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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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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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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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Obama and the I-word (Iran)

  On the same day that Barack Obama went on television in L.A. to chat with Jay Leno about sports, politics, and the economy, he appeared on computer screens in Tehran, thanks to a pre-made video message that – like the … Continue reading

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