Iran http://michiganradio.org en Kildee fears Obama's possible support of Iraq might tempt U.S back into war http://michiganradio.org/post/kildee-fears-obamas-possible-support-iraq-might-tempt-us-back-war <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19.066667556762695px;">Michigan Congressman Dan&nbsp;Kildee&nbsp;is concerned the current crisis in Iraq might pull the U.S. back into that country.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/16/322438046/in-iraq-conflict-involving-sunni-militant-group-escalates" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Sunni militants have seized control</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of several northern Iraqi cities and are threatening to attack Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:35:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 18015 at http://michiganradio.org Kildee fears Obama's possible support of Iraq might tempt U.S back into war Report: Flint man requests new trial in Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/report-flint-man-requests-new-trial-iran <p>DETROIT (AP) - A news agency reports that a retired U.S. Marine from Michigan has requested a new trial in Iran, where he has been imprisoned since 2011 after being accused of spying.</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 21:31:39 +0000 The Associated Press 17748 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Flint man requests new trial in Iran Flint man nears 1,000 days in an Iranian prison http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-man-nears-1000-days-iranian-prison <p>The family and friends of a retired <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/05/the_man_who_disappeared_life_b.html">U.S. Marine from Flint</a> are taking their campaign to gain his release from an Iranian prison cell to the White House on Monday.</p><p></p><p>Iranian officials arrested <a href="http://en.iranwire.com/features/5736/">Amir Hekmati </a>nearly three years ago while he was visiting relatives.</p><p></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17644 at http://michiganradio.org Flint man nears 1,000 days in an Iranian prison Marine veteran gets 10-year sentence in Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/marine-veteran-gets-10-year-sentence-iran <div>TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian news agency is reporting that an appeals court has overturned a death sentence of an American man convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The semiofficial </span>ISNA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> news agency reported Saturday that lawyer </span>Mahmoud<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Alizadeh<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tabatabaei<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says a Revolutionary Court issued the verdict for U.S. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:24:21 +0000 Associated Press 17214 at http://michiganradio.org Marine veteran gets 10-year sentence in Iran Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity http://michiganradio.org/post/brighton-high-school-students-don-hijabs-explore-literature-religion-and-identity <p></p><p>Maybe more than any other, high school can be a time when what you choose to wear has a huge impact on your sense of identity.</p><p>As students take their first steps into adulthood, they walk a fine line between fitting in with their peers and developing a unique sense of self.</p><p>Earlier this fall, a group of AP language students at Brighton High School were asked to read a memoir by Iranian author Azar Nafisi. The book detailed the experiences of women during that country's religious revolution, including dealing with new standards of modesty in the way they dressed.</p><p>To experience the material first-hand, several girls in the class in Brighton chose to spend a full school day wearing hijabs, the head-scarves worn by Muslim women in many parts of the world.</p><p>The exercise gave students a chance to learn about an unfamiliar culture and religion. But in a school community where no students and only one teacher outwardly practice Islam, wearing the scarves was a good way to draw curious looks, questions and a few unfriendly comments.</p><p>Teacher Diana Mason and three students at Brighton who took part recently told Stateside about the experience.</p><p>-<em> John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:25:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15718 at http://michiganradio.org Brighton High School students don hijabs to explore literature, religion and identity Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-chairman-carl-levin-backs-deal-irans-nuclear-programs-iran <p>DETROIT (AP) - U.S. Senate Defense Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan says he supports the agreement between Iran and six leading nations that curbs some of Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for the easing of sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.<br /><br />The Democratic lawmaker said Sunday that the interim agreement "is a realistic, practical way to freeze Iran's nuclear program for six months while we seek a long-range diplomatic end to Iran's nuclear weapon ambition."<br /> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:24:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15415 at http://michiganradio.org Defense Chairman Carl Levin backs deal on Iran's nuclear programs with Iran The latest efforts to free Amir Hekmati from Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-efforts-free-amir-hekmati-iran <p>A man from Flint, Michigan has been held prisoner in Iran for two years.</p><p>Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother in 2011. He was seized by the Iranian government and imprisoned. They accuse Hekmati –a former Marine- of spying for the CIA. He and the U.S. Government deny it.</p><p>Democratic U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI), has been leading an effort calling for Amir Hekmati to be released. Kildee joined us on Stateside today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:56:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 14545 at http://michiganradio.org The latest efforts to free Amir Hekmati from Iran Iranian-American works with war refugees, knows it could have been her http://michiganradio.org/post/iranian-american-works-war-refugees-knows-it-could-have-been-her <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In honor of July 4th, we asked immigrants across Michigan what America means to them. Linda Steinke shared her story with us.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her family came to the U.S. from Iran in the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when her father had the opportunity to work in the auto industry.</span></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:52:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 13339 at http://michiganradio.org Iranian-American works with war refugees, knows it could have been her Update on Flint native imprisoned in Iran: sister meets with Swiss ambassador http://michiganradio.org/post/update-flint-native-imprisoned-iran-sister-meets-swiss-ambassador <p>Although Amir Hekmati remains in police custody in Tehran, the most recent updates on the case provide some hope.</p><p>Since Michigan Radio’s Stateside <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/after-20-months-no-contact-flint-native-imprisoned-iran-communicates-family">report this past Wednesday</a>, Amir Hekmati's sister, Sarah, met with the Swiss ambassador to Tehran. The United States has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980.</p><p>According to a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/05/after_meeting_with_swiss_ambas.html">MLive report by Blake Thorne</a>, Sarah Hekmati said on Thursday that the Swiss ambassador indicated that Iranian officials may revisit Hekmati’s case. Sarah elaborated:</p><blockquote><p>"She felt like the fact that he went from a death sentence to now an open-ended case was good news."</p></blockquote><p>At the meeting, Sarah gave the ambassador letters and books that she hopes can be delivered to her brother.</p><p>Two years ago, Amir Hekmati was accused of spying for the CIA on a visit to Iran to see his grandmother. Fri, 17 May 2013 17:06:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12623 at http://michiganradio.org Update on Flint native imprisoned in Iran: sister meets with Swiss ambassador After 20 months of no contact, Flint native imprisoned in Iran communicates with family http://michiganradio.org/post/after-20-months-no-contact-flint-native-imprisoned-iran-communicates-family <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">626 days and counting. That’s how long a young Iranian-American man from Flint has been in police custody in Tehran.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Two years ago, Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother. Iranian officials accused Hekmati of spying for the CIA, seizing the ex-Marine and throwing him into prison.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">In January 2012, Hekmati was sentenced to death for his alleged conspiring with the U.S. government.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Later, the Iranian Supreme Court overturned his sentence, but Hekmati is still waiting in prison for a retrial — with no apparent end in sight.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">But Hekmati’s family, based in Michigan, hasn’t stopped fighting for Amir’s release.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Since his arrest in 2011, Amir’s family has posted pictures in Times Square, hosted art exhibitions in Detroit, and urged state officials in Washington to move on the case.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small;">“We’re not getting a lot of movement from Iran,” Amir’s sister Sarah Hekmati told us on Stateside. “But we’re trying to raise awareness of the situation.”</span></p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 18:03:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 12582 at http://michiganradio.org After 20 months of no contact, Flint native imprisoned in Iran communicates with family Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-family-jailed-former-marine-iran-gets-letters <p>DETROIT (AP) - The family of a former Marine detained in Iran for nearly two years says he's finally receiving visits from an uncle there and has been able to send letters to immediate family members in the United States.<br><br>The Flint Journal reports Amir Hekmati's family holds out hope the developments could signal some movement toward the 29-year-old's release and eventual return to Michigan.<br><br>Sarah Hekmati says the letters are "the first time he's been directly able to express his thoughts." Hekmati's family says he went to Iran in 2011 to visit his grandmothers.<br> Tue, 07 May 2013 17:46:57 +0000 The Associated Press 12448 at http://michiganradio.org Flint family of jailed former Marine in Iran gets letters "We're a broken family," one year after Flint native imprisoned in Iran http://michiganradio.org/post/were-broken-family-one-year-after-flint-native-imprisoned-iran <p>The family of Amir&nbsp; Hekmati&nbsp;is marking the one-year anniversary of his imprisonment in Iran.</p><p></p><p>The Flint native and Marine veteran was seized by Iranian authorities while visiting his grandmother. He was charged with spying for the CIA and sentenced to death.</p><p>That sentence was lifted, but there's no sign of progress in gaining his release</p><p>Hekmati's brother-in-law, Ramy&nbsp;Kurdi, says the family is being careful not to offend Iranian officials by emphasizing his innocence.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 01:21:51 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8891 at http://michiganradio.org "We're a broken family," one year after Flint native imprisoned in Iran Do business with Iran? One lawmaker says you shouldn't do business with the state of Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/do-business-iran-one-lawmaker-says-you-shouldnt-do-business-state-michigan <p>&nbsp;A state House committee takes up legislation tomorrow&nbsp;to prevent companies with ties to Iran from doing business with the state of Michigan.</p><p>Republican lawmaker Marty Knollenberg admits he doesn&rsquo;t know of any Michigan businesses working with Iran. But he says it sends an important&nbsp;message.</p><p>&ldquo;This brings attention to the problems of Iran,&quot; says Knollenberg, &quot; They are a threat. They are a rogue nation.&nbsp; We need to put this issue on the forefront.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:56:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 6714 at http://michiganradio.org Do business with Iran? One lawmaker says you shouldn't do business with the state of Michigan Iranian Supreme Court orders retrial for Flint man sentenced to death http://michiganradio.org/post/iranian-supreme-court-orders-retrial-flint-man-sentenced-death <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">An Iranian semiofficial news agency reports that the country's Supreme Court has ordered the retrial of a Marine veteran who was sentenced to death for working for the CIA.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 11px">Amir Hekmati's&nbsp;family lives in Flint.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The Monday report by ISNA quotes state prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehei as saying the Supreme Court has found shortcomings in the case and sent it for review by another court.</span></p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 14:36:10 +0000 The Associated Press 6496 at http://michiganradio.org Iranian Supreme Court orders retrial for Flint man sentenced to death "Assault on Iran"... Detained Michigan man had possible ties to video game http://michiganradio.org/post/assault-iran-detained-michigan-man-had-possible-ties-video-game <p>The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/amir-hekmati">Michigan man accused by Iran of being a CIA spy</a> had ties to a <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/01/amir_hekmatis_ties_to_game_dev.html">gaming company</a>. Those ties could help explain his detention. The Flint Journal <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/01/amir_hekmatis_ties_to_game_dev.html">reports </a>Amir Hekmati was listed as a main contact in a Pentagon language-training contract by Kuma Games. Kuma Games produces the game &quot;Assault on Iran.&quot;<br /><br /> The New York Times <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/world/middleeast/iran-imposes-death-sentence-on-us-man-accused-of-spying.html">says </a>this tie could help explain why Iran has suspicions about Hekmati. Iran has detained Hekmati and has <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/iran-sentences-michigan-man-death-cia-case">sentenced him to death</a>. Hekmati and is family say he was visiting family in Iran when he was detained.<br /><br /> Hekmati was born in Arizona and grew up in the Flint area. His father is a professor at a community college in Flint. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:16:01 +0000 Christina Shockley 5751 at http://michiganradio.org Iran sentences Michigan man to death in CIA case http://michiganradio.org/post/iran-sentences-michigan-man-death-cia-case <p>Iran&#39;s state radio says a court has convicted a Michigan man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death.</p><p>Monday&#39;s report said Amir Mirzaei Hekmati was also convicted of trying to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism.</p><p>The report didn&#39;t say when the verdict was issued. Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal.</p><p>Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission.</p><p>His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, Mich., has said his son is not a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.</p><p>The 28-year-old was born in Arizona and graduated from high school in Michigan. His family is of Iranian origin. Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:57:58 +0000 The Associated Press 5695 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan family of Iran detainee says he needs better legal help http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-family-iran-detainee-says-he-needs-better-legal-help <p>The Michigan family of an Iranian-American detained in Iran for four months on&nbsp;espionage charges says he&#39;s&nbsp;not getting adequate legal representation.&nbsp;</p><p>The family of Amir Hekmati said in a statement that his &quot;only advocate in Iran is a&nbsp;government-appointed lawyer who he first met on the day of his trial.&quot;&nbsp;The statement says the family has tried to hire &quot;at least 10 different attorneys ... but&nbsp;to no avail.&quot;</p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 21:08:18 +0000 The Associated Press 5641 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan family of Iran detainee says he needs better legal help