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The encounters of an American tourist in Iran

The encounters of an American tourist in Iran

John is an American tourist who is visiting Iran for the second time. This is what he has posted on his Instagram page about the country: “I hope I can show everyone that Iran is not a scary place after I have traveled 3000kms in 75 days. More importantly, the people of this country are not terrorists. They may be terrible drivers, but in no way are they terrorists.”

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Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.  

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Oliver Stone workshop at FIFF

Oliver Stone workshop at FIFF

Perhaps one of the best events taking place at the 36th Fajr International Film Festival is the workshop of American producer Oliver Stone which will be held in Tehran as from tomorrow.  

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American journalist review on

American journalist review on "Kupal"

American journalist Grant Phipps has written a review of the film "Kupal" directed by Kazem Mollaei, posted on the art website, tonemadison.com, and calls the film a surreal thriller.  

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Iran shifts towards the East as patience runs out

Iran shifts towards the East as patience runs out

Japantimes.co.jp writes on 26 February 2018 that Iran’s supreme leader has signaled a decisive shift in favor of relations with China and Russia, indicating that patience is running out with efforts to improve ties with the West.  

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US police shots dead Iranian-American

US police shots dead Iranian-American

nbcwashington reports on 28 November 2017 that eleven days after U.S. Park Police chased and shot a driver in Fairfax County, Virginia, the FBI identified him and said he has died.   

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Iran short films on tall global platform

Iran short films on tall global platform

These days, the cinema of Iran is experiencing a successful presence on the world stage. It is interesting to note that its short fiction, documentary, and animation productions are featuring higher in credible international film festivals than its feature films.  

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Nov 4, 1979 still held hostage by history

Nov 4, 1979 still held hostage by history

Thirty-eight years ago, on November 04, 1979, the US Embassy in Tehran was stormed by a university student group that objected to US intervention in Iran and its support for Mohammad Reza Shah (1919–1980) - the last Shah of Iran from September 16, 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on February 11, 1979.  

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Takhti sculpture in Newfoundland

Takhti sculpture in Newfoundland

A bust sculpture of Gholamreza Takhti (1930-1968), the highest ranked freestyle wrestling champion of Iran, has been unveiled at the United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives (ASAMA).  

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American Film Festival

American Film Festival

Iran has a lineup of three films at the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival – Kupal, Varunegui, and Lanturi.  

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