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Video: Freed AIDS/HIV Doctors Reflect on Iran Captivity

Policy

Pioneering Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei, discuss their time in captivity in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

Release of 'Iran Hikers' Reveals Domestic Fissure in Iran?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on September 17, 2011. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Today's release of Americans Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal, two American hikers detained in Iran in 2009 for suspected espionage, represents a diplomatic victory for the United States, which had lobbied strenuously on the hikers' behalf.

Jailed Iranian Doctors Win Award for HIV/AIDS Work

Dr. Kamiar Alaei poses at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei, participants in Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Program, were awarded the 2011 Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council on Thursday.

Maziar Bahari: Iran's Rulers Possibly 'Genocidal, Not Suicidal'

Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, detained by Iranian authorities for 118 days in 2009, at Asia Society New York on June 7, 2011. (Video below.)
Policy

The Iranian-Canadian journalist, jailed by Iran's rulers in 2009, offers a nuanced view of the controversial nuclear program.

Interview: Maziar Bahari on His 'Duty' to Discuss Situation in Iran

Maziar Bahari speaks during a press conference after the first hearing in Tehran on August 1, 2009 in the trial of 100 people accused of rioting after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari will appear at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30pm to discuss his new book Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.

How to Spot a Persian and Other Observations: Comedian Maz Jobrani Tells It Like It Is

Maz Jobrani (R) at his Houston talk with Asia Society Texas Center's Sylvia Le (L) and Aliya Sabharwal (C) (World Affairs Council of Houston)
Arts

When performing for American audiences, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani offers helpful tips for distinguishing Iranians from Arabs. Jobrani says it's all in the accent. Iranians (preferred term being "Persian," which segues into a hilarious bit) speak with a casual, almost drawling, lilt while Arabs possess a decidedly more aggressive, rapid-fire elucidation. See the video.

Asia Society Salutes Jafar Panahi, Silenced Iranian Auteur

<i>Offside</i> (2006), directed by Jafar Panahi, screening at Asia Society New York on Feb. 26, 2011. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Arts

Iran's Jafar Panahi is honored with a retrospective at Asia Society New York. 

Temporary Marriages in Islam: Fringe Practice or Accepted Custom?

Lifestyle

Islamic law allows for "temporary marriages," but are they good for women? 

Prospects Dim for Iran Nuclear Talks

A member of the Iranian opposition wearing a mask reading
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio offers a way to gain traction on engagement with Iran.

WikiLeaks: Is It Treason?

View of the WikiLeaks homepage taken in Washington on Nov. 28, 2010. WikiLeaks unleashed a flood of US cables detailing shocking diplomatic episodes, from a nuclear standoff with Pakistan to Arab leaders urging a strike on Iran. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl describes the latest dumping of classified documents by WikiLeaks.