Daniel Brett

Economic and political analyst

Daniel Brett is a specialist on the Middle East and Africa.

He works as a consultant specialising in developing countries and emerging markets. His focus is the industries, politics and economies of oil- and gas-producing countries.

Daniel is also involved in advocacy work for marginalised ethnic groups in the Middle East and is chair of the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS).
Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in

Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in Britain?

Millions were wringing their hands this week in anxiety over the fate of BBC motormouth Jeremy Clarkson. Meanwhile, on the streets of East London on Thursday night the police were cracking down on Class War's sweary summing up of popular sentiment towards our political leaders, to complete indifference of the media.
16/03/2015 10:17 GMT
Class War Against London's Housing

Class War Against London's Housing Elite

Living in Bow in the Nineties, just one skyscraper dominated the skyline: ONE Canary Wharf. I would see it when I went to bed every night and when I woke up in the morning. With steam pouring from its air conditioning ducts through the night like some steam punk dragon, it winked knowingly at the council estates it towered over. It knew there was worse to come...
10/11/2014 10:50 GMT
Millions of Nigerians Support Boko Haram's

Millions of Nigerians Support Boko Haram's Jihadism

Political illiteracy may not matter to those millions who support Boko Haram's nihilistic brand of jihadism, regardless of its negative impact on Nigeria's security, territorial integrity and communal relations. Yet, some may see the emergence of such violent insurrection as inevitable in a country plagued by corruption, state terror, political manipulation of ethnic divides and areas of extreme poverty.
21/07/2014 15:18 BST
Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's

Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's Behalf

While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran's massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm.
18/07/2014 13:18 BST
Iran: The Violence of a Free Zone - From Farmers to

Iran: The Violence of a Free Zone - From Farmers to Slaves

When asked what would happen to the locals, Turkan suggested they be made the gardeners. Having lost their wealth and been forcibly displaced from their land to live a life of misery in slum neighbourhoods, one-time farmers are now being invited back as the Arab slaves of their Persian masters.
25/06/2014 15:42 BST
Trial By Media, Death By Press

Trial By Media, Death By Press TV

Human rights activists fear that in spite of its complicity in human rights abuse, Press TV may soon be back on the airwaves, broadcasting more forced confessions and propaganda at a time when President Rouhani is presiding over a bloodbath of political prisoners.
24/06/2014 14:46 BST
Exclusive: Phone Spies on a Spy, Captures the Face of

Exclusive: Phone Spies on a Spy, Captures the Face of 'Torturer'

A mobile app has caught the identity of a member of Iran's dreaded Revolutionary Guards after the smartphone of an Ahwazi Arab political prisoner was seized when he was arrested and tortured in Ahwaz City, an Arab majority city near the border with Iraq.
17/06/2014 13:03 BST
Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the

Boko Haram: Military Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Due to ineptitude, corruption and indiscriminate violence, the military is one of the causes of the insurgency, which now forms a strategic part of an arc of jihadism that stretches from Algeria to Somalia. Giving funds and resources to the Nigerian armed forces risks exacerbating the problem. Boko Haram thrives on the endemic corruption that has characterised post-independence Nigeria.
15/06/2014 21:33 BST
Dams: Iran's Weapons of Marsh

Dams: Iran's Weapons of Marsh Destruction

The Garden of Eden is dying. Reputed to be two of Eden's four rivers, the Karoun and Karkheh have been reduced to a trickle as an environmental disaster is unfolds in the Ahwaz region. One of the Middle East's last verdant areas is being turned into a wasteland as Iran pursues its drive to power up its economy by building a massive complex of dams and divert waters to central Iran.
13/06/2014 15:00 BST
Iran's Russia

Iran's Russia Quandary

Depending on the domestic support Rouhani can build, Iran may be inclined towards a more critical stance on Putin's territorial expansionism for the sake of rebuilding relations with the EU states and preventing Ukraine's break-up from setting a precedent for Iran's own ethnic problems.
11/06/2014 15:25 BST
Iran: Persecution of Arabs Intensifies Under

Iran: Persecution of Arabs Intensifies Under Rouhani

Today, April 15, marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most bloody yet poorly known uprisings in the Middle East. The peaceful Ahwazi intifada against forced displacement, discrimination and persecution against the indigenous Arabs of southwest Iran in 2005 was met with extreme brutality...
15/04/2014 10:53 BST