Weekly Roundup: Jan.11th – Jan.18th


This week marked the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. On 16 January, 1979 Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi left Iran never to return home. His departure was a major setback for the U.S. which had come to view the Shah as an ally in the Middle East.

Detained dual-national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has ended her hunger strike in Evin prison after gaining access to medical treatment. Nazanin spent three days without food.

If you are passionate about pistachios, this week’s mouth-watering recipe for Persian Pistachio Chicken should hit the spot. 

Ba dorood,

The Kayhan Life Team.


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Persian Chicken With Pistachios

This recipe was originally featured on the website for the James Beard Foundation.



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The Week in Review: Jan.11th-Jan.18th

18 Jan – Iran saw in the Islamic Revolution’s 40th anniversary Wednesday with mixed reactions.

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U.S. Urges the Gulf States to Unite Over Iran Pressure Campaign

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to unite against Iran

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Iran May Replace Rial with Toman as Legal Tender, Central Bank Governor Says

Abdolnaser Hemmati, the governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, announced on January 6 that his office had asked the government to fast-track a proposal to knock four zeroes off the country’s official banknotes. 

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Iranian Port Refuses to Release Frozen Brazilian Meat Due to Payment Issues

Port authorities in Bandar Abbas, capital of the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, have refused to release 5,000 tons of frozen Brazilian beef for the past four months.

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ANALYSIS: Iran’s Top Security Officials Prefer Direct Talks with the U.S.

During a speech at a military event on January 8, the head of the Basij Resistance Force, warned those pushing for a new round of talks with the U.S. not to pin their hopes on Washington.

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L.A.-Based Iranian Seismologist Bozorgnia Wins Prestigious Bruce Bolt Medal

The Iranian seismologist Yousef Bozorgnia has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Bruce Bolt Medal by the Consortium of Strong-Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS), the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA).

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Iranian Refugee Portrait Leads Hoda Afshar to Win Australia’s Top Photography Award

The Melbourne-based, Iranian-born artist Hoda Afshar is the 2018 winner of the Bowness Photography Prize, Australia’s most important photography award, for her “Portrait of Behrouz Boochani, Manus Island.”

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