CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 |
The winter solstice may mark the longest night of the year, but for Iranians, it's also known as Shab-e Yalda , a celebration with ancient ties that commemorates the triumph of Mithra, the Sun God, over darkness. Feasting on fresh fruits from the summer season and reciting works by 14th century Persian poet Hafez, Iranians all around the world stay up to mark the start of winter. "It's not an official holiday in Iran, but similar to many other ancient traditions, it has become a significant cultural celebration observed by all Iranians," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 |
Wearing a dark blue traditional Iranian garment, Roxanna Ameri followed the rhythm of the music as she marched with others outfitted in festive shades of red, green and purple. Ameri, 18, was among hundreds of Iranians who flocked to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last weekend for the sixth annual Iranian New Year celebration, hosted by the Farhang Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates Iranian art and culture in Southern California. March 20 commemorates both the first day of spring and the Iranian holiday Nowruz, which translates to "new day. " The holiday, which ends Sunday in the U.S. and on Tuesday in Iran, is a time for Iranians across the globe to gather with family and friends to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature.
March 17, 2007 |
An Iranian refugee who had been living with her two children at Moscow's international airport for nine months has arrived in Vancouver. Zahra Kamalfar, who says she was jailed and beaten for demonstrating against Iran's government in 2004, burst out sobbing, then fainted Thursday when reunited with her brother, Nader, after nearly 14 years.
May 3, 2002 |
Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Court has summoned a top opposition leader who returned home from the U.S. two weeks ago despite a warrant for his arrest on charges of subversion. Ibrahim Yazdi, 70, an aide to the late supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and a former government minister, had been undergoing cancer therapy in the United States. He was ordered to return home last year to face charges of acting against state security.
September 17, 1986 |
Turkish authorities detained three Iranians found with a briefcase containing a sophisticated booby-trap device, police said Tuesday. They said the Iranians--two men and a woman--were seized at Ankara airport on Saturday as they tried to avoid passing the case through an X-ray machine on their way to board a plane to Turkish north Cyprus.
October 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - America's chief negotiator with Iran promised in a broadcast intended for Iranians that she will be a “fair, balanced” participant in talks over Tehran's nuclear program, despite her comment this month that “deception is part of the DNA” among Iranians. Facing criticism from hard-line news media and some lawmakers in Iran, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman said Friday in an interview with Voice of America's Persian Service that her comments reflected American distrust of the Iranian government that has built up since the breach in relations after the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
May 7, 2012 |
TEHRAN — On a recent trip to a city on the Persian Gulf, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood in the back of a pickup as it made its way through a thick crowd clamoring for his attention when an older, disheveled man began to shout at him. "Ahmadinejad, I am hungry, Ahmadinejad, I am hungry," he pleaded desperately. The man banged on the pickup's front window to get the notice of the president, who leaned forward as the two exchanged a few words. A young woman then climbed onto the hood of the vehicle and told the leader, "I have problems.
June 15, 2013 |
TEHRAN - The stunning landslide election of Hassan Rowhani as Iran's next president highlighted a deep frustration among many Iranians about the direction of their country, especially an economy marred by skyrocketing prices, stagnant salaries and dwindling job opportunities. In explaining their vote for Rowhani, many spoke of change. They alluded not to hot-button international issues such as Iran's contentious nuclear program or its die-hard support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but to the slumping economy that has been especially unforgiving on the young, among whom the unemployment rate reportedly tops 40%. "People want a change in the economic situation," said Saman Hasani, 26, an engineering student who was among many people honking car horns on the streets of Tehran on Saturday evening after the Interior Ministry confirmed Rowhani's victory.
January 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition fighters Wednesday released 48 Iranians captured in August in exchange for the freeing of at least 2,130 detainees held by President Bashar Assad's government, in the largest prisoner swap of the country's civil war, officials said. Meanwhile, Lakhdar Brahimi, the special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and Arab League, denounced the peace plan Assad unveiled this week as sectarian and one-sided, offering little hope that a diplomatic solution to the country's violence will be found any time soon.
October 15, 2013 |
GENEVA - Iranian and U.S. diplomats held a rare one-on-one meeting Tuesday as six-power talks got underway at a United Nations palace. In another sign of easing tensions between Washington and Tehran, a team led by U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman met with one led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi for an hour Tuesday evening. It was only the second such U.S.-Iranian bilateral meeting in seven years of diplomatic efforts by a six-nation group that has been seeking to resolve the conflict over Iran's nuclear program.