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I paid a visit to a pawnshop this week. That’s one effect sanctions have on the lives of ordinary people. Fortunately, my trip wasn’t for pawning anything, although such a day may just be around the corner, but it was the end of a long quest to find a way to get paid by a [...]
Seems like I’m a bit late, but I’ll post even if it’s just for providing a larger picture. As I read on Farce News the night before that an article on France 24 – about Ahmadinejad’s recent speech at the UN – had drawn 2.2 billion comments, I thought “kudos”. Kudos, not to Ahmadinejad because [...]
We are back at the grind and vacation is over, but not without its share of adventure. We just cannot get away from that in Iran, no matter how hard we try, be it a simple trip to the passport office, or one for vacation. I went up to a remote village in Gilan for [...]
The Iranian regime’s hostility toward Chaharshanbe Souri is nothing new. For years after the revolution, as we were growing up in Tehran, we held the celebrations in fear. As we set our tumbleweeds on fire in our street and threw some firecrackers around, we expected the Basij or the Komiteh – security forces who patrolled [...]