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Washington DC--For the first time in nearly three decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Iranian people and the government were in unison to mourn a pop singer's death -- a 30-year-old singer and songwriter who died after a year-long battle with stomach cancer last week.
According to participants and the Iranian media that covered the events, thousands of people took the streets of Tehran and other major metropolitans including religious cities like Mashhad to mourn the death of Morteza Pashaei -- the pop singer whose romantic, emotional and mostly melancholy melodies touched millions of hearts inside the country of almost 70 million, but also other Iranians around the world.
From Tel Aviv to London, the past week has been an international open house for President Obama and his foreign allies. During his last visit to the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave President Obama a decorated copy of the book of Esther -- a story read by many in the following days at Purim services around the world. Yet immediately after the exchange, many media outlets jumped on interpreting the symbolism of this loaded exchange. What they failed to do was to finish reading the entire story.
In a place surrounded by conflict, religious prejudice and unpredictable violence, 28-year-old Alon Livné's avant-garde trail is far from Israel's conservative practices.
"I tried all my life, every day, to put my entire focus on my fashion, art and creation, and even though I'm not a political guy, I still can't run from it," Livné said.
"Every time someone mentions Israel, they immediately begin to talk about politics and conflict," added Livné as he sipped on his coffee in his New York City showroom during this years' Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion Week.
In a room full of stars, at a time in which the United States and Israel contemplated possible military strikes, crippling sanctions and Iran's nuclear ambitions, an Iranian man created a counter-narrative as Hollywood awarded him a Golden Globe, which he received from Madonna on stage.
"I was coming on stage I was thinking what should I say here, should I say something about my mother, my father, my kind wife, my dear friends, my crew, my great and lovely crew, ...But now, I just want to say something about my People, I think they are truly peace loving people."
This year, Hollywood and the White House re-connected onstage and under the same tense political lens, Iran was once again recognized as First Lady Michelle Obama -- surrounded by service men and women -- announced Ben Affleck's win for his "Argo".
Right before revealing her fall/winter 2014 collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Reem Acra -- the glamorous Lebanese-American fashion designer--shared her top five style trends for this season: iridescence, transparency, couture hand, structure and simplicity -- all of which are explicitly visible in her new collection.
She is known for her one of a kind bridal gowns, exquisite red-carpet creations and delicacy in her craft when it comes to intricate lace work and couture hand.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is scheduled to come to New York to address the five-yearly review conference of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that will be held from April 27th to May 22.
During the daily foreign ministry press briefing in Tehran, the ministry’s Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham confirmed Zarif’s trip to New York and added that, “given the presence of Iranian diplomats as well as other members of the P5+1, there may be talks on the nuclear negotiations on the sideline.”
When the Syrian civil war broke in 2011, he was playing professional basketball in South America -- little did he know that only a year after his return back home to Syria in 2013, he'd be fleeing his war-torn country to North America.
With his asylum case still pending, 29-year-old Hozaifa Al Maleh came to the United States in 2014. Like millions of other Syrian youth he was forced to leave his country -- packing up his memories and hopes for a brighter future.
As a journalist, you're trained to be objective. Your sole responsibility is to report with accuracy and fairness, and to never get emotionally involved in the story.
In my craft, detachment is the code of conduct; but my human sympathy was deemed antithetical to my professional guidelines.
In a casual conversation in BBC Worldwide offices in New York City, Christian Blauvelt, BBC.com's Deputy Culture Editor gives us an insider scoop into the 2016 Oscar nominations and predicts the top winners of this year's Academy Awards.
He also talks about the real Oscar Buzz that's dominating this year's award season--#OscarSoWhite--and
shares his view on the ongoing criticism of diversity in Hollywood and what's expected of this movement and also the Academy after Sunday's Oscar ceremony.
Beirut--Over the years, civil war, political turmoil, and military strikes have led millions of Syrian and Palestinian children to leave their homes and find refuge in Lebanon. Today, the Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.
Looking at his three young daughters, Goneyat Yousef recalled the day ISIS militants -- also known in Arabic as Daesh -- rampaged the girls' school in Mosul, a large city in Northern Iraq that's now under full control of the Islamic State. There, he said, the militants threatened to kill everyone if they don't immediately leave their town.