Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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I am constantly struck by the uniform references in the British media to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (hereafter NZR) as a "British mum" and "charity worker" who, if the same media is to be believed, has apparently bizarrely and entirely without justification been accused by Iran of being a foreign agent, or spy.

I have no idea whether or not the accusations of the Iranians against NZR are true, but they might be, and I wouldn't rely on the UK media, clearly following an official line in unison, for an objective view.

I have it on good authority that spies do not wear trench-coats with the collars turned up any more, that some spies are women, that persons who speak the local language and understand the local culture make more effective spies, and that the fields of journalism and NGOs offer ideal cover for spies.

I suspect that Boris Johnson did not mis-speak when he said that NZR "was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it, at the very limit", rather I suspect that this was the lower rather than the upper limit of what she was doing.
 


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I am constantly struck by the positive image the authoritarian thief Mohammad Mosaddegh enjoys among many westerners.

Iran is a fascinating country and doesn’t deserve to become a boxing ring for ignorant foreigners; or a canvass in which to place our own projections.
 

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I dont think Iran is a threat to the West. They may be a threat to Israel, and that is why the West sanctions them. Though recently the Iran deal caused sanctions to be lifted and then partially reimposed by the US but not the EU.
 

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I dont think Iran is a threat to the West. They may be a threat to Israel, and that is why the West sanctions them. Though recently the Iran deal caused sanctions to be lifted and then partially reimposed by the US but not the EU.
Are they even a threat to Israel ?
 

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Are they even a threat to Israel ?
Given the distance its an open question. Its said they are sponsors of Hamas and Hezbollah which may be true. I recall during the Bush admin when some suggestion a Middle East Peace Conference that the US insisted it not include Iran so it never happened. But excluding Iran is like when the Unionists wouldnt talk to SF. Its just grandstanding.
 

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Are they even a threat to Israel ?
Oh yeah through their arming of Hezbollah in particular and Hamas to a lesser extent. The Houiti did not produce themselves those missiles they had been throwing at Riyadh.
 

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I am constantly struck by the uniform references in the British media to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (hereafter NZR) as a "British mum" and "charity worker" who, if the same media is to be believed, has apparently bizarrely and entirely without justification been accused by Iran of being a foreign agent, or spy.

I have no idea whether or not the accusations of the Iranians against NZR are true, but they might be, and I wouldn't rely on the UK media, clearly following an official line in unison, for an objective view.

I have it on good authority that spies do not wear trench-coats with the collars turned up any more, that some spies are women, that persons who speak the local language and understand the local culture make more effective spies, and that the fields of journalism and NGOs offer ideal cover for spies.

I suspect that Boris Johnson did not mis-speak when he said that NZR "was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it, at the very limit", rather I suspect that this was the lower rather than the upper limit of what she was doing.
Absolutely, and I am sure there is a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why they have never produced any evidence to support their accusations.

Because as everyone knows, the Iranian theocracy has never persecuted journalists or viewed the free press as a threat.
 

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I dont think Iran is a threat to the West. They may be a threat to Israel, and that is why the West sanctions them. Though recently the Iran deal caused sanctions to be lifted and then partially reimposed by the US but not the EU.
Trump hasn't reimposed any sanctions on Iran...
 

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I dont think Iran is a threat to the West. They may be a threat to Israel, and that is why the West sanctions them. Though recently the Iran deal caused sanctions to be lifted and then partially reimposed by the US but not the EU.
Israel is a threat to Iran
 

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I am constantly struck by the uniform references in the British media to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (hereafter NZR) as a "British mum" and "charity worker" who, if the same media is to be believed, has apparently bizarrely and entirely without justification been accused by Iran of being a foreign agent, or spy.

I have no idea whether or not the accusations of the Iranians against NZR are true, but they might be, and I wouldn't rely on the UK media, clearly following an official line in unison, for an objective view.

I have it on good authority that spies do not wear trench-coats with the collars turned up any more, that some spies are women, that persons who speak the local language and understand the local culture make more effective spies, and that the fields of journalism and NGOs offer ideal cover for spies.

I suspect that Boris Johnson did not mis-speak when he said that NZR "was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it, at the very limit", rather I suspect that this was the lower rather than the upper limit of what she was doing.

Any evidence for your suspicions, or are you just making it up?
 

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Iran openly stated an intention to 'wipe israel from the face the Earth' - I hardly think you can expect Israel or any state to simply tolerate that.
My point is the threat Israel posed to Iran. For example the billionaire Sheldon Adelson who funds the US republican party, said a nuclear bomb should be dropped on Iran.
 

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I am constantly struck by the uniform references in the British media to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (hereafter NZR) as a "British mum" and "charity worker" who, if the same media is to be believed, has apparently bizarrely and entirely without justification been accused by Iran of being a foreign agent, or spy.

I have no idea whether or not the accusations of the Iranians against NZR are true, but they might be, and I wouldn't rely on the UK media, clearly following an official line in unison, for an objective view.

I have it on good authority that spies do not wear trench-coats with the collars turned up any more, that some spies are women, that persons who speak the local language and understand the local culture make more effective spies, and that the fields of journalism and NGOs offer ideal cover for spies.

I suspect that Boris Johnson did not mis-speak when he said that NZR "was simply teaching people journalism, as I understand it, at the very limit", rather I suspect that this was the lower rather than the upper limit of what she was doing.
Nice one ! Clutch a case out of the air as an opportunity to have a go at the Brits ! I know this family as it happens and trust me this lady is totally innocent as are her family and child . What a shyster you are ! No apologies to you will be forthcoming . There is right and wrong and this injustice is wrong.
Ps no fan of Boris , the Tory govt or even the British establishment , or gob************************es like yourself .
 

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Oh yeah through their arming of Hezbollah in particular and Hamas to a lesser extent. The Houiti did not produce themselves those missiles they had been throwing at Riyadh.
In The Yemen spat, the bombs have been going one way up till now and you'd have to admire the brass neck of KSA in complaining about retaliation. The other striking feature is that the bits of Yemen not occupied by the Houthis still contain people who are serious about killing us, e.g. AQ and ISIL. Are we really on the right side here?
 

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Assuming she is a spy, what sort of vital info could she have gathered? Has she really been hobnobbing with nuclear scientists or attending the famously wild parties of the IRGC top brass? Iran's spy problem is internal. Such foolish paranoia undermines the credibility of the state.
 
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Can they get Bridget Jones boyfriend, the human rights lawyer on the case. I think he specialises in this sort of thing.
 


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