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Afshin Rattansi

Afshin Rattansi

Afshin Rattansi
Afshin Rattansi is a journalist, author of “The Dream of the Decade – the London Novels” and an RT Contributor. Afshin Rattansi began his journalism career on The (London) Guardian in the late 1980s as one of the newspaper’s youngest ever columnists. He went on to work for Britain’s Channel 4, BBC, Al Jazeera Arabic, CNN International and Bloomberg Television and many other media. In the run-up to the Lehman Brothers crash of 2008, he published a collection of four of his novels as “The Dream of the Decade – The London Novels.” As US pressure increased on Iran, Afshin moved to Tehran to anchor the news on the new satellite TV channel, Press TV which was later banned in Britain. He set up Alternate Reality Productions in London in 2010 making Double Standards, a comedy satire show as well as other TV news commissions. His writing has also appeared in the New Statesman; Counterpunch; The Oldie; Plays and Players; Mitchell Beazley’s Encyclopaedia of 21st Century; The Journal of the British Astronomical Association; Association of Lloyd's Members Journal; Critical Quarterly; Makers of Modern Culture (Routledge, 2007); “Brought To Book” (Penguin, 1994); Flaunt; Attitude. He is a founder member of the Frontline Club in London and he won the Sony Award for outstanding contribution to international media in 2002.
‘Hague had a very controversial record on anything from Ukraine to Syria’ ‘Hague had a very controversial record on anything from Ukraine to Syria’
British Foreign Secretary William Hague's sudden resignation came as a complete surprise, RT contributor Afshin Rattansi said, adding that he hopes UK foreign policy will now take a turn for the better, by avoiding Hague's warmongering approach. July 15, 2014 01:21
'Security conference on Iraq is needed, but without the US and the UK' 'Security conference on Iraq is needed, but without the US and the UK'
The problem of security in the Middle East region has to be sorted out, maybe with some kind of conference that does not allow the Americans or the British to be involved, journalist Afshin Rattansi told RT. June 12, 2014 04:27 3
​‘Bob Crow died despising what Labour Party had become’ ​‘Bob Crow died despising what Labour Party had become’
In an age when there are few successful heroes willing to fight against neoliberalism, Britain’s Bob Crow stood apart. March 12, 2014 09:56 13
British neo-McCarthyism or why UK media coverage falls short British neo-McCarthyism or why UK media coverage falls short
There are moments when one could be forgiven for thinking that the mainstream media is beginning to learn the craft of journalism. That would obviously make the production of our show, Going Underground more difficult. February 10, 2014 15:05 4
UK taxpayers financing immoral, inefficient arms contracts and other Underground stories UK taxpayers financing immoral, inefficient arms contracts and other Underground stories
Well, what a week we’re having at Going Underground – wrapping up stories for Christmas and New Year that are really quite unlike anything on the main news outlets here in the UK. December 22, 2013 09:43 2
Historians will ask why Obama destroyed & torpedoed Syrian peace deal Historians will ask why Obama destroyed & torpedoed Syrian peace deal
As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Syrian conflict, with suffering refugees suffering reaching the two-million mark, RT’s contributor Afshin Rattansi says Obama actually destroyed the peace deal when it was on the table. September 05, 2013 11:20 3
Congressional approval just a ‘democratic add-on’ to Obama’s war with Syria
Congressional approval just a ‘democratic add-on’ to Obama’s war with Syria
While television news looks more and more like al-Qaeda propaganda videos, by seeking Congressional approval, President Obama is trying to add a democratic fig leaf to his decision to attack Syria, believes RT contributor Afshin Rattansi. September 01, 2013 03:02 18
UK lawmakers differentiate themselves from US ‘rogue superpower’ UK lawmakers differentiate themselves from US ‘rogue superpower’
The US rhetoric of striking Syria without the support of Britain should stir up countries to create an anti-hegemonic alliance, RT's contributor Afshin Rattansi believes, now that the UK has voted against joining anti-Damascus military coalition. August 30, 2013 08:56 7
Idea of limited pin-point strike on Syria is ‘blatantly absurd’
Idea of limited pin-point strike on Syria is ‘blatantly absurd’
It is up to China and Russia to influence the West to engage Syria in diplomacy and outline the serious consequences for Washington and London if they act outside the standards of international law, believes RT contributor Afshin Rattansi. August 28, 2013 01:07 9

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