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Voices Sound From The Iranian Community: No Visa Ban

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 02.08.2017 | College
Elnaz Moghangard

One week. In just one week, a reunion between an Iranian-American student and her grandmother was severed. Vanessa Shah and her family in Georgia had ...

Super Bowl Followed By Unacceptably Islamophobic Episode Of ’24: Legacy'

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 02.07.2017 | Entertainment

A new day has dawned for the “24” franchise, but its reboot, “24: Legacy,” which debuted after Super Bowl LI, perpetuates one of the most trou...

How Trump's Muslim Ban Is Affecting One Iranian-American Bride

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.03.2017 | Weddings

Planning a big, multicultural interfaith wedding is stressful enough for any bride. Last week, Iranian-American bride Nassim Alisobhani received the n...

Punishing The Innocent In The Name of National Security

Leila Golestaneh Austin | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Leila Golestaneh Austin

A little known fact from the tragic San Bernardino terror incident perfectly captures the essence of why Americans of Iranian descent are so torn by P...

One Of Iran's Biggest Stars Is Boycotting The Oscars Over Trump's Visa Ban

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 02.01.2017 | Entertainment

Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman,” announced Thursday morning that she had decided to boycott the...

Siamak Namazi's Friends Thought He'd Be Freed From Iranian Prison

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Initial news reports from the official Iranian media outlet Islamic Republic News Agency incorrectly identified Siamak Namazi as one of ...

Another American Has Been Arrested In Iran

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 01.17.2017 | World

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An Iranian-American businessman was arrested by Iranian security forces two weeks while he was visiting relatives in Te...

Exclusive: Inside Dr. Nina Ansary's Book Launch in the UK

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 10.27.2016 | Entertainment
Yasamin Beitollahi

The masses were on hand on October 12 at Dr. Nina Ansary's talent-packed launch event for her best-selling book, Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran.

Our Iranian American Senator

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

Throughout his career, he feels he has been blessed to live in society that creates opportunities for people who are disabled, as well as those who belong to a minority group, and he is driven by a desire to expand those opportunities.

What It Was Like To Be an Iranian-American Woman In NYC on 9/11

Hedia Anvar | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Hedia Anvar

On September 13, I put on a dust mask and carried two grocery bags full of produce so that I could pass for a below-Canal St. resident and get close to Ground Zero. It was true that only residents were allowed to cross the barricades, but I felt a strong need to feel connected.

An Iranian-American 'Pioneer' Celebrates 50 years in America

David Shams | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
David Shams

On Feb. 7, Beatles lovers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's arrival in America. While I like the Beatles, my siblings and I will be celebrating a different 50th anniversary: The arrival of our father in the United States.

Nobody Trusts the Iranian-American

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 12.19.2012 | San Francisco
Shirin Sadeghi

You've seen his face before. But maybe you can't quite place his name. Maz Jobrani is setting out to change that, thanks to a script deal with CBS that was announced just last week.

Commentary's Racist Attack Against Iranian Americans

Jamal Abdi | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Jamal Abdi

The terror attack in Bulgaria is being exploited to silence Iranian Americans who had nothing to do with this appalling act, simply because of our heritage.

The Shahs of Seacrest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Shirin Sadeghi

Iranian Americans now know what Italian Americans felt when Jersey Shore hit the scene. Ryan Seacrest has compiled a less-than-impressive sample of one of America's most highly educated and financially successful minorities, to showcase the cosmetically-altered soul of Tehrangeles.

Washington's Favorite Terrorists

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Even if the MEK were to be believed in its latest PR push, the reality is that they are currently on the terrorist list and, as a result, they must be subject to U.S. terrorism laws. Simply put, the laws must be enforced -- without exception.

As Sanctions Ratchet Up, Iranian Americans Bear Increasing Burdens

Jamal Abdi | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

It is more important than ever for Americans, particularly Americans of Iranian descent, to evaluate the unintended impact the Iran sanctions coming out of Congress are having here in the U.S.

Iranians on Madison Avenue: Culture as Hope in the Absence of Politics

Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.11.2011 | New York
Kia Makarechi

The hope is that not just political involvement, but also kabob, music, poetry and dance can forge a new unity, one that's less fragmented but no less diverse.

The US Navy's Dangerous Name Game in the Persian Gulf

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

"Arabian Gulf," the name now used by the US Navy to refer to the Persian Gulf, is rooted not in history or geography but instead in the political machinations of British colonialists in the first half of the 20th century.

Hollywood (Finally) Gives Us Positive Persians

Mojgan Sherkat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mojgan Sherkat

After decades of portraying Iranians as terrorists and villains, Hollywood has taken the first step toward giving my community its due by creating a blockbuster fantasy/action epic film.

Amanpour Is Being Attacked Because She's Iranian

Patrick Disney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Patrick Disney

Since the hostage crisis in 1979, Iranian Americans have experienced the scorn and derision of bigots who reduce a proud and ancient heritage to the reprehensible actions of Iran's theocratic government.

Iran at a Crossroads

Patrick Disney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Disney

Iran-watchers are struggling with the cognitive dissonance of it all: how can you still oppose war but support the dismantling of the Islamic theocracy?

Iranian Americans in the Spotlight

Angella Nazarian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Angella Nazarian

The American public's overall impression of Iranian Americans is largely based on the reductive one-dimensional image of Iranians found in the media and in reports on Iran.

The United World of Obama: The Future is Now

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirin Sadeghi

Tonight, the American people didn't just unite their states, they united the world: a world that in 7 short years had seen the nadir of hate, had witnessed the horror of inhumanity.