It’s The Diplomacy, Stupid
Roxana Saberi, the American journalist who was in jail in Iran for five months, charged with spying, has been freed by an appeals court, her eight-year prison sentence suspended. We may never know for sure, but I’d like to believe a new tone of diplomacy toward Iran may have contributed to a positive resolution to this potentially disastrous situation.
Iran’s about-face clears a major snag in the Obama administration’s efforts to engage Iran in a dialogue after decades of shunning the country. Washington had called the charges against Saberi baseless and repeatedly demanded her release.
Saberi’s father was born in Iran, and her parents, Reza and Akiko Sabeari (above) now live in Fargo. For the last six years, Saberi worked as a freelance journalist for NPR and the BBC. Several countries and human rights groups had demanded her release.Click here for reuse options!
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