The division of the world into 194 random fragments, mostly born of war and exploitation, locked in a state of perpetual mistrust and ever-shifting tensions toward one another, is more problem than solution in the 21st century.
A deadline is looming for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. The UC Berkeley graduates are scheduled for a final hearing in an Iranian court on Sunday, July 31st, and their friends and families are asking for your help.
This Sunday, my brother Josh and his friend Shane Bauer are due to have their final hearing in an Iranian court, where they are falsely accused of espionage. It will be exactly two years since their capture on the unmarked border with Iraqi Kurdistan.
If you care about solidarity activism, independent reporting and the ability of progressive journalists to work on the frontlines of world events, I encourage you to speak out for two American hikers who are still being held in a 10' x 14' cell in Iran after two years.
In 2010, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Nowruz should serve as an opportunity for world nations to strengthen their bonds and make peace with one another. He now has a chance to turn words into action.
Thanksgiving feels empty with my brother Josh still sitting in Evin Prison in Iran for no good reason. Rather than wallow in his absence I want to reflect on some of the amazing people I'm thankful for.
For 437 days, Iran has tried to isolate my brother Josh and friend Shane Bauer from the people who love them. In all that time, they have seen their mothers just once, when they allowed to visit them briefly last May.
It has now been more than a year since Iranian authorities seized three Americans -- Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal -- in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan and falsely accused them of espionage on behalf of the U.S. government.
One year ago, on July 31, each of us received an unexpected telephone call from the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. It was to tell us that our children had been detained by Iranian forces on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan.