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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.
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.
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.
March 7, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Voters in 38 cities in Los Angeles County and one in Riverside County went to the polls Tuesday to decide more than 100 elected positions and a handful of ballot measures. Turnout was light. In Covina, voters defeated an extension of a 6% tax on their water, telephone, gas, trash and electricity bills. The measure would have brought in $5.5 million annually to fund general city services such as the fire and police departments.
January 20, 2006 | Nick Timiraos, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied at the White House on Thursday to urge the Bush administration to step up its efforts against Iran's rulers, and to voice support for an organization banned by the U.S. as a terrorist group. The Iranians demonstrated as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanded that the United Nations take action against Tehran for its nuclear development ambitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Iranian Americans gathered by the thousands in Irvine and Thousand Oaks on Sunday to celebrate the Persian New Year -- an annual tradition that participants vowed to enjoy despite war in the Middle East. "This is a day of celebration," said Reza Goharzad, a Los Angeles writer who was among an estimated 15,000 who gathered at William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine.
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