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]
Image Source: Wall Street Journal

iran-hikersAfter more than two years, Cal grads Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer may finally be able to return home after an Iranian court set their bail for $500,000 each, the same amount set for Sarah Shourd, fellow Cal grad, hiker and Bauer’s fiance, who was released in September of last year.

Last month, they were each sentenced to eight years in prison, five for espionage and three for illegal entry into Iran. The most recent decision is the result of their appeal.

What does this all mean? Well, it’s almost time to pop those champagne bottles, folks, almost.

Image source: Iranian Press TV
Lawyer: Iran sets bail for 2 jailed Americans [SFGate]

shorts11-235x30011In Iran, there are some serious jerks in high places and some of those jerks just decided to sentence the two UC Berkeley alum hikers to eight years in prison. Not chill! [Daily Cal]

But now on to the real news. And no, we’re not talking about the EPIC Apple Store opening either. So what’s bigger than those stories, you ask? How about a cat on a leash spotted in Berkeley! OMG! [Berkeley Patch]

But wait, there’s more incredible news! Caltopia was expected to bring people in by the thousands! Double OMG! And did you know that it is “one of the nation’s largest experiential college lifestyle festivals?” Go Bears! [NBC Bay Area]

Bummed about the beginning of the fall semester? Well wait till you leave campus before you drown your sorrows in an open container of alcohol. The police are on the look out for underage drinking, open containers and other alcohol-related offenses. [Mercury News]

Or better yet, head on over to the Bear’s Lair since it’s reopening under new management. And yes, “Beat the Clock” will continue. [Daily Cal]

Earlier: The “Science Is Effing Crazy” Edition

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.

Image source: NYTimes


While you were doing your usual Monday night thang (microwave burrito, Hulu) Israeli journalist Yaakov Katz was speaking at Hillel about Israel and nuclear Iran. Katz is a military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, as well as a contributor to “Jane’s Defense Weekly.” He knows all about fighter planes and strategy. If that doesn’t make you feel inadequate, just wait until you hear what we learned.

First, Katz started out with a frightening hypothetical: “I want you to imagine,” he said, “while you’re eating your falafel* that you’re in the Israeli air force.” He went on to describe a hypothetical mission with fighter jets in which the Israeli air force decides to bomb Iran.

Granted, Katz does not think this will happen, nor does he want it to. “Israel genuinely believes that diplomacy and sanctions can have an effect,” he repeated several times throughout the evening. He personally believes sanctions can have an effect, although he suggests another round of sanctions preventing Iran from read more »


After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

Ayatollah Nasser Makkarem Shirazi, an important religious leader, issued a fatwa in June against keeping dogs as pets, saying that the blind imitation of the West would result in evil outcomes. He issued a second fatwa which bans advertisements about pets or of anything relating to their sale. The second fatwa went on to become law in Iran.

According to Islamic tradition — cited by the fatwa — dogs are unclean animals. To the dismay of those in support of Islamic law, these “unclean” k-9’s have become increasingly popular in Iran – especially among the affluent. Though pet dogs are not illegal, they are sternly looked down upon and one may even get fined for walking his/her dog in the park. read more »

flamingoloveSurely you’ve already heard about the three Berkeley alumni who were arrested last year after crossing the Iraq-Iran border.

Well, we at the Clog have good news to report!

No, they haven’t been released.

But during their stay in prison, it seems that Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd have struck up continued a bit of a romance … in fact, they are now engaged. The news was announced via the couple’s mothers, who recently visited them.

Bauer reportedly proposed back in January, using a ring he made out of his shirt threads. Third-wheel hiker Josh Fattal will serve as best man.

Now we can only hope that someone will grant their release from prison as an engagement gift.

American Hikers Become Engaged in Iranian Prison [The Frisky]
Image Source: kjunstorm under Creative Commons

can you hear me now?

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 »


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 »


Forgive us while we tear your gazes away from the walk-out coverage for one teensy weensy second. It seemed prudent to update you on the status of our three UC Berkeley alums who are still in Iranian custody.

Unfortunately, the news is that there actually isn’t news—or if there is, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s lips are apparently sealed. Wait, what’s that? The president of Iran being uncooperative?! Consider our minds comprehensively blown. read more »

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