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Newsweek’s Maziar Bahari got in hot water with Iranian authorities when he gave a dead-pan comic interview to Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones. Fresh out of an Iranian jail, Bahari appeared on the Daily Show last night to discuss his experiences in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard. “It was stupid and funny at the same time,” Bahari says. His interrogator, who was fascinated with a paradise on earth known as New Jersey, offered assurances such as, “We treat our prisoners much more humanely than the Americans.” Bahari also discusses the way the Revolutionary Guard is tightening its control on Iranian society:
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Read Bahari’s grueling account of his experience inside of Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in Newsweek.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Years ago, I lived in Montana, a land of purple sunsets, clear streams, and snowflakes the size of silver dollars drifting through the cold air. There were no speed limits and you could legally drive drunk. My small apartment in Missoula had little privacy. In order to write, I rented an off-season fishing cabin on Rock Creek, a one-room place with a bed and a bureau. I lacked the budget for a desk. My idea was to remove a sliding door from a closet in my apartment and place it over a couple of hastily cobbled-together sawhorses.
Amount the inventor of the yellow “smiley face” had received for it by the time of his death in April:
An astrophysicist observed that the early universe looked like vegetable soup.
In North Korea, a missile capable of striking U.S. bases overseas blew up immediately after a test launch, and in North Carolina, a G.O.P. headquarters was firebombed.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”