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About Ali
Ali Noorani is currently a broadcast Specialist at NHKWorld Japan. 
Before, he was Agence France-Presse’s former correspondent in Tehran, where he covered a wide range of topics on the country. He has appeared on networks like France24 English, DW English, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera English, etc. through video, audio and text. 
He is also a certified English-Persian translator in Iran.
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Bridging the trust gap: Using AI to restore faith in democracy

02 Feb 2024  |  federaltimes.com
Ali Noorani, program director of U.S. democracy at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, discusses the importance of leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to improve government services and restore public trust in democracy. He emphasizes the need for the federal government to increase its digital capacity by partnering with the technology community, nonprofits, and philanthropists. Noorani suggests that investing in technology teams and improving hiring processes are crucial to enhancing government's tech capacity. He also highlights the role of AI in improving customer service and the potential risks of falling behind in digital capabilities, which could widen the trust gap between government and citizens.

VC firm Lightspeed appoints Vivek Gambhir, Kevin Aluwi as venture partners; Know about them

24 Jan 2024  |  Indian Startup News
Lightspeed, a venture capital firm, has appointed Vivek Gambhir and Kevin Aluwi as venture partners to strengthen their presence in India and Southeast Asia. Gambhir has extensive executive experience and has worked with Godrej Consumer Products and boAt, while Aluwi co-founded Gojek. Lightspeed Partner Bejul Somaia welcomed them, highlighting their expected contributions to the firm's portfolio companies. Lightspeed manages $25 billion in assets globally and has raised significant funds for investments in India and Southeast Asia.

Udaan CFO Aditya Pande resigns; Joins IndiGo's parent company as Group CEO

23 Jan 2024  |  Indian Startup News
Aditya Pande has resigned as CFO of Udaan, India's largest B2B e-commerce platform, and joined InterGlobe Enterprises, the parent company of IndiGo, as Group CEO. Udaan has seen other top exits recently, including Vivek Gupta and Gaurav Bhalotia. Pande, who has a 25-year career including roles at General Electric and Arthur Andersen, was praised for his financial strategy and management at Udaan. Kiran Thadimarri and Vishnu Menon will take on additional finance responsibilities at Udaan to strengthen financial and governance practices.

Despite what political campaigns say, one election won’t determine the fate of U.S. democracy

14 Dec 2023  |  yahoo.com
Ali Noorani, program director of U.S. democracy at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, argues that the 2024 general election will not be the definitive moment for American democracy as some candidates claim. Democracy is more than just elections; it involves a shared political community, which is threatened by increasing polarization. Noorani criticizes the maximalist pursuit of political gain that hinders solutions to challenges like climate change and inequities. He emphasizes the need for leaders who can build cross-partisan coalitions and engage in values-based deliberation. The article suggests that a durable, inclusive democracy requires civic engagement beyond voting and that progress is made incrementally through compromise within the constitutional process.

Despite what political campaigns say, one election won’t determine the fate of U.S. democracy

14 Dec 2023  |  desertsun.com
Ali Noorani, program director of U.S. democracy at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, argues that the 2024 general election will not be a decisive moment for American democracy, contrary to the apocalyptic narratives often presented by political campaigns. Democracy, he asserts, is about more than just elections; it's about maintaining a shared political community. Noorani criticizes the current political strategy of stoking polarization and suggests that the real debate is between those committed to constitutional rights and obligations and those who exploit populism for cynical ends. He emphasizes the need for leaders who can build cross-partisan coalitions and engage in values-based deliberation. Noorani references Amanda Ripley's concept of 'conflict interrupters' from her book 'High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out' as a way to counteract polarization. He concludes that a durable, inclusive democracy requires civic engagement beyond voting and that progress is made incrementally through compromise within a shared political community.

Despite what political campaigns say, one election won’t determine the fate of US democracy

01 Dec 2023  |  CalMatters
The upcoming 2024 election is framed by political campaigns as existential for US democracy, but the article argues that democracy's fate is not determined by a single election. It emphasizes the need for a shared political community, mutual respect, and long-term strategies beyond elections to address challenges like climate change and political polarization. The text criticizes current political strategies that stoke division and calls for leaders who can build cross-partisan coalitions and engage in values-based deliberation.

A Furious World

19 Oct 2023  |  anoorani.substack.com
The author expresses deep frustration with the current state of global politics, particularly the lack of political solutions to the violence and extremism that seem to be on the rise. They reflect on their personal experiences in the Middle East, the impact of ideological polarization in the US, and the recent violent attacks by Hamas. The author also shares personal anecdotes about family life and celebrates the new leadership of Gaby Pacheco at Dream.US, an organization providing college scholarships to Dreamers.

Democracy in a divided House

13 Oct 2023  |  thefulcrum.us
Ali Noorani analyzes the political polarization in the U.S., highlighting Kevin McCarthy's struggle with far-right lawmakers and his eventual ousting as House Speaker. The article discusses the impact of identity politics and tribalism on political compromise and governance, citing experts like Lilliana Mason and Amanda Ripley. It suggests that conflict disruptors are needed to bridge divides and that incentives for political moderation should be established without changing party identity. The piece warns against the appeal of extremism and the potential for political violence, emphasizing the importance of shared political community.

Mass pro-government rallies in Iran after protests

07 Oct 2023  |  sg.news.yahoo.com
Tens of thousands of regime supporters marched in cities across Iran, including Tehran and Mashhad, in response to recent anti-government protests. The protests, initially against high prices, quickly turned against the Islamic regime, with chants against the dictatorship and calls for political prisoners' release. The Iranian government acknowledged public grievances, including unemployment and corruption, while U.S. President Donald Trump supported the protesters' rights. Despite the government's efforts to address economic issues, public dissatisfaction remains high.

Iran protests continue into third night

07 Oct 2023  |  sg.news.yahoo.com
Protests in Iran have continued for a third night, with reports of clashes and marches across various cities despite government warnings against illegal gatherings. The protests, initially sparked by high living costs, have evolved into broader anti-regime demonstrations. The government has responded with internet restrictions and warnings, while some officials blame external influences. U.S. President Donald Trump and other American officials have expressed support for the protesters. Economic grievances, including unemployment and corruption, are central to the unrest, with calls for urgent reforms to address these issues.

Iran's voters cast ballots in election seen as one-horse race

06 Oct 2023  |  asia.nikkei.com
An ultra-conservative candidate is poised to win Iran's presidential election after several moderate candidates were barred from running. Voters began casting ballots on Friday, with the results expected in the coming days. The election will have significant domestic and regional implications.

Iran relaunches space ambitions after uproar over satellites

02 Oct 2023  |  sg.news.yahoo.com
Iran's space program has been revitalized following international reactions to its recent satellite launch, with plans for a manned mission potentially involving Russian collaboration. The program, which had faced financial constraints, is now moving forward with new satellite and rocket projects. The initiative is seen as a response to international pressure, particularly from the United States, and aims to demonstrate Iran's technological progress and resilience.

How Fighting Corruption in Central America Can Help Reduce Illegal Immigration

01 Oct 2023  |  thedispatch.com
The article argues that addressing corruption in Central America is essential to reducing illegal immigration to the U.S. It critiques past U.S. administrations' enforcement-focused approaches and highlights the Biden administration's efforts, including Vice President Kamala Harris' involvement, to tackle the root causes of migration. The piece emphasizes the need for long-term commitment and collaboration with local leaders and governments to create safer environments in the Northern Triangle countries, ultimately benefiting both Central American families and U.S. national interests.

Bad Hair Days

01 Oct 2023  |  anoorani.substack.com
The article discusses various topics, starting with the healthcare crisis in Alabama, where new birth center licensing rules threaten to worsen maternal and infant health outcomes. The author highlights the role of birth centers in improving health metrics and criticizes the state's regulatory actions influenced by medical and hospital associations. The piece also touches on Hasan Minhaj's controversy over fabricating personal stories for his standup acts, offering a nuanced take on the issue. Additionally, the author praises the FX show 'Reservation Dogs' for its cultural representation of Native American life and shares personal anecdotes about parenting challenges, particularly related to managing his daughter's hair. The article concludes with recommendations for books and podcasts that explore historical and contemporary issues.

Softbank-backed Eruditus reports 75% increase in revenue to Rs 3,320 crore in FY23

01 Oct 2023  |  Indian Startup News
Eruditus, backed by Japan's Softbank, reported a 75% increase in revenue to Rs 3,320 crore for FY23, positioning itself as India's leading edtech player. The company improved its gross margin and reduced overall expenditure by 17%, significantly cutting marketing and employee benefit costs. Eruditus specializes in online and classroom-based management education programs in collaboration with prestigious global and Indian institutions. The company plans to relocate its headquarters in preparation for an IPO, engaging consulting firms like Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PwC for the process.

Democracy in a divided House

01 Oct 2023  |  Hewlett Foundation
Kevin McCarthy's journey to the U.S. House speakership and subsequent ousting highlight the deep political polarization and dysfunction within the Republican Party. The article discusses the broader issue of affective polarization driven by identity politics and the challenges it poses to democratic governance. It emphasizes the need for political moderation and compromise, citing efforts by organizations like One America Movement and Care Lab. The text warns of the dangers of high conflict and the potential for political violence if current trends continue.

Happy talk about happiness

25 Aug 2023  |  anoorani.substack.com
Ali Noorani reflects on the concept of happiness in American society, discussing the entitlement to happiness and its political implications. He cites studies showing racial disparities in reported happiness levels and notes the conflation of individual pursuit with public entitlement to happiness. Noorani also shares personal anecdotes about his daughter Anisa, their dog Lady, and his appreciation for California produce. He emphasizes the importance of supporting each other's happiness to avoid political and social unrest.

A culture of patriotism

04 Jul 2023  |  anoorani.substack.com
The article discusses the significance of the US Supreme Court's decision in Moore v. Harper, which upheld the role of state courts in supervising federal elections, marking it as a victory for democracy. It highlights the ongoing cultural challenges, noting that many Americans still believe the 2020 election was stolen. The piece also touches on the importance of shared patriotism and cultural values in maintaining democracy, using Nebraska's Secretary of State Bob Evnen's efforts to promote the Pledge of Allegiance in schools as an example. The article concludes by emphasizing the need for both sound policy and cultural unity as the nation approaches its 250th anniversary.

Baking my own cake

14 Jun 2023  |  anoorani.substack.com
Ali Noorani reflects on a significant week that included his 50th birthday, the anniversary of his father's passing, and his wedding anniversary. He discusses the political philosopher Patrick Deneen's influence on American politics, critiquing Deneen's economic and cultural ideology as a threat to democracy. Noorani also recounts his past frustrations with Mitt Romney's political actions but acknowledges Romney's consistent opposition to Trump's authoritarianism. The article includes personal anecdotes, such as Noorani's experience baking a birthday cake and his thoughts on the Amazon show 'Jury Duty'.

Guideposts toward a functioning, fair U.S. democracy

09 Jan 2023  |  Hewlett Foundation
The Hewlett Foundation's U.S. Democracy Program is dedicated to renewing American democracy by fostering inclusivity, reducing polarization, and building trust in elections and governing institutions. The program supports a diverse ecosystem of leaders and organizations that prioritize stability, freedom, and inclusivity. Key strategies include strengthening ecosystems, crafting strategic narratives, and linking people's lives to governing institutions. The foundation emphasizes the importance of building a broad coalition of Americans committed to democratic norms and conditions that allow for disagreement without violence.

Immigration reform: Idaho’s migrant crisis, according to Ali Noorani

21 Jul 2022  |  Deseret News
The article explores the immigration crisis in Idaho, focusing on the dairy industry's reliance on immigrant labor and the local efforts to address immigration reform. It highlights the role of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association and other local organizations in advocating for immigrant rights and reform. The narrative underscores the importance of local leadership and community engagement in finding human solutions to immigration issues, despite opposition from anti-immigrant forces. The story also touches on the broader implications of immigration policies and the need for systemic change to recognize the dignity and value of all individuals.

The Moral Clarity of Resettling Refugees

11 Mar 2022  |  www.thebulwark.com
The article discusses the urgent need for the United States to take a more active role in resettling Ukrainian refugees amidst the ongoing crisis. It criticizes the Trump administration's significant cuts to refugee admissions and highlights the Biden administration's efforts to rebuild the system. The text calls for raising the refugee resettlement cap, streamlining entry processes, and enhancing partnerships with international relief organizations. It emphasizes the moral and strategic importance of a robust refugee resettlement program, drawing historical parallels to past U.S. actions during major refugee crises.

The Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Is an Opportunity for America to Strengthen its Liberal Commitments

01 Jan 2022  |  www.theunpopulist.net
The article argues that the Ukrainian refugee crisis presents an opportunity for the United States to reaffirm its liberal values by welcoming displaced individuals. It criticizes the hypocrisy of nationalist countries selectively accepting refugees and calls for the U.S. to adopt inclusive immigration policies. The text draws historical parallels with President Eisenhower's immigration policies and urges President Biden to extend protections to all refugees, not just Ukrainians. It emphasizes the need for practical measures to support refugees and strengthen America's democratic values.

Recapturing green cards: Immigration is America’s advantage over China

01 Nov 2021  |  thehill.com
The U.S. faces a significant backlog in green card processing, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and previous administration policies, leading to the loss of tens of thousands of green cards annually. This backlog hinders the U.S.'s ability to compete with China, especially in the tech industry and STEM workforce. The Biden administration's reconciliation plan proposes to recapture unused green cards, a move supported by historical precedent and necessary for maintaining America's competitive edge and national security. The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, passed by the Senate, awaits action in the House to bolster technology development, but without immigration reform to address the STEM talent shortage, the U.S. risks falling behind.

Saving Afghan Refugees Will Strengthen American Democracy. Why Biden Must Help.

23 Aug 2021  |  www.barrons.com
Advocating for the Biden Administration to assist Afghan refugees, emphasizing that such actions will not only address the humanitarian crisis but also strengthen American democracy. The article underscores the importance of U.S. foreign policy in supporting vulnerable populations and highlights the potential positive impact on domestic democratic values.

Trump Failed. And So Did Trumpism.

21 Jan 2021  |  www.thebulwark.com
The article argues that both President Trump and his political ideology, Trumpism, failed significantly. It highlights Trump's mismanagement of the federal government, particularly in areas like immigration, trade, healthcare, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The text criticizes Trump's inability to pass meaningful immigration reform, his ineffective trade policies, and his failure to deliver on key promises such as replacing the Affordable Care Act and implementing an infrastructure plan. The article concludes that Trump's presidency left a minimal positive legacy and caused substantial harm to the country.

Outgoing Trump Team Scurries to Extend Anti-Immigrant Policies

19 Jan 2021  |  www.thebulwark.com
The Trump administration is attempting to extend its unpopular immigration policies before leaving office. Despite legal challenges and court rulings against the legitimacy of these policies, the new acting secretary of Homeland Security, Pete Gaynor, has delegated power to the former acting secretary, Chad Wolf, to ratify past regulatory actions. This move may delay the Biden administration's efforts to change these policies, as confirmation hearings for Biden's DHS nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, have not been held. Public opinion polls show that Americans increasingly support immigration and oppose Trump's policies, including family separation. The article suggests that Trump's immigration stance has contributed to political losses for him and other restrictionist Republicans.

Immigration Reform Can Help Revive Democracy

18 Jan 2021  |  www.thebulwark.com
The article discusses the negative impact of the Trump administration's immigration policies on America's democracy and global standing. It highlights the increase in hate crimes against Latinos and Asians during Trump's tenure and anticipates that Trump will continue to oppose immigration reforms even after leaving office. The piece argues that immigrants enhance American democracy and that the Biden administration's potential immigration reforms could restore the U.S.'s leadership role in the world, strengthen democracy, and uphold the nation's belief in freedom and opportunity. It suggests that reforming the immigration system is crucial for America's internal unity and its historic role as a refuge for the persecuted.

Closed America: The Decline of Christian Refugees

17 Jul 2020  |  www.thebulwark.com
The number of Christian refugees admitted to the U.S. has plummeted by 90% since 2015, with a report from World Relief and Open Doors USA highlighting the drastic reduction. The historically low cap of 18,000 refugees for FY2020 and the halt in resettlement have severely impacted persecuted Christians. The article laments the broader trend of the U.S. closing its doors to refugees and immigrants, criticizing recent immigration policies and expressing concern over the nation's growing indifference towards vulnerable populations. The author reflects on the moral and spiritual implications of these policies, drawing on biblical references to emphasize the importance of compassion and justice.

First feature report made with an iPhone on Tokyo's Koenji Dance Festival. As a former video editor and journalist, I can make much better-looking video features like this (definitely better the next time).

Interview with France 24 English on the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution

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Death of Rafsanjani - DW English interview with Ali Noorani

Death of Rafsanjani - DW English interview with Ali Noorani 2

Interview with France 24 English on the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution

France24 live talk on first Iran revolution march since Trump taking office

Ali Noorani speaks to DW English on Tehran terrorist attacks

Iran's Youngsters Catch the Travel Bug

20 May 2020  |  Yahoo News – Latest news & headlines
The article discusses a growing trend among young Iranians who are exploring the world through travel, inspired by social media platforms like Instagram and Telegram. Unlike the previous generation of Iranians who were part of a globetrotting elite, the current middle class is overcoming cultural and familial barriers to travel. Sara Louee and Mahzad Elyassi, two Iranian travel bloggers, share their experiences of hitchhiking and backpacking, which have challenged traditional views and inspired others. The increase in travel has been facilitated by President Hassan Rouhani's international policies and technological advancements like Google Maps. Despite visa challenges in some Western countries, many other nations are welcoming Iranian tourists. Alireza Zafari is working on a comprehensive travel guide for Iran, aiming to boost domestic and international tourism. The article highlights the significant rise in Iranians traveling abroad, with a 38.5-percent increase from the previous year.

Donald Trump's War on Food

06 Mar 2020  |  washingtonmonthly.com
President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies are impacting the food industry by creating labor shortages in agriculture and food processing, particularly in rural America. Immigrants and refugees play a crucial role in the production and processing of food, including the beef industry. The article highlights the economic and cultural contributions of immigrants in states like Iowa, where their businesses and taxes are significant. The Trump administration's actions are portrayed as detrimental to the vitality of rural communities and the agricultural sector. The importance of immigrants in the food system is emphasized, with the industry preparing for workforce reductions and economic challenges due to these policies.

Lack of citizenship question is good for red states, too

27 Jun 2019  |  bostonglobe.com
The Supreme Court's decision to exclude a citizenship question from the census is beneficial not only for Boston with its large immigrant population but also for red states that have seen significant immigrant growth. This decision helps avoid potential undercounts that could lead to a loss of federal funding and representation. The article emphasizes the economic contributions of immigrants in conservative communities and the labor shortages they help alleviate. It calls for Massachusetts and other states to ensure accurate census counts and for sensible immigration reforms that balance legal work opportunities with border enforcement.

Out of Many, One: Immigration, Identity and the American Dream

01 Jan 2019  |  Knight Foundation
The article discusses the impact of global migration on American communities, highlighting the challenges and opportunities it presents. It emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing fears related to culture, security, and the economy to foster inclusive communities. The text underscores the role of local leaders in bridging divides and promoting the value of immigrants. It also explores the historical context of immigration in the U.S. and the current political and social dynamics shaping the immigration debate.

Americans want a new consensus on immigration. Divided government could deliver it.

08 Nov 2018  |  www.usatoday.com
In the wake of a divisive election, the article argues for a new consensus on immigration, emphasizing the need for bipartisan cooperation. It highlights the efforts of the National Immigration Forum to understand public sentiment through 'living room conversations' across the country. The piece criticizes President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and calls for policy reforms that address security, legal immigration, and the status of undocumented immigrants. It underscores the importance of local leadership in bridging divides and fostering a unified vision for America's future.

A new generation of globetrotters in Iran

31 Jan 2018  |  www.lapresse.ca
A growing number of young Iranians are embracing travel, driven by social media and a desire for new experiences. This trend, once limited to an elite, now includes the emerging middle class. Despite challenges such as parental opposition and restrictive international travel policies, many young Iranians, especially women, are exploring both domestic and international destinations. Social media platforms like Instagram and Telegram play a significant role in this movement, with some travelers gaining large followings. Efforts by President Hassan Rohani to improve Iran's global image face obstacles, including restrictive U.S. and EU visa policies. However, countries like Georgia, Russia, and Serbia have become more welcoming. Domestically, initiatives like Alireza Zafari's project to document Iran aim to boost local tourism.

A new generation of globetrotters in Iran

31 Jan 2018  |  www.lapresse.ca
A growing number of young Iranians are embracing travel, driven by social media and a desire for new experiences. This trend, once limited to an elite, now includes the emerging middle class. Despite challenges, such as parental concerns and restrictive foreign visa policies, many young Iranians, especially women, are exploring both domestic and international destinations. Social media platforms like Instagram and Telegram play a significant role in this movement, with some travelers gaining substantial followings. Efforts by President Hassan Rohani to improve Iran's global image face obstacles, including restrictive U.S. travel policies under Donald Trump. However, countries like Georgia, Russia, and Serbia have become more welcoming to Iranian travelers. Alireza Zafari's project to document Iran's attractions aims to boost domestic and international tourism.

On immigration, Trump is positioned to do what Obama and Bush couldn't

02 Jan 2018  |  www.usatoday.com
The article argues that President Trump has a unique opportunity to achieve bipartisan immigration reform, something his predecessors Obama and Bush couldn't accomplish. It outlines a potential reform package that includes legal status for Dreamers, risk-based border security, and a legal immigration system that supports American economic growth. The piece emphasizes the importance of addressing both security and economic needs while fostering bipartisan cooperation.

New protests in Iran after Rouhani calls for calm

01 Jan 2018  |  www.france24.com
New protests erupted in Iran despite President Hassan Rouhani's call for calm and promises of more space for criticism. The protests, initially sparked by economic grievances, have grown into broader anti-regime demonstrations. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters, and there were reports of violence and arrests. US President Donald Trump expressed support for the protesters, which Rouhani dismissed. The Iranian government has blamed external forces for inciting violence. The unrest highlights ongoing economic struggles and dissatisfaction with Rouhani's austerity measures.

Policeman killed amid crackdown on Iran protests

01 Jan 2018  |  sg.news.yahoo.com
Fresh protests erupted in Iran with reports of a policeman killed as authorities cracked down on unrest. President Hassan Rouhani vowed to address rioters, while Ali Shamkhani blamed social media and foreign influence for the violence. US President Donald Trump called for change in Iran, and the European Union urged Iran to guarantee the right to protest. The protests, driven by economic grievances, have led to over 400 arrests and a death toll of 13. Rouhani downplayed the unrest, emphasizing the need for discipline and addressing unemployment as a major issue.

Policeman killed amid crackdown on Iran protests

01 Jan 2018  |  sg.news.yahoo.com
Fresh protests erupted in Iran with reports of a policeman killed as authorities cracked down on unrest. President Hassan Rouhani vowed to address rioters, while Ali Shamkhani blamed social media influence from the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia. US President Donald Trump called for change, supporting the protesters' demands for freedom. The death toll from the protests reached 13, with significant unrest in various cities. The Iranian government confirmed over 400 arrests, emphasizing the need for discipline. The European Union and the UK urged Iran to allow meaningful debate on the issues raised by protesters.

Iran blocks internet on third night of protests

31 Dec 2017  |  ABS-CBN News
Iranian authorities have blocked internet access across the country on the third consecutive night of protests. The move is seen as an attempt to curb the spread of information and control the unrest. The protests, which have been ongoing, are driven by economic grievances and political dissatisfaction.

A waiting field of recruits for our armed forces

09 Nov 2017  |  Waco Tribune-Herald
Ali Noorani highlights the significant contributions of immigrants to the U.S. military, exemplified by the story of Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, an immigrant who died serving in Iraq. Noorani argues for the removal of legal barriers preventing skilled foreign-born residents, including Dreamers, from enlisting. He cites historical precedents and current military needs, emphasizing that immigrants possess critical skills and have lower attrition rates. Noorani urges President Trump and Texas Congressmen to support legislation that would allow Dreamers to serve, thereby strengthening national security and military readiness.

The smart way to counter terrorism vs. Trump’s way: Lessons in the wake of the ISIS-inspired attack in Manhattan

01 Nov 2017  |  nydailynews.com
In response to the ISIS-inspired attack in Manhattan, the author argues for a smart security approach that includes increased resources to counter violent extremism, engagement with communities to prevent radicalization, and maintaining the Diversity Visa Lottery program. The article criticizes President Trump's proposed budget cuts to antiterror programs and his response to the attack, emphasizing the importance of upholding American values of diversity and openness.

Iranians mock 'ridiculous' Trump speech

13 Oct 2017  |  Space War
Iranians reacted with anger and mockery to US President Donald Trump's aggressive speech against Iran, which included threats to terminate the 2015 nuclear deal unless Congress imposed new sanctions. Trump's use of 'Arabian Gulf' instead of 'Persian Gulf' particularly offended many Iranians. The speech was seen as isolating the US, with only Saudi Arabia and Israel supporting Trump's stance. Iranian officials and citizens expressed solidarity against Trump's threats, emphasizing the importance of the Revolutionary Guards and criticizing the US's credibility in international negotiations. The future of the nuclear deal remains uncertain as the US Congress deliberates on new sanctions.

Iran relaunches space ambitions after uproar over satellites

14 Sep 2017  |  spacedaily.com
Iran's space program has been revitalized following international reactions to a recent satellite launch that annoyed Washington. Tehran is planning a manned mission within eight years, potentially with Moscow's help. The program, which has seen a turtle, mouse, worms, and two monkeys sent into space, was previously thought to be shelved due to financial constraints. However, the successful test of the Simorgh rocket and the international response have re-energized Iranian efforts. Iran's four satellite launches since 2009 have been met with Western condemnation, but the country's leaders assert that space technology is a normal and necessary task for any nation.

Tehran's disabled face accessibility crisis

24 Aug 2017  |  www.citizen.co.za
Tehran's urban environment poses significant challenges for its disabled population, with narrow, uneven pathways and inadequate public transport services. Despite promises from officials, accessibility remains a major issue, leaving many disabled individuals housebound and dependent on others. Activists and organizations are pushing for legislative changes to ensure better accessibility and employment rights for disabled people, with some positive signs from the current government.

Iran threatens to leave nuclear deal

15 Aug 2017  |  www.lapresse.ca
Iran has threatened to quickly abandon the nuclear deal with major powers if the United States continues its policy of sanctions and coercion. President Hassan Rohani, addressing the Parliament, criticized the US administration under President Donald Trump for imposing sanctions unrelated to nuclear activities and for being an unreliable partner. The nuclear deal, concluded in July 2015, was designed to limit Iran's nuclear program to civilian uses in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Rohani also outlined economic and social measures for his second term and defended his cabinet choices against criticism for not including women. The US maintains that it respects the nuclear deal but has imposed new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program and regional activities. Tensions are also evident with a recent incident involving an Iranian drone and the USS Nimitz.

Police intervene as fans go mad for Iranian student who has an incredible resemblance to Lionel Messi

01 May 2017  |  businessinsider.com
Reza Parastesh, an Iranian student, bears a striking resemblance to Lionel Messi, which caused a disruption in Hamedan as fans sought selfies, leading to police intervention. Eurosport UK mistakenly used his photo for Messi's. Parastesh's father had him pose in a Messi jersey, which led to media attention and modeling contracts. Parastesh enjoys the attention and aims to meet Messi and potentially work as his understudy.
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