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Mohammad, the Imprisoned Iranian Translator

David Kersh | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics
David Kersh

So, one morning, a morning much like any other morning, you read an opinion piece in the newspaper regarding the imprisonment by Iranian authorites of...

Mohammad and Kundera: On the Power of Humor and the Troubles of Translation

David Kersh | Posted 04.10.2012 | Books
David Kersh

Undoubtedly, translation is a tricky business; but what is sadly clear, though, is how the need to do away with humor translates so seamlessly and all too well, from Kundera's fictional Czech republic to a very real and dangerous Iran.

Arrested for Bringing Laughter to Iran

Firoozeh Dumas | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Firoozeh Dumas

Two weeks ago, my translator in Iran, Mohammad Soleimani Nia, was arrested without any reason. For every one of you reading this article, his name means nothing but let me tell you something about my friend, Mohammad.

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.