NYT Op-Ed by Haleh Esfandiary: Jailing a Journalist to Shame Rouhani

Today’s New York Times has an opinion piece by Haleh Esfandiary, Director of the Middle East Program, Wilson Center in Washington DC.  She correctly observes the links between Iranian government’s rapprochement with the United States and attempts by hardliners in security / intelligence units to embarrass the current President Hassan Rouhani.   The arrest of the Washington Post report Jason Rezaian is is an example of this attempt.  The arrests of kind have happened so many times in the past decades Iran, that it is clear where and why these happen.  If  President Rouhani and his Foreign Minister Zarif do not take a strong position on this issue,  they will undermine their own efforts and policies..



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