• The Little Dutch Boy
    Heroes

    In this week’s column Yaghoub Yadali talks about the construction, danger, and humanity of Iranian heroes, past and present.

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  • Donald Bathelme
    Donald Barthelme and I

    Columnist Yaghoub Yadali remembers his amazement at discovering a story by Donald Barthelme in Iran, his difficulty finding any information about the author, and, years later, rereading his work as a fellow writer.

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  • No Facebook
    Ten Countries where Facebook has been Banned

    Though Facebook has over 1.23 billion users around the world, these 10 countries have political leaders who don’t want their citizens to have access to the site, or who have banned it amid fears that it could be used to organize political rallies.

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  • Marina Nemat
    Exile Hangout: Iran

    Exiled writers Marina Nemat, Omid Fallahazad, Moniro Ravanipour, Shahrnush Parsipur, and Roya Hakakian talk via Google Hangout about risking imprisonment for their writing, repression against opposition writers, the government’s crackdown on free press, and the condition of writing in exile.

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  • Kathreen Khavari
    Kathreen

    Does Iranian or Middle Eastern heritage mean ‘terrorist’? Yaghoub Yadali examines prejudice and takes a close look at the short film “Brain of Terror,” in which the Iranian-American actress Kathreen Khavari plays 11 characters who are trying determine whether or not they’re terrorists.

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  • Tehran Skyline
    A Briton in Tehran

    Jack Straw, the ex-foreign secretary of Britain, recently visited Iran and what he found surprised him: a modernizing Tehran (despite heavy economic sanctions), an American-educated political administration, and a people ready to reach a lasting agreement with the West.

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  • Fernanda Lima
    Blind Protest

    When Iranian television censored the broadcast of the Brazil 2014 World Cup draw in last month due to host Fernanda Lima’s dress, soccer-crazed Iranian youth took to social media to express their anger – not towards the government censors but against the actress.

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