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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Roxana's Book Deal

A reporter from Iran comes to America, operates without press credentials for 2 years and is later arrested for buying illegal substances. Because of his working status, he is detained without trial for a while, and then subjected to a closed-door hearing.

Will he get national press and a book deal? Will presidents and pundits pine for his release? It happens over and over in one form or another, really, it's not even news anymore. U.S. jails, offshore prisons and immigration detentions centers are full of similar cases.

But when the tables are turned and it's a pretty American woman named Roxana.... well, that's just not fair.

No, I'm not saying Iran is right here, far from it. But I am saying that, given how we treat foreigners who work in the U.S. without credentials and buy illegal things, it should come as no surprise.

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