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OPINION
July 25, 1999 | NARDA ZACCHINO
Imagine more than 6,000 people demonstrating for hours at the Federal Building in Westwood, bullhorns blaring, helicopters swirling overhead, traffic jamming Wilshire Boulevard--and no story the next day in the Los Angeles Times. That's what happened July 15, infuriating scores of Iranian Americans when they looked for coverage of the event, which was staged to show support for student protesters in Iran.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1998 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a development that reflects the ever-changing spiritual texture of Los Angeles, a historic but dying Hollywood synagogue that once counted among its members such luminaries as the Warner brothers, actor Edward G. Robinson and cosmetics king Max Factor is getting a new lease on life as the region's first Iranian American Jewish center. Earlier this year, Hollywood Temple Beth El's congregation decided to sell the building, citing dwindling membership and financial troubles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three Sherman Oaks attorneys have joined forces to help reverse what they say is a trend of political apathy among Iranian Americans in Southern California. Shahin Sedaghat, Mehrnaz Taheripour and Vafa Khoshbin have launched an aggressive voter registration drive targeting Iranian Americans, the first of its kind for this growing community based largely in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
The May 14 letter to writer-director-producer Wayne Kramer began on an upbeat note: "Congratulations on commencing the production of your upcoming film, 'Crossing Over.' From the details I have gathered thus far, the story line is compelling." But the president of the National Iranian American Council, Trita Parsi, soon got to the point: "I have serious concerns about the portrayal of Iranian-Americans in this film.
WORLD
May 11, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iranian American scholar Haleh Esfandiari was interrogated for four months by Iranian officials before being thrown into this city's notorious Evin prison, her U.S. employer said Thursday. Esfandiari's troubles began in December when knife-wielding masked men stopped her on her way to the airport and seized her travel documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2001 | TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a celebration of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. But after last week's terrorist attacks, organizers of the Mehregan Persian festival in Orange County have decided to cancel the symbolic event to mourn with the rest of the nation. As many as 25,000 Iranian Americans from across the country were expected to attend the festival, scheduled Sept. 29 and 30 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, said Mariam Khosravani, a festival coordinator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2007 | Jill Leovy, Times Staff Writer
Ebrahim Torbati was a rug merchant. But at heart, he was a poet. The 71-year-old shop owner was killed in an apparent robbery attempt Tuesday afternoon as he read a newspaper at the entrance to his store at 840 Santee St. in the downtown Los Angeles garment district. The robber may have grappled with him briefly before shooting him about 4:15 p.m., Torbati's neighbors said. Police said the suspect pointed a gun at Torbati and reached into the drawer in his desk where he kept cash.
OPINION
June 22, 2007 | Muhammad Sahimi, MUHAMMAD SAHIMI is a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at USC.
THREE OF THE FOUR Iranian Americans who have been detained in recent months in Iran -- Haleh Esfandiari, the director of the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kian Tajbakhsh, a consultant to the World Bank and the Open Society Institute; and Parnaz Azima, a reporter for the U.S.-funded Radio Farda -- have received support for their freedom from powerful organizations and people in the United States and elsewhere.
NEWS
July 10, 2002 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sharon Sabet steps into a circle of dancers and lifts her tambourine like a rising moon. Combing her hair, putting on her makeup, twirling on her toes, she dances the part of a Persian princess in a sultan's court. After class, she steps out of the rehearsal studio in West Los Angeles and into her other life, as a dental student at UCLA. Sabet is a 22-year-old Iranian American whose parents were born in the Middle East.
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