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Skip to content. This year was no different. With the tumultuous days of the election and its aftermath barely behind them, people headed out of the city to relax and spend quality time with family, if only a for a few days. Tehran is a sprawling metropolis, with a population of 7. Students in Iran have a three-month summer vacation, and a government employee receives about four weeks vacation a year. Over the past few years, other more exotic and diverse destinations have become popular among a well-off segment of the population: South Africa, Thailand and Brazil are high on the list. Iran on the whole is a hot, dry country. There are two major deserts in the central-eastern parts of the country, Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Loot.
Hi all, I went to Iran a few days ago and I'm already making lots of friends. I love Iranians. I got invited to a party in north Tehran and met a lot of open minded Iranians there including women. They want to meet again and show me around Tehran and beyond and I love that idea. But I told this to another Iranian male friend that I made and he's paranoid that if the police sees me walking with and talking to Iranian women on the street, they will punish me and as he put it "make an example of me" as a foreigner. I'm from western Europe, it's super obvious that I'm not an Iranian or a Muslim. I did notice this attitude in some other Muslim majority countries where I'm not even allowed to sit next to a woman in public transport.
In the wars waged since the Sept. After initially rejecting the Suleimani option on Dec. Trump watched, fuming, as television reports showed Iranian-backed attacks on the American Embassy in Baghdad, according to Defense Department and administration officials. By late Thursday, the president had gone for the extreme option. Top Pentagon officials were stunned. Helene Cooper on why President Trump chose to do it.