Happy New Year – 1389

Just checking in to wish everyone a happy belated Iranian New Year. The holiday, known as Norooz, or ‘New Day,’ falls around the vernal equinox.

Last year, President Obama used the opportunity to reach out to the Islamic Republic, releasing a video on the internet addressing Iranians and their leadership. This year he spoke to some of the changes that have occurred in Iran since then.

Though this is coming to you more than a day late, I’d also like to share this report on Al Jazeera English by our former IPS colleague Khody Akhavi.

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Ali Gharib

Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.

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