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Author: Sara Jamshidi

Don’t Just Sit there; Go and Vote

Don’t Just Sit there; Go and Vote

  Every year, for about 10 years, I took my extended family members in Tehran, Iran to the polls. They lived in two parts of Tehran. One group was in the south, where my dad’s mom lived, and one group was in the east where […]

Speaking engagement: Honor Killing in Pakistan, University of Washington

Speaking engagement: Honor Killing in Pakistan, University of Washington

  11/6/2017  University of Washington, Bothell Guest speaker at Alka Kurian class to discuss honor killing in Pakistan. Related Links to the discussion: Documentary:  The Gaurdian: Qandeel OpEd:  Pakistani Model’s Diaries and her Honor Killing Book – New Feminism in South Asian Social Media Film and Literature

Zaha Hadid, a controversial architect known for her international designs

Zaha Hadid, a controversial architect known for her international designs

I am reading a book titled Lunch With the Financial Times, 52 Classic Interviews edited by Lionel Barber. In the Forward section of the book, you read: Lunch with the FT has long been a mainstay of the Financial Times weekend section, a consistently entertaining […]

War or peace, Of course peace, peace, peace

War or peace, Of course peace, peace, peace

  Today is an International Day of Peace. There are number of peace symbols that have been used to celebrate “Peace.” The Dove and Olive Branch was used by early Christians. Picasso turned thy symbols into an internationally recognizable sign of peace.       […]

Death of Gauri Lankesh brings focus on the risks of journalism

Death of Gauri Lankesh brings focus on the risks of journalism

  This OpEd was originally posted on Seattle Globalist. “Is journalism worth dying for?” That’s a loaded question without an easy answer. However, Freedom of Press becomes a highly contested issue depending upon where one lives. A gutsy and outspoken Indian editor, Gauri Lankesh, was shot […]

Habib Gerez, a Turkish charming narcissist

Habib Gerez, a Turkish charming narcissist

  Habib Gerez, a charming narcissist! In the previous story, I explained how I came across an older gentleman. Here is the rest of the story. I took my daughter’s hand gently, and followed Habib Gerez to his cozy mysterious alley. Gerez took us back […]

How ‘Act for America’ and Anti-Muslim Protesters Could Benefit from a Ramadan Iftaar

How ‘Act for America’ and Anti-Muslim Protesters Could Benefit from a Ramadan Iftaar

The Anti-Muslim group ACT for America is planning to hold a rally in Seattle on the weekend. A similar protest was planed for Portland until Mayor Ted Wheeler canceled this event in the aftermath of two men having been murdered and a third wounded in […]

You need to bargain in Istanbul to prevent overpay

You need to bargain in Istanbul to prevent overpay

<style type=”text/css”> .wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style> A thin line divides modernity and tradition at Istiklal Avenue, the most famous street in Istanbul, Turkey. Roughly speaking, more than 3 million people visit the 1.4 kilometers (less than one mile) street in a single day during weekends. […]