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In Iran and around the world, Neda Agha-Soltan lives on in unforgettable documentary

She apparently kept teddy bears in her bedroom, even at age 27, but as a teenager, Neda Agha-Soltan rebelled against the Iranian government’s strict dress codes, unafraid to tell authority figures, “no.” Neda Agha-Soltan could be paradoxical. Small details about … Continue reading

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Why isn’t the ‘Prince of Persia’ a real Persian?

It’s impossible to avoid trailers for the film “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which have even appeared embedded in ABC-TV’s coverage of the NBA playoffs. Those who’ve missed the trailer can watch it below, and when you do, … Continue reading

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An American in Iran: Photos reveal a country of martyrdom and merriment

The third in a series of ‘round-the-world photo essays (the first two, on Pakistan, are here and here) that will also spotlight Iraq, Syria, North Africa, West Africa, Europe, and other destinations. In the months after 9/11, I interviewed a … Continue reading

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On streets of Iran, art and graffiti are signs of social protest

Located next to a Tehran walkway, the stickers show images that are antithetical to Iran’s clerical regime. One shows a three-breasted woman in a bikini. Another shows a young man in a leather jacket holding a sign that says, “Peace.” … Continue reading

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‘North Tehran Syndrome’ – how the media (and others) lost their way in Iran

I was 20 feet away from Iran’s president – the one named Mohammad Khatami; the one with a degree in Western philosophy; the one who founded an institute devoted to “dialogue among cultures and civilizations.” This was Tehran in 2004, … Continue reading

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‘The Stoning of Soraya M’ – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Lots of buzz about the new film, “The Stoning of Soraya M,” which Huffington Post blogger Chip Hanlon calls “extraordinary” and film critic Emanuel Levy labels “a powerful tale.” The movie – a dramatization of a 1986 stoning in Iran … Continue reading

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Accidental icons: 10 years ago, Ahmad Batebi was the bloody face of Iran

This time, the protester’s face is covered up. This time, all we see are his eyes, looking away from the other demonstrators at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square. The latest edition of The Economist (“Iran rises up”) doesn’t repeat its cover … Continue reading

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What would Khomeini do? God willing, he’d protest

On the streets of Tehran, Iranians were demonstrating en masse against their government. In retaliation, Iran’s armed forces were killing and maiming them – prompting the protesters’ spokesman to say that mass demonstrations would continue indefinitely. “Whenever (government) repression is … Continue reading

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Photo déjà vu: Kent State 1970, streets of Iran 2009

The photo below left, which shows Iranian plain-clothes police beating a protester on the streets of Iran, was published on Monday by The New York Daily News. (Taken by Agence France Press/Getty Images, it was photo No. 30 in the … Continue reading

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In droves, Iran’s women have come out of their political closet

She’s in her sixties; wears floral head scarves and oversized, pink-rimmed glasses; waves her finger in speeches a la Bill Clinton; and speaks in a forceful manner that commands attention, especially when she says – as she did the other … Continue reading

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