Iran http://www.kunc.org en Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy http://www.kunc.org/post/taunt-or-miscalculation-irans-provocative-pick-un-envoy Iran's reported decision to name Hamid Aboutalebi as its ambassador to the United Nations has ignited anger in the U.S. That's because the diplomat was part of the student group that held Americans hostage in 1979. Now, dozens of lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to deny him a visa.<p>It's the latest sign of just how difficult it will be for Washington and Tehran to overcome decades of mistrust.<p>By most accounts, Aboutalebi wasn't directly involved in the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:28:23 +0000 Michele Kelemen 55210 at http://www.kunc.org Taunt Or Miscalculation? Iran's Provocative Pick For U.N. Envoy Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities http://www.kunc.org/post/iranian-women-push-tighten-gender-gap Iran is starting to see a re-launch of activist groups following the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani. Social movements were scarce after the government crushed public protests known as the Green Movement following the 2009 elections. After the decisive vote for Rouhani, a surge of hope in Iran has attracted activists back to the political arena. Iranian women, in particular, are seizing the opportunity.<p>On a recent afternoon in north Tehran, two professional women huddle with an adviser to the Ministry of Mines and Trade. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:51:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 54441 at http://www.kunc.org Iranian Women Make A Push For Greater Opportunities In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color http://www.kunc.org/post/streets-iran-fashion-shoot-bursting-color Iran is a notoriously closed society, so this was an unusual milestone: It was recently the setting for a high-fashion magazine shoot, published in <a href="http://www.fshnmagazine.com/index.php/media-services/featured-news/271-fshn-magazine-reveals-1st-ever-fashion-editorial-shot-in-iran" target="_blank">California-based magazine <em>FSHN</em></a>.<p>Iranian-Canadian photographer Afra Pourdad took photos of model Shabnam Molavi posing in public spaces — in bazaars, on the streets. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:55:00 +0000 52021 at http://www.kunc.org In The Streets Of Iran, A Fashion Shoot Bursting With Color Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive http://www.kunc.org/post/netanyahus-push-countering-iranian-leaders-charm-offensive It must be draining to do eight interviews in a row, but Benjamin Netanyahu seemed energized by it. The Israeli prime minister <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/04/228895462/israels-netanyahu-says-hed-consider-a-meeting-with-new-iranian-leader">walked into our meeting</a> in a New York hotel room bantering and smiling. He commented on the shades (pulled down to avoid a backlit photo) and noticed a novel that our engineer had brought along. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 50404 at http://www.kunc.org Netanyahu's Push: Countering Iranian Leader's Charm Offensive Israel's Netanyahu Says He'd 'Consider' A Meeting With New Iranian Leader http://www.kunc.org/post/israels-netanyahu-says-hed-consider-meeting-new-iranian-leader Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered some rare, if fleeting, hope Thursday in regard to his country's relationship with Iran.<p>In an interview with<em> Morning Edition</em>'s Steve Inskeep, he said the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "might" offer an opportunity for diplomacy and that he would "consider" meeting him.<p>"I don't care about the meeting. I don't have a problem with the diplomatic process," Netanyahu said.<p>"You're saying you would meet him?" Steve asked.<p>"I haven't been offered. If I'm offered, I'd consider it, but it's not an issue. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:19:00 +0000 50370 at http://www.kunc.org Israel's Netanyahu Says He'd 'Consider' A Meeting With New Iranian Leader