The Washington Post    
THE MORE INFORMATION becomes available about Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, the more the Obama administration's version of events seems borne out: He freely chose to leave Iran for the United States, and he freely chose to return. That he was allowed to do so is in keeping with U.S. law and common decency. But it also ought to provide an example for the government of Iran, whose respect for its own laws, not to mention decency, is sporadic at best. For nearly a year, Iran has been holding three young Americans who, unlike Mr. Amiri, have no involvement in espionage but would like to freely return to their homes. Those prisoners -- Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal -- have been in custody since July 31, 2009, when they were arrested while hiking near the border between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan. The three may have crossed the border unintentionally; they have not had a chance to tell their stories. What's certain is that Iran has been holding them ever since in the notorious Evin prison outside Tehran -- neither releasing them nor charging them with a crime, in violation of Iranian law.


 A political prisoner launched a hunger strike on Wednesday in protest to the medieval prison conditions and inhumane restrictions imposed in the Iranian regime’s prisons, and a regular prisoner has died after being held in solitary confinement for two years.According to obtained reports, Arjang Davoudi, who is being held at Ward 3 of Karaj’s Gohardasht prison, the prison’s warden, Ali Haj Kazem, has placed Mr. Davoudi in intolerable conditions in solitary confinement and deprived him of medical treatment. One of Mr. Davoudi’s fingers has been broken for the past three months and is in a bad condition. The clerical regime’s agents have also cut off Mr. Davoudi’s telephone contact with his family. Hassan Zare Dehnavi, a torturer at the Kahrizak death camp, has sold Mr. Davoudi’s house, which was locked, to other regime agents, putting his wife in difficult circumstances.