People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, is circulating a petition asking John Boehner to remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee.The petition targets Bachmann's bizarre obsession with Sharia law and other Islamophobic tomfoolery, though really there's any number ... More >>
For two hellish years, the Iranian government held Shane Bauer prisoner on suspicion of being a spy. The worst part, he now says, was the four months he spent in a solitary cell. But since his release, Bauer has been surprised to discover even more troubling prison practices happening on American so ... More >>
Ah, the cradle of civilization: birthplace of modern agriculture, organized religion, and falafel. The Midwest isn't exactly a Mecca of, well, Mecca-inspired cuisine, but we do have a handful of Middle Eastern restaurants here in the Twin Cities worth seeking out when those kabob cravings strike. He ... More >>
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal: Free, and protesting.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal spent more than two years locked up in Iran, a country with some of the most restrictive free speech rights in the world. Now that they're back in the United States, Bauer and Fattal are flexing their First A ... More >>
Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are finally free.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are coming home, and not a moment too soon.Two years after they were first detained in Iran on fraudulent spying charges, and two months into an eight-year prison sentence, Bauer, a Minnesota native and international ... More >>
Shane Bauer would be a free man, but someone has to finish his vacation first.The plight of Shane Bauer, a Minnesota native and freelance foreign correspondent, and his friend Josh Fattal, has captivated and outraged Americans. Apparently, the Iranian authorities responsible for jailing, and perh ... More >>
Cindy Hickey, right, and Shourd were allowed to visit their sons this time last year.Fed up to the point of desperation over Iran's interminable detention of their two sons, Cindy Hickey of Pine City and Laura Fattal of California have announced that they are going on a hunger strike to try a ... More >>
Mottaqi Stadium, IranWhat might have happened had the Metrodome roof collapsed during the Vikings game against the Giants on Sunday? What might have happened if the roof had slowly sagged and busted wide open over stands packed with spectators in a panic, but unable to move? Disaster, that's ... More >>
Happy Armistice slash Veterans Day! This is the day we're supposed to be patriotic, but without blowing anything up. And so on this day, I'm going to remember that services for veterans are woefully underfunded, that Don't Ask Don't Tell is bullshit policy, that women comprise over 14% of active- ... More >>
Minnesotan Shane BauerAmericans Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested in July 2009 after a border guard motioned the three off a hiking trail and onto Iranian soil.
They were not in Iraq when they were arrested, Shourd told the New York Times. A military report released las ... More >>
TakeUp Productions once again presents a groundbreaking work in cinematic history that even advanced film scholars might not be aware of. Part of their celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of Milestone Films distribution house, Grass: A Nation's Battle For Life is a long forgotten ... More >>
Don't judge a faith by the actions of a radical few, Ellison saysIf you're Jewish and you don't like the way your people are portrayed on TV, you can complain. If you're Latino and you don't like the way Latinos are depicted on TV, you can complain.
So what's the big deal when Muslims take ... More >>
Cindy Hickey speaks with reportersCindy Hickey, of Pine City, and two other mothers are one step closer to seeing their kids, imprisoned for the last 10 months in an Iranian prison.
She, Nora Shourd and Laura Fattal have arrived in Iran. They were granted visas and permission to visit the th ... More >>
Via ShaneBauer.netImprisoned in Iran, Shane Bauer may soon get a visit from his Minnesota momPine City's Cindy Hickey is one step closer to visiting her son Shane Bauer in an Iranian prison, after the government there issued visas to her and the mothers of the two other hikers being held as s ... More >>