Hedieh Tehrani in Asghar Farhadi’s "Fireworkds Wednesday" Photo courtesy of Grasshopper Film.

Iran film “Fireworks Wednesday” probes marital tensions amid Persian New Year celebration

Director Asghar Farhadi's 2006 drama features acclaimed actor Taraneh Alidoosti. The movie is screening at Sundance Cinemas in Seattle starting April 22.
Apr 20, 2016
Women Rebelling 4 by Houri Ronasi

“Women Rebelling” will challenge the way you think about the hijab

In Women Rebelling, local artist Houri Ronasi explores the effects of the Iranian revolution and Islamicization of Persian culture on women.
Feb 29, 2016
Morality police take down the name of a detained woman during a crackdown on "social corruption" in north Tehran in this June 18, 2008 file photo. (Photo by stringer for Reuters.)

New app helps Iranians dodge morality police

Gershad users tag checkpoints in Iran set up by morality police, who enforce Islamic dress and behavior codes, often targeting women.
Feb 12, 2016
Source: Kamyar Adl on Flickr

How will the end of sanctions against Iran impact you?

UW lecturer Haideh Salehi-Esfahani reflects on how the lifting of most U.S. sanctions against Iran will impact young people in both countries.
Feb 1, 2016
The Ezell's training team and local employees outside the new franchise in Sharjah, near Dubai. (Photo via Ezell's website)

Fried chicken knows no borders

Seattle favorite Ezell's looks to capitalize on the global love of fried chicken.
Nov 17, 2015
"Whose side are you on?" A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) near the site of fighting between ISIS and fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria in south-eastern Syria. (Photo by REUTERS / Rodi Said)

Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria

Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
Iranian pop singer Amitis and Snoop Dogg, united by green screen. (Photo via YouTube)

Snoop Dogg as gateway to Iranian culture?

Am I the only Iranian American excited about this new Snoop Dogg cameo?
Jun 8, 2015
Young Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son Ahmed, 1984

What’s happening in Yemen (and why you should care)

The crisis in Yemen explained: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the complex web of alliances that's tearing apart the Middle East’s poorest country
Apr 21, 2015
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How to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, like a pro

Go from novice to pro with these 7 ways to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year.
Mar 20, 2014
A street scene from Yazd, Iran. (Photo by Nate Robert).

New doors opening for travel to Iran

A recent boom in tourism to Iran has sparked excitement in the Seattle travel community. It’s also created a new sense of hope for Iranian American youth like me that we might finally be able to visit the country our parents fled decades ago. The Financial Times recently placed Iran at the top of its list […]
Jan 28, 2014
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The rice is right: a Globalist guide to Persian eating

Welcome to Iranian culture, where hospitality is king and food is the first step to friendship. 
Jul 10, 2013
An Iranian woman poses for a photo during a visit to the botanical garden in Shiraz. (Photo by Paul Keller)

Perfume is not enough: The shocking shift in Iranian beauty standards

Despite a conservative culture, plastic surgery and eating disorders are all the rage in Iran. Is Western culture to blame?
Apr 18, 2013
On opening night, El Salvador faced off against Iran. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. (Photo by Sihanouk Mariona)

Diverse Northwest soccer enthusiasts kick off their own World Cup

If you still had any doubts about how hyperdiverse the Puget Sound region has become, look no further than the All Nations Cup soccer tournament. Over the next two weeks, 48 teams representing 36 different countries will battle it out at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Countries represented this year include El Salvador, Gambia, Iran, Burma, […]
Jul 17, 2012
File photo of a woman talking on her mobile phone while passing mural on wall of former U.S. embassy in Tehran

Iranian-American candidates weigh in on foreign policy

This election season Washington has an unprecedented number of candidates who are of Iranian heritage. Sahar Fathi and Cyrus Habib for are running for State Representative (in the 36th and 48th districts respectively), and Shahram Hadian is running for Governor. Though Hadian isn’t likely to make it past the primary, Fathi and Habib both have decent chances […]
Jun 8, 2012
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As tensions mount between Iran and Israel, an Iranian Jew is asked to pick a side

“So are you on team Iran or Israel?” A few days ago I walked into a coffee shop to meet my friend and that was the first thing she asked me. A quick Google search revealed the headlines like “Iran Says Preemptive Strike on Israel Possible” “Israel Threatens to Strike Iran’s Nuclear Facilities” “Iran and […]
Feb 29, 2012
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In Iranian film ‘A Separation’ the personal is political

Iranian film A Separation, now playing in Seattle at the Egyptian, has been met with almost freakish levels of acclaim: Its scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, has been almost universally praised by critics, and is up for two Oscars. If you’re groaning a little inside imagining a foreign film that everybody loved because they felt like they […]
Feb 7, 2012