52 other Americans held in Iran hope 'Argo' win spurs justice2/25/2013
Amid celebrations for "Argo" winning best picture, spare a thought for the 52 hostages who were not rescued by Canada and the CIA. They endured 444 days as prisoners and have no clear option for recompense. Suing for compensation is blocked by the 1981 Algiers Accords, in which Iran released the hostages on condition that the U.S. barred lawsuits by them and their families. Goodwill engendered by the film renewed action in Washington to compensate the hostages, possibly through a surcharge to fines levied on companies that evade sanctions on Iran. For its part, Tehran responded angrily to the movie's Oscar win. Fars News, Iran's main media outlet, called "Argo" an "anti-Iran film … produced by the Zionist company Warner Brothers," and they really hated Michelle Obama’s dress, too. [Source]
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