Hidden somewhere in the news lately is the fact that Iran announced that they had detained 3 people on their border. The Iranians call them CIA spies of course, while the news reports have been about ‘hikers’. Well, it turns out that they are died-in-the-wool kooks from Bezerkley:
Three Americans whose disappearance in Iran has prompted concern from U.S. officials are idealistic UC Berkeley graduates whose interest in Middle Eastern culture and human rights led them abroad to study and do freelance journalism, friends and colleagues said Monday.
Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal, who are 27, once lived in the same Oakland co-op and taught a student-led class at Berkeley that envisioned a harmonious, postcapitalist society. Sarah Shourd, Bauer’s 30-year-old girlfriend, describes herself on one Web site as a lover of “fresh broccoli, Zapatistas and anyone who can change her mind.
Perhaps its just me, but how stupid can you be to decide to go ‘hiking’ on the Iranian border?
Bauer graduated with honors from UC Berkeley in 2007, earning a bachelor’s degree with a major in peace and conflict studies and a minor in Arabic. He went to Sudan’s Darfur region to research a thesis on the crisis there.
Shourd is described by those who know her as passionate about teaching, traveling and politics. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in English in May 2003, she worked as a tutor with Americorps, a tutoring service in Berkeley and a charter elementary school in Oakland.
Fattal, who earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and policy, is a Pennsylvania native who recently worked and lived at a sustainable living research center in Oregon.
Good luck in that Iranian prison you twits.