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Chef groupie

Hi.  My name is Shabnam Ghayour and I’m a “Food-a-holic”. Therapy-Style confessions aside, yes, I am indeed Shabnam or ‘Sabrina’ as my clients know me. 

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Grandma’s garden

Riding up Sumach, one of the smaller streets in Toronto, all of a sudden, I felt transported in time and space. Back to my childhood

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The trickster hero

Excerpt from introduction to Rostam: Tales of Love & War from Persia's Book of Kings, translated by Dick Davis (Mage Publishers, 2007). “Rostam is Iran’s

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Chelo-kabab culture

Recently, I've come across several articles and photo essays about the various events surrounding Norooz and Sizdah Bedar. I've also received emails from patriotic Iranians

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MOSSADEGH

Mossadegh is the true story of the coup orchestrated by the C.I.A. in 1953 that installed the Shah of Iran. Driven by an infectious power-pop

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A letter to the war kids

Your lukewarm tears are mine, And my butterfly laughter is yours, From the land of flowers and dreams, I like to send chocolates and fairytales

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Democracy without bombs

Imagine one morning waking up to the news that 100’s of targets in Iran are being bombed by US Air Force, some using nuclear bombs.

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Dark (70 percent cocoa)

oh no corazon that room again lights are on angels are flying but it's dark (70 percent cocoa) and they cant see where they're going black

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Birth of fire

“Jashne sadeh bar shomaa khojasteh baad…” This is how we were greeted by a nice lady, wearing a traditional Persian dress and sprinkling Golab on

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Fresh baked Rose of Mohammad

A rant based on this page on Wikipedia about politically-motivated euphemism: WWI: Sauerkrat and Hamburgers renamed to “Liberty Cabbage” and “Liberty Burgers” to rally anti-German

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Ahmadinejadization

New York City — By pushing the doctrine of democratization of the Middle East, it seems, US and Great Britain, have embarked on an international

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Why I moved back

A friend of mine who moved back to Iran sent me the following as his response to the question “why did you moved back?” —

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Hole in the ice

I am looking out of the window. The sun is shining very brightly, snow has covered everything and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. You feel

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