Tag: Iran

Following President Trump's Muslim Ban, My Commitment to Reaching Out Into the World is Stronger Than Ever

Following President Trump's Muslim Ban, My Commitment to Reaching Out Into the World is Stronger Than Ever
The America that President Trump is showing to the world is not my America. And so my commitment to this blog project just got stronger. And much harder. Today, our president announced his immigration ban on Muslims from seven countries. Those countries are: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. To date, I have only... Read more »

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, The World Remembers

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, The World Remembers
This year’s incoming high school freshman were born a year after 9/11. Their knowledge of our country’s tragedy will come from textbooks and lectures. But I will never forget how that day smelled, felt, and sounded. Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was driving to a dentist’s appointment. Windows down, radio blaring. A... Read more »

Traveling to the Republic of Imagination with Azar Nafisi

Traveling to the Republic of Imagination with Azar Nafisi
It is a place without entry and exit polls. Where the paradigm of success is not billionaire Donald Trump and celebrity Kim Kardasian but rather the orphaned tramp Huck Finn and Jim the slave. It is where flawed literary individuals  — what author Henry James called “perfectly equipped failures,”– flourish and teach us to follow... Read more »
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Blog Action Day: It's Time We Looked in the Mirror to End the Violence

Blog Action Day: It's Time We Looked in the Mirror to End the Violence
As a participant in this year’s Blog Action Day, I struggled to focus on a topic that mirrored this year’s theme of Raising Up Your Voice. Because this blog is global in nature, I thought about revisiting the voices I have already profiled to talk about the issues facing people around the world. I could,... Read more »

An Artist Talks About Iran

An Artist Talks About Iran
“Silence has its own voice for those who listen.” Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, tweeted me those words in November of 2014 after I published Iran: When a Voice is Silenced. At the last moment, the person I had lined up for the post pulled out, deciding it was too risky to speak with me. I ran... Read more »

Things The World Taught Me in 2014

Things The World Taught Me in 2014
I began this blog in June of 2014 with the goal of interviewing one person in every country of the world (roughly 196). By year’s end, I’d spoken with 19 people. They humbled me with their willingness to participate. Surprised, delighted, and disturbed me with their responses. I learned so much from them. Below, is... Read more »
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Iran: When a Voice is Silenced

Iran: When a Voice is Silenced
  “The Minutest Opening”  Earlier this summer, I contacted an Iranian citizen who agreed to participate in this blog. This week, I was told the interview was off. I cannot give you a name. Or gender. I cannot tell you where this person lives or what they do with their days.  The reason is safety. Behind... Read more »