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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.

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

Kourosh Ziabari explains that despite their differences, there was a new-found unity among the Iranian diaspora following Mahsa Amini’s killing. However, cracks have formed following calls for further sanctions and cuts to diplomatic relations.

20 October, 2022

Kourosh Ziabari writes that the protests in Iran, which are a historic revolutionary movement for the masses, may not lead to the regime formally conceding, roll backs on “morality" policing are already expected.

13 October, 2022

Under a hardline government and an economy collapsing under sanctions, rates of anxiety, depression and even suicide among Iranians are alarmingly high as the Islamic republic faces an impending mental health implosion, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

13 September, 2022

Kourosh Ziabari explains that sanctions imposed on Iran have not only been used as a beating stick by the US, but have also been profitable to those Iranians who have benefited from a corrupt industry of smuggling that developed as a consequence.

02 September, 2022

In-depth: While state media praised the recent attack on the writer and officials denied involvement but justified it, other reactions reflect the chasm between civil society and an extremist political system.

16 August, 2022

In her short 40 years, Maryam Mirzakhani made outstanding contributions to her field. Five years after her death, millions in Iran and beyond continue to celebrate her excellence, determination, and boundary-breaking life, writes Kourosh Ziabari.

15 August, 2022