Category Middle East

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 […]

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 […]

One of Britain’s most elite streets got shut down for a very important political message [The Canary]

"Palestine is central to the cause of justice all around the world" PSC protest in London #FreePalestine #SaveAlAqsa pic.twitter.com/dBSdIbFXEa — Sophia Akram (@mssophiaakram) July 22, 2017 Ground report on protest organised by the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign against the crackdown on al-Aqsa. First published in The Canary on 23 July 2017: On 22 July, police shut […]

Muslim Women Are Breaking Through Sporting Barriers And Pushing For More [The Iranian]

In-depth feature on three Arab Muslim women reaching competitive sporting heights, defying the hardships of being Muslim and wearing hijab to achieve their goals. First published in The Iranian on 23 May 2017: In the last few years sports brand Nike has reached out to Muslim women and women from the Middle East, rounded off […]

FIFA throws Israel a free pass. But Palestinians play the perfect comeback [The Canary]

Report on FIFA’s delay again on voting regarding Israeli settlement teams at 67th FIFA Congress, and possible Palestinian action. First published in The Canary on 13 May 2017: The Palestinian Football Association (PFA) along with campaigners had urged FIFA to ban Israeli clubs that are based in illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. But FIFA President […]

Asylum seeker is gagged and locked in a toilet while sent back to a war zone [The Canary]

In-depth report on the treatment of an Iraqi asylum seeker being deported to an allegedly dangerous part of Iraq under duress and stress. First published in The Canary on 13 April 2017: Around 30 asylum seekers have reportedly been rounded up and detained in facilities across the UK ahead of mass deportation plans. And an alleged series of recent […]

Everest to NYC: Female Saudi mountain-climber scales new summits [The New Arab]

Q&A with Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest while she is at the NYC Women in the World Summit 2017. First published in The New Arab on 6 April 2017: Raha Moharrak, the renowned mountain climber who was the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest, often tells an endearing story […]