Mohammad Bahrami

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How Does Swiss Cheese Get Its Holes?

“On earth I was a manufacturer of Imported Holes for American Swiss Cheese,” the braided man tells Dorothy, in her fourth adventure in Oz. “I will acknowledge that I supplied a superior article.” Ultimately, though, the man explains, he fell into one of his own holes and got stranded down near the …

See How Children Reacted to One of the First Sex-Ed Films Ever Shown

Caption from LIFE. In Oregon classroom, the seventh grade watches sex-education movie.<br>J. R. Eyerman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of …

This Is Why Spy Is Such a Triumph for Melissa McCarthy

In many ways, <i>Spy</i> represents Melissa McCarthy returning to a formula that’s served her pretty well in recent years. The action-comedy pairs the …

Slouching Toward Mecca

Soumission<p>by Michel Houellebecq<p>Paris: Flammarion, 300 pp., €21.00 (paper) (a translation from the French by Lorin Stein will be published by Farrar, …

Lebanon and the Start of Iran and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War

In the early morning of May 9, 2008, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah dispatched hundreds of heavily armed fighters to Beirut, and within twelve hours it had altered Lebanon’s political balance. Hezbollah and its allies quickly routed Sunni militiamen, took control of their political offices, …

Rouhani clashes with Iranian clergy over women arrested for 'bad hijab'

President Hassan Rouhani, who came to office in 2013 partly on the votes of young, middle-class women, knows that in the summer, hundreds or even thousands will be arrested by the morality police for “bad hijab”, a slack interpretation of the official dress code requiring women to cover their hair …

South Asia

US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections.<p>Italy has been on a campaign to recover looted …

The Venice of the Sands in Peril

The fall of the ancient city of Palmyra before the brutal forces of ISIS last week raises the terrifying prospect of damage that could potentially …

Ancient History

Biden tries to smooth over anger sparked by Carter's comment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is reassuring Iraq's government of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter …

A Commencement Address

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 1984:<p>No matter how daring or cautious you may choose to be, in the course of your life you are bound to come …

Nonprofits

Swiping right in the Islamic republic as Tinder takes off in Tehran

Cheap 3G and VPNs to navigate censorship have opened up a world of dating opportunities for single Iranians<p>Tinder, the dating app phenomena that since its 2012 inception has made more than six billion matches across the globe, like me has Iranian roots. After several months of matching, messaging …

Sexual Harassment

Cannes 'turned away amputee in flat shoes'

<b>Film producer Valeria Richter, who has part of her left foot amputated, says she was stopped at the Cannes Film Festival for not wearing high heels.</b><p>She told BBC 5 live red carpet officials pointed at her shoes and said: "No, no, this won't work, you can't get in like this."<p>Ms Richter, who was …

Animalinside: A Collaboration

<i>The prose of Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai is full of menace, but it would be a mistake to read the menace either as political or as coming</i> …

Iran: The Deal on the Deal

Inevitably, there was much self-congratulating last week when the Senate adopted by an overwhelming bipartisan majority a proposal that would allow …

Orson Welles at 100

<i>Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. To mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, we present here four essays from the</i> New York Review</i> …

Orson Welles

Charlize Theron Calls Sean Penn the 'Love of My Life'

Just a few months after Sean Penn referred to Charlize Theron as “the love of my life”, she has said the same of him – in the context of the …

Prayer, food, sex and water parks in Iran's holy city of Mashhad

The Iranian shrine city of Mashhad has much to offer visiting Iraqis wanting to escape violence at home - but locals have mixed views about their guests.<p>The ticket agent at the gate in Mehrabad airport, Tehran, is irate. He’s shouting at a group of middle-aged Iraqi men, who are having trouble …

Middle East

The Beauty and the Limitations of Being Normal

Midway through “The Argonauts,” her new memoir, the poet and critic Maggie Nelson describes undertaking a book tour while pregnant. She’s travelling alone, on weekends, to promote “The Art of Cruelty” (her previous book), and she’s noticing the world’s response to her body.<p>Some of what she …

Germanwings co-pilot 'practised fatal descent' on earlier flight'

The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane into the Alps practised the fatal descent on an earlier flight.<p>The findings come from French investigators who said Andreas Lubitz reduced altitude on<br>a flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona several times.<p>Rémy Jouty, director of …

Airplanes

Why Freud Chose Nazi Germany Over America

His aversion to America was by no means unconscious: given the choice between safe passage to the United States and increasing oppression at the …

City Life

Somewhere between the ball game played to an empty stadium and the arrest of six police officers on charges including manslaughter and murder, somewhere around the time that a leaked document suggested that a man who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while in police custody had died of a …

Carly Fiorina Gets Personal in Her New Book

For Carly Fiorina this week, the personal is political. The day after she launches her campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the …

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Iran and the Bomb, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Facts

<b>As our Nobel laureate President ascended to the podium</b> on September 25 at the <b>United Nations</b> for his last international speech before the <b>election</b>, we …