By Shirzad Bozorgmehr, CNN
Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights activist, was among five women activists released Wednesday from a Tehran prison where she had been jailed since 2010.
"I'm glad, but I'm worried for my friends in prison," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in a telephone interview soon after her release, citing other political and human rights activists who remain in prison.
Sotoudeh said authorities at the notorious Evin Prison initially told her she would be allowed out on a short break. They then put her into a car.
In this web extra, CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Angela Kane, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, about alleged Syrian evidence that the opposition used chemical weapons, asl well as about the difficulties presented by gathering evidence in a war zone.
Amanpour's full interview with Kane can be seen here.
By Mick Krever, CNN
The United Nations official in charge of weapons inspectors said that the report alleging chemical weapons use in Syria “stands for itself,” shooting back Russian allegations that the report was “biased” and “distorted.”
“It is a very sound, scientific report,” Angela Kane, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday in her first television interview since the report was released. “It has forty pages. It is buttressed by scientific evaluation, by diagnosis and by assessments, and so therefore I have no heard any criticisms of the findings themselves. The findings show that there is use of chemical weapons – what the inspectors found on the ground.”
The allegations of bias came from Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, who met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday.
By Lucky Gold, CNN
Imagine a world where the Berlin Wall came down – and went right back up again.
On Monday, an extraordinary tweet was sent by Thomas Erdbrink, Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times.
“Is Iran's Berlin Wall of internet censorship crumbling down? I am tweeting from Tehran from my cell [phone] without restrictions.”
And he wasn't alone. Suddenly, Iranians were able to access Twitter and Facebook without side-stepping government firewalls – a freedom of expression almost unknown since the 2009 election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the crackdown against his political opponents, both inside and outside the country.
By Mick Krever, CNN
Is Sally Jewell a contradiction in terms?
She is a CEO turned government regulator. She is a petroleum engineer turned conservationist. Indeed, the contradiction is built right into her job: As U.S. secretary of the interior, she is responsible for both the conservation and exploitation of about twenty percent of America’s land – that owned by the federal government.
“I feel privileged to be in a unique position of understanding how we must balance both” conservation and exploitation, or extraction of natural resources like oil and gas, she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.
“You can't make a choice between having jobs and having resources and having a great environment,” she said from Washington. “It's a false choice.”