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American Journalist Freed In Iran!

Breaking news. American journalist Roxana Saberi was freed by an Iranian appeals court and given permission to immediately leave the nation. Hopefully, she will take advantage of the offer and leave. This decision suggests there is a division within the Iranian government between hardliners who seek to maintain conflict with the United States and Western nations while others want to move their nation into the mainstream and focus on economic development. Most probably the Appeals Court decision was approved by religious leaders which is a good sign for resolution of conflict with Iran.

The unknown is how this decision indicates the feelings of religious leaders toward President Ahmadinejad in the upcoming presidential elections.

US Reporter Dying In Iran!

The condition of jailed American born Roxana Saberi continues to decline as her hunger strike for freedom weakens this brave opponent of the Iranian government. Her only crime is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Ms. Saberi has been reporting from Iran for over seven years and is known to key figures in the government, but she most probably is now trapped in a struggle within the Iranian government between forces seeking reconciliation with the United States and those opposing any such move. Her father says Roxana “is very weak and frail.. she is in a bad condition. She can hardly stand up. I’m worried about her health. I’m worried about her life.” She was arrested in January and in a hurried secret trial sentenced to eight years in prison.

Iran insists its judiciary has the right to do as it wishes without interference from the outside world. The United States regards the incident as a deliberate provocation that will only poison relations between the two nations. President Ahmadinejad can either be manipulating the entire process for some form of political gain or he can be under pressure from conservative clerics to stand up to the United States. In either case, this incident only dampens the possibility of restoration of relations. Iran will have to decide if jailing a woman is worth the cost of ending hopes for reconciliation.

Iranian Human Rights Activist Fights For Saberi

Iran’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi has agreed to help defend an American journalist who was jailed for spying, but prison officials refused to allow the human rights lawyer see Roxana Saberi. She could not see her client even though a court of law said she had the right to discuss the case with her client. Ms. Saberi’s father said he heard she was on a hunger strike and would not cease until being released. Saberi’s lawyer, Abdolsamad Khorramshahi, said, “Mrs. Ebadi received the court’s permission and went to Evin prison but branch 209 refused to allow her to meet Roxana.”

It is difficult to ascertain the reality of what is happening in Iran. Are hard core fundamentalists attempting to sabotage any hope of establishing peaceful relations with the United States? Is Ahmadinejad trying to use Saberi as a pawn in negotiations with the United States? Who knows which thoughts linger in the minds of leaders who have been cut off from the world for years?

Iranian Government Reviews Spy Case

The case of Roxannoa Saberi, an Iranian-American who was placed on trial for spying, is causing members of the Iranian government to consider if their ploy to create tension has backfired. The Iranian judiciary ordered a full scale investigation into the alleged spying and even allowed her mother to see Roxanna in jail. Most probably, senior Iranian officials either did not know the trial would take place or were shocked at the outcome which was bound to anger America just as President Ahmadinejad was seeking to engage in conversations. The one day trial behind closed doors was a farce as were the charges. The unknown is whether rogue elements of the Iranian government decided to sabotage Ahmadinejad’s efforts to reach out to the west by creating a crisis that was bound to make such efforts difficult to achieve.

Just last week, Ahmadinejad said his nation was ready for serious discussions with the United States. Within days of his announcement, some Iranian officials pulled off this quick trial and severe punishment. If Ahmadinejad was interested in dialogue, why would he support such a trial and verdict? Who knows what is going on in Iran?

Iran Continues Being Iran!

The Iranian government for years has complained about failure on the part of the Bush administration to engage in meaningful dialogue or cooperation with their nation. Newly elected President Barack Obama reached out and made clear his desire to have peaceful relations with Iran, but the extended hand of friendship has been slapped by President Ahmadinejad. Just 24 hours after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US wanted to directly participate in talks with Iran concerning nuclear development, Iran responded by claiming the number of centrifuges at its uranium enrichment facility has risen from 6,000 to 7,000 -an increase which brings it closer to having the capability of developing an atomic bomb. Ahmadinejad says he will discuss nuclear development but only if discussions are based on “justice and respecting rights.”

In another example of Iranian desire to make the progress toward peace difficult, authorities said Roxana Saberi, the American-Iranian journalist will go on trial next week on charges of espionage. This trial will only complicate efforts to achieve improved relations between the two countries.