Weekly Roundup: Dec.7th – Dec.14th

Welcome to the weekend.

Iran’s government confirmed this week that it has been testing its ballistic missiles. The news has angered US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is calling on the United Nations to stop the tests and to put an end to the nuclear deal. The United Nations acknowledged concerns around the military exercises but reiterated its support for the nuclear deal.

Families inside Iran are feeling the brunt of sanctions and economic mismanagement. A new report from Majlis Research Centre indicates that unemployment is at crisis point, with youth unemployment as high as 63 percent in some parts of the country.

Perfect for foodies big and small, our Persian Treat this week is Shami Arde Nokhodchi – delicious donut-shaped chickpea meat patties. For more quick and easy recipes, follow @KayhanLife across social.

Ba Dorood,

The Kayhan Life Team


Recipe for Shami Arde Nokhodchi from Parisa’s Kitchen. For more delicious Persian treats, visit Parisa’s blog.

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The Week in Review Dec.7th-Dec.14th

The news this week that Iranian officials have been testing ballistic missiles has taken the verbal sparring between America and Iran to another level.

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Iran’s Children Forgotten on World Human Rights Day

Charities and civil rights activists took to the internet on World Human Rights Day to highlight the Iranian government’s track record on a wide range of issues including unlawful detention and workers’ rights.

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Iran’s First Female Billiard Medal Winner Banned from Competing

The Iran Bowling and Cue Sports Federation (IBCSF) has banned Akram Mohammadi, the world-class billiard champion and medal winner, from competing in domestic and international billiard tournaments.

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Letter from 200 Iranian Filmmakers Demands Greater Creative Freedom

A group of 200 filmmakers has sent an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani and the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, demanding “an end to the current guidelines

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American Dream Come True: Interview with Judge Hamadani, Reelected in Midterms

Sam Hamadani is a Wake County District Court Judge who was re-elected to her post in the November midterm elections. She received the highest number of votes in a Wake County Bar election deciding who should serve as a District Court Judge

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Aga Khan Museum Hosts Dazzling Exhibition of Qajar Art

A fascinating exhibition has opened at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum showcasing a selection of masterpieces created under the Qajar dynasty between 1785 and 1925. Transforming Traditions: The Arts of 19th Century Iran.

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Iranian Cheetah on the Brink of Extinction

Agents of the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) arrested Hooman Jokar, the treasurer and the director of the Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP), and seven other environmentalists in February.

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