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It was with an almost inappropriate level of excitement that the Clog learned of Sarah Shourd’s plan to speak at UC Berkeley tomorrow afternoon. Like many around the world, we’ve been following the story of Shourd, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer quite obsessively ever since the three Berkeley grads were detained while hiking near the border between Iraq and Iran in July 2009.

From their imprisonment and charges of spying to President Ahmadinejad’s generally uncooperative douchebaggery — from a much-celebrated engagement to read more »


4411857245_d3c3bcab69Ah, yes, it’s a good week for off-the-wall pop references. You guessed it: this post is not about Madonna. It is, rather, an ode to our continuing preoccupation with Sarah Shourd, recently released from prison in Iran and currently making the newsy rounds back on American soil.

Maybe you’ve been following the story as obsessively as the Clog — but if not, here are some relevant tidbits for your eager consumption:

Shocker! The Cal alum will appear on a segment of Oprah that airs today. Maybe she’ll walk away with a free car for all her troubles. [Christian Science Monitor]

Stating her doubts that she, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal ever truly crossed into Iran, Shourd says read more »


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When last we heard from our three favorite incarcerated alums, we actually hadn’t heard from them at all. Up until yesterday, the walls of Tehran’s Evin Prison segregated Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal not only from the bright, sunny Iranian world outside, but also from any contact with their (freaked-out) families here in the good ol’ U.S.A.

Well, the trio are still in prison, but on Tuesday they were finally—after more than seven months of silence—allowed to make phone calls home. The long-anticipated conversations allowed loved ones some insight into their current status quo: read more »



No exaggeration—it really has been nearly half a year since the trio of Berkeley grads’ arrest after crossing illegally over the Iranian-Kurdish border. Since that fateful day in July, the resultant bandwagon colored in varying shades of indignant outrage has accumulated quite a following, from university officials to the U.S. government to a number of miscellaneous celebs.

Now, pending a Council vote tomorrow, the City of Berkeley seeks to add itself to those ranks by means of a letter addressed to the Iranian government read more »


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Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Joshua Fattal, the three UC Berkeley graduates detained in Iran, are still there. They have been charged with espionage and are now entering their fifth month of imprisonment. Thankfully, though, many people are rallying to get our hikers back. A host of people, including several celebrities, just sent a letter to Iran’s Mission to the UN. read more »


It’s easy to hate on social networking sites. They are, after all, generally populated by obnoxiously egocentric morons who not only feel the need to chronicle every useless detail of their day to day lives, but also tend to do so with incredibly poor grammar. Well, we’re just sayin’. read more »