Category Middle East

1000 Days And Counting [The Iranian]

Report on Narges Mohammadi and political prisoners of conscience in Iran opposing the death penalty. First published in The Iranian on 8 February 2018: Monday 29 January marked the 1000th day Iranian lawyer Narges Mohammadi spent in detention in Iran. A prominent human rights defender, Mohammadi was sentenced twice for her human rights activities and is […]

Will Europe Save The Iranian Nuclear Accord? [The Iranian]

Round up of International Crisis Group report on the outlook of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. First published in The Iranian on 23 January 2018: Two years since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there is broad consensus that it is a success. Iran is compliant and the signatories should hold […]

Trump’s UNRWA cuts hold Palestinians hostage [The New Arab]

Comment piece on US funding cuts to UNRWA, the refugee agency for Palestinians, and the implications. First published in The New Arab on 19 January 2018: While the US might deny it, all signs point to the fact that withdrawal of aid is a proverbial gun to the head of the Palestinians. As President Trump […]

With Ash On Their Faces: Yezidi Women And The Islamic State [The Iranian]

Book Review of ‘With Ash on their Faces – Yezidi Women and the Islamic State’ by Cathy Otten. First published in The Iranian on 10 January 2018: Reports of the mass abduction, rape and enslavement of Yezidi women made headlines and was impossible to ignore. Some of the harrowing stories of captivity under ISIS have since been […]

It’s time to get real about the death toll in Yemen [The New Arab]

Comment piece on civilian death toll and targeting civilian infrastructure. First published in The New Arab. 10,000 people have died as a result of the war in Yemen, over 5,000 of them have been civilians. Except we’ve been hearing that statistic for close to a year now, one that was conservative to begin with. Now, after […]

Changing The World, One Micro-Act At A Time [The Iranian]

Interview with philanthropist Joe Kiani for The Iranian: If you want to change the world, start with the person next to you. It’s a good saying – but when it’s put into practice, that’s when great things start to happen. That’s what Joe Kiani will tell you as he pretty much lives by this mantra. […]

What Does Saleh’s Demise In Yemen Mean For Iran? [The Iranian]

In-depth analysis on implications and involvement of Iran in Yemen’s conflict, using interviews with experts on Iran, Yemen and the Middle East. First published in The Iranian: Yemen, gripped by war, just experienced a major twist. While the country’s devastating humanitarian situation has caused international concern, the internal and geo-political dynamics of the conflict may […]