Diplomacy with Iran: Who Would We Be Talking To Anyway?

Much to the dismay of Iranian-Americans and everyday Iranians in Iran, a steady smoke has been rising from the heat of US-Iran relations over the past few months. For the time being, it remains to be seen whether this smoke is rising from the embers of war, or as smoke signals of diplomacy. As the […]

Iranian-American Civic Leadership: Parisa Dehghani-Tafti Runs for Arlington-Falls Church Commonwealth Attorney of Virginia

On June 11, the Commonwealth of Virginia will hold its primary elections, which will offer Democrats in Arlington and Falls Church a choice for a nominee for Commonwealth’s Attorney, the chief prosecutor for those two jurisdictions. This year, the two-term incumbent, Theo Stamos, is challenged by a political newcomer, Iranian-American Parisa Dehghani-Tafti. Dehghani-Tafti built her […]

Trade & Tariffs: Investigations of Dried Tart Cherries from Turkey

Iranian-Americans and connoisseurs of Persian cuisine are amply familiar with dried sour (tart) cherries. A staple of Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine, most Iranian-Americans and Iranians are unaware of the larger international trade story behind the dried fruit that is featured in so many dishes, jams, syrups and candies. Much like the storied history of […]