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    Haji Firuz is everywhere

    Haji Firuz is everywhere

    March 17, 2017 The traditional herald of Now Ruz is Haji Firuz, the black-faced minstrel who wanders the streets and alleys of cities and towns entertaining Iranians with music, songs,…

    Here’s what it’s all about

    Here’s what it’s all about

    March 17, 2017 Happy New Year 1396! (But the holiday has actually been around more than 25 centuries) Now Ruz is a celebration that reaffirms our ties to nature and…

    The Persian version Christmas tree

    The Persian version Christmas tree

    March 17, 2017     The Now Ruz decoration found in every Iranian home is the Haft Seen arrangement. It is set up on a cloth on a carpet or upon…

    Dual nationals threatened with death penalty charges

    Dual nationals threatened with death penalty charges

    March 17, 2017 Iran has charged an Iranian-American couple with of-fenses that carry the death penalty, the first time the Judiciary has moved to execute an Iranian-American dual national. The…

    Mother sentenced to 50 years for killing her son

    Mother sentenced to 50 years for killing her son

    March 17, 2017 A Maryland court has sentenced an Iranian-American woman to the astounding term of 50 years in prison for poisoning her young son, putting him in her car…

    Pasdaran go after Catholics, endangering links toVatican

    Pasdaran go after Catholics, endangering links toVatican

    March 17, 2017 In a very unusual move, two Iranian converts to Roman Catholicism have been arrested in their home in Urumiyeh by the Pasdaran, the Center for Human Rights…

    This is a holiday more than tinged by royalty

    This is a holiday more than tinged by royalty

    March 17, 2017 Throughout the centuries, Now Ruz has been celebrated in royal fashion—which is one reason the founders of the Islamic Republic sought to downplay the holiday. During the…

    New UN rapporteur on human rights issues her first report

    New UN rapporteur on human rights issues her first report

    March 17, 2017 Reformists in Iran are under pressure, detainees face torture and abuse, and people are being executed at an “alarming” rate, the new UN monitor studying human rights…

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