Orwell's Thought Police are functioning today in Iran. I know this because my cousin, Shahriar Cyrus, a husband, father of a young son and accomplished painter, was arrested last week in Iran in a similar fashion. Eleven representatives of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence came for him. His crime -- like that of hundreds of others -- was his belief.
Hassan Rouhani must hold those who commit human rights violations responsible, including those who arrested Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, taking the necessary steps to guarantee their release.
Burmese journalist, longtime political prisoner and National League for Democracy co-founder U Win Tin passed away on April 21 at age 85.
The government message is clear: communicating independently with Iranians or echoing their voices is not allowed. And it works.
Josh Fattal, Sarah Shourd, and Shane Bauer's personal dignity must be kept as high as possible. They must hold tight to the idea that they are in prison, but the prison is not in them.
Who's making fun of Iranians? Nobody. Except for Iranians themselves. Most likely, this shortcoming stems from a lack of familiarity with the endearing quirks of Iranian culture that would lend themselves to proper parody.
In a city known for its Hollywood glitz and climate-friendly outdoor living, what many don't know about Los Angeles is how much it reveres its book festival.
The Yellow Dogs are an amazing rock band in Iran, where rock bands are illegal, along with other important things that make life worth living.
When the U.S. loudly asserts its right to apply its own laws to foreigners suspected of crime, it's difficult to make a case when the shoe is on the other foot.
This year already, 19 individuals have been killed around the world because of their work as journalists. We need to recognize the essential role journalists play in keeping us informed and in protecting our freedoms.
As the international community continues to focus its attention on Tehran's nuclear activities, the efforts of the Iranian student movement are being widely ignored.
For Obama, who already has shown his desire to talk to Iranian leaders, there is no foreign policy lesson more helpful than that of Roxana Saberi's case of arrest and release.
Roxana Saberi's story should be the beginning of another story, and that is the US government's speaking up about human rights atrocities in all parts of the world, rather than just Darfur.
As the Saberi case ends on a high note, we shouldn't forget the hundreds of other journalists who bravely continue to exercise their right in expressing themselves despite this brutal regime.
The US has to come to the realization that it's impossible to take three Iranian diplomats hostage for almost two years, no matter what you call them, and then expect the Iranian government to release Roxana Saberi.
Because of my friendship with Laura Ling specifically, I have spent hours at a time over the last month of her captivity agonizing over her predicament.