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Perspective on Iran From a Millennial Iranian-American

Elnaz Moghangard | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Elnaz Moghangard

Flooding my Twitter trail and buzzing in my ears is all this noise about Iran. From celebratory photos of Tehran's streets following the news of a historic nuclear deal to fearful anti-Iran speech to cultural icebreakers like Shahs of Sunset -there is an effort to show the world the "real" image of Iran.

The Image of a Government Versus the Face of its People

Maryam Zar | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Maryam Zar

Today, we are at crossroads, not only in American politics but in American minds, of our view of Iran. Do we forgive the transgressions of the past and forget the chants of Death bestowed upon the Great Satan, whose citizen were marched on television blindfolded and branded spies; or do we refuse to see a population that is consistently asking for less Islam in their government and more freedoms akin to the democracy we implement here at home?

On a Mission to Introduce Culture to Children's Content

Maryam Zar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Technology
Maryam Zar

For Persians, NoRooz is our strongest point of pride. It is the moment that brings us all together, from various religions and social beliefs to economic realities and ideological tendencies, we all see the moment that Winter turns to Spring, as the moment that we reclaim our common Persian heritage.

Celebrating Iranian-American Women On International Women's Day

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

Celebrated globally on March 8th, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women while calling for greater equality. It is in this spirit that I would like to highlight the acts of courage by these seven extraordinary women.

Inspiration Through Film -- A Festival

Maryam Zar | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Maryam Zar

"Let there be Light" -- The phrase is often used as a metaphor for letting the truth be known and dispelling misinformation. In the case of Noor Film Festival, that objective is achieved.

Why Is Bank of America Closing Iranian Students' Accounts?

Ryan Costello | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

Due to a sudden, unnecessary and -- most of all -- discriminatory change in bank policy, Iranians and Iranian Americans across the country suddenly try to use their debit cards to make a purchase or withdraw money from an ATM, only to find that their accounts have been frozen effective immediately.

This Norooz, Wishing Iranians (Access to) a Healthy New Year

Yasmin Radjy | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Yasmin Radjy

Due to current sanctions, ordinary Iranians often cannot access the life-saving medicine they need to address critical health issues. While humanitarian trade is technically exempt, the sale of medicines to Iran is still effectively blocked.

Senator Kirk, the Shock Jock?

Ali Fatemi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ali Fatemi

Senator Kirk owes it to the people of Illinois, and to all Americans, to retract his inflammatory and insulting rhetoric and back away from confrontational policies that could lead us to a disastrous and unnecessary war.

WATCH: I Had Dinner With Iranian President Rouhani

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.27.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

This week was momentous for the Iranian American community with President Hassan Rouhani attending his first visit to the U.N. General Assembly. Follo...

Iranian-American Tech Brothers Lead Charge to Reform U.S. Educational System

Trita Parsi | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Trita Parsi

In the eyes of most Americans, Iranian Americans are not yet known as givers or as a community that takes the lead for social change in America. That's why the Code.org initiative by twin-brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi is so different.

Feelings of Marginalization by the PBS Documentary, 'Iranian-Americans'

Holly Dagres | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Holly Dagres

I could not help but feel my parents' story was left out, as were many others: the interracial marriages of the Iranian Diaspora. We are the forgotten ones, often times frowned upon for not being Iranian enough.

Diaspora Blues: Why the Iranian Diaspora in the United States Disappoints Me

Holly Dagres | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Holly Dagres

It almost seems like a criterion for being Middle Eastern is thinking there is a conspiracy behind every event. As an Iranian-American, I cannot claim to have been immune to conspiracy theories.

Bridal Gown Designer Sareh Nouri on Her Love of Art and Inspirations

Roshanak Taghavi | Posted 11.05.2012 | Style
Roshanak Taghavi

In 2009, after designing the 'ideal' gown of her dreams for her own wedding, Ms. Nouri decided to create a collection of bridal gowns for other brides-to-be.

My Life as an iRanian

Matteen Mokalla | Posted 08.29.2012 | Technology
Matteen Mokalla

I want the company that featured John Lennon, Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez in their advertising campaigns to apologize to Sahar Sabet and the other Iranian-Americans denied their right to buy Apple products.

iDiscriminate: Iranian-Americans Rally Against Apple

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.26.2012 | World

Dozens of people gathered on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest alleged discrimination by Apple, Inc. against Iranian-America...

U.S. Citizen Put on No-Fly List to Pressure Him Into Becoming FBI Informant

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Kevin Iraniha, a U.S. citizen, was boarding a flight home to San Diego from Costa Rica this Tuesday with his two brothers and father when he was informed that he is on a no-fly list.

A Neocon Upstart Attacks Academic Freedom and Iranian American Views

Beheshteh Farshneshani | Posted 05.03.2012 | World
Beheshteh Farshneshani

Be it the voice of Iranian Americans, the freedom of academics, or the decision of diplomats, neoconservatives will attempt to set fire to any bridge that attempts to mend the people of Iran and America. American academia is only the latest victim of this wicked witch hunt.

Why 'Shahs Of Sunset' Goes Way Too Far

Kia Makarechi | Posted 05.19.2012 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

When family members and others first implored me to write a piece denouncing "Shahs," I resisted. There was little to say, I told them, that hadn't been said by countless other Iranian-Americans at media outlets large and small. The show trades on stereotypes like a cheap trick, sure, but isn't that the case with all reality television?

Jumping Over Fire: How I Came To Embrace Being A Gay Iranian American

Will | Posted 02.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Will

I informed my parents that I'd been given the opportunity to write for a major gay magazine. My father's reaction was a happy one, but he wanted me to change my name; the Iranian government keeps tabs on anyone who is the least bit Iranian.

To Cure Shame

Roya Hakakian | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
Roya Hakakian

If April is the cruelest month, then September is the strangest. Strangest, that is, for Iranian-Americans. It's the month that brings Iran's mortifier-in-chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to New York City for the UN General Assembly.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi at JK Gallery

Tracey Harnish | Posted 11.16.2011 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

2011-09-16-hedieh.jpgIncorporating scrolling vines, Ilchi literally infuses the work with visuals from the traditions of her homeland, Iran.

For Alexandra Monir, Book Is Just The Beginning

Kia Makarechi | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books
Kia Makarechi

It is perhaps unsurprising that 25-year-old Alexandra Monir has already released her first novel. But when one realizes she also wrote and recorded songs to complement it, and that she's penning her second book, it's hard not to be impressed.

Iranian-American Fashion Icon Bijan Pakzad Passes Away

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 06.16.2011 | Style
Shirin Sadeghi

He dressed President Obama, the Queen of England, Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles and Bill Gates. But more than anything he dressed the soul of so many of us young Iranians in America.

The Persian Primer: How to Understand and Properly Make Fun of Iranian-Americans

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dr. Ali Binazir

Who's making fun of Iranians? Nobody. Except for Iranians themselves. Most likely, this shortcoming stems from a lack of familiarity with the endearing quirks of Iranian culture that would lend themselves to proper parody.

Deportation of Iranians Dropped from STEP Act

David Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Elliott

Though the elimination of deportation provisions in the Stop Terrorists Entry Program Act constitutes a significant victory for the Iranian-American community, the bill still remains problematic.