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Good News for Kazemi

For once, in a story about Iran and human rights, a happy ending: Mehdi Kazemi was granted a reprieve by British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and will most likely be given asylum in Britain now (an asylum he richly deserves). The news is good. But a broader question remains: how could the Home Office—which as of two years ago had the applications of over 700,000 asylum-seekers under review—reject Kazemi’s application so quickly? Did they expedite it to the front of a special appeasement queue or something?



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