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This Is What It's Like When An Iranian Pop Star Dies

Thousands of people took to the streets to commemorate Morteza Pashaei, a 30-year-old singer who died of cancer late last week.

The 15 Best Iranian Movies of All Time

Iranian Cinema is a rich and diverse cinema that has been in existence since the 1930s amidst oppressive regimes, censorship and even in the face of …

‘Iranian Fathers & Daughters’: A Photo Series Defies Stereotypes

For <i>Iranian Fathers & Daughters</i>, photographer Nafise Motlaq enters the homes of families in Iran, capturing the diverse bonds that tie young women and …

Not Just The Usual Suspects

Love em or hate em, oil and natural gas companies keep the world running, and will for many years to come. The following 2012 ranking of the world's biggest is based on the combined volumes of oil and natural gas that these companies produce each day. You'll see one individual (arguably the oil …

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Infinite Possibility: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Portugal’s Serralves Museum offers a retrospective on the work of an Iranian artist feted by New York’s glitterati but whose geometric designs are inspired by Islamic art<p>When a 20-year old Iranian art student moved to New York in 1944 from her hometown, the ancient city of Qazvin, she soon found …

Iran’s Booming Consumer Culture - Photographs and text by Thomas Cristofoletti | LensCulture

During his visit to Cuba in 2012, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, “Thankfully we are already witnessing that the capitalist system is in decay, on various stages it has come to a dead end — politically, economically and culturally.”<p>But the changes that have been taking place in …