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What I Learned From My Trip To Iran

Wendy Jones | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

When I told people I was going on holiday to Iran, the most common response was: 'Why?' Some were more positively curious and some knowingly envious, but for many my holiday choice was downright perverse.

British-Iranian Mother Held In Tehran 'Due To UK Arms Debt'

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK

The husband of a jailed British-Iranian woman has claimed she is being held because of an outstanding arms debt between the UK and Iran. Richard Rat...

Iran's Looming Water Crisis Leaves Farmers With A Stark Choice

Arwa Aburawa | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Arwa Aburawa

As the wells and dwindling groundwater resources run dry the farmers are left with a stark choice; either reform their traditional, yet wasteful, irrigation practices or abandon their family land for nearby, dense urban centres where they will have find work outside their skill set.

British Mother Imprisoned For Five Years On 'Secret' Charges

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK

A British-Iranian mother who has been detained in Iran for more than 150 days has been jailed for five years, her husband said. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratc...

Good News Travellers - You Can Now Fly Direct From London Heathrow To Tehran's Famous Evin Prison

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

So they're back. Direct flights from London to Tehran, that is. After a four-year break, including delays for "technical" reasons after originally ann...

Jeremy Corbyn Attacks Claims He's A 'Hypocrite' For Taking Money For Iranian TV Appearances

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has defended himself after being branded a “hypocrite” for criticising other countries’ dire human rights record while taking mone...

#PowerShift Docu-Series Explores The Importance Of Social Media In Countries Where Censorship Is Rife

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Tech

In countries like Turkey, Iran, China and North Korea the local population are facing a new form of censorship: the censorship of the web. By controll...

Prime Minister Theresa May: Please Free Grandpa Kamal

Kamran Foroughi | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Kamran Foroughi

This Saturday is 1,900 days since his arrest - he has not seen his family for over five years. The Foreign Office told me that during the nuclear negotiations, they did not once bring up my dad's detention with Iran. I think that was a missed opportunity... We must not rest until my dad is back home with his wife, daughter, son and two granddaughters. We have all suffered for too long. Theresa May, please do everything you can to help free Grandpa Kamal before it is too late.

Chilcot Report Highlights US-British Threat to Middle Eastern Leaders

Michael Barron | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

The Chilcot report has laid bare the US-British plot to remove Saddam. This is the second time (that we know of) where the US and the UK have conspired to remove a Middle Eastern leader. "The world is safer" claimed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in justifying the removal of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. More than a decade after the event and following the seven year wait for the Chilcot report, it is too early to say whether this is the case.

Essential to Counter to Iran's Regional Misconduct

Lord Maginnis | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As we approach the first anniversary of the Iranian nuclear deal, tens of thousands of activists and Iranian dissidents are set to rally this Saturday in Paris, calling for Tehran's nefarious conduct at home and in the region to be tackled. One of the primary messages at this rally will be to condemn Iran's role in the massacre of the Syrian people and to demand an end to its assistance to the Assad government.

Iraq: The UK's Chilcot Report Asks the Wrong Question

Paul Reynolds | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

The publication of the Chilcot Report into the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq war has as its focus the events that led up to the flawed decision over the UK going to war, and to some extent the other side of the equation; the impact of this flawed decision-making on the conduct of the subsequent 'nation-building'.

Don't Shoot the Piano Player, or the Guitar Playe, or the Tabla Player...

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

In Francois Truffaut's excellent 1960 film Shoot The Piano Player we see a classical pianist slumming it playing piano in a bar who then gets dragged ...

10 Reasons You Should Visit Iran Now

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Holidays to Iran will become much more accessible now that the Foreign Office has lifted advisory against travel, and flights will become more readily...

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 21.11.2016 | 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...