The call from Tehran comes with German punctuality. Here, in the south of Cologne, in Mariam Claren’s tidy living room, it is 10.30 a.m., in the north of Tehran it is 12. The mother reports from the general women’s wing in Evin Prison. She’s not allowed to make calls abroad, so she called the approved number of a niece in the Iranian city of Shiraz, and her daughter in Germany put her on the call. The Revolutionary Guards record the conversation. “Salam,” said Claren, “hello, Mommy.”

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