Farzin Farzad

Farzin Farzad (Association for the Defense of Azerbaijani Political Prisoners in Iran - ADAPP): Farzin is a native Azerbaijani speaker who spent the early years of his life in Iran and Turkey. He graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in political science from McDaniel College with a concentration in international studies and a minor in cross-cultural studies. He then went on to earn a graduate degree in International Affairs from American University in December of 2008. His regional focus was the Middle East, particularly Iranian security. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Farzin held positions in research and analysis with professors at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Columbia University. As a research intern at the East-West Center, he researched for and helped edit a book on nuclear weapons security in Asia. During the summer of his graduate program, Farzin studied the political history of the Gulf States at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. After his fellowship, Farzin wrote: “Ironically, I am more assertive person. Being a 'Peace' Fellow toughened me up.”

Last Day

21 Aug

So this is my last full day in Vancouver. I leave tomorrow morning. I fell in love with this city and I am already thinking of different ways to come back here for good 🙂

I must say that my time here has been quite touching and extremely informative. I’ve spoken with and gotten to know so many people people who have truly sacrificed so much of their lives for this movement. I will try to post whatever I have left unfinished in this blog when I get back home.

Today, Fakhteh threw me a going away party and I got to see many of the activists one last time before I leave. They were all so grateful of my blog and the work that I have done and it was quite touching.

I do wish that my time here was extended. I have so much work left to do. It is quite difficult to interview and talk to people in the movement when their schedules and locations are so far apart.

I want to thank everyone who has followed my blog and commented. And yes, that even includes Yek Irani. While I disagree with much of what he writes, he has made the discussion quite lively and presented the alternate view. For the most part, the discussions were fruitful. I especially want to thank those who were kind enough to allow me an interview. Despite the backlash that they knew they’d receive, they were kind enough to take the time to allow me to question them on their points.

All and all, I had a great time. I will continue blogging about this issue and continue my activism well beyond the end the of this fellowship (I shall let you all know where). There is much work to be done. To those activists who are reading my blog, keep up the good fight. You have my complete support!

Posted By Farzin Farzad

Posted Aug 21st, 2009

1 Comment

  • yek irani

    August 21, 2009


    Dear Farzin,
    I think we have a different view of reality. However, I commend you for not censoring messages.

    Best of luck.

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