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The Woman Who Ignored All The Stop Signs

Nov 28, 2015

Behnaz Shafie, 26, not only loves to ride motorbikes in her home country of Iran - where it is illegal for women – it is also her only source of income. Through a combination of teaching, training and sponsorship, she makes her living through it. Her career is built around riding motorbikes. This article has been published on IranWire.

Top 10 Iranian dishes

Nov 13, 2015

Most Iranian dishes contain meat, which could be anything from chicken to lamb or beef — just not pork, as Islam prohibits it. Although there are limited options for vegetarians, Iranian food is highly varied so there’s sure to be something for everyone. For those new to the world of Persian food, here are our top 10 recipe suggestions – all delish and very much Persian. Bon appetit! Or noosh-e jan, as they say in Iran. This article has been published on IranWire.

10 top tips for traveling to Iran

Oct 22, 2015

Chances are if you’re planning a trip to Iran, you will do some reading and research of your own into the culture, the necessary safety precautions, dress codes and the major “dos” and “don’ts” to observe while in the country. But Iran never fails to offer its guests a surprise or two, so the more prepared and informed you are, the better. To help you on your way, here are 10 handy things that you should know before arriving in Iran. This article has been published on IranWire.

US-Norwegian Tourist on Iran: “Places with bad reputations are often the best”

Sep 28, 2015

Silvia, a 27-year-old American-Norwegian dual citizen, has been living and travelling around the world for the past five years, blogging about her experiences. She has traveled solo through Iran and the Caucasus, and backpacked around the Middle East, “My travels tend to focus on less popular tourist destinations such as Iran and the “stans” of Central Asia, where I’ve aimed to challenge misconceptions we have about countries that often suffer harsh representations in Western media,” Silvia says of her travels. This article has been published on IranWire.

I have been to Iran five times — and I want to go back

Aug 11, 2015

Michiel, a 28-year-old supermarket supervisor from Tilburg in the Netherlands, has traveled to more than 40 countries around the world, including Iran. Michiel says that "I have been to Iran five times and I want to go back". This interview has been published on IranWire.

Write My Dissertation Please!

Jul 29, 2015

The Iranian capital is witnessing a growing, and worrying, new trend; the mass purchase of pre-written or bespoke dissertations. Students, some of them with more money than sense, can stroll into a number of institutes or private organizations in Tehran that write students’ dissertations as a paid service. For a significant fee, pupils then sit back and relax while somebody else puts in the gruelling work that a good thesis requires. This article has been published on IranWire.

Air Pollution Causes Miscarriages To Peak

Jun 7, 2015

Air pollution’s threat to public health has gained considerable global attention in recent years. Links between pollution and heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases are well known. But less widely reported is the link between air pollution and infertility, its relationship to miscarriages, and its impact on in vitero fertilization (IVF) treatments. This article has been published on IranWire

Women Living Alone: A Threat to Society?

May 18, 2015

In theory, the law in Iran permits young, single people to live by themselves. But the reality is that society frowns upon it, regardless of gender. This article has been published on IranWire.

The Science of Cheating: How Iran Tops the Charts

Apr 14, 2015

It will come as no surprise to those following scientific news that Iran has one of the fastest growing scientific productivity levels in the world. Iranian media is fond of reporting that Iran ranks the highest in science output among Islamic countries and the region, and reports outline how Iranian scientific production has grown 11 times faster than the world average. This article has been published on IranWire.

Travel to Tehran in Nowruz

Mar 21, 2015

Like many capitals, Tehran is essentially an industrial city. And, like many other industrial metropolises, it faces a range of challenges — especially when it comes to efforts to make it a world tourist destination. Pollution, traffic congestion, chronic overcrowding and chaos make Tehran less than appealing during many months of the year. But during the Iranian new year, it has real potential to be a top destination. Suddenly, overcrowded streets are empty. For those who choose a “staycation” and avoid the hassle of travel, Nowruz offers the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beauty of Tehran, usually so hard to reach in the chaos. This article has been published on IranWire.

Thailand’s Iranian Sex Tourists

Mar 4, 2015

There have been a number of reports of Thai women putting sleeping pills into the drinks of foreign nationals — most of them men — and then stealing from them. On average, one case is reported every week in Pattaya, with many other incidents going unreported because victims are ashamed. In some cases, these crimes have led to fatalities, and authorities have had limited access to information that could help their investigations. “Last summer, we found the body of one of our clients, a 22-year-old boy, in his hotel room. His death was reported as a drug and alcohol overdose. All his assets and cash were gone,” says a tour guide in Thailand. This article has been publish on IranWire.

Winter Wonderland: Iran’s Best Kept Secret

Feb 23, 2015

Iran clearly has a lot to offer: tourists could potentially swim and ski outdoors during a single trip.Skiing is one of the few sporting activities available in Iran where women and men can escape the country’s extensive gender segregation policies and other restrictions. When I lived in Tehran, I used to ski with my brothers and groups of friends regularly, one of the few activities we could do together in public. This article has been publish on IranWire 

Drug addiction: main divorce reason in Iran

Feb 13, 2015

Divorce was a stigma in Iran just a few years ago. Rather than run the risk of being exposed as a divorcee, couples frequently chose to stay in unhappy marriages. But, today, divorce is no longer a taboo. Like other nationalities, Iranians divorce for a range of different reasons: economic problems, incompatibility, unrealistic expectations, adultery and abuse. In Kuwait, which has the highest divorce rate among Arab countries and the second highest divorce rate in the world, the main cause is infidelity, with drug addiction featuring relatively low on the list. In the United States, where one in two marriages end in divorce, drug addiction does not appear in the top five causes. However in Iran, drug addiction is the most common reason for divorce. This article has been publish on IranWire

Caviar: A Dying Luxury?

Jan 21, 2015

Caviar is the most expensive food in the world is at risk of extinction and we might be the last generation who can taste luxury caviar. This article has been published on IranWire

How to conduct better interviews

Oct 1, 2014

Interviews are an essential part of journalism and valuable interview skills would improve your career. Thus, it is necessary for journalists to know how they can enhance their skills when conducting them.

This article will discuss the key factors on how your interviews can be improved.


Sep 22, 2014

Welcome to my newly designed website! I am so pleased to finally have my own one. It was so fun to design and develop it with my husband Bruno Filippone. Special thanks to him to encourage me to launch my own website and blog.

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