Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran by Roxana Saberi

By Roxana Saberi

In early 2009, Roxana Saberi, an American journalist born to Iranian and jap mom and dad, was once compelled from her domestic in Tehran, secretly detained, and falsely accused of espionage—then sentenced to 8 years in felony. among Worlds is the gripping and inspirational real tale of her harrowing imprisonment and the religion that acquired her via it, till a world outcry helped safe her unlock. alongside the best way, Saberi won energy from different prisoners—brave ladies jailed for his or her pursuit of human rights similar to the liberty of speech and faith. This memoir of her fight to be actual to herself whatever the effects additionally bargains penetrating insights into Iranian society, the Islamic regime, U.S.-Iran kin, and the old adjustments sweeping Iran this day. among Worlds is a undying, common tale of the pains and triumphs of the human spirit, in addition to a dramatic, illuminating account of the continuing conflict for freedom in Iran.

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Go in,” she murmured. I entered a small cell with lime green walls and a thin, worn-out brown carpet. The room was lit by one dim, yellow lightbulb. “Remove all your clothes,” the woman directed me. I took off my headscarf and roopoosh, then stopped and looked at her. I wondered whether she was going to turn around or keep staring at me. “Go ahead,” she said, remaining glued to her spot with her eyes wide open. I stripped down to my underwear. “Take that off, too,” she said. When I was completely naked, the guard told me to face the wall and open my ponytail.

A few months before that, Iran had broadcast video clips of captured British sailors and marines “confessing” to illegally entering Iranian waters—a charge London disputed. These videos were soon followed by the captives’ release, as if confessing on tape had been a prerequisite for their freedom. Critics in and out of Iran had ridiculed the videos as mere propaganda, and a few of the captives had recanted their confessions once they were released. Yet forced public confessions, in which prisoners often expressed regret for their actions, denounced colleagues, and asked for forgiveness, were an institutionalized feature of Iran’s intelligence apparatus.

Iran had helped create the Shiite Muslim militia in the early 1980s to counter Israel. Washington accused Tehran of supporting the Lebanese group with military training and equipment, but Tehran said it offered only “spiritual” support. I explained to my bâzju that I had interviewed the Hezbollah official about various issues. The relationship between Iran and Hezbollah was only one of them. “You should have known we would learn of these things from our friends in Hezbollah,” he snorted. ” I was at a loss to understand why Javan considered the interview a crime.

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