August 1, 1998 |
For Barry Rosen, the decision was his toughest in nearly 20 years. Should he come face to face with a man who held him and 51 other Americans hostage in Iran for 444 agonizing days as mobs chanted "Death to America!" outside? Rosen, former press officer--and captive--at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, decided that it was time. For two hours Friday, he shared a speaker's platform with Abbas Abdi, onetime Iranian revolutionary student leader and a mastermind of the 1979 embassy takeover.
June 23, 2009
When weighing a response to an international crisis, a U.S. president defines American interests, examines the political landscape and selects from a menu of generally imperfect options ranging from war to prudent inaction. In the case of Iran, President Obama has rightly determined that it is in the U.S.
June 22, 2003 |
It started small -- a few babies named after the pre-Islamic heroes Darius or Cyrus, a bit more government money for preserving ancient sites, advertisers using the image of the ruins of Persepolis to sell salad dressing and motorbikes. Now comes modern Iran's most audacious salute yet to a Persian past that Islamic fundamentalists would rather forget.
July 1, 1998 |
It was the most glorious day in Iran's history--even bigger than taking American hostages after the revolution. The Iranian soccer team beat the United States, 2-1, in the World Cup. According to reports, people in Tehran went crazy, shooting off guns and fireworks and honking their horns. For most countries, winning in World Cup soccer is the next best thing to fighting in a war. Fortunately, not many people in the United States give a damn.
March 29, 1992 |
The Beverly Hills Library celebrated Persian New Year recently with a gala party. On hand to celebrate March 19 were more than 150 people from the community and numerous city officials. But the highlight of the evening was Beverly Hills resident Massood Haroonian's presentation of a collection of Persian books. The formal presentation coincided with Persian New Year, also known as "Now Rooz," which is held each year on the eve of the vernal equinox.
June 1, 2006
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS MADE A U-TURN on Iran -- and not a moment too soon. Just as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was about to get on a plane to Vienna for talks on Iran, she announced a courageous and historic about-face that offers hope of ending the hostility that has marked U.S. relations with Iran since 1979. That said, the chances of negotiating a verifiable, permanent end to Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program are slim.