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October 9, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
To create the dramatic opening sequence for the CIA thriller “Argo,” filmmakers visited two continents to depict Iranian students storming the American embassy in Tehran. The scene in which students demonstrate in 1979 and climb up the embassy's gate was shot in Istanbul, Turkey. The scene in which they climb down the gate and burst into the embassy compound was filmed some 7,000 miles away -- in the San Fernando Valley. A Veterans Affairs medical building in North Hills, with its institutional, red brick facade, turned out to be remarkably similar to the U.S. embassy in Tehran from which six Americans escaped and sought refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador.
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.
July 11, 2009 | Reed Johnson
Watching the impassioned crowds surge through Tehran's tense streets, pop singer Andy Madadian wanted to take action. But how? An Armenian native of Iran who has lived for three decades in Los Angeles, Madadian avoids direct involvement in his homeland's politics. But as Iran was plunged into crisis last month by a fiercely disputed presidential election, the man known as "the Persian Elvis" wanted to send a musical message of sympathy and support to his countrymen.
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