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

Hedia Anvar | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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.

Iranian Women Fight Efforts to Restrict Travel Abroad

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 04.05.2014 | Media
Mehrnaz Samimi

Married Iranian women, even if they hold a valid passport, require their husband's permission to depart the country, regardless of age. For obtaining or renewing a passport, a notarized permit from the spouse is required.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Bad Week On Twitter Gets NSFW

Andrew Hart | Posted 10.16.2013 | World

What interest would the prime minister of Israel, a man frequently critical of Iran, have in the Twitter account of an Iranian sex literature library?...

On Being Persian

Gina Nahai | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Gina Nahai

Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was on Harvest Day at my kids' school. I had just been introduced to a blo...

A Call for Public Diplomacy Between the U.S. and Iran

Jon Letman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

As Americans we should make the effort to reach out to Iran and show them that we want better relations as much -- no, more than -- our government.

Canada Cuts Ties with Iran & Syria Despite Its Embarrassing Record on Defending Its Middle Eastern Immigrants

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 11.08.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Canada announced that it has cut ties with the governments of Iran and Syria, shutting down its embassy in Tehran and expelling diplomats from Canada. But Canada is notorious on the human rights of its Middle Eastern immigrants.

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.

The War on Iranian New Year

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

If you understood Nowruz, you would understand the people of Iran. And you would understand what the economic sanctions, covert operations, and the words -- yes, the words -- of war are doing to a people on the brink of renewal.

Iran Launches Spanish TV In Jab At U.S. 'Dominance'

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 01.31.2012 | Latino Voices

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president on Tuesday lauded his country's newly launched Spanish-language satellite TV channel, saying it would deal a blow to ...

Iran Plot: Here We Go Again

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

So let's go slowly here. If the plot turns out to be both real and sanctioned by powerful people in Tehran, a strong response of some kind is warranted. But first let's make sure.

Don't Dismiss Ahmadinejad's UN Speech

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

It is a sad state of world affairs when there is only one person who takes the UN and its handful of leaders to task when given the opportunity. It is even sadder that that one man's words will change nothing for the devastated majority of this world who suffer from those leaders' sins.

The Art of Seduction: Through the Eyes of an Artist -- Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam

Angella Nazarian | Posted 09.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Angella Nazarian

There was no way of pegging his style. With classical Persian music sounding in the background, he performed elements of flamenco, Persian, Indonesian, martial arts, Indian Kathakali dance.

Iran's Green Movement Lie

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

For most Iranians, the Green Movement is what the international media is calling the massive mobilization to dismantle the Islamic Republic of Iran. The hope is that change will finally open the door to serious reform.

Egyptian Revolution Fallout Rattles Arab Media Cages

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Fallout from Egypt rattled cages at the pan-Arab, Saudi-owned satellite channel Al Arabiya when presenter Hafez Al Mirazi threatened to quit if he was not allowed to discuss the revolution's impact on Saudi Arabia.

Baha'is in Iran Are Easily Forgotten

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Sadly, the intense publicity surrounding Wikileaks diverts attention from serious injustice and continuing human rights violations. A good example is the state-sponsored persecution of Baha'is in Iran.

Women and Style in Iran

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Religious women in Iran, whether they wear a chador or not, tend to at least some basic elements of beauty. Ahmadinejad's wife Farahi has belied even that.

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's Latest Fatwa: A Fiery Fury

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Despite the Supreme Leader's outright ban of the fire festival with a fatwa, Norooz, a New Year's celebration with pre-Islamic roots, will prevail in Iran.

Iran Protests: Is Obama Staying on Ahmadinejad's Good Side?

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The Iranians are still coming. In droves. Despite the intermittent media coverage in the United States, Iranians have not yet stopped protesting the...

He Stood up to the Ayatollah

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Iranians mourn the passing of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died this week. It was his voice of support for the people that gave a few other power players the courage to speak up too.

The Iran and Obama Dance

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

It's not Obama's fault that Iraq and Afghanistan happened, but it will be his fault if he rushes into a threat-laden, pseudo-engagement with Iran at this historical crossroads in US-Iran relations.

QODS DAY: Protesters Transform Jerusalem Day Into Iran Day

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Today a long time tradition of the Islamic Republic of Iran was transformed into nationwide mass protests against the government.

Iran Abuse Confirmations Abound: Mohsen and Saeedeh's Stories

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, two more official accounts come out of Iran, confirming the extent of violence that is taking place in the country's detention centers.

Rape and the Republic: Iran's Victims Speak Out

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, Mehdi Karroubi came under fire for stating what for decades has been public knowledge in Iran: The systematic rape of political prisoners as a means of permanently disabling them from society, let alone from political activity.

Voices of Protest: The Iranian Word

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

There is an old saying in Persian, that every Iranian has written at least one line of poetry in their lifetime -- one can only imagine how many millions of lines have been written this summer alone.