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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.
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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 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.
BOOKS
June 25, 2006 | Gene H. Bell-Villada, Gene H. Bell-Villada is the author of several books, including "Garcia Marquez: The Man and His Work" and "Overseas American: Growing Up Gringo in the Tropics."
ANNE TYLER'S eye for describing how families may (or may not) function is an artistic wonder. Her novels, set mostly in the Baltimore area, lovingly capture the invented rituals, small dramas, hidden slights and tensions, and the deeper ties that ultimately keep family members imperfectly connected. Tyler's wholesome, comedic irony is to her modest, middle-class WASPs what Chekhov's bittersweet wisdom was to his melancholic Russian gentry.
OPINION
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)
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