How Persian Ice Cream Found Its Way to the Center of Los Angeles Food Culture

A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law purchased an ice cream machine on sale. Although he might be the human version of Bob the Builder and incredibly well-versed in just about any task he sets his mind to, my brother-in-law is no chef or ice cream maker. Why, then, purchase the tool? “To make akbar mashti, […]

‘World’s Most Important Oil Chokepoint’ Is Ground Zero for the Escalating U.S.-Iran Feud

When tensions rise in the Strait of Hormuz, history says trouble is ahead. The strait–which forms a tiny passage from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman–is the “world’s most important oil chokepoint,” according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The narrow waterway forms a crucial link between the vast oil reserves of […]

Saudi Arabia Says Oil Tankers Damaged In “Sabotage Attack” as Middle East Tensions Rise

Saudi Arabia said two of its oil tankers were attacked while sailing toward the Persian Gulf, adding to regional tensions as the U.S. increases pressure on Iran. The Saudi tankers were damaged in “a sabotage attack” off the United Arab Emirates coast on Sunday, state-run Saudi Press Agency reported. The vessels were approaching the Strait […]

U.S. Preparing to Take a Tougher Stance on German-Russian Gas Pipeline

The Trump administration is readying a tough stance against a Russian gas pipeline with sanctions, according to the Wall Street Journal. The move is driving tensions between the U.S., Germany, and other parts of the EU. The reason is a combination of geopolitics and competition in selling natural gas. At the center of the current […]