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The fear that's keeping Iranian Americans from visiting their homeland
The fear that's keeping Iranian Americans from visiting their homeland
Sitting inside his empty travel agency in Los Angeles, Farhad Besharati expressed concern about the decline of his business. The majority of his customers are older Persians who come to him when they want to purchase airline tickets to Iran. But lately, he said, some are canceling their flights,...
Trump's travel ban leads to protests at LAX and beyond
Trump's travel ban leads to protests at LAX and beyond
Good morning. It’s Monday, Jan. 30, and here’s what’s going on across California: TOP STORIES Trump’s America reverberates in California: A surreal two days at Los Angeles International Airport and other airports across the country as federal officials detained travelers under President Trump’s...
How L.A.'s Iranian American community is reacting to President Trump's travel ban
How L.A.'s Iranian American community is reacting to President Trump's travel ban
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Marzieh Moosavizadeh landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday expecting to be welcomed in the arms of her grandson who had flown from Phoenix to meet her flight. Instead, the 75-year-old matriarch was pushed in her wheelchair into a waiting room with a couple dozen other passengers....
Young Iranian American Jews look to make a difference in civic life
Young Iranian American Jews look to make a difference in civic life
The wide veranda of the Beverly Hills mansion was packed with more than 300 people, the bar was bustling and the caterers were hustling to keep the young, dressed-up crowd supplied with fresh sushi. But this was not just a party. There were officeholders and candidates — and some conspicuously...
For Iranian Americans, Trump has complicated an already tricky trip to motherland
For Iranian Americans, Trump has complicated an already tricky trip to motherland
Traveling back to Iran was never uncomplicated for Arian Edalat.
For Iranian Americans, Trump has complicated an already tricky trip to motherland
For Iranian Americans, Trump has complicated an already tricky trip to motherland
Traveling back to Iran was never uncomplicated for Arian Edalat.
Iranian American father and son sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, report says
Iranian American father and son sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, report says
Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were sentenced for spying for the U.S., but details of the allegations have not been released.
Iranian American businessman imprisoned in Tehran, reports say
A Dubai-based businessman has become the fourth Iranian American to be arrested by Iran's security forces and imprisoned in Tehran, several newspapers reported Thursday. Siamak Namazi, believed to be in his early 40s, was arrested earlier this month while visiting a friend in Tehran, a family friend...
Iranian Americans' views on the Iran deal often fall along generational lines
Iranian Americans' views on the Iran deal often fall along generational lines
Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed dreams of hopping on a plane from John F. Kennedy International Airport straight to Iran, where she would spend weeks learning about her roots. It is, for the 22-year-old, one of the simple, hoped-for fruits of a nuclear accord with Iran. Roozbeh Farahanipour, 44, has a darker...
By throwing America's lot in with Sunni Arabs, does Trump miss opportunities with Iran?
By throwing America's lot in with Sunni Arabs, does Trump miss opportunities with Iran?
On his first official trip to the Middle East, President Trump has resoundingly thrown America’s lot in with Sunni Arab states and cast Shiite Iran as a global pariah, even as Iranians reelected a president who has offered to work with the West. During his two days in Riyadh, Trump’s full-throated...
Iranian Americans unite, share culture for New Year celebration
Iranian Americans unite, share culture for New Year celebration
Iranian New Year, Nowruz, celebrates spring and nature's rebirth, bringing L.A.'s Persian community together to share its tradition.
Iran sentences another American, a 46-year-old from San Diego, to prison for 'collaborating' with the U.S.
Iran sentences another American, a 46-year-old from San Diego, to prison for 'collaborating' with the U.S.
A 46-year-old Iranian American from San Diego said Tuesday that Iran had sentenced him to 18 years in prison for “collaborating with a hostile government,” becoming the latest dual citizen to be jailed in a secret trial in the Islamic Republic. Speaking to The Times from Ninava jail in Gorgan,...
Pawns for Tehran? A look at the Americans being held prisoner in Iran
Pawns for Tehran? A look at the Americans being held prisoner in Iran
Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who faces an undisclosed verdict in an Iranian espionage trial, is one of at least three Americans of Iranian descent imprisoned by Tehran. A fourth American disappeared while on the Iranian island of Kish in 2007. Regional analysts have suggested that...
Lillian Shalom blends Iranian, American influences in her jewelry
Lillian Shalom blends Iranian, American influences in her jewelry
As a first-generation American and the daughter of two Iranian immigrants, Lillian Shalom struggled for years to reconcile the two starkly different cultures. She constantly had one foot in the world her family was from and another foot in the world into which she was born. Rather than fight it,...
'Appropriate Behavior' an uneven but fun dating adventure
'Appropriate Behavior' an uneven but fun dating adventure
"Appropriate Behavior" is a kind of Iranian American-bisexual "Annie Hall" crossed with an episode or two of HBO's "Girls." And, as the feature writing-directing-acting debut of the delightfully deadpan and strikingly pretty Desiree Akhavan, that's mostly a good thing. One just wishes this boldly...
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