Breaking News

August 3, 2009


I got an email  this morning with a link to an article saying that my friend Josh Fattal  is being detained in Iran right now.  The details are all pretty sketchy right now and no one is quite clear what’s going on and why but this much is apparent … Josh and two others are stuck in Iran and there are international diplomatic proceedings underway.  There’s an article about it in the New York Times. There’s a quote from Hillary Clinton for lords sake.

“Obviously, we are concerned,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters Monday, adding that the United States still did not have confirmation that Iran was holding the three Americans. “We want this matter brought to a resolution as soon as possible and we call on the Iranian government to help us determine the whereabouts of the three missing Americans and return them as quickly as possible.”

The whole thing seems almost too bizarre to be real.  Oh I am so very worried.  Anyway, this seems to be the most anybody knows about the situation:

The three Americans were arrested by Iranian border guards on Friday afternoon after hiking into Iranian territory. At first, one Kurdish official said they might have “knowingly or unknowingly” crossed into Iran, but later the regional government issued a statement saying that they had lost their way in the mountainous terrain and crossed into Iran.

The Kurdistan regional government’s adviser on foreign relations, Falah Mustafa, said the authorities would seek a second meeting Monday with Iran’s consul general in the region’s capital, Erbil, to discuss the case. Mr. Mustafa said the Foreign Ministry in Baghdad was approaching the Iranian Embassy about the matter.

josh and ghandiJosh is really the sweetest guy and one of the world’s true good people.  His most recent (well his almost most recent) travel experiences are chronicled at his blog, Josh Fattal on the World Wide Web.  I don’t know what anyone can do about this right now but I’m writing about it as a sort of cosmic penny in the wishing well.  I’m thinking good thoughts towards you Josh.  I miss you more than ever right now.   Oh, please, oh, please may this all work out alright.

Tusday, 4 August:

Iran has confirmed that they have been detained and has charged them with ” illegal entry into the country.”

More detail from the Washington Post.

The San Francisco Examiner has this update.

Wednesday 5, August:

Here’s a very sympathetic editorial in the Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune

The AP disucsses the fallout for the Kurdish region here.

This article is more of an analysis by Time and CNN.

Thursday 6, August:

The stories coming out of various news media are extremely convoluted.

The fourth hiker published a statement in The Nation.

Friday 7, August:

A comparison of this case with the North Korea situation just resolved this week.

Sunday 9, August:

Hard confirmation and some positive-sih news from the New York Times.

Tuesday 11, August:

The most recent AP report, here.

A statement by the families was released today.

Sunday 15 August:

This statement by the state department calls again for news of the trio and for consular access to them, something no one has gotten yet.

Thursday 20 August:

A new website is launched to coordinate news about the missing trio.

Mother Jones covers the ongoing situation and lack of progress.  They’re still being held.  They still haven’t been charged with anything.  And they still have had no consular access of any kind.

The Today Show interviews the mothers of Shane, Sarah and Josh.

Shane’s Sister, Sarah’s brother and Josh’s Brother speak to Good Morning America about their sibs and the general situation.

Monday 7 September:

They’re still being held and the news has been slowing down.  The Straight Times is not optimistic for a quick release.

Tuesday September 29th:

The Iranian government has decided to grant consular access to the hikers through the Swiss embassy.  The AP reports that “The move could be seen as a conciliatory gesture on Iran’s part, coming two days before a high-profile meeting between Iran and five world powers seeking to persuade Iran to abandon any effort to build nuclear weapons.”

Wednesday 7 October:

The senate has passed their part of a joint resolution “encouraging the Government of Iran to allow Joshua Fattal, Shane Bauer, and Sarah Shourd to reunite with their families in the United States as soon as possible.”


2 Responses to “Breaking News”

  1. Malea Says:

    I will add them to my prayers. Oh hon. You are in my prayers as well.

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