/ 20 September 2023

The green green grass of home


The 5 Americans released from prison in Iran have arrived home after a deal was struck that saw them freed. The US says the men were “wrongfully detained”, and President Joe Biden yesterday said their “years of agony, uncertainty, and suffering” are now over. In return, the US returned 5 Iranian prisoners and unfroze US$6 billion of Iranian oil riches to be spent on humanitarian needs – although experts like former Aussie prisoner Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert don’t believe they can enforce that. The freed Americans include businessmen and conservationists, while the US State Department described the freed Iranians as “small potatoes”. The Biden administration says its relationship with Iran remains unchanged, and they will maintain the rage against Iran’s nuclear program and human rights abuses.

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