May 17, 2010 |
A French researcher held in Iran for 10 months returned home to Paris on Sunday just days after France defied Washington by refusing to extradite an alleged Iranian arms smuggler to the United States. Clotilde Reiss, a 24-year-old lecturer and student of Persian language and Iranian history, had been held in Tehran since July on espionage charges after allegedly taking pictures and sending accounts of the demonstrations and violent crackdown that followed the disputed June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2010 |
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.
February 2, 2010 |
In comments that could signal either a change of course or more diplomatic maneuvering, Iran's president said Tuesday that Tehran would be willing to ship enriched uranium abroad "for four or five months" in exchange for fuel for a Tehran medical reactor. In a televised interview, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "there is no problem" with sending an unspecified amount of Iran's nuclear fuel abroad as part of a United Nations-backed plan to ease concern about the Islamic Republic's nuclear research program.
December 15, 2009 |
An Iranian arms trafficker was sentenced in Delaware on Monday to five years in prison after being snared in a global undercover investigation. Amir Hossein Ardebili, 36, pleaded guilty last year to violating U.S. arms control laws by trying to purchase components for Iranian fighter planes and missile guidance systems. His case offers a rare look into the faceoff between Washington and Tehran that is increasingly reminiscent of the Cold War. Ardebili does not fit the profile of high-rolling arms merchants who have been arrested in similar stings around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 |
On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations, the families of three young UC Berkeley graduates detained in that country while hiking pleaded for their release. "This is not a political situation at all, it's totally humanitarian," Patrick Sandys, cousin of detainee Sarah Shourd, said Tuesday. "We don't want it to get mired in the already difficult political situation between the U.S. and Iran. We just want our family members home." Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they allegedly crossed into the country July 31 while hiking through a mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
August 5, 2009 |
To some Iranian officials, Shane Bauer is a spy, one of three young Americans who strayed across the border from Iraq's Kurdistan region late last week and is being held for questioning. To Sandy Close, the 27-year-old is a passionate photojournalist, an intrepid explorer and a careful planner who would never expose himself and his friends to unnecessary danger.
August 10, 2009 |
Iraq has appealed to Iran to free three American hikers after concluding that the trio who apparently strayed across the Iranian border were just lost tourists, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said today. Zebari said he had no reason to believe the three would soon be freed and had heard no word from the Iranians since making the request during a meeting with Iran's ambassador to Iraq last week. But he hoped for an answer in the coming days, the foreign minister said. Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 30 and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they crossed into Iran on July 31 while hiking through a scenic mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
November 2, 2010 |
For a man preparing to go up against his own government in a case with international repercussions, Masoud Shafii doesn't look particularly worried as he brews some tea and offers it to a guest. Shafii, the lawyer defending the two American hikers who have been detained in an Iranian prison for more than a year, said he's oblivious to the global dimensions of the case, or the fact that his two clients come from the "Great Satan" itself. Or even that another Iranian human rights lawyer was recently jailed on unspecified national security crimes and another was just sentenced to nine years in prison.
July 13, 2010 |
Shahram Amiri sounds like a contented man in one video, nestled in a leather chair, assuring his audience that he is free and safe to continue his education in America. But, in a second clip, the Iranian scientist warns in stilted phrases that the CIA kidnapped him, brought him to the United States and tortured him with the goal of "proving lies" about Iran's disputed nuclear program. The two online videos sum up the murky and contradictory narratives at the heart of Amiri's tale, which took a surprising turn Monday when the 32-year-old scientist presented himself at the Iranian consular office in Washington saying he wished to go home.