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Ten Days in Tehran: 7,8,9 – Three days in Esfahan

Arzu Merali continues here observations on the impact of sanctions on Iran, this time from Esfahan. When you have seen Esfahan, you have seen half the world.  Each city resident makes this boast, and in many ways they are right.  Its history – architectural, cultural and religious – is rich and preserved.  It

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Ten Days in Tehran: Days 4,5,6 Tehran and Karaj

Arzu Merali journeys from Tehran to Karaj to see how sanctions are impacting Iran. The days are warm and sunny, and there remains a subtle joyousness in the days post Eid ul Adha.  Tehran seems to carry on, despite the huge price hikes caused by the new raft of sanctions.  Like so

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Ten Days in Tehran: Day 3 – Qom

Arzu visits the city of Qom, famous for its seminaries, on her trip to Iran A city built in the middle of the desert. Too hot in summer and too cold in winter, yet tens of thousands and more flock from world-wide to visit the grave around which the city was founded, and

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Ten Days in Tehran – Day 2: Sharon Fruit

Arzu Merali on autumn in Tehran, demonisation and the impact of sanctions on Iran Autumn in Tehran is new for me. I have visited in all other seasons. As a Brit by birth but not ethnicity (for want of a better description) the weather is most pleasant. Neither too hot nor too

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UK’s recent extradition cases expose society’s racism

Arzu Merali writes for CNN on the extradition of Babar Ahmed, Talha Ahsan and three more men from the UK to the US, whilst Gary McKinnon is spared Violence isn’t always physical – and UK Home Secretary Theresa May’s recent announcements on all things extradition fell one after another as devastating blows

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