Omid HosseinZadeh

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Currency devaluation against US dollar rattles Iran

Central bank announces new monetary measures to halt drop of rial, as authorities crack down on black-market exchange.<p><b>Tehran, Iran</b> - Iran has introduced new monetary measures to halt the devaluation of the country's currency, a move seen as a setback to President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to bring …

5 Choices You'll Regret Forever | Inc.com

Our days are filled with decisions. Most are mundane, but some are so important that they can haunt you for the rest of your life.<p>A recent study from Columbia University found that we're bogged down by more than 70 decisions a day. The sheer number of decisions we have to make leads to a phenomenon …

Self-improvement

The Brain Hack That Could Kill Your Procrastination

Recent research suggests we can artificially create motivation with a combination of psyching ourselves up and an fMRI scanner.<p>We can psych ourselves up and try to get motivated all we want, but it's often easier said than done. But recent research suggests that it can be scientifically crafted. …

9 Motivational Habits To Get More Work Done In A Day

We often keep complaining about the lack of time for completing a project and always keep asking for an extension. Since it’s practically impossible …

“Female prisoners who are virgins must be raped before execution, to prevent them from entering heaven.”

Excerpts of Montazeri’s book on the rape of women in the Iranian regime’s prisons:<p>In December 2000, Hossein Ali-Montazeri, a 79-year-old cleric who …

Syrian National Council

Here's an Easy Two-Minute Trick to Calm Your Racing Mind

<b>Obsess much? Here's a way to stop the cycle (and basically tell your brain to STFU).</b><p><i>By Amanda Schupak</i>, SELF<p>Photo: Kyle Ericksen/WWD<p>Replays of awkward interactions, missed opportunities and embarrassing regrets distract us during the day and keep us up at night. Think about how many times you've …

6 Reasons Being In Love Is The Absolute Worst

Let us save you a whole lot of trouble.<p>Of all the emotions in the human experience, love has got to be the weirdest. This roller coaster of wonderful highs and lows has been called "one of the most studied and least understood areas of psychology."<p>Below are six reasons you should avoid love at all …

Happiness

Which country has the world's best healthcare system?

Healthcare is a costly item in national budgets, but who gets the best value for money, and who the best outcomes? We compare the systems in some of the world’s leading countries for healthcare.<p>France<p><b>Upfront payments:</b> yes<p><b>Data:</b> France scores highly on GP numbers and on spending as a percentage of …

Health Care

‘To each his own weapon, I have my camera’: Iran's 1979 revolution – in pictures

I met Maryam Zandi last spring in the cherry-coloured hallways of downtown Tehran’s House of Artists, a prestigious gallery, auditorium and theatre inaugurated under the administration of the reformist president Mohammad Khatami. Zandi was ‘in conversation with’ photographer Nader Davoodi, but I …

South Asia

What Is the Self? It Depends

I recently took my self to a gathering of a dozen selves to discuss the idea of self, East and West. This created a strange dissonance between the theoretical premise of the meeting and the empirical reality. The people seated around the table seemed very obviously all to be the same kinds of …