Tag Archives: iran

Being Iranian

Not really relevant, this just baffles me. Something odd has been happening to me whilst travelling around Iran. At first I didn’t notice it. I thought I just needed time to adjust to my surroundings and learn how things are … Continue reading

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The Sharia Sedan

  Since the dawn of time, any regime that’s been worth its weight in corpses has been in possession of three key things. Firstly, a solidly brutal secret police, preferably known by their acronym, has been an absolute must. It’s … Continue reading

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Alcohol and Ayatollahs

I was shown down the steps and into the smoky basement. The wide expanse of floor was covered by Persian rugs and strewn with cushions. I sat down to warm welcomes and cautious glances from the circle of young men. … Continue reading

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The Iliad

Or: A Tortuous Existence in Visa Hell The first event in this chain of woe, I freely admit, was completely my fault. Or rather, it was my fault that the first event in this miserable chain didn’t happen sooner. What … Continue reading

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The Party of God

Iran, Hezbollah and Syria: Friends Forever That morning in September 2001, as sunlight rose out of the Atlantic and began to stretch down the glass canyons of Manhattan Island, it was a Lebanese group, Hezbollah, that had been the largest … Continue reading

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