Iran

Ten Days in Tehran: The Complete Blog in Retropsect

Arzu reviews her 2012 blog, Ten Days in Tehran, looking at life under an ever increasing sanctions regime in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It’s been eleven years since this blog about a trip to Tehran was posted. Its aim was to give a snapshot of life in a country being targeted

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PODCAST: Hybrid War on Venezuela and Iran

The first in the Long View Conversations takes Ramon Grosfoguel’s essay on hybrid war against Iran and Venezuela as a starting point for a discussions on the use of sanctions and the impact they have on innocent populations.  Professor Grosfoguel, Professor Saeed A. Khan and Sayyed Massoud Shadjareh join Arzu to discuss

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Ten Days in Tehran – The Last Night

Arzu‘s final thoughts in her recent visit to Iran I am posting this some 3 months after my return from Tehran.  Yesterday, the USA introduced another raft of sanctions against Iran which will now mean that any country IR Iran sells oil to will be boycotted by the US.  We know what

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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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