Monday, March 30, 2015

US student still in Damascus jail

Last week I wrote about Tik Root, a Middlebury College student from Ripton, VT, doing junior year abroad studies in Damascus, who was arrested while observing a demonstration there on March 18. Tik's father Tom travelled to Damascus to try to get him released, which the U.S. Embassy has been seeking. News reports today say Tik is still being held, although an Egyptian-American, Mohammed Radwan, was released today. It's absurd that the Syrians are still holding a young man who came to their country to study Arabic and learn about their culture. Free Tik Root!

US student still in Damascus jail

Last week I wrote about Tik Root, a Middlebury College student from Ripton, VT, doing junior year abroad studies in Damascus, who was arrested while observing a demonstration there on March 18. Tik's father Tom travelled to Damascus to try to get him released, which the U.S. Embassy has been seeking. News reports today say Tik is still being held, although an Egyptian-American, Mohammed Radwan, was released today. It's absurd that the Syrians are still holding a young man who came to their country to study Arabic and learn about their culture. Free Tik Root!

Trudy Rubin Inquirer Opinion Columnist
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Trudy Rubin’s Worldview column runs on Thursdays and Sundays. Over the past decade she has made multiple trips to Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and the West Bank and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, South Korea and China. She is the author of Willful Blindness: the Bush Administration and Iraq, a book of her columns from 2002-2004. In 2001 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary and in 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting. In 2010 she won the Arthur Ross award for international commentary from the Academy of American Diplomacy.

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