OB-PU801_iranhi_G_20110925173031Today, more than two years after their detainment and one year after their companion, Sarah Shourd, was released, Berkeley grads Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer boarded a plane with their families and arrived in New York City.

The three were accused of espionage and both Fattal and Bauer were sentenced to eight years by the Iranian government, but there has been no evidence released and it has been maintained that the hikers unintentionally crossed the border from Kurdistan into Iran.

Last Wednesday they were released from Teheran’s Evin Prison to Oman, who paid for their bail.

After a long and arduous struggle, they are home at last.

Hikers Return to U.S. After Release from Iran [New York Times]
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all-three-blogSpanSupporters of Berkeley graduates Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who have been detained for nearly two years on charges of espionage in Iran, have organized a Week of Action called One Million Voices for Shane and Josh, urging people to flood the Interests Section of the Islam Republic of Iran in Washington, D.C. with messages of support. Their trial date is set for July 31, exactly two years after they and fellow hiker Sarah Shourd, who was released last September, were arrested.

Beginning Monday, July 25th, 8AM EST through Friday, July 29th, 5pm EST (the week before their trial in Tehran) call the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Washington D.C. at (202) 965-4990 with the following message:

“I am a supporter of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I know that the two are not spies and urge you to release them and allow them to travel home to their families tomorrow.”

Please remember to be polite and respectful.

Just like our mommas always told us. We really hope that still works.

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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 »


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So, remember those three Berkeley alumni who went hiking in Iraq quite awhile back, and before anyone quite knew what was happening they had been arrested and were being accused of espionage by the Iranian government?

Well, they’ve been in jail in Iran ever since (except for Sarah Shourd, who was released in September after finding a lump in her breast) and the two men, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, entered not guilty pleas on Sunday.

Shourd was summoned back for the proceeding, but was not present on Sunday.

Here’s hoping for the best, and a safe return home, for all three of them.

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Detained Hikers Begin Trial [Daily Cal]


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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Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

Fungi plus yeast equals cellulosic ethanol? Or: we can haz plant gas now? [EurekAlert]

Yep, it really is an exciting week for Berkeley’s biofuels research — like, three-year-$793,000-grant exciting. [SF Business Times]

Here’s a creepy query: “Does the idea of a realistically skinned robot dusting your knickknacks excite you? Or does the thought of a robot hand washing your delicates creep you out just a little?” [Gather Technology]

And simply because we’ve still got our knickers in a twist … [Daily Cal]

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Earlier: Gossip Rag Edition!


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After over a year of imprisonment in Tehran, one of three American hikers (which specific one being as yet unclear) will reportedly be released this Saturday.

Our feelings on this undeniably thrilling revelation after the drop: 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 »