Archive for May 2015

Iran: Prisoners’ Relatives to Testify

MAY 29, 2015- nytimes- By RICK GLADSTONE – Relatives of three Americans imprisoned in Iran and of a fourth who has been missing there for eight years will be the featured witnesses on Tuesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, its chairman, Representative Ed Royce, Republican of California, announced Friday.

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Free Jason, Free Iran

May 29, 2015 – FP- By Lara Setrakian – My friend, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, spent his career trying to overcome the mutual distrust between the United States and Iran. It’s time for Tehran to free him from his jail cell in Evin Prison, and begin the hard work of engaging with the West.

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Washington Post Hits Back Against Iran Court Claims

FILE – In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran. The closed trial of Rezaian detained… View Full Caption AP

May 28, 2015, By The Associated Press -abcNews- The Washington Post hit back Thursday at Iran’s allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. The newspaper’s executive editor, Martin Baron, said in a statement that Post reporter Jason Rezaian never wrote directly to the White House. Shortly after the 2008 election, Baron said, Rezaian filled out an online job application but was never hired. Three years later, he began reporting for the Post.

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Iranian artist could draw lengthy prison term for cartoons ridiculing parliament

Atena Farghadani could be facing a long prison sentence for drawing cartoons. (Justice for Iran)

Fr. 29. Mai 2015-foxnews-By Lisa Daftari- Iran’s thin-skinned mullahs have jailed an artist who drew a cartoon disparaging members of parliament over their decision to restrict birth control for women.

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Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial begins behind closed doors in Iran

May 26. 2015 The Washington Post – By Carol Morello  – Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial Tuesday on espionage charges in a closed-door session held more than 10 months after he was detained, Iran’s official news agency reported.

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ITF and ITUC give guarded welcome to Iran releases

Iranian trade unionists Davood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi

21 May 2015 -IranSOS- The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) have given a guarded welcome to the news that Iranian trade unionists Davood Razavi and Ebrahim Madadi have been released on bail. The men had been imprisoned earlier this month.
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