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June 23, 2003
Re "One Dead in Iranian Exile Protest," June 19: U.S. newspapers have been circumspect in their descriptions of the Moujahedeen Khalq, the Iranian opposition group whose members have taken to self-immolation to protest the arrest of their leaders on terror charges in France. As an Iranian American, I believe that the Moujahedeen Khalq is a terrorist group that does not have Iran's best interests in mind. Its combination of Islam and socialism is no way to run a government, and if it were to take power in Iran, its leaders would kill hundreds of thousands of political opponents.
January 28, 2001 | JORDAN RAPHAEL, Jordan Raphael's last story for the magazine was about the Internet adventures of comics icon Stan Lee
Shahrzad Sepanlou's cell phone rings. At her office desk on a Tuesday morning, the 28-year-old event coordinator at UCLA considers her silver Samsung. She usually leaves its calls to the answering service, but she's already checked her boss' e-mail, arranged his schedule, paid some bills and sorted the mail. She may as well see who's calling on the line she uses for her real business. On the other end is a man from Ahvaz, a large city in southwestern Iran.
July 17, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iran's state-controlled television aired a short clip Monday touting an upcoming news program that it says will show taped confessions by two Iranian Americans jailed this year on charges of espionage. One of them, Haleh Esfandiari, 67, looks pale but otherwise healthy, and wears a black chador over all but her face and hands. She is shown in a residential setting, speaking to the camera.
Alireza Mahdavi had barely returned home to Westwood from his native Iran when a cousin embroiled him in a familiar, passionate debate, one rocking the Iranian diaspora across the country. Mahdavi hopes the United States will lift the economic sanctions it placed on Iran. His cousin wants them to stay. "Over the dinner table, he asked me, 'Why are you wasting your time going back and forth to Iran, promoting the lifting of sanctions when you could be growing your business in the United States?'
July 12, 2009 | Associated Press
Scores of protesters, many of them Iranian Americans, marched from Capitol Hill to the White House on Saturday, most holding Iranian flags and chanting demands for the U.S. to take more action in response to Iran's disputed election. After marching through several blocks of downtown Washington, more than 200 people rallied in front of the White House. They shouted demands for President Obama and leaders of other countries to "reject the sham elections, impose complete sanctions!"
January 30, 2011 | By Firoozeh Dumas
When my family moved to the United States from Iran in 1972, the first Americans I met were the Bradys and the Partridges. After hours of devoted television viewing, I learned that American brothers can be just as annoying as Iranian ones, and that Mrs. Brady worried about her children just like my mom. I learned that Americans, like Iranians, eat dinner together, although no one on TV ever dined on kabob, not even on "Gilligan's Island," with its ample...
June 6, 1987 | KAREN TUMULTY, Times Staff Writer
The congressional hearings into the Iran- contra scandal have detailed accounts of what lawmakers say is a serious--and almost unbelievable--disregard by government officials for the nation's secrets. Even though it has been six months since the scandal broke, it was not until Friday that Iranian-American businessman Albert A. Hakim was asked to return to the government a super-secret encryption device that he received and used to communicate with then-White House aide Oliver L.
October 13, 2011 | Ken Dilanian, Paul Richter and Brian Bennett
Though initially skeptical that top Iranian regime figures were behind a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, U.S. government officials became convinced by the operation's money trail and now consider it likely that Iran's supreme leader was aware of the plan. "This is the kind of operation -- the assassination of a diplomat on foreign soil -- that would have been vetted at the highest levels of the Iranian government," said a senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about sensitive analyses.
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