Jason Rezaian’s Family Speaks Out

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by Jasmin Ramsey On July 22, Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian Washington Post reporter, was detained in Tehran by Iranian authorities along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two other people whose names have been kept private. The reason for the arrests… Continue Reading  

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Voice Support for Nuclear Talks

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by Jasmin Ramsey The talks in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program will likely continue past the July 20 deadline for reaching a final deal. President Barack Obama noted “real progress” but hinted at an extension yesterday after being briefed by Secretary of State John… Continue Reading  

Arrest of “Happy” Iranians Highlights Rouhani’s Domestic Battles

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by Jasmin Ramsey* It was a perfect headline for the satirical online news site, “The Onion.” “Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’,” reads a May 20 New York Times blog title, with similar reports produced by news… Continue Reading  

Iran Blames U.S. For suicide attack in southeast

(Late-breaking updates below, including reactions and Jundullah’s claim of responsibility.) Iran blamed the United States for a suicide attack in the Islamic Republic’s restive Southeast. While Iran is mostly a Shia country, the Southeast is home to a Sunni ethnic… Continue Reading