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Sahar Sepehri

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Iran Braces for Fire Festival Crackdown

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 3:05 PM

Traditional pre-Islamic celebration could be occasion for opposition protests.

Iranian officials are warning the opposition not to turn an ancient fire festival this week into a protest against the government.

The celebration of Chaharshanbe Soori, Red Wednesday, on the evening of March 16 marks the last Wednesday of the Iranian...

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As Fresh As An Apple, As purple As A grape

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 1:04 PM

I was born in Iran, and I was raised in an eight year war starting in 1980. I grew up in Kermanshah in the west of the country and on the border of Iraq during the time when the sound of Iraqi airplanes and bombing dominated my childhood memories, and...

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The Iranian Government and the Naked Ballerina

(29) Comments | Posted February 26, 2010 | 2:24 PM

Analysts say logo furore shows depth of regime's paranoia.

An Iranian newspaper with a record of needling the regime has been forced to change its masthead because it was seen as depicting a naked ballerina, even though it was a stylised version of the title's name in Persian calligraphy.

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President Obama, Please Hurry Up

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 12:10 PM

Today President Obama unveiled new healthcare plans, but he will be talking about the details in a couple of days. This proposal supposed to help more than thirty million Americans who need healthcare to survive in the US. Healthcare, one of the President's major presidential component and his pride has...

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Under the Golden Sun

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 12:25 PM

On a spring day when chamomiles grow to cover the surrounding mountain hills of Kermanshah, a city on the western provinces of Iran and close to the border of Iraq, my family and relatives took shelter under that yellow and white umbrella. We all had abandoned our houses and belongings...

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Tehran Seeks to Shape Regime-Friendly Education

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 11:33 AM

As they struggle to fend off their political opponents in the here and now, Iran's rulers are also taking a longer-term view with an ambitious project to indoctrinate future generations from an early age.

Plans to inject school education with more Islamic content, anti-western values and pro-regime and separate...

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Women Fight Polygamy Proposal

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2010 | 11:26 AM

Iranian women's groups and other rights organisations are fighting a much discussed proposed law which they say would encourage polygamy by allowing a man to take a second wife without the permission of the first in certain circumstances.

The proposal comes at a time when the country has been rocked...

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