Category Politics

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

While Trump Jr’s busy spilling the beans, Hillary Clinton makes her own confession [The Canary]

Book review of ‘How I Lost By Hillary Clinton’ from OR Books. First published in The Canary on 14 July 2017:   There have been many articles and comments about why Clinton lost her election campaign. And it’s often been the stance of the Democratic Party itself to blame Russian interference, the electoral college system, and […]

Theresa May has given Jeremy Corbyn a boost no-one saw coming, says an award-winning writer [The Canary]

Q & A with Alex Nunns, author of ‘The Candidate – Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbable Path to Power’, on post election thoughts. First published in The Canary on 2 July 2017: No-one could predict Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to become a Labour leader with the biggest increase in vote share since 1945. Except Alex Nunns, who’s been […]

Dual nationals are paying a heavy price for UK-Iranian relations [Middle East Eye]

Opinion piece and overview of the case of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe one year on from her detention, and other Iranian dual nationals in arbitrary detention, and the possible underlying motives. First published in Middle East Eye on 20 April 2017: One year. One year can disappear in the blink of an eye, or can feel […]