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NYTimes Lists Iran as One of 52 Places to Travel in 2019

“The United States State Department discourages, but does not prohibit, travel to Iran by American citizens, and Americans can travel to Iran only as part of an organized tour.” Great.

By NTK Staff | 01.11.2019 @11:30am
NYTimes Lists Iran as One of 52 Places to Travel in 2019

The New York Times published a story listing 52 places to travel this year, and among the diverse locales listed was Iran, a country that “target[s] journalists, online media activists, and human rights defenders,” according to the most recent Human Rights Watch report.

Here’s how the Times pitches Iran:

Though tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated since President Trump took office, the appeal of Iran for adventurous travelers is obvious: the monumental ruins of ancient Persia, the spectacular, centuries-old mosques of Shiraz and Isfahan, the Grand Bazaar and Golestan Palace in the bustling metropolis of Tehran.

Sure. They also note that an exhibit at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is worth visiting this spring. It includes pieces by Andy Warhol and Picasso.

Luckily for its readers, the Times also throws in a word of caution about visiting the authoritarian country:

The United States State Department discourages, but does not prohibit, travel to Iran by American citizens, and Americans can travel to Iran only as part of an organized tour.

Iranian authorities “continued their crackdown on citizens’ legitimate exercise of their rights to free expression and assembly,” according to Human Rights Watch. And “[s]everal women have also been arrested and detained for their protests against mandatory dress laws.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the U.S. would host an international summit in February that focuses on Iran’s “regional influence” in the Middle East. It’s the latest in the Trump administration’s “pressure campaign” against Iran.

The U.S. is leading a similar campaign against North Korea, per Fox News, but the New York Times isn’t recommending its readers travel to Pyongyang or any other North Korean city in 2019.

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