‘Iran protests aren't about vote-rigging’

June 24, 2009 in Media

As demonstrators take to the streets of Iran, Mark Summers talks to Iranian Dr Reza Molavi, of Durham University, about his interpretation of recent events in his homeland.

THE Islamic Republic of Iran was born 30 years ago after people took to the streets to call for the overthrow of the Western-backed Shah, who grandly styled himself “King of Kings”.

The Shah had been installed in 1953 in a CIA/MI6-engineered coup, after the country’s popular Prime Minister, Mohammed Mossadegh, made the fatal mistake of nationalising the country’s oil industry, thus unleashing the wrath of Washington and London on his administration. Read the rest of this entry →

New Iran president faces nuclear “compromise”

June 9, 2009 in Media

Iran’s next president could have “no other choice” but to compromise over the country’s controversial nuclear programme, a Durham University expert said today.

Dr Reza Molavi, Executive Director of the Centre for Iranian Studies, at Durham University, added that Friday’s (June 12) election was potentially the “most important presidential election globally”. Read the rest of this entry →

Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

May 6, 2009 in Media

Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

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THE IMMIGRATION ACTS

Heard at Manchester (Piccadilly) On 6 May 2009

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SENIOR IMMIGRATION JUDGE STOREY IMMIGRATION JUDGE BRUNNEN

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT

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Advisory Panel on Country Information – IRAN

September 23, 2008 in Media

EVALUATION OF THE AUGUST 2008
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN INFORMATION REPORT ON
IRAN

Prepared for the Advisory Panel on Country Information (APCI)
By
Reza Molavi, BBA ( U. S. A. ), PhD (Dunelm)
And
Mohammad M. Hedayati-Kakhki LLB (Tehran), PhD (Durham)
Centre for Iranian Studies (CIS)
Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS)
Durham University

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Iran is part of the solution in Iraq, not the problem

August 6, 2008 in Media

Byline: Reza Molavi

Summary: Britain withdrew from the Persian Gulf in 1971, leaving behind a security vacuum that only the regime of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi could fill. With America’s support, Iran under the shah became the policeman of the Persian Gulf. But with the advent of the Islamic Revolution, power in the Gulf region was dispersed among the United States, Iraq, Iran and to some degree Saudi Arabia.

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New Conflict Landscape in the Greater Middle East

June 26, 2007 in Media

The situation in the direct neighbourhood of the European Union has come to a head in recent years. The Israeli-Arab and the intra-Palestinian conflict with the coup of Hamas in the Gaza Strip in June 2007, the uncertain future of the statehood of Lebanon, the imminent disintegration of Iraq and the conflict on Iran’s nuclear programme: these different levels of conflict are not only interwoven, they also have regional, if not international impact. With the start of negotiations for an accession of Turkey to the European Union the hot spot Middle East has come closer to the EU.

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