TWO news stories juxtaposed on a certain website caught my eye the other day. The first was the threat by International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt to curb foreign aid spending to those countries the UK Government regards as failing to take responsibility for investing in their own people. But it was the story that sat alongside this one that made me pause for thought and drew Ms Mordaunt’s remarks into sharp focus.
I VIVIDLY recall one of my first visits to Iran. It was just weeks before the 2003 US-UK invasion of Iraq and having failed to gain access to Baghdad as Saddam Hussein’s regime prepared for war, I found myself flying to Tehran and travelling overland across the border from Iran into northern Iraq. It was while on the frontier checkpoint that members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pulled a colleague and myself aside for searching and questioning as to the purpose of our journey.
FOR journalists covering the Middle East there has always been one good rule of thumb. In short, it can be summed up like this – things are never quite as they appear. Never was this more apparent than in the events currently unfolding in Iran, where the country has witnessed the biggest anti-government street protests since the disputed 2009 presidential elections.
Words / pics. Time to pull archive of 30 yrs global reportage together into some kind of meaningful, creative project, books/exhibitions whatever. Can’t put off any longer. Need to give it the time it deserves, so heading for hills me thinks. Not though for now, Hindu Kush of old https://t.co/EB5jK5cqzi
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