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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, Iranian female demonstrators burn a representation of U.S. flag, and a caricature of President Barack Obama, in an annual state-backed rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, commemorating 33rd anniversary of the embassy takeover by militant students. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

'Down With America' art contest offers big cash in Iran

Conservative media groups in Iran have launched a "Marg bar Amrika," or "Down With America," competition, which invites the public to submit artwork demonizing the U.S. in the most creative way possible, The Times of London reported. Published October 27, 2013

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Israeli flag censored at Swimming World Cup in Qatar

An Israeli lawmaker is set to file a formal complaint with the International Olympic Committee after the Israeli flag and the country's name was omitted from the Swimming World Cup meet in Qatar last weekend. Published October 27, 2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves during a ceremony to mark the beginning of Tehran University's academic year on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Tehran. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Ebrahim Seyyedi)

Iran orders removal of anti-U.S. billboards in Tehran

Iranian officials have ordered the removal of billboards bearing anti-U.S. slogans that a cultural institute installed without proper consent in the Iranian capital, state-run media reported. Published October 27, 2013

**FILE** A Spirit Airlines airplane sits on the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on June 13, 2010. (Associated Press)

Spirit Airlines passengers delayed up to 12 hours

Dozens of Spirit Airlines passengers scheduled for takeoff Wednesday had to camp out for hours on the floors of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport until Thursday morning because of delayed flights due to voluntary engine inspections, CNN reported. Published October 24, 2013

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George Soros to co-chair Hillary Clinton super PAC

Billionaire financier George Soros has signed on to be a co-chair of the national finance council for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC created to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency in 2016, should she choose to run. Published October 24, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, a Saudi woman smokes tobacco from a waterpipe as her friend looks at her cell phone in a coffee shop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It’s been a little more than two years since the last time women in Saudi Arabia campaigned for the right to drive. Since then, the monarchy has made incremental but key reforms, and activists hope that has readied the nation for greater change as they call for women to get behind the wheel in a new campaign Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Ultraconservatives are pushing back with protests, threats and even a cleric’s warning that driving a car damages a woman’s ovaries. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

U.N. praises Saudi Arabia on women's rights

As the U.N. Human Rights Council scrutinized Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, only a small minority of democracies raised concerns over the kingdom's oppressive human rights record. Published October 24, 2013