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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Nov 4, 2013 — Journalist Hooman Majd's new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, was inspired by the year he and his young American family spent in Tehran, where Majd was born. He tells Fresh Air about the country's long-standing tradition of sulking, and what sets Tehran apart from most other Islamic metropolises.
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Apr 28, 2009 — In America, we take freedom of speech for granted. From bumper stickers to Jon Stewart, we often fail to acknowledge just how much our First Amendment rights afford us. But as an Iranian-American, commentator Firoozeh Dumas appreciates all of it — even Rush Limbaugh.
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Feb 24, 2009 — When Steve Inskeep visited Iran in this month, these three books provided the guidance he needed to understand the country's complicated approach to free speech and expression.
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Feb 10, 2009 — Memoir writers Azar Nafisi and Azadeh Moaveni chronicle life in pre- and post-revolution Iran — and offer a glimpse of a people struggling to find pockets of freedom within a repressive regime.
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Dec 21, 2008 — Forget the picturesque tree and perfectly arranged presents. Christmas means blending old customs with new traditions, even if the result is messier than a bag full of carrot jam.
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Nov 11, 2008 — In The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, Hooman Majd, an Iranian-American writer and the grandson of an ayatollah, travels behind "Persian walls" to provide a revealing look at modern Iran.
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Sep 25, 2008 — When President Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke at the UN this week, his translator was Hooman Majd. But Majd isn't a professional translator. He's a writer, and his new book is called The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran.
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Jun 21, 2008 — Writer Firoozeh Dumas talks about her new memoir, Laughing Without an Accent. It's a collection of humorous essays about her life as the daughter of Iranian immigrants.
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Jan 9, 2007 — A memoir tells of a journey between two countries and cultures. My Name Is Iran follows three generations of Iranian-American women and the personal, political and religious decisions that each must make.
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May 3, 2006 — Renee Montagne talks with Time Magazine's Azadeh Moaveni about how the nuclear debate is playing in Iran. Moaveni says the debate sounds different when you're in Tehran. Nuclear power is an issue of national pride, and the domestic press doesn't talk about the consequences Iran faces by pursuing nukes.
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