This edition is coming out on Yalda, the ancient Persian commemoration of the longest night of the year. The ceremonies and traditions of gift-giving and generosity associated with Yalda give hope for new beginnings as the darkness shrinks and light fills ever longer days. Some argue that the Three Wise Men were Zoroastrians who were following in this tradition. An article in this issue lists four charities through which PCIA members can donate to the Kermanshah earthquake relief efforts. If you would like to work on this on behalf of PCIA with the licensed charities please contact Advocacy@peacecorpsiran.org. May the spirit of Yalda be with us in the coming year.
Urgency: Trump and Netanyahu Iran Policies Are Dangerous
By Jeffrey Gritzner
JCPOA Advocacy with Congressman Don Beyer
by Brad Hanson
Trump Refuses to Certify Iranian Compliance with JCPOA;
Congress (Thankfully) Does Nothing
Notes from Conference Call with Kate Gould from FCNL
Kermanshah Earthquake Relief
On November 12 a magnitude 7.3 earthquake devastated cities and villages near Kermanshah. An estimated 630 people were killed, making this the most deadly earthquake in the world during 2017.
Diplomacy Works Weekly JCPOA Updates
Every Friday Diplomacy Works, a partner of PCIA on JCPOA work, sends a weekly digest (usually out on Fridays) summarizing key original articles in other reputable news media relating to the status of the JCPOA, particularly U.S. executive and legislative actions which might imperil the agreement. The DW digest also fact checks statements by Trump Administration officials and others related to the JCPOA.
Welcome Paul Barker (Bidokht, Shiraz, Tehran, 1971-76) as editor of the Advocacy Bulletin. A main focus of this issue deals with the JCPOA and efforts to support continuance of this “deal.” He has provided an update on these efforts. You can download this issue by clicking here.
The Cyrus Cylinder(abpve) استوانه کوروش or Cyrus Charter منشور کوروش was discovered under the foundation of a Babylonian palace in 1879, making it perhaps the oldest time capsule on record. It commemorates Cyrus’ victory over Babylonia in 539 BC and sets out the rights of subjects in his expanding empire. It is often commemorated as the oldest charter of human rights in the world.