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Kourosh Ziabari


Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning Iranian journalist and reporter. He is the Iran correspondent of Fair Observer and Asia Times. He is the recipient of a Chevening Award from the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office and an American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford Fellowship.

EU leaders were quick to declare support for the Iranian people as protests erupted, but tough visa and border restrictions don’t demonstrate solidarity. Protestors increasingly need a way out given growing state repression, argues Kourosh Ziabari.

24 July, 2023

Despite what seemed like a honeymoon period between Iran’s leadership and the Taliban, growing tensions have been brewing. Kourosh Ziabari explains why he believes this is a doomed political relationship.

14 June, 2023

Iranians were already divided on many lines before mass protests erupted in 2022. As demands by demonstrators continue to be ignored amid state repression, old cracks are resurfacing to the detriment of pro-democracy efforts, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

04 May, 2023

The tendency of Iranian hardliners to demonise those that engage with the West while still relying on comparisons with the US to justify their rule when it favours them reveals both hypocrisy and incompetence, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

12 April, 2023

Despite months of ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ protests demanding an end to the compulsory hijab, the Iranian government is still pursuing new and repressive ways to enforce it, punishing those who don’t comply, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

02 March, 2023

Amid a wave of attacks on embassies in Tehran, the Islamic Republic has done little to protect its diplomatic missions, signalling its indifference to fostering global ties while its citizens pay the price, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

08 February, 2023

After nearly a year of arming Russia with drones used to destroy Ukrainian cities, it's time for the Islamic Republic to rethink its collusion in Putin's war, both from a strategic and moral perspective, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

12 January, 2023

Following a series of executions of young protestors in Iran, Kourosh Ziabari highlights the many human rights abuses committed by the Islamic Republic and urges international bodies to apply the necessary pressure to stop any more from taking place.

14 December, 2022

Kourosh Ziabari argues that the old tactics used by the Islamic Republic to quash dissent are not working. The regime has even resorted to slurs to target protestors, only demonstrating its desperation as it denies the legitimacy of the uprising.

30 November, 2022

Despite a rhetoric of solidarity with the Iran protests from Western leaders, action is not being taken to relieve the people’s suffering. At times the ‘support’ given has targeted innocent members of the Iranian diaspora, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

04 November, 2022