Ali Naderzad

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The best free online business courses starting in August

It's surreal to look back on business 20 years ago. Back then, employees railed against their short-sighted overlords, who lived and died by their quarterly numbers.<p>Business cycles were measured in years. And few could wrap their arms around this "internet" thing.<p>Fast forward to today. Armed with …

Entrepreneurship

Zeytoon Parvardeh ~ Persian Pomegranate, Olive, & Walnut Dip

I am so excited to bring to you once again my yearly Pomegranate Week! Today’s recipe is the first for this year’s Pomegranate Week 2014 recipes. …

British-Iranian 'volleyball prisoner' hasn't been told about her one-year jail term

A British-Iranian woman who has been sentenced to a year in prison for trying to attend a men’s volleyball match is unaware of her punishment and has renewed her hunger strike while detained in a tough Iranian jail<p>Despite <b>media outlets around the world reporting the news of her one year jail term</b> …

Philip Hammond

#BBCtrending: The Iranian president's surprising tweet

What's popular and why<p>The president of Iran has broken new ground by tweeting a photo of a female mathematician without a hijab. His decision prompted a powerful reaction on social media.<p>The mathematician in question - Maryam Mirzakhani - is Iranian, and recently became the first woman to win the …

Social Media

Meeting the last masters of alam, a dying art

This week Ashura ceremonies took place throughout Iran, but the traditional craft behind the metallic ornament is being lost<p>Safar Fooladgar hits a piece of iron the size of my palm with his hammer. Like a drum rhythm, his hands evoke a dance: <i>bang</i>, swish, <i>bang</i>, swish, <i>bang</i>. Each time his hammer lands, …

Lauren Bacall remembered for film noir classics – video

Legendary Hollywood actor Lauren Bacall mesmerised audiences right from the moment she took to the silver screen in the 1940s. Some of her most memorable performances were made alongside the man she would later marry, Humphrey Bogart. Bacall has died at home in California, from a stroke

Why I'd like to be … Mark Ruffalo in The Brothers Bloom

Ruffalo ramps up the rumpled charm as Stephen Bloom, the coolest conman since Robert Redford, in a caper that makes me want to write my life the way Bloom writes his con games<p>• Why I'd like to be … Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth • Why I'd like to be … Samuel L Jackson in Do The Right Thing • Why …

Lauren Bacall: 14 of her best quotes

In Lauren Bacall, we lose one of Hollywood’s wisest crackers on screen and off – here are some of her sharpest lines<p>• Lauren Bacall dies at 89: her life in pictures<p>Stardom isn’t a profession, it’s an accident.<p>If there was one thing I had never been, it was mysterious, and if there was one thing I …

Film streaming and downloads to overtake box office in 2017

The growing popularity of downloads and streaming services like Netflix means that Blu-ray and DVD sales are declining<p>• News: Ebook revenues to overtake printed books by 2018<p>A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has declared that the market for DVDs and Blu-ray is quickly declining, with the …

Is Darren Aronofsky Responsible for the Spike in Babies Named Noah?

<i>Editor's Note: Could Darren Aronofsky be responsible for the spike in babies named Noah? Also in today's roundup: What happens when you gather</i> …

If Quentin Tarantino Made 'Star Wars,' It Would Look Like This

Ever wonder what it would look like had Quentin Tarantino written and directed the inaugural "Star Wars" film?<p>Well, apparently you're not alone. Sure, Tarantino may have only been 14 years old when "Star Wars: Episode IV" (1977) first hit theaters, but that didn't stop some crafty Tarantino fan …

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Trailer 1

Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses.

Hair

Cannes 2014: 25 key films - in pictures

The 67th Cannes film festival opens on Wednesday with new movies from Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Ryan Gosling, David Cronenberg, Abel Ferrera and more. Here's 25 to look out for<p>• Interview: 2014 Cannes jury president Jane Campion<p>• News: Leigh v Loach in Cannes smackdown<p>• Comment: Peter Bradshaw's …

Photographer Makes a Bold Statement about Beauty and Grooming in ‘Lady Manes’ (NSFW)

Daytona Beach photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman defies gender norms involving grooming and beauty in her self-portrait series <i>Lady Manes</i>. Partially …