This is part 4 in a 4 part series. Limbo Leaving the Zagros, the terrain hung in a sort of limbo. In the late evenings as I searched for a suitab...
Soon the plateau began to change. No longer rolling hills and rocky terrain, I now walked towards daunting peaks. I had begun to enter the Zagros Mountains.
Young people in Iran cannot be silenced forever. As the children of the revolution they are eager to inherit their country and they are poised to stage their counter-revolution one day soon.
10 kilometers outside of Tehran city limits, the landscape changes abruptly from mountains to low rolling hills. I climbed the red dirt slopes, sinking at times up to my knees in the soft, powdery sand.
The usefulness of simple categories has long since died. In effect, we are saying, "Do they wear headscarves?" (Bad). "Do they speak English?" (Good). "Do they have turbans?" (Terrible.)
Since the Tunisian and Egyptian democracy uprisings, there's little doubt that Middle Eastern leaders have been scrambling. From Damascus to Tripoli, ...
There's a lot going on in the world, but we all know it stops turning for just a tiny moment when those all-important Oscar nominations come out!
There are many reasons to be skeptical that the Middle East is on the cusp of democratic transformation. But if that is the case, it's worth recalling that not every communist state in Europe was overturned in 1989.
In a recent article, Middle East expert Reza Aslan writes that Ahmadinejad may not be the hard-line president outside observers thinks he is. Here's why Aslan's characterization of Ahmadinejad is flawed.
Hosni Mubarak has shut down Al Jazeera in Egypt, choked off internet and cell phone service, and has begun arresting journalists. But he hasn't cracke...
Replacing Iran's Foreign Minister, a quiet man who practiced a more conservative diplomacy than Iran's "fiery" president, is the first step Iran will take to reduce tension over its nuclear program.
I've asked film curator Milos Stehlik, of Chicago's Facets.org to write a guest essay in the earnest service of furnishing a dually historical and mor...
Our country is still chock full of horrible ideas, and it's only natural. We, however, too often forget a bad idea's existence once we salute the good idea.
The firing of Manouchehr Mottaki is a sure-fire sign that Ahmadinejad is getting nervous about the loyalty of his own government. This power struggle is heating up, and it has massive implications.
What is so clear from these documents, what some of us were saying all along but were often criticized for allegedly simply expressing the Israeli view, is that the threat of a nuclear Iran is indeed the greatest threat to civilization.
It's another WikiLeaks week: thousands of meant-to-be-secret diplomatic cables have been made available to a handful of news organizations. And the first conclusion? This stuff is complicated.