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Immigrant parents won't drop the subject of their former country, help

It's been 32 year since they immigrated to this country, but pretty much the one and only thing my family ever talks about is the home country, and it drives me crazy. I can't change them, but I could probably handle it better. Details and the plea for help within. [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Aug 15, 2014 - 30 answers

Can my parents bring me a Persian rug from Iran?

(asking for a friend) I am a US Citizen living in the US. My parents are permanent immigrants - they split their time between Iran and the US (California in case that matters). They have visited the US before and while in the US, they live with me -- their US address is the same as mine. Can they bring a Persian rug from Iran for me to keep? If so, what supporting documents will they need when entering the US at LAX? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Dec 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I find reliable economic data for Iran?

I'd really like to write a paper exploring the macroeconomic effects of the Iran sanctions for a grad-level class, which requires some analysis of raw data. However, official data sources are obviously unreliable and I'm not having much luck finding unbiased unofficial data, gah. Does anyone have any ideas of potential data sources? I have access to a good academic library. Thanks!
posted by superquail on Oct 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for the other side of Iran Contrahistory

Has there been a definitive account of the Iran-Contra Scandal written from the vantage point of either Iran or Nicaragua? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Mar 27, 2013 - 2 answers

American Tourist in Iran

Has anyone been to Iran as tourists recently (especially any Americans)? If so, do you have any advice or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Jan 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Recommend me similar films to these Iranian ones!

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to see these two films: Café Transit, and Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, which I greatly enjoyed. I was wondering if anyone could recommend me similarly enjoyable films, irrespective of country of origin. [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom on Dec 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Is "crow snow" a phrase used in Iran?

Is "crow snow" a phrase used in Iran? [more inside]
posted by stebulus on Sep 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Norwegian oil company subjected to US law?

In 2006, Norwegian petroleum company Statoil was ordered by a US court to pay $21M in fines for breaking the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when paying bribes to an Iranian public servant. While Statoil's primary listing is with the Oslo stock exchange, it is also listed with the NYSE. To what extent is Statoil's activities outside of the US subjected to US law?
posted by klue on May 23, 2011 - 4 answers

How does an American man visit Iran with a Muslim Iranian woman?

I'm a non-religious American man planning on visiting Iran with a Muslim Iranian woman. What precautions should we take? [more inside]
posted by dkh on Jul 15, 2010 - 13 answers

The Iran strike-effect

If there is an attack on Iran – by Israel/USA/an alliance of some kind, doesn't matter for purposes of this question – and, presumably, the price of oil rises sharply, which kinds of shares will rise with it? Oil companies? Energy supply companies? Food retailers? None of these? General and specific recommendations or thoughts welcomed. I know you are not my financial adviser.
posted by londongeezer on Apr 6, 2010 - 13 answers

How useful is a degree in Persian?

How vocationally useful would an degree in Persian Language studies be? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Apr 3, 2010 - 13 answers

What did Hitler think of Iran?

My mom seems to be under the opinion that Hitler and Nazi Germany were 'fans' of Persia/Iran, and that one of the reasons the Shah at the time changed the name of the country from Persia to Iran (meaning "Land of the Aryans"), was to appease Hitler. I can't find any evidence to support this claim. Can someone clear this up for me?
posted by tumbleweedjack on Dec 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Paper Topic on Iran?

What's an interesting aspect of Iranian society/ Shi'i Islam that would lend itself well to a 10 page expository essay? Nothing too controversial - my professor is Iranian. Just something interesting to write/ learn about. It has to be pretty specific. Thanks for suggestions!
posted by howgenerica on Dec 9, 2009 - 13 answers

And Iran, Iran so far away

I have a very generous offer for a place to stay and Farsi-speaking guides should I choose to visit Iran. Ergo, I have some questions about post-election Iran and the best way to organize this trip, if I go. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Nov 6, 2009 - 2 answers

Simple background source on Iran election protests 2009

Can anyone recommend a good, general overview source on the June 09 election, protests, and aftermath in Iran? I need something to link to as a backgrounder. [more inside]
posted by leticia on Oct 25, 2009 - 1 answer

BiH vs Iran.

I am thinking of attending a Bosnia & Hercegovina - Iran football match in Sarajevo. What should I know first? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Aug 10, 2009 - 1 answer

Why no strike strategy in Iran?

Why hasn't Mousavi called for a general strike?
posted by bardona on Jul 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How to contact Iranians

Is there an online white pages for Iran? [more inside]
posted by Galen on Jul 9, 2009 - 3 answers

List of clean and clear Iranian government transgressions against morality?

Iranian government's worst recent and verifiable transgressions? [more inside]
posted by GenTso on Jul 3, 2009 - 5 answers

SSH through the AS12880 / DCI Iranian government-run firewall?

Iranian firewallfilter: How to make SSH traffic not resemble SSH traffic, when examined by a deep packet inspection device (Ellacoya, Narus, etc)? Other advice on specific types of VPN from within Iran also welcome. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jun 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Doing what I can...

Iran, right now: There have been calls for Twitter users worldwide to change their settings to Tehran time.. [more inside]
posted by hellboundforcheddar on Jun 20, 2009 - 18 answers

Shareef Might Like It

[Iran_Minutiae_Filter] I heard a few days ago that Former President Rafsanjani was going up to Qum to see if the Assembly of Experts had the votes to remove Ayatollah Khamanei from the position of Supreme Leader. How long would something like that take to happen? Would it have happened already if they had the votes? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones on Jun 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Viva la Revolution?

IRAN ELECTION FILTER: I am looking to create a few web pages to mirror some information back in to Iran. What editor should I use that will recognize Arabic script and what tags do I need to use to define the language when writing the HTML? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Do Iranians litter?

Is Iran cleaner than Iraq? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Apr 19, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me track this package from Iran!

Help me track this package from Iran! I have a tracking number but no idea who the carrier is. [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Apr 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Axis of evil, here I come!

I'm going to Iran in a couple of weeks and I need some help with my planning. [more inside]
posted by number9dream on Apr 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Surfing in Tehran

My friend is in Iran and wants to get through to blocked internet sites on her Mac. Does anyone have any experience doing this through a proxy? So far nothing she has tried has worked.
posted by milagu on Feb 10, 2009 - 9 answers

I just want some sad vocals

I'm looking for Middle Eastern folk music, preferably the kind with really awesome singing. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by azarbayejani on Feb 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Who put the Rang in the ... oh, never mind.

Persian music aficionados, tell me what you know about Golhaye Rangarang. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I buy things from the Persian-speaking world in Vancouver BC?

Vancouver Persianfilter: Where can I find Farsi language books, Iranian style clothing, preserved foodstuffs/snacks and authentic Afghan or Iranian (or any Central Asian style) style carpets and household accessories in Vancouver BC?
posted by thewalrus on Oct 19, 2008 - 3 answers

Gandhigh Jump

After looking at this map, I'm curious as to why South Asian and Middle Eastern countries are vastly underrepresented in the Olympic games. What exactly are the economic, political, religious, or cultural factors that play into this?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 18, 2008 - 18 answers

Blowback

Have the US or UK Governments ever formally acknowledged or apologised for their role in the 1953 Mossadegh/Iran coup? [more inside]
posted by wilful on Jun 14, 2008 - 4 answers

Cost and method of translating a technical book into Farsi?

How much would it cost to translate a large, highly technical computer book into Farsi (Persian)? What method would be best to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Mar 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Where's the truth?

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran is only seeking "peaceful nuclear activities"; Presidential Candidates contend Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. Which is right? I can't trust sources from my own country (U.S.) What does a more objective (is there such a thing?) view say?
posted by pelican on Oct 30, 2007 - 25 answers

The real story behind Iranian IEDS?

Shaped Explosive Charges - and Iranian "involvement" how much do we actually know about shaped charges in Iraq? [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Feb 12, 2007 - 22 answers

How do you pronounce Vafai?

How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.
posted by ND¢ on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Please help me understand the movie "Ten"

What's with the movie Ten? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on Jan 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Simplest way to get a visa for Iran?

What's the quickest and least painful way for a citizen of the UK / Northern Ireland to obtain an Iranian tourist visa? [more inside]
posted by Black Spring on Jan 8, 2007 - 5 answers

I'm going on an epic trip to the Mideast and I need some help!

Travel filter! Researching a trip next year to Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Mideast and Iran. Any visa/general travel suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mixer on Dec 13, 2006 - 10 answers

Talk about self-loathing...

I saw on the news tonight that there was a sect of radical orthodox Jews (some type of haredim? chasids?) attending the Holocaust denial conference in Tehran, Iran. I know some ultra-orthodox groups deny the legitimacy of Israel based on Scriptural reasons, are these the same guys? Who are they and what is their reasoning for denying the Holocaust? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Dec 11, 2006 - 16 answers

Are there famous Iranian men?

Are there any famous Iranian males who are well known among non-Iranians in the west (especially the USA)? Any kind of celebrity will do: actors, musicians, artists, authors, or other kinds of TV personalities like newscasters. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Nov 15, 2006 - 43 answers

Persian versus Iranian

Why do Iranian people consider themselves as "Persians?" [more inside]
posted by apple on Oct 26, 2006 - 35 answers

iranian visa for americans

have any americans here ever gotten an iranian tourist visa without signing up for a package tour? how?
posted by lgyre on Sep 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Travel to Tehran in Jan. - wisdom, folly?

An old schoolmate has just been offered a job teaching in Iran for the month of January, at a university in Tehran, teaching some Comp Sci topic. He's an American Catholic, sensible, knows not a lick of Farsi of course. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by waxbanks on Sep 1, 2006 - 24 answers

Has Pasargade Been Flooded?

Need help verifying the veracity of some news and photographs about/from the tomb of Cyrus The Great at Pasargade. [more inside]
posted by Devils Slide on Aug 24, 2006 - 1 answer

How does the Iranian government work?

How much authority does the Iranian President have? Basically I'd like to know more about the Iranian government system? How does the guardian counsel work? Is it sort of like a supreme court? Does it come up with it's own laws? How often does it get involved in non-religious issues? Also, how much political discussion is allowed in Iran? I know the Iranian constitution allows free speech "except where it contradicts Islam" Does that forbid criticism of the guardian counsel? What about the president?
posted by Paris Hilton on Jul 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Resources for teaching myself to play the santur

What are good resources for teaching myself to play the santur? I'm an American composer with no training in Persian music -- just a deep love for it and a gradually improving (self-taught) structural understanding of it. My "more inside" lists some ideas I've had so far, but I would love to hear any suggestions of CDs, websites, books, etc., on Persian music and/or the santur. [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Jul 24, 2006 - 7 answers

Where can I find Iranian animation?

Where can I find Iranian animation online or in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by maxreax on Apr 10, 2006 - 2 answers

Saw Syriana last night, it got my head spinning...

Operation Eagle Claw, the failed attempt to rescue the American hostages from the Iranian embassy in April of 1980, was clearly a deeply-flawed plan. Was it also hindered by foul play? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Feb 26, 2006 - 15 answers

Iranian Blogs in English

Anyone know of blogs from Iran in English?
posted by Seth_Messinger on Jan 2, 2006 - 4 answers

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