Americans Held Hostage in Iran Speak Out Against an Unscrupulous Travel Industry

Jan. 21 2022

Barry Rosen, the last U.S. press attaché to Iran, was held hostage by Islamic revolutionaries from 1979-1981; Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran, was held hostage there from 2018-2020. As Rosen and White observe, the Iranian regime continues to imprison American and European citizens, residents, and asylees on trumped-up charges, and the U.S. State Department and many of its foreign counterparts have for decades warned against travelling to the Islamic Republic. Despite this, American and European tourism companies continue to advertise immersive trips to the country—without including appropriate disclaimers. One company, Yomadic, “even features a tour inside the former embassy compound where [Rosen] was tortured and forced to endure mock executions.” They write:

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China Seems Poised to Offer Iran More Weapons and Cyberwarfare Assistance

Last month, the Chinese minister of defense, together with senior military figures, paid a visit to Tehran, where they met with their Iranian counterparts, as well as with the Iranian president. Tuvia Gering and Jason M. Brodsky doubt the talks will result in a grand Sino-Iranian alliance, but they nonetheless expect increased collaboration between the two countries. For many years, they note, Beijing has evaded or violated embargoes to sell arms to the Islamic Republic, and there’s reason to expect more of the same:

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More about: China, Cyberwarfare, Iran, Israel-China relations, Israeli Security