President Obama and Donald Trump’s views regarding Muslims are converging

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/president-obama-donald-trumps-views-regarding-muslims-tabazadeh I voted for President Obama twice, hoping that he would be "the" President who will bring harmony and peace to people from all races and religious backgrounds. However, his steadfast support for the discriminatory visa bill, which singles out dual nationals from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Sudan, speaks volumes as to where he truly stands--not that far from Donald Trump who publicly stated that all Muslims should be barred from entering Unites States. The identities of the nineteen 911 hijackers are as follow: Fifteen from Saudi Arabia; one from Egypt, two from the United Arab Emirates, and one from Lebanon. Click to see full names and identities of the 911 attackers Given the above facts, isn't it odd that none of the above countries are … [Read more...]

Discriminatory Visa Wavier Bill Targets Iranian-Americans

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Written by Azadeh Tabazadeh https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/proposed-visa-wavier-bill-h-r-158-discriminate-other-marked-azadeh?trk=pulse_spock-articles The proposed Visa Wavier Bill (H. R. 158) will discriminate against Iranian-Americans and other “marked” dual-nationals The photo shown depicts a protest in 1979 where a group of Americans were demanding that all Iranians should be deported because of the extreme acts of the newly established government of Iran—more specifically the “Islamic Republic of Iran.” The events that triggered hatred toward Iranians were the seizing of the American embassy in Tehran and taking 52 U.S. diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days. Is it fair or reasonable to punish the citizens of an entire nation for the extreme actions of their irrational governments or extremist groups who … [Read more...]

Booklist assigns a starred rating to “The sky Detective.”

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The 1979 Iranian Revolution http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Sky-Detective-Azadeh-Tabazadeh/pid=7872413 An award-winning atmospheric scientist recounts her coming-of-age against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution in this engaging, deeply perceptive memoir. Growing up in 1970s Tehran, Tabazadeh was only eight when two unrelated life events made a lasting impact on her: first, Uncle Mahmood gave her a chemistry kit, sparking her lifelong love of science. Shortly thereafter, 11-year-old Najmieh, a village girl from northern Iran, moved in as household help. Their friendship deeply shaped Tabazadeh’s awareness of class and gender differences, eventually ending when Najmieh was shipped back to her village to be married, and Tabazadeh found herself swept up in the tidal forces of the Iranian revolution. The author recounts her … [Read more...]

An ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East

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Written by Azadeh Tabazadeh https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ongoing-saga-refugees-from-middle-east-azadeh-tabazadeh?trk=pulse_spock-articles An Ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East Nov 28, 2015 If you really want to know how innocent families fall victim to retaliating wars and bombings in the Middle East read my story. My family and I had the means to flee Iran 33 years ago in the midst of a raging war and political chaos, but the majority of Iranians, Afghanis, Iraqis and now Syrians don't have the resources to get out. In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in Iran only Spain would allow Iranians to enter without a visa. My family and I fled Iran in 1982 and sought refugee in Spain before winning visas to come to the United States. Frankly, I don't know what would have happened to my family and me and thousands … [Read more...]