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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

In love with this amazing photo from Mohammad Reza Shah’s 2,500 anniversary of Iran’s monarchy celebrated at Persepolis ruins.

Persepolis, Iran (1971)

Posted by farsizaban

In love with this amazing photo from Mohammad Reza Shah’s 2,500 anniversary of Iran’s monarchy celebrated at Persepolis ruins.

Persepolis, Iran (1971)

Posted by farsizaban

I would love to eat at Conflict Kitchen, regardless of which conflicted cuisine it serves.

Conflict Kitchen used the billboard space above their kitchen for the month of April to present quotes and information from members of the Iranian community locally and in Iran. Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. One of its founders, Robert Sayre, spoke at CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh as part of our month on Rebel.
Check out his talk and learn more about the cause. →

Posted by creativemornings

I would love to eat at Conflict Kitchen, regardless of which conflicted cuisine it serves.

Conflict Kitchen used the billboard space above their kitchen for the month of April to present quotes and information from members of the Iranian community locally and in Iran. Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. One of its founders, Robert Sayre, spoke at CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh as part of our month on Rebel.

Check out his talk and learn more about the cause. →

Posted by creativemornings

(Source: creativemornings)

I would totally buy one of these amazing pieces of art by Homa Arkani.

Homa Arkani

First row: Untitled - 2010 (Oil on canvas - 100 x 200 cm)

Second row: The clock - 2010 (Oil on canvas - 100 x 100 cm)

Third row Left: Lady Gaga - 2012 (Oil on Canvas - 100 x 70 cm)

Third row Right: Free - 2010 (Oil on Canvas - 100 x 200 cm)

Fourth row: Good words - 2014 (Oil on Canvas - 90 x 90 cm)

The last one: Girls and numbers - 2012 (oil on canvas - 90 x 180 cm)

Posted by The Tehran Times

Newsha Tavakolian’s portraits of Iran’s middle-class youth. She attempts to dispel Orientalist stereotypes through her images: ”Iranian society is often perceived in the west in solely two manners: the angry bearded men on [one] side and an exaggerated image of a sexualised youth culture… bearded or Barbie.”
Posted by The Guardian

Newsha Tavakolian’s portraits of Iran’s middle-class youth. She attempts to dispel Orientalist stereotypes through her images: ”Iranian society is often perceived in the west in solely two manners: the angry bearded men on [one] side and an exaggerated image of a sexualised youth culture… bearded or Barbie.”

Posted by The Guardian