Category Europe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Freedom: The UK Must Put Human Rights Before Trade [The Iranian]

Op-ed on why the UK must intervene in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. First published in The Iranian: The accusation that Nazanin is a spy has always been a ridiculous notion for her family and her employer. The UN call it arbitrary detention. But months of lobbying by her husband Richard Ratcliffe, has not so […]

More Than Two Years On, Refugees Are Stuck In A Lawless Hell In Greece [The Iranian]

In-depth report on the asylum process and lawlessness toward refugees in Greece. First published in The Iranian: Refugees in Greece have been waiting months for their asylum applications to be processed. Current flows into the Greek islands are from origin countries that are both high recognition like Syria and low recognition like Pakistan and Afghanistan. […]

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle [Ceasefire Magazine]

Film review of Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle and interview with the filmmaker Paul Sng. The film is a documentary about the gentrification and social cleansing amidst the housing crisis in modern day Britain. First published in Ceasefire Magazine on 30 September 2017: In the east London suburb of Poplar looms Balfron Tower. A […]

A small community has now triggered one of the biggest conversations on social housing since Grenfell

Book review of 306: Living Under the Shadow of REGENERATION and interview with project manager Anne E Cooper. First published in The Canary on 17 September 2017: 306: Living Under the Shadow of REGENERATION is a collaborative project with the residents of Cressingham Gardens, allowing them to explore their memories and feelings about home, community and […]

Should The UK Do More To Bring Kamal Foroughi Home? [The Iranian]

In-depth piece on the UK policy around dual nationals, after British-Iranian Kamal Foroughi’s 78th birthday. Foroughi has spent over six years in an Iranian jail. First published in The Iranian on 11 September 2017: “The FCO have been aware since 2013 and provided assistance to the family but it has not been able to provide […]

New immigration rules snuck through that will affect couples and families

A report on new Home Office guidance issued around the policy on spousal visas. It supposedly makes the ‘minimum income rules’ and financial requirement easier to meet. The Home Office made the changes because a Supreme Court said the rules were unnecessarily harsh on children and compelled the Home Office to adjust them. The response […]

Rashan Charles’ Case Is Reminiscent Of Mark Duggan’s, But Not For The Reasons The Media Will Have You Believe [Huffington Post]

Blog post on the recurring trend in reporting around black deaths in custody or after police contact. Six years on from Mark Duggan’s death. First published in the Huffington Post UK on 6 August 2017: It turns out that Rashan Charles, a 20 year-old black man, who died after police contact, did not swallow an […]