Monday, November 03, 2014

Anthony Bourdain visits Iran on Parts Unknown, finds it not as terrifying as thought

Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” visited Iran (The Islamic Republic of Iran) Sunday night. 

Bourdain did cover some of the history before the 1978 "revolution" that deposed the Shah and set up the 1979 hostage crisis.  
Some of his crew were detained by security for a while, but he did not find everyday life as repressive as is widely reported in the media.  Women can drive and own businesses, but sometimes do get arrested for improper dress. There was an extended scene in a bowling alley.  
Bourdain also found the people unexpectedly hospitable, and eager to share their cuisine.  At least that’s the account of Al Arabiya News, link here.  He says as the program opens that the people in Iran were the most hospitable to strangers anywhere, the "radical hospitality" idea.  
Dana Ford has a column from August 2014 where Bourdain discusses journalists being held in Iran as “nobody’s enemy”, link here

Wikipedia attribution link for Iran’s power structure 

Update:  Nov. 6

Anthony Bourdain appeared on AC360 to discuss the holding of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi in Iran, since July 22, 2014.  The applicable website is "Free Jason andf Yegi", link here

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