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December 2, 2012 | By John Horn
Ben Affleck considered shooting some of "Argo" in Iran but decided it was too dangerous. So he shot in Turkey and Los Angeles instead, where he sometimes found it difficult to cast expatriated Iranians to play the revolutionaries who overtook the American Embassy at the film's opening.  In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series, Affleck, who directed, produced and stars in the drama about the rescue of six Americans in the middle of...
September 25, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Carol J. Williams
TEHRAN -- Iranians pored over news accounts Wednesday of President Hassan Rouhani's speech to the United Nations General Assembly, with those eager to break out of Iran's isolation expressing disappointment that their new leader didn't meet with President Obama or offer more concrete steps for sanctions relief. Hard-liners, however, seemed mostly pleased with Rouhani's steadfast defense Tuesday of Iran's right to enrich uranium and develop its nuclear industry. Western countries accuse Iran of refining uranium for the purpose of building a nuclear bomb, and have made sanctions relief contingent on Tehran stopping the enrichment.
June 18, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis and Raja Abdulrahim
As authorities in Tehran have blocked opposition websites, jammed satellite TV channels and banned foreign journalists from covering demonstrations against last week's disputed elections, Iranians living in the U.S. have rushed to fill the communications gap. Iranian students and exiles here are flooding Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their e-mail distribution lists with footage of bloodied protesters and other snippets gleaned from friends and relatives back home.
July 21, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
Patriotic Persian music blasted from the car that led thousands of demonstrators down Westwood Boulevard one recent afternoon, past Persian restaurants and bookstores. A plane hired by a local Persian TV station streaked overhead, flying a banner proclaiming: "We support freedom in Iran."
March 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Reuters
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.
May 7, 2012 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
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.
October 25, 2013 | By Paul Richter
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.
June 15, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
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.
September 17, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
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.
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