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October 15, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
As days stretched into weeks and weeks into months, Ali Shakeri searched for optimism in his squalid Iranian prison cell, where the only thing between him and the floor at night was a thin blanket. Fearful and disoriented from endless interrogations and little contact with the outside world, Shakeri had to ask his guards what day it was. "The loneliness was the lowest point of my life," Shakeri said Sunday of his 140 days in an Iranian prison.
January 5, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
With street protests raging in Iran, political activism is on the rise among Los Angeles' already vocal Iranian American community. Flag-waving demonstrators clad in the opposition movement's signature green have been a common sight outside the Federal Building in Westwood, and Iranian-language media is abuzz with debate. But when it comes to the three young American hikers being held in Iran on espionage charges the community has been decidedly silent. No large demonstrations, little conversation, virtually no push for action.
January 20, 2006 | Nick Timiraos, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied at the White House on Thursday to urge the Bush administration to step up its efforts against Iran's rulers, and to voice support for an organization banned by the U.S. as a terrorist group. The Iranians demonstrated as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanded that the United Nations take action against Tehran for its nuclear development ambitions.
July 7, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim and Alexandra Zavis
Several months ago, Pouneh, a 24-year-old Iranian American college student, announced to her father that she would be voting for opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in the Iranian presidential election. After Mousavi lost, she joined thousands of demonstrators in Westwood calling the results a fraud. Avesta, her 70-year-old father, shakes his head over what he sees as his daughter's youthful naivete.
May 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. and Iranian citizen who visited Iran this year has not been heard from since March, and a UC Irvine institute he is affiliated with said it was concerned. Ali Shakeri is a California businessman who serves on an advisory board to the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, which studies how citizens can promote peace in divided societies. A Human Rights Watch report quoted unidentified associates of Shakeri as saying he was "being detained by the Iranian authorities."
August 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Iran's judicial authorities have completed their investigation of two detained Iranian Americans, a senior official said. "The two have some written work to do and then the decision will be made about them," Tehran Deputy Prosecutor Hassan Haddad told the news agency IRNA. He did not specify what he meant by "written work." Last month, Iranian TV aired "confessions" by Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, which the Foreign Ministry said revealed a plot to topple Iran's clerical regime.
June 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Iranian Americans detained on charges of spying have "accepted that they carried out some activities," an Iranian judge was quoted as saying. The Iranian judiciary last month said academic Haleh Esfandiari and social scientist Kian Tajbakhsh were accused of spying. The United States has denied that they are spies.
January 25, 2006
Re "Iranian Americans Rally for a Different Approach," Jan. 20 It is sad to read about the Mujahedin Khalq organization (a.k.a. MEK, MKO, NCRI and several other names) in that the terrorist group is portrayed as the representative of a quarter of a million Iranian Americans. The group was in charge of killing several Americans during the shah's regime in Iran. Its ideology is a mixture of Islam and Marxism. The group is run like a cult, in that the "holy" leaders (Maryam and Massoud Rajavi)
October 22, 2000
Re "Iranian Official Stops in O.C., Draws Protest" (Sept. 24): The Iranian foreign minister, in his speech at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point, had the audacity to ask, "Why shouldn't Iran have a strong lobby here to fight for the rights of Iranians?" Is he suggesting to fight for the rights of the same people who have left Iran to escape the oppression, torture and dictatorship of his own government? Mr. Foreign Minister: Thank you for your concerns, but please leave the Iranian Americans here alone.
July 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
New arrests were announced Wednesday in the cases of two Iranian Americans held here on charges of conspiring against the government. State radio quoted Intelligence Minister Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as saying, "Internal elements related to these people have been arrested." Ejei did not say how many people were arrested or give details on their alleged connections to Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh.
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