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SoulCycle’s full-body workout has revolutionized indoor cycling by going way beyond an intense cardio workout and incorporating the mental component of inspirational coaching. By keeping the lights low and riding by candlelight, SoulCycle creates a cardio sanctuary where riders can come to clear their heads. ... Full story

The beauty obsession feeding Iran’s voracious cosmetic surgery industry

A desire to gain a husband, western looks, or even clients are a few reasons why Iran has the world’s highest nose surgery rate ... Full story

Iran Cools Nuclear Work as Vote Looms

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has decided to keep Iran’s nuclear program within limits demanded by Israel for now, according to senior U.S., European and Israeli officials, in a move they believe is designed to avert an international crisis during an Iranian election year. ... Full story

Payam's noteworthy non profit

A More Balanced World, a nonprofit organization founded on the fundamental belief that there is a great desire among many people of means to help redress ... Full story

Iran’s morality police crack down on coffee shops

Popular hangout for Tehrani intellectuals closes after refusing to install surveillance cameras to monitor customersAs the June presidential election in Iran draws near, authorities have stepped up political surveillance by ordering coffee shop owners to install cameras on their premises and turn over the recordings on demand. ... Full story

Immigrating to the U.S. by Excelling in One’s Field of Work

Many commonly think of immigrating to the U.S. through family ties, marriage, H1b visas or investment opportunities, but there are a number of other categories which can make one eligible for a visa or green card. One such category is ideal for anyone who is extraordinary or exceptional in the field that they work in, which can be any field from the arts, the sciences, business, education and athletics. ... Full story

Iranian Ahwazi Arabs on hunger strike over death sentences

Five prisoners have been refusing food since start of March in protest at sentences and ill-treatment ... Full story

Payam Ashena's TOP SHOP

Move over Prince William, we no longer have to shop online for our favorite threads from Top Shop. This British mega store is sharing its “costumes” with the West Coast and has finally arrived in Los Angeles, making a huge statement at The Grove. ... Full story


With all candidates to be vetted by authorities and an opposition boycott on the cards, one of the most important battles in the upcoming Iranian presidential election is likely to be about turnout. ... Full story

Why the Iranian film industry is like Hollywood before 1969

Every year, Iran turns out dozens of bland romantic dramas – but why? ... Full story

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