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I was born in revolutionary Iran during the Iran-Iraq war and was raised in North America. I am multilingual in English and Farsi and have been focusing on the Middle East as a journalist since 2008.
I have conducted journalistic research in Iran and reported from Turkey. I write for print and online publications including IPS News, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Guernica Magazine and Le Monde Diplomatique. My commentary has been featured online at CNN, TIME, the New York Times, the Daily Beast and I have been interviewed by the BBC World Service, CBC Radio and FAIR’s CounterSpin show, among others. I have traveled extensively and spent considerable time in Iran, Cambodia, Scotland and Spain. My recent work focuses on US-Iran relations, US foreign policy and Mideast affairs.
There is nothing more interesting to me than international relations and world history, and I can’t help being a news junkie and new media geek. I love traveling and meeting interesting people. During my free time I write fiction and read great literature.
We use words to understand each other and even, sometimes, to find each other. — José Saramago