November 13, 2015
SABZI KHORDAN (FRESH HERB PLATTER) 8 ounces feta cheese 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon caraway seeds 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt, such as Maldon, fleur de sel or kosher 2 bunches whole fresh herbs, in any combination: spearmint, basil, cilantro, flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, dill, chives, marjoram 1 bunch scallions, quartered crosswise, roots removed 2 cups walnuts (see...
November 13, 2015 |
Four months after signing a historic nuclear accord with the U.S. and other western powers, Iran now has a seat at the world political table. Many details remain to be settled, though, and since negotiations generally go better over a shared meal, what better time for Iran's complex and unique culinary culture to get the spotlight? "The nuclear accord can only bode well to introducing people to Persian culture and food, which has been obscured for years by a veil of political animosity," said Louisa Shafia, the Philadelphia-born author of The New Persian Kitchen (Ten Speed Press)
March 19, 2015 |
Top executives of state-owned Persian Gulf airlines went on the offensive Tuesday against allegations, leveled by three U.S. airlines, of unfair business practices and billions in subsidies that breach "Open Skies" agreements. Jim Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, and Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, were in Washington to meet with transportation and administration officials and rebut claims made against them by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines that they have benefited from $42 billion in foreign government subsidies over the last decade.
October 13, 2012 |
The 4700 Wissahickon Ave. complex, once the home of the old Atwater Kent Manufacturing Co., producer of radios, will attract bidders, not broadcasters, next week with sales at two of its tenants. One will even offer a smattering of vintage radio equipment. The first sale will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at 4700's Suite 101, where Material Culture, the fledgling auction house specializing in ethnic objects from around the world, will offer more than 475 lots of early and contemporary art and antiques from developing nations.
May 31, 2012 |
Calvin Zaun, 83, of Cherry Hill, the father of an American POW whose battered face became an iconic image during the Persian Gulf War, died Sunday, May 27, at the Lutheran Home nursing-care facility in Moorestown after a long illness. Mr. Zaun's son, Jeffrey, was held captive for six weeks by Saddam Hussein's forces in 1991. Calvin and Marjorie Zaun found their quiet lives on Whitman Avenue in Cherry Hill plunged into a media maelstrom after their son's captors paraded Jeffrey Zaun and other prisoners of war on Iraqi TV and forced them to read propaganda statements on Jan. 20. On March 5, a story on the front page of the Washington Post began: "Before dawn, Calvin Zaun began rejoicing, running down the street, banging on neighbors' doors and shouting ‘He's free!
February 13, 2012 |
MANAMA, Bahrain - The top U.S. Navy official in the Persian Gulf region said Sunday that he took Iran's military capabilities seriously, but he insisted his forces were prepared to confront any Iranian aggression in the region. Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the Fifth Fleet, told reporters at the naval force's Bahrain headquarters that the Navy had "built a wide range of potential options to give the president" and was "ready today" to confront any hostile action by Iran. He did not say specifically how the Navy might respond to an Iranian strike or an effort to shut the entrance to the Persian Gulf, though any response would likely involve the two U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships cruising the waters off Iran.
January 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The possibility of a confrontation between the United States and Iran appeared to grow Tuesday after the Obama administration dismissed an Iranian warning against moving a U.S. aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, saying the deployment was crucial to "the security and stability of the region. " Fears that a crisis could disrupt gulf tanker traffic carrying 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil drove international petroleum prices up by more than $4 a barrel, a potential threat to U.S. and global economies.
November 25, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - As a child growing up in Kaifeng in central China, Jin Jin was constantly reminded of her unusual heritage. "We weren't supposed to eat pork, our graves were different from other people, and we had a mezuza on our door," said Jin, 25, referring to the prayer scroll affixed to doorways of Jewish homes. Her father told her of a faraway land called Israel that he said was her rightful home, she recalled, but "we didn't know anything about daily prayers or the weekly reading of the Torah.
October 15, 2011
Jagjit Singh, 70, a singer of wide popularity in South Asia who helped revive and popularize ghazals - a venerable form of Persian poetry set to music expressing the writer's feelings, especially about love - died Monday in Mumbai. The cause was a brain hemorrhage. Until Mr. Singh embraced the form, ghazal singing was followed largely by the elite. He helped bring it to a wider audience, including young people steeped in rock and hip-hop. With a hauntingly velvet voice expressing the brooding sadness and the lyricism of his songs, he performed to packed audiences in India, Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia and released dozens of albums during his 40-year career.
May 28, 2010 |
In "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," palace treachery has warring princes trying to figure out who killed their father and king. Suspects include buff and boyish hero Jake Gyllenhaal, some British actors you've never heard of, and Ben Kingsley, sporting a goatee and black eyeliner. You really shouldn't need more than one guess. Even without the Maybelline, you know it's Sir Baldie, who since Gandhi has been playing one bastard after another, and with such brio it's almost impossible to imagine he once embodied the principle of nonviolence.