Listen: What it's like to be an Iranian prisoner for 544 days

On this episode, Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council and Washington Post reporter Ruth Eglash join us.

January 20, 2016 07:03
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'How Netanyahu should have handled the Iran deal'

'How Netanyahu should have handled the Iran deal'


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The nuclear agreement between Iran and the West came into full effect this week in a whirlwind of activity. The IAEA, the UN's nuclear watchdog, verified that Iran had removed centrifuges, exported enriched uranium, and removed the nuclear core at its Arak reactor, making it far more difficult for it to obtain a nuclear bomb.

The US and its allies responded by winding down some of the most serious sanctions against the regime, opening the flood-gates of about $100 billion in assets and trade. But right after that, the US turned around and slapped on some new, smaller sanctions over an Iranian missile test. During all the hullabaloo, Iran captured and then released 10 US sailors who veered into its waters, then released five prisoners in a swap with the US that was 14 months in the making.

Trita Parsi, the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, an interest group for Iranian-Americans, explains why he thinks the deal isn't as bad for Israel as Israelis think, and what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have done to get a better deal.

Then, we talk to the Washington Post's Ruth Eglash, whose colleague Jason Rezaian was among the released prisoners, for an inside perspective on his imprisonment.


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