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Muhammed Ali Joins Cause for Freeing the Hikers--Will Tehran finally Listen?

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By Kevin Stoda

When I lived in the Middle East over this past decade, I was pleasantly surprised that the one-time superstar of boxing was still almost universally recalled. This was true even amongs some 6th graders whom I taught.

Muhammed Ali is also reknowned as a man of peace and a man of both civic and universal consciousness. This week he has thrown his weight behind the effort to free the so-called HIKERS, whom Tehran has recently put on victims of a Stalinist-type of Show Trial.

http://freethehikers.org/

Reuters has reported, "Boxing great Muhammad Ali, one of the most prominent U.S. Muslims, has appealed to Iran's supreme leader to show mercy and free two Americans held on suspicion of espionage, families of the men said on Wednesday."

The article goes on to note that "Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in July 2009 along the Iraq border -- they said they may have inadvertently crossed into Iran while hiking -- in a case that has further strained relations between the United States and Iran, already frayed over Iran's nuclear program. (A third American, Sarah Shourd, was released on $500,000 bail in September and returned home.)"

Finally, Reuters reported, "The 69-year-old former world heavyweight champion, who said he was welcomed warmly on a past visit to Tehran, asked in a letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that "mercy' be shown for the two men, said Jeanie Kahnke, a spokeswoman for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110316/people_nm/us_iran_usa_ali_3

If you are reader hearing of their case for the first time, please click on this page and read more.

http://freethehikers.org/about-the-hikers/about-the-hikers-main/

Then consider signing the petition.

Finally, if you have any sway at all with the Tehran regime, ask them to do what is right and finally achieve some appreciation again in the West, the South, The North, and the East.

 

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)
 

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http://www.facebook.com/FreetheHikers If you want... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 5:23:35 AM
So, let's see if I've got this straight. Three pe... by Dave Maclean on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 12:58:23 PM
The area around where they were hiking was not cal... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:50:38 PM
I agree about the USA usually locking up people. H... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:57:26 PM
I want to see the "hikers" returned to the US, I s... by Archie on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 5:00:29 PM
Archie might want to hold his tongue unless he has... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 9:10:50 PM
you are saying Mr. Stoda but honestly, I think abo... by Archie on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 11:46:47 PM
Quote;Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in... by Eddy Schmid on Saturday, Mar 19, 2011 at 1:11:16 AM
click here... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 at 2:32:17 AM
click here... by Kevin Anthony Stoda on Sunday, Mar 20, 2011 at 2:35:26 AM