Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Three American hikers, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested on the Iranian border a year ago and were accused of espionage. No charges have been brought against the hikers and there has been little contact with them. The mother of Sarah, Nora Shourd says that she's only spoken to her daughter twice since the arrest. She joins us from London, where she's working to raise public awareness of the incident "so people will know the story and understand how unfair and illegal it is."
Monday, July 19, 2010
The Iranian scientist who said he was kidnapped by the CIA appeared in a videotaped interview on Iranian state television. In the interview he says that the U.S. wanted him to say he was a spy in order to swap him for three American hikers that are being held in Iran. The Americans maintain that he was a volunteer defector. The BBC's Jon Leyne says that the chance of a prisoner swap would have been nearly impossible due to the strained relations between Iran and U.S.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
An Iranian nuclear scientist who says he was kidnapped by the CIA has taken refuge in the Iranian interests section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington D.C. There are conflicting stories about the man, including YouTube videos from the scientist himself. One video claims that he was drugged and woke up on a plane headed to the U.S., while another shows him saying he was studying in the U.S.
BBC correspondent Jon Leyne reports on what this means for U.S./Iran relations.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
In Tehran, a private organization has introduced a catalog of appropriate haircuts for men, the first such code since the Islamic Revolutions of 1979. The list, presented by the Veil and Modesty Festival, has not been officially sanctioned by the Ministry of Culture, though they say approval is "pending."
Monday, June 28, 2010
The week was thrown into uncertainty with the death this morning of Sen. Robert Byrd. The New York Times' Marcus Mabry and The Takeaway's Charles Herman, look at that and the rest of the news coming up in the next seven days.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
President Obama is using his first Oval Office speech to outline a plan that he hopes will force BP to compensate individuals and businesses for their financial losses from the oil spill.
Friday, June 11, 2010
This weekend marks one year since last summer's massive protests in Iran following contested election results. In the midst of the protests, aspiring musician Neda Agha Soltan was shot and killed. Her death was captured on video and went viral on the internet. The family of the 26-year-old victim is speaking out in a new documentary, "For Neda," which will air on HBO next week. (HBO released the documentary online; it's embedded after the jump.)
Friday, June 11, 2010
One year ago, Iran, in turmoil, appeared to be on the brink of a revolution. Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was declared the winner of Iran's much-contested presidential election. For days afterwards, protests raged. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets. They marched, despite a savage government crackdown. Dissidents, journalists and ordinary people were swept off the streets and imprisoned, but the protests went on. Cameras filmed the death throes of a young woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, shot in the streets of Tehran. She was called a martyr; her death fuelled even more protests. Twitter and Youtube became foreign correspondents, telling stories from the embattled nation after traditional media were shut down or shut out. But the protests petered out.
One year later, where is the revolutionary fervor?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
President Ahmadinejad of Iran has dismissed the latest United Nations sanctions against his country. He said that the resolution by the UN Security Council should be "thrown into the dustbin like a used handkerchief." BBC Tehran correspondent, Jon Leyne, says this colorful response is a predictable one.
Monday, May 24, 2010
It's Monday, which means it's time to take a look at the week ahead. Marcus Mabry, associate national editor for The New York Times, and Charles Herman, The Takeaway and WNYC's economics editor look at what almost 200 American officials headed to China for meetings today and tomorrow, can expect. On the docket will be topics ranging from trade to Iran and North Korea.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The ongoing back-and-forth between the U.S. and Iran over the latter's nuclear ambitions is often compared to a chess game. But there's a notable difference: a chessboard only has two sides. Yesterday's announcement that Iran would trade in some of its low-enriched uranium for fuel rods to power a reactor that makes medical isotopes - a swap engineered by Turkey and Brazil - had some observers asking what Iran is up to.
Monday, May 17, 2010
David Sanger, of The NYT, talks about Iran's new nuclear deal and the politics of the Gulf oil spill.