UK Iran

Soft Toppling - Iran's Latest Use of a Dual-National as a Political Pawn

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

When news of the accusations against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe came though recently, the phrase that caught the eye in many of the reports was that the Revolutionary Guard alleged that she'd participated in the "design and implementation of cyber and media projects to cause the soft toppling of the Islamic Republic". Soft toppling. Rather like a chess piece casually knocked over.

Boys Will Be Boys? (Or, Why Women Are Not Responsible for the Misbehaviour of Men)

Jemma Wayne | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

We must teach both our girls and our boys that each of us is responsible for our own actions. No matter our gender. And whether it is at school, or work, or in taxis, we must therefore seek to tackle behaviour that is unacceptable, not marginalize those who suffer it.

Need for Essential Changes in Mid-East Policy

Lord Maginnis | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

Though change may not come overnight, this conference in Paris is both timely and important - a potentially crucial pointer in the right direction towards resolving to one of the most difficult and dangerous foreign policy issues of our time, namely Iran. It surely deserves greater strategic comprehension and attention from our Governments.

Iranian Footballer Suspended For Wearing ‘Spongebob Pants’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK

An Iranian footballer has been suspended for six months – for the offence of wearing yellow “SpongeBob pants”. The ISNA news agency reported tha...

Iranian Models Forced To Cover Up & Publicly Declare Regret

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK

A top Iranian model has been charged with “promoting western promiscuity” after posting pictures of herself on Instagram without a headscarf. Elha...

Fears As British-Iranian Mother Is Detained In Tehran Without Charge

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

A British man is pleading with the Government to intervene and help free his charity worker wife after she was taken captive in Iran and separated fro...

How to Be a Music Man

Ben Mirza | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

I'm a man who enjoys hearing the stories of those making their way in the creative sphere, be it art, music, film, design etc. As someone who's worked...

What Italy's Prime Minister Should Have Learned From Last Week's Austria-Iran Dispute

David Amess | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
David Amess

As President Fischer noted, and as Prime Minister Renzi will no doubt agree, a democratic country cannot permit any curtailment of human rights. That principle ought to apply to the Iranian people as well as to Europeans, and it ought to never be subject to compromise, even when there is economic incentive to ignore repression and violence.

Air France Crew Refuse To Wear Headscarves In Tehran

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK

Air France is reportedly facing an internal revolt after it announced female cabin crew must wear headscarves on Iranian soil as the airline prepares ...

Albania's Human Rights in Practice

Lord Maginnis | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

While the European Union has properly called on Albania to carry out judicial reform in order for talks to progress towards its full membership of the...

Never Mind the 'Thaw', Are Human Rights Still in the Deep Freeze in Iran

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The idea of a springtime in relations between Iran and the rest of the world is fanciful, a false spring no less. A new, slightly warmer relationship between London and Tehran might indeed lead to scheduled BA flights... but I'm unconvinced that anything fundamental has changed or is likely to do so.

IRAN: The Fault-Lines Deepen

Struan Stevenson | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

As Hassan Rouhani, the smiling, so-called moderate President of Iran, travelled around Europe last week signing lucrative commercial deals with busine...

Nudes and Niqabs: Drawing the Line

Robin Lustig | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Let's be clear: wearing a niqab is not regarded as a religious requirement by the vast majority of Muslims. Even in President Rouhani's Iran, women do not cover their faces. It is a cultural tradition with its origins in the Arabian peninsula, exported by preachers who follow the teachings of wahhabism.

The 'Deeply Distressing' Picture Of Iran's Child Executions

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK

Children as young as nine are facing the death penalty in Iran, a damning new report reveals. Dozens of juvenile offenders are currently sitting on...

Syria Vote Represents Another Step on the Road to Oblivion

Mark Flanagan | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

Today bombs will fall on Syria... but of course you knew that already. And you also probably knew that this week our elected representatives voted for...

Don't Blame the Abundance of Oil

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Kamiar Mohaddes [2005] is a Senior Lecturer and Fellow in Economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge. He did a PhD in Economics, supported ...

My Sister Was Jailed for Attending a Protest - Without the 777,000 Supporters of My Petition, She Would Still Be There

Iman Ghavami | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Iman Ghavami

I was in London at the time, I think it was late evening, when my dad called and said that security forces had taken my sister. That was the first time I knew anything about her protest. My parents, who live in Tehran, were in shock. My sister had first been arrested outside the national stadium for protesting against an old rule that banned women from attending sporting events alongside men "for their own safety".

Russia-Iran Style Cooperation in Syria Could Prove Possible in Afghanistan, But With Greater Success

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Twenty-five years ago the Soviet Army returned home after nine years of fighting in Afghanistan. After the soviet withdrawal, the country plunged into...

Saudi Arabia: Going Rogue

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

We haven't heard much about rogue states since George W Bush's tenure in the White House ended, but maybe the term should be revived and applied to one of America's closest allies - Saudi Arabia.

This Award-Winning Filmmaker Has Been Sentenced To 223 Lashes For Making Movies

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK

An award-winning film director has been sentenced to six years imprisonment by a judge in Iran for intending to portray a kissing scene in a movie. ...

Russia: Anything You Can Do...

Alistair Burnett | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Watching Russia's military intervention in Syria unfold has taken me back to my secondary school days when we put on the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

UK Plc Shutting Up Shop: A Cheerless Time for Human Rights Activists Around the World

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In the 19th century it was British democracy protesters being cut down, now it's Saudi bloggers and protesters being lashed and facing public decapitation. With the Foreign Secretary wanting to raise a cheer for British business in places like Iran and China, I think jailed activists around the world are in for a cheerless time.

Russia and Iran Are Not Allies Against ISIS

Dr Andrew Foxall | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Foxall

Co-authored with Mr. Tom Wilson. Dr Andrew Foxall is Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based international...

Russia Opens a Window of Opportunity in Syria

Alistair Burnett | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

In the fog of claim and counter claim over the real target of Russian air strikes in Syria one thing is clear: Russia's direct intervention is intensifying the war and that means even more civilian deaths and more refugees fleeing to neighbouring states and Europe.

Europe Should Speak Out About Iran's Appalling Rights Record

Ryszard Czarnecki | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Politics
Ryszard Czarnecki

As elected lawmakers we have to defend our European values and we insist that any expansion of relationship with Iran must be conditioned to end of executions and a clear progress on human rights and situation of women.