analyst and commentator on middle east affairs :: posting all things Iranist (ایرانیست)

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My article for PolicyMic:

Want to know how Iranians feel about America? Look at their fashion

According to a poll taken by the 2009 World Public Opinion, 63% of Iranians hold favorable attitudes towards the U.S. For many Americans, Iran seems like an unlikely place where clothing emblazoned with stars and stripes would be trendy.
The stereotypical picture Americans paint of Iran involves mad mullahs, women in chadors and nuclear bombs. According to a Pew Research study, 69% of Americans have a negative view of Iran – and that might be rooted in their limited knowledge of what Iranians are actually like.
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My article for PolicyMic:

Want to know how Iranians feel about America? Look at their fashion

According to a poll taken by the 2009 World Public Opinion, 63% of Iranians hold favorable attitudes towards the U.S. For many Americans, Iran seems like an unlikely place where clothing emblazoned with stars and stripes would be trendy.

The stereotypical picture Americans paint of Iran involves mad mullahs, women in chadors and nuclear bombs. According to a Pew Research study, 69% of Americans have a negative view of Iran – and that might be rooted in their limited knowledge of what Iranians are actually like.

Read more | Follow @policymic

(Source: policymic)

From my diary while in Iran during spring 2006

"The [Diaspora channel] host was talking to an American diplomat who was held hostage at the embassy. He spoke perfect Persian. The diplomat was expressing anger for why we sacrifice so many sheep in Iran in the name of Islam. Someone then called and shut him up by asking why the United States sacrificed over a million turkeys on Thanksgiving. That I believe was the best response anyone could ever give…"

I can’t remember who the American diplomat was, but I felt this was worth sharing.


The death of Iran’s famed Olympic wrestler Gholamreza Takhti, discovered at the Atlantic Hotel in Tehran on January 7, 1968. This image is part of an fascinating photo series by Azadeh Akhlaghi of famous pre-revolution death scenes.
Posted by The Guardian

The death of Iran’s famed Olympic wrestler Gholamreza Takhti, discovered at the Atlantic Hotel in Tehran on January 7, 1968. This image is part of an fascinating photo series by Azadeh Akhlaghi of famous pre-revolution death scenes.

Posted by The Guardian