Saffron

A highly prized spice native to Iran, historically used in ancient Persia to medicate, dye, weave, and beautify. Today it gives Iranian cuisine its distinctive yellow pigment. ‘Saffron’ blog flavors the discussion of all things Iranian.



Arash Aramesh
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on : Friday, 11 Apr, 2014

A Visa or a Victory

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. That seems to be the case with Senator Ted Cruz, the firebrand Tea Party senator from Texas, who earlier this week proposed a bill to the Senate that would prohibit Iran’s new UN ambassador from entering the United States. Having since cleared both the deeply divided Senate and the Congress, the bill now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature to become law. If passed into law the bill, which would bar UN delegates from entering the country if...

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Christian Emery
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on : Friday, 4 Apr, 2014

Same Struggle, New Decade?

These are uncertain times for Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Having been persuaded of Iran’s grave financial situation, he has begrudgingly accepted that revitalizing the economy is also a foreign-policy problem. Only by repairing Iran’s battered international image and resolving the nuclear issue can the government stabilize the rial and regain access to the global economy. Khamenei would like to limit the extent of change in Iran to achieving this goal. The problem he...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Sunday, 30 Mar, 2014

Security Begins At Home

One of President Hassan Rouhani’s key election pledges last summer centered on foreign policy, and his message was plain: there is something inherently wrong with Tehran’s fore...

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David Patrikarakos
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on : Wednesday, 26 Mar, 2014

Diplomatic Déjà vu

Writing about the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent UN Security Council powers and Germany, in 2014 is to enter a world of diplomatic déjà vu. Depen...

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Arash Aramesh
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on : Friday, 14 Mar, 2014

A Russian Monkey Wrench in the Works?

The crisis in Ukraine and the Crimean Peninsula may affect the talks between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. One possibility ...

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Alex Vatanka
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on : Friday, 28 Feb, 2014

Sweet-Talking in Tehran

This week’s visit to Tehran by the Qatari foreign minister might turn out to be significant. That, at least, is what Iranian officials are claiming. In one way, it was music ...

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David Patrikarakos
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on : Wednesday, 26 Feb, 2014

One Small Step Towards a Giant Leap

“We have identified all of the issues we need to address in reaching a comprehensive and final agreement”—bold, some might say hubristic, words from European Union foreig...

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Saeed Shafiei
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on : Friday, 21 Feb, 2014

A Two-Car Race

Recent warnings from the American authorities that sanctions on Iran remain in place after a trade mission of 116 French businesspeople visited the country may at first glance se...

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Arash Aramesh
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on : Tuesday, 18 Feb, 2014

Iran’s Naysayer-in-Chief

Talks between Iran and the P5+1, the world powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, are set to resume in Vienna today. The leader of the Iranian delegation and Mi...

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Christian Emery
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on : Saturday, 8 Feb, 2014

Executing Iran’s Political Compromise

Over the years, Iran has maintained a consistent response to persistent criticisms of its human rights record. If a report condemning Iran’s woeful human rights record is iss...

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