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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Shahbal Shabpareh and his band Black Cats — a premier Iranian American pop group — have performed American hits with a Persian twist at upper-crust Iranian celebrations almost weekly for years. They've seen lots of lavish weddings, but one stands out as the most over-the-top. As guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres outside the banquet hall, the bride was placed in a glass coffin. The groom fitted on a white half-mask. Then, the carefully planned Phantom of the Opera theme devolved into chaos.
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WORLD
July 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Iran's judiciary has "broadened" investigations of the cases of two detained Iranian Americans charged with endangering national security, saying there is fresh evidence, a spokesman said Tuesday. Prosecutors "obtained new evidence in line with the charges brought against" Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi said. "The case is under investigation," he told reporters without elaborating.
OPINION
July 31, 2005 | Nayereh Tohidi, Nayereh Tohidi is an associate professor of women's studies at California State University Northridge as well as a research associate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA.
This is an exciting time to be an Iranian American, a time for optimism, even -- provided that one also has patience. Iran's recent presidential elections cast gloom on hopes for quick democratic reform. But, pushed by the forces of globalization, young Iranians in Iran and elsewhere -- young Iranian American women in particular -- are nudging that nation toward genuine progress.
OPINION
May 10, 2007
TEHRAN'S DECISION this week to throw one of the United States' leading Iran specialists into a notorious Iranian jail is disgraceful and self-defeating. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is one of three Iranian Americans with dual citizenship being held as "soft hostages" by Iran. Esfandiari, ironically, is the last Washingtonian whom Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should want locked up.
WORLD
July 19, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Iranian state television aired a documentary Wednesday using statements by detained Iranian American scholars to make a case that Washington was plotting to foment a velvet revolution in the country. The program, called "In the Name of Democracy," showed extensive video, apparently heavily edited, of academics Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh.
OPINION
November 15, 2004 | Jeet Heer and Laura Rozen, Based in Toronto, Jeet Heer frequently writes for the Boston Globe and the National Post. Laura Rozen reports on foreign affairs and national security issues from Washington, D.C.
With President Bush elected to a second term, and the neoconservative architects of the Iraq war firmly in the driver's seat of U.S. foreign policy, Iranian Americans are contemplating a stark choice similar to that faced by Iraqi Americans a few years ago -- whether they want to work with Washington to liberate their home country.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2007 | Swati Pandey, Times Staff Writer
The hit 1995 teen movie "Clueless" may be best known for introducing Americans to Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd, but first-time novelist Porochista Khakpour remembers it for another reason: It injected Iranian Americans into the U.S. pop-cultural consciousness. "There's that scene when [Silverstone's character] Cher says, 'And that's the Persian mafia. You can't hang with them unless you own a BMW.' " Khakpour, 29, delivered the line in an authoritative teen-queen squeak.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2005 | Tyler Green, Special to The Times
IN artist Shirin Neshat's newest film, "The Last Word," a man sits behind a long table, an ominous book in front of him. Identically attired men bring him more books, perhaps evidence of some kind. A woman sits across from the first man. She was beautiful once; she could be again. The man glares at her. "We've been keeping an eye on you.... I can make you regret being born." Tears well in the woman's eyes. "Do you know how much evidence we have against you?" he asks. The woman stares back.
WORLD
May 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three Iranian Americans, including U.S. academic Haleh Esfandiari, have been charged with espionage and endangering national security, Iran's judiciary spokesman said Tuesday. The charges, denied by relatives and colleagues of the three, were another example of Iran's stepped-up accusations that the U.S. is trying to use internal critics to destabilize the government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confusion reigned Thursday in Southern California's Iranian American community as expatriates tried to sort out how--and where--they would cast absentee ballots in today's election for their homeland's president. Polling places had been arranged at a variety of venues, mostly hotels, in Los Angeles and Orange counties, but as election day approached, the hotels began balking at allowing the voting after receiving complaints from opponents of the Islamic republic.
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