Over the past year and a half, regimes throughout the Middle East, from Turkey to the United Arab Emirates, have been snapping up former members of Congress to help push their interests in Washington.
In preparation for the theatrical release of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the brooding vampire noir film that recently blew everyone away at Sundance, we talked with director Ana Lily Amirpour and Elijah Wood, who co-produced the film.
Iran has the highest rate of nose surgery in the world per capita. According to most estimates, Iranians get four times the amount of nose jobs that Americans do. For Persian women and some men, the operation is a marker not just of physical beauty but al…
Mitt Romney thinks America needs to beef up its military and wrote an op-ed to that effect in the Washington Post. But why should we care what some warmongering failed politician has to say about anything?
"I remember a guy who said, 'My brother works in the Iranian embassy in London. Before I loved him as my brother, now I hate him as my enemy. I am ready to kill him tomorrow, if necessary.' And everyone applauded."
Mohsen, like most Muslims, believes that permanent tattoos are haram, or forbidden. In Iran, the government dubs anyone with a tattoo a criminal, and the punishment for getting one can be up to six months in prison and a hundred lashings.
At least 778 people were put to death in 22 countries in 2013, according to Amnesty International. And these numbers don't even include China, which is said to have carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together.
The "Geneva II" talks got off to a bad start, as participants immediately accused one another of being illegitimate and committing horrible crimes. And even if the two sides could come together, they'd have to figure out how to deal with the jihadist extr…
Kish Island was the Shah of Iran's attempt to create a resort destination for tourists and wealthy foreigners. Today visitors can drink nasty non-alcoholic beverages, look at a shipwreck, and listen to a terrible insult comic. Sounds great, right?
Looking back, 2013 was a really shitty year for foreign policy. Terrorists staged mass prison breakouts and held entire cities ransom. Egypt killed the hell out of itself and both sides blamed the US and literally nothing was done to make Syria any less h…
For three months, six women and one man have been starving themselves in the cold, subsisting on only water and sugar lumps in order to protest the killing of 52 Iranian dissidents living in Iraq's Camp Ashraf.