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alimostofi Ali Mostofi

Iran: Antonym

For a moment, I thought it was a Photoshop picture. I blinked a few times and gasped. Yes, the British Prime Minister, was sitting next to the Shi'ite President.   As a British-Iranian, I was disgusted. For thirty years, I had always held the naive view, that there was some decency and respect, from ...
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ISIS attack, why and for whom?

The U.S. was finally driven offsides (american football, not soccer) by ISIS. The Iranians refused to attack even after the mass killings of our fellow shiites in Mosul--however the U.S. has declared war because of an atrocity to its own, albeit on a much smaller lever.   One can't fail to notice t ...
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Young Turks

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL DEBUT, TURKEY’S NEWEST ART FAIR IS BACK FOR ITS SECOND EDITION A visitor eyes portraits of Syd Barrett at the inaugural edition of Art International Istanbul in 2013 (courtesy Honeybunn Photography)   With globally-acclaimed institutions such as Istanbul Modern and Contemporary Is ...
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Iran: Homer

It's a Sunday. I have managed to crawl out of bed and made breakfast. It's, oh s..t, three in the afternoon. I turn on the TV and of all the people in the world, Homer Simpson, is saying something about Iran.   This is a really funny clip. But what makes it special, is that Iran appears right near t ...
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Whose Gaze is it Anyway?

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES THROUGH ARAB POP CULTURE EPHEMERA IN LONDON Photograph by Mark Blower (courtesy the ICA)   Although far from being homogenous – a fact well-known to readers of this publication – the ‘Middle East’ is still viewed as such, with alternative notions having yet to trickle into the ...
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Son Combat

Il résiste au viol et à la torture Pour que ses idées vivent en pleine future Pour qu’il ne soit pas une fin d'histoire Pour rien que dégommer les déboires Il s'en fout que la mort attende son tour. Les douleurs accablantes, il refoule Sa foi reste invincible si le corps brûle Le souffle d’amour ...
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My Open Letter to Ann Curry

Dear Ann,   I've looked up to you for a while, I feel like I know you, and so I'd say we're on a first name basis. You are without a doubt impressive, inspirational and smart. You’re a role model for women around the world, especially for American women of immigrant and mixed backgrounds.   You hav ...
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UN High Commissioner, concerned about imprisoned Iranian journalist, Heshmat Tabarzadi, assures of taking appropriate steps

PRESS RELEASE Human Rights Committee - Iran Democratic Front:    In response to three petitions signed by 1000′s of signatories, including hundrdes of well recognized Iranian and other human rights, civil and political activists  and organizations , academics and artists demanding the release of th ...
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