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Persian Rice: 1 of Tablet Magazine’s 100 Most Jewish Foods

Tablet – “For all the love lavished upon lumpy Ashkenazi darlings such as the bagel, kugel, or matzo ball, it is indeed Persian rice that, if it came down to it (for it always does), could serve as the Jewish people’s most fitting alimentary metaphor. Lean, distinct grains, negligible on their own, become gastronomically substantial …

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From Victim to Citizen

I’ve been wondering how tyrannies turn their citizens against each other, and more specifically, by what mechanism some in my own community of expatriate Iranians have become mistrustful and suspicious of each other. All of these ideas occurred to me

Women are right to boycott Iran’s chess tournament

POLITICO – Not since 1979, when leading American feminist Kate Millett joined thousands of women in protest of Iran’s revolutionary officials’ plan to reinstitute mandatory veiling, have Iranian women had a global advocate. That changed this September, when Georgian-American chess champion Nazi Paikidze announced she would not don the hijab to attend the 2017 World …

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Commentary: An Iranian refugee on becoming American – legally, then in spirit

Reuters – It’s lucky that my mother and I were admitted as refugees to America before the topic of immigration became so contentious. If the current laws were to change to add skills or financial requirements, we could have never gotten in. Hell, I myself, a bitter teenager then, thought us perfectly useless and was …

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