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  • Hikers
    In a Democracy Now! special, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal recall their harrowing ordeal as American hikers imprisoned in Iran. Detained after setting out on a hike in the summer of 2009 in Iraq’s Kurdish region near the Iranian border, Bauer and Fattal were held for 26 months, while Shourd — now married to Bauer — was held for 13 months, much of it in solitary confinement. The three tell their story in a new memoir, "A...
    Mar 18, 2014 | Story
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    Tune in Tuesday when we’ll speak with Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal about their new book, "A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran." In the meantime, you can read an excerpt from Bauer about the day they were arrested.
    Mar 17, 2014 | Web Exclusive
  • Irandeal
    Iran and six world powers have clinched a deal to temporarily limit and roll back the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the easing of international sanctions. The United States and Iran described the agreement as a first step toward a comprehensive deal. The deal was announced after five days of negotiations in Geneva, but it followed months of previously undisclosed secret talks between American and Iranian officials. We speak to Reza Marashi,...
    Nov 25, 2013 | Story
  • Rouhani1
    In a rare diplomatic opening, the United States and Iran are set to take part in negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program that could potentially end U.S.-led sanctions that have devastated the Iranian economy. On Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in one of the highest-level contacts between the two nations in years. In speeches before the United Nations General Assembly on...
    Sep 25, 2013 | Story
  • Noamchomsky5
    In this web-only exclusive, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky talks about the past 60 years of U.S.-Iranian relations since the 1953 coup organized by the CIA. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 11, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Hassan-rouhani
    Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, was sworn in on Sunday, replacing outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In what analysts termed a "conciliatory address," Rouhani called for engaging with the United States and the lifting of international sanctions. Three days before he was inaugurated, the U.S. House passed its harshest sanctions yet on Iran, focusing on the country’s oil exports. We speak to Trita Parsi, founder...
    Aug 05, 2013 | Story
  • Californiahungerstrike1
    More than 12,000 prisoners in California have entered their fifth day of a hunger strike in a push to end long-term solitary confinement, which they call a form of "indefinite state-sanctioned torture." Other demands include ending harsh group punishment, redefining gang activity, improving food quality, and increasing access to healthcare and education services. In addition to refusing meals, more than a thousand prisoners are also...
    Jul 12, 2013 | Story
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    In what is being hailed as a victory for reform and moderation inside Iran, the cleric Hassan Rouhani has won the Iranian presidential election. A former nuclear negotiator, Rouhani has called for greater engagement with Western countries, while urging respect for Iran’s right to nuclear energy. Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council says Rouhani’s win marks a victory for Iran’s "Green Movement" and one...
    Jun 17, 2013 | Story
  • Trita_parsi
    The Obama administration is ratcheting up its economic war against Iran ahead of nuclear talks slated for Kazakhstan later this month. Last week, the White House announced a new expansion of sanctions that pressure countries buying Iran’s oil to withhold direct payments and instead force Iran to purchase their goods. The Treasury also widened the sanctions list to include Iranian state media. We’re joined by Trita Parsi, founder and...
    Feb 11, 2013 | Story
  • Chuck_hagel
    President Obama is expected to unveil the nomination today of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as the next secretary of defense, replacing Leon Panetta. A Vietnam War veteran and three-term member of the Senate, Hagel has faced criticism from right-wing foes over his positions on Israel and dealing with Iran, as well as from progressive critics for making denigrating comments in 1998 about gays in government, for which he only recently...
    Jan 07, 2013 | Story