Iran

Raising A Family Amidst The Turbulence Of War

May 13, 2016
StoryCorps

“A soldier fights a war, but he doesn’t have his wife and kids with him,” says Kit Seddighzadeh about her experience living in Iran during a time of conflict. In the early 1980s, she had moved with her husband and two infant sons from the United States to Iran to be closer to her husband’s family. They had initially lived in Iran’s capital, Tehran, then relocated to family owned land close to the Iran-Iraq border, just as the war was reaching new heights of aggression.

She recalls the ever-present threat of Iraqi air raids on Shushtar, where she was living at the time.

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The Supreme Court handed Iran's central bank a loss on Wednesday, saying Congress acted constitutionally when it passed a law saying nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds should be turned over to Americans who U.S. courts had found were victims of Iranian terrorist attacks.

Last year, an Iranian economist named Mohammad Mehdi Behkish was extremely optimistic about prospects for a nuclear deal that would end many economic sanctions on his country.

"Personally, I would say it can't be that there would not be a deal," he told me when I met him in Tehran.

The alternative, he said, was disaster.

Behkish leads Iran's International Chamber of Commerce. When I met him again this month in his Tehran office, he sounded even more optimistic.

From Texas Standard:

Gov. Greg Abbott is on his third official international trip since being sworn in last January. Yesterday in Jerusalem, the Governor met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week Abbott said the purpose of the upcoming meeting was to promote business ties abroad.

However, since news broke over the weekend of the U.S. prisoner swap and an end to sanctions against Iran, Monday's meeting seemed more like a political trip. That’s left some scratching their heads, and others nodding in approval.

 


"This is all still surreal," says Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who's one of four Americans released by Iran this past weekend. Freed after more than four years of imprisonment, Hekmati says he feels like he's been born again.

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