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Camelia Entekhabi-Fard
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Camelia Entekhabi-Fard is a journalist, poet, and writer who grew up during the Iranian Revolution and wrote for leading reformist newspapers. She is also the author of Camelia: Save Yourself by Telling the Truth - A Memoir of Iran. She lives in New York City and Dubai.

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Saudi Arabia Accepts Iran's Friend Request

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:37 PM


When I receive friend requests on my personal social media pages, before responding I take the time to check if the person is Iranian or not. If she or he is of Arab origin and we have at least one friend in common,...

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Why Can't Obama Enforce Peace Between Palestine and Israel?

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:59 PM

Not long ago, perhaps less than a decade ago, I was one of those Iranians who view Palestinians as terrorists and opportunists. As somebody who was born and raised in Iran, I can confidently tell you that this view is prevalent there; there are many Iranians who view Palestinians in...

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Working Together Is a Tough Decision for Iran and the US

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Countering the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the common goal of two old adversaries, the US and Iran. Both are increasingly worried about ISIS' rapid progress in Iraq as it plows through towns and cities in northern and western Iraq. Still, it appears they cannot find a...

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The Biggest Threat to the Afghan Election

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 6:01 PM

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced the results of the 2014 presidential election on Thursday, saying there will be a runoff vote between the two top candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The next round of voting has been scheduled for June 14.

Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, the Chairman...

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New Year's Eve 2014 Without the Yellow Dogs!

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 4:33 PM

Ali Eskandarian performing New Year's Eve 2011

My first year of living in New York was a nightmare. This was 13 years ago. I had just arrived to the U.S. after the closure of the newspaper I was working for in Tehran....

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Lost in Translation?!

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Iran's newly elected President Hassan Rouhani certainly overshadowed the world's debates at the 68th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations.

President Rouhani and his accompanying team, the smiles not leaving their faces during their five-day visit to New York, drew all the attention to themselves in the...

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Can Rouhani Make the Right Bridge?!

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Iran's nuclear program was one of the most talked about subjects in recent years. A program, which, Iran claims is for peaceful purposes, is contested by the West. The series of increasingly harsh international sanctions imposed on Iran has proven the negotiations with Iran have failed so far and that...

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I Am Going to Vote on Friday

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:47 PM

From Dubai, a tiny city on the coastline of the Persian Gulf and only a few kilometers from my country, Iran, I do my best to monitor the upcoming presidential election. I'm not able to travel to Iran. Don't judge me, I didn't kill, steal, or commit treason. I am...

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"Hashemi Rafsanjani, Is the Real Fire!"

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 2:25 PM

With less than 40 days to the presidential election in Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is confronted with a real challenge: reformers, conservatives and deviants!

After all the troubles the regime faced in the wake of the 2009 presidential election where it placed the two leading candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi...

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Killing With a Bullet Is Considered Very Soft Treatment

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 8:25 PM

I was in Kabul this past summer when the local radio station played a requested song. The heavenly sounds of a female voice singing in Pashto filled the living room. Our watchman Latif walked to the radio to increase the volume. While he was whispering the song's lyrics, his eyes...

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Participation in This Election Comes Even Before the Candidates

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 4:48 PM

Iran's March 2 parliamentary election, usually considered a low-key event compared to the presidential election, is now considered one of the most important elections in the revolution's history. "The nation is under threat," supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said to his supporters in Tehran on Wednesday. "We need to slap...

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The Obsessions With a "Dear Leader"

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 3:06 PM

The death of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, who died a month ago, interestingly looks like a continuation of what has swept many countries who are witnessing the disposal of their dictatorial leaders. Nevertheless, Kim Jong-Il died of natural causes -- far different from the situations in the Middle East...

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To Where Is Iran's Regime Leading the Nation? Up To the Wall of UK Embassy?

(24) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 4:36 PM

Last Tuesday's storming of the British embassy in Tehran brought back memories of Iran's 1979 U.S. embassy attacks and subsequent hostage crisis. The crisis that ensued in 1979 and all the consequences of that act of violence had a huge impact on Iran's diplomatic standing in the international community. The...

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Today's Ahmadinejad Is Not the same Ahmadinejad

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 3:02 PM

United Nations -- Up until a year ago, most people in Iran and human rights activists outside of Iran accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for all the injustices happening in the country. A man who represent the system from the day one taking the office 7-years ago has been changed so...

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Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi: The Two Forgotten Men

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 4:31 PM

Life is going on as normal in Tehran and other cities in Iran, with most residents occupied with concerns about inflation and the escalating cost of living. But aside from economic anxieties and worries over shortages of electricity and basic goods, the summer has been a time of confrontation for...

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Mubarak, Ben Ali, Now Time for Sayeed Ali

(46) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 2:34 PM

A few days have passed since two of Iran's major opposition leaders were either kidnapped or taken hostage by the regime. Mir Hussain Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives were taken from their homes without an arrest warrant, and without their children being informed about where their...

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As Long as Ayatollah Khamenei Is in Power...

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 7:01 AM

UAE -- The regime declined the proposal and hasn't issue the authorization for the gathering on February 14 in the fears that would lead to another big anti-government movement against the Islamic Republic, as what happened in 2009.

The billions of dollars that has been paid annually as aid to...

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Democracy in Egypt Would Be a Bad Example for Iran!

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2011 | 8:22 PM

As tension rises on the streets of Cairo and other cities in Egypt, speculation and anxiety has also been increasing in Iran. The people of the two nations, which had been so close for ages, were ripped apart when a revolution took place in Iran and an Islamic regime replaced...

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Did the Shah Perform Better or Have the Ayatollahs?

(78) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 12:52 PM

New York -- 32 years after Iran's revolution, people in the Islamic Republic are asking themselves which government was better. Did the late king, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, perform better or have the Ayatollahs?

On January 16, 1979, the Shah left Iran. Two weeks later, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to...

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Iran's Priority and Aim for 2011

(14) Comments | Posted January 10, 2011 | 12:34 PM

The year 2011 has started in a way that predicts a huge shift in Iran's foreign policy. But the Islamic Republic won't find itself confronting the international community or end up drowning in the country's sea of internal chaos, as much of the world expects. Rather, Iran is likely to...

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