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OPINION
June 2, 2007 | Reza Aslan, REZA ASLAN is the author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam."
FINALLY, AFTER three decades of mutual animosity, outright threats and puerile name-calling, the United States and Iran this week engaged in a constructive dialogue about their common concerns in the Middle East. Already the optimism that followed those talks has given way to the usual tit-for-tat accusations. Still, one can't help but wonder: After all these years, could the U.S. and Iran slowly be moving toward a more diplomatic relationship or even -- dare I say it -- rapprochement?
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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
May 26, 2007 | Ashley Powers and Yvonne Villarreal, Times Staff Writers
Ali Shakeri is admired for diplomacy through wit. He has a knack, said fellow board members at UC Irvine's Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, for cutting through tension with a well-timed joke. He has kidded tirelessly to knit together Orange County's large Iranian American community and has taken his lessons home, sharing meals with another board member who is Jewish. In March, Shakeri told colleagues he was flying to Tehran; his mother was ailing.
WORLD
May 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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."
WORLD
May 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A jailed Iranian American academic was charged with setting up a network to overthrow the Islamic establishment, the Iranian government announced. Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has been held since early May. Esfandiari's husband, Shaul Bakhash, denied the allegations as "totally without foundation."
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Delshad, 66, elected to his second term on the Beverly Hills City Council by a 171-vote margin, will probably become the first Iranian-born mayor in the country, given the results of a final vote count Wednesday. "There's no guarantee, but that's the tradition," said City Clerk Byron Pope of Beverly Hills about the current vice mayor's advancement to the top post. The position of mayor is bestowed on an annual rotating basis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In his bid to become this city's first Iranian American mayor, Vice Mayor Jimmy Delshad was in danger Wednesday of losing his City Council seat altogether. After Tuesday's balloting, he held only a seven-vote lead over third-place finisher Steve Webb, with 892 provisional and absentee ballots to be counted Friday. Nancy Krasne received the most votes of the six candidates, with 2,486 votes. The top two finishers in the race gain seats on the five-member council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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