first visit to Iran,,and I am pleased to join you in this reputable organization which was always a dream for me to be an active member in such an urgent issue..
    Again many thanks
    Mrs Hanan Nasr
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  • Imad Aliroud
    commented 2018-10-24 14:18:53 -0400 · Flag
    Hello
    I live in Jordan. What should I do,if I want to join you?