April 3, 2009
Re "UC urged to expand ethnic labels," March 31 We know how the Irish became white. How exactly does one become unwhite? The Times offers a poignant look at the creation and unraveling of identity in a multicultural society. There was a time when it paid to "pass," but it is exciting that Middle Eastern Americans are now ready to stand up and be counted. Without a box to check or a category to belong to, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Iranian Americans have been silenced by their invisibility.
May 25, 2007 |
A U.S. and Iranian citizen who visited Iran this year has not been heard from since March, and a UC Irvine institute he is affiliated with said it was concerned. Ali Shakeri is a California businessman who serves on an advisory board to the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, which studies how citizens can promote peace in divided societies. A Human Rights Watch report quoted unidentified associates of Shakeri as saying he was "being detained by the Iranian authorities."
August 13, 2007 |
Iran's judicial authorities have completed their investigation of two detained Iranian Americans, a senior official said. "The two have some written work to do and then the decision will be made about them," Tehran Deputy Prosecutor Hassan Haddad told the news agency IRNA. He did not specify what he meant by "written work." Last month, Iranian TV aired "confessions" by Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, which the Foreign Ministry said revealed a plot to topple Iran's clerical regime.
June 7, 2007 |
Two Iranian Americans detained on charges of spying have "accepted that they carried out some activities," an Iranian judge was quoted as saying. The Iranian judiciary last month said academic Haleh Esfandiari and social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh were accused of spying. The United States has denied that they are spies.
January 25, 2006
Re "Iranian Americans Rally for a Different Approach," Jan. 20 It is sad to read about the Mujahedin Khalq organization (a.k.a. MEK, MKO, NCRI and several other names) in that the terrorist group is portrayed as the representative of a quarter of a million Iranian Americans. The group was in charge of killing several Americans during the shah's regime in Iran. Its ideology is a mixture of Islam and Marxism. The group is run like a cult, in that the "holy" leaders (Maryam and Massoud Rajavi)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2000
Re "Iranian Official Stops in O.C., Draws Protest" (Sept. 24): The Iranian foreign minister, in his speech at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point, had the audacity to ask, "Why shouldn't Iran have a strong lobby here to fight for the rights of Iranians?" Is he suggesting to fight for the rights of the same people who have left Iran to escape the oppression, torture and dictatorship of his own government? Mr. Foreign Minister: Thank you for your concerns, but please leave the Iranian Americans here alone.
July 26, 2007 |
New arrests were announced Wednesday in the cases of two Iranian Americans held here on charges of conspiring against the government. State radio quoted Intelligence Minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as saying, "Internal elements related to these people have been arrested." Ejei did not say how many people were arrested or give details on their alleged connections to Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1999 |
It was a brutal overnight attack on sleeping university students in Tehran. Police and Islamic hard-liners clubbed the students, killing at least one and injuring many others, according to one human rights organization. Hours later, Iranian Americans in Los Angeles were reading a firsthand account. "Hello from the Tehran Bloodshed," began the e-mail sent by a student who said he was beaten in the July 9 raid on the Tehran University dormitory, which ended with 120 arrests.
June 24, 2007 |
SO FAR, four Iranian Americans have been detained by the Iranian government and charged with espionage. The most well-known case is that of Haleh Esfandiari of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, who was detained and later arrested after traveling to Tehran to see her 93-year-old mother late last year. The most recent case is that of Ali Shakeri, a "peace activist" from Irvine, who was arrested in mid-May.
August 14, 2009 |
The Obama administration criticized Iraqi security forces this week, saying they botched an attempt last month to establish a police station in a refugee settlement for Iranian dissidents, resulting in clashes that claimed the lives of at least eight of the refugees. Several other of the Iranians were seriously injured and 36 have been reported by humanitarian organizations to be in Iraqi custody and at risk of being forcibly returned to Iran, where they are considered likely to be mistreated.