Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>
A businessman who holds duel citizenship with the United States and Iran was reportedly arrested in mid-October in Tehran.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that a friend of United Arab Emirates based businessman, Siamak Namazi, confirmed the arrest while the Iranian government has not made public any charges.
Namazi, believed to be in his early 40s, is head of strategic planning at Crescent Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates. The New York Times reported Thursday that Namazi has ties to the National Iranian American Council, whose mission is to advance "the interests of the Iranian American community. more >>
The brother of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post journalist convicted in Iran for allegedly being an America spy, has decried what he called his "cruel and inhumane" detention. Friends of the American-Iranian journalist have also spoken out about their "total shock" at his conviction.
Ali Rezaian told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his brother, who has been detained for 14 months on the charges of espionage, needs urgent help from the U.S. government to win his freedom. The journalist faces up to 20 years in prison, unless the ruling is overturned.
"I would call it unjust, I would call it cruel and inhumane, I would say Jason's lost 14 months of his life, half of his marriage, to being held without any evidence on charges that are completely trumped up," Rezaian said. more >>
In what several outlets call an "outrageous" move by the Iranian government, a Washington Post correspondent has been reportedly convicted of four crimes that have not yet been disclosed.
According to The Washington Post, Jason Rezaian has been convicted after months of trial for four charges, including espionage. He has been imprisoned four more than a year and 2 months, and while the other charges have not been detailed yet, the U.S. government has reportedly condemned the conviction.
The reports state that Rezaian was found guilty by the Tehran Revolutionary Court in August. State-run television and the Iranian Students' News Agency have both confirmed the news, stating that spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said, "He has been convicted, but I don't have the verdict's detail." more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, has revealed that many of the updates from Iran on her husband's condition over the past three years have been coming from the pastor's parents. Naghmeh said that the trauma Abedini is going through is taking a toll on them.
"Though I am always looking forward to visitation days as my lone connection to Saeed, it pains me to know what my in-laws have lived through with their son. They live for these 15-minute visitations each week with their son, but watching your son endure the trauma of unjust imprisonment is brutal," Naghmeh said in an update earlier this week posted on the American Center for Law and Justice website.
"Increasingly, my updates from Iran come with many tears. The pain of seeing your son shackled, describing the pains in his body or the beatings he endures has at times been too much for his elderly parents. Today's update was told through uncontrollable tears. Having seen the pain of my own children, I can only imagine the pain Saeed's parents have endured the last three years," she continued. more >>