Iran has reportedly indicted three dual nationals currently behind bars in the country, including a British-Iranian woman who has been held in solitary confinement for more than three months. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the news agency’s charitable arm, was arrested in early April in Tehran by Revolutionary Guards at Imam Khomeini airport, where she and her 22-month-old daughter, Gabriella, had been about to board a flight back to the UK. On Monday local news agencies quoted Tehran’s prosecutor general, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, as saying that she along with Homa Hoodfar, an Canadian-Iranian professor of social anthropology, and Siamak Namazi, an American-Iranian businessman, had been formally charged. The exact charges they are facing have not yet been revealed. All three were arrested separately in the past year. Their cases “have been referred for processing to court”, according to the prosecutor … [Read more...] about Iran indicts three dual nationals including Briton, reports say
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Next week, when Britain goes to the polls, the crucial battlegrounds will be in the Midlands and the north of England, where traditional working-class Labour voters who support Brexit are being lured by Boris Johnson’s pledge to “Get Brexit done”. Many are considering voting Tory for the first time. As someone raised in a northern working-class town and whose dad was white and working-class, I understand the frustrations that led to Brexit (if my dad was still alive he may well have voted leave), and why so many people want the referendum result to be swiftly enforced. Over the past few weeks I’ve read a lot of articles where remainers talk to remainers and leavers to leavers. So let me reach out, respectfully, from a remainer to a leaver, and ask that you think twice about casting your vote for the Conservatives. 1. “Get Brexit done”. Really? It’s a comforting thought that, after this Christmas election, Britain will have left the European … [Read more...] about Dear Labour leavers, if you’re tempted to vote Tory, here are 10 reasons to think again
They are among the most competitive and verbally abusive teams in cricket. And this morning they’re taking on England in the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup. Yet on the eve of the momentous encounter, the most important for the England side in years, it has emerged that the ultra-macho Australian team are going to decidedly bizarre lengths in their desperation for victory. For their coach Justin Langer has introduced an extraordinary new training ritual in the hope of boosting their performance. No, not a new approach to sledging — verbally insulting and intimidating the opposition on the field — at which the Aussies are past masters. Nor a variation of ball tampering — last year the Aussies were caught cheating by sandpapering the ball to make it swing in flight so batsmen found it more difficult to hit. Instead, Langer — who has confessed to being ‘a bit of a hippy’ — has been getting his team to sit barefoot in a circle on a … [Read more...] about Australia’s superstitious cricket stars have a bizarre new pre-match ritual. So does walking barefoot across the field before a match really give them a path to victory?
Josie Cunningham has paid tribute to the baby she aborted two years ago by having a sleeve tattoo inked onto her arm. The controversial model - who has four children - decided to have a multitude of designs, dates and phrases tattooed on her arm in order to remember the child she never gave birth to, according to a new report. Josie, 26, made headlines in 2015 when she chose to abort an unplanned pregnancy at 12 weeks in order to undergo a nose job, after surgeons said it was too risky to have the procedure while expecting. According to sources, she’s now branded that the “biggest mistake” of her life and in a bid to always remember what happened, had various designs inked onto her arm. "She refers to her sleeve tattoo as her 'shrine' to her unborn baby. "Many people bury their shame and try to forget about the decision to terminate their child - but Josie believes it's something she would never forget. "It's like she's punishing herself,” an insider told OK … [Read more...] about Josie Cunningham ‘punishes herself’ with huge arm sleeve tattoo shrine to the baby she aborted
“We have got to fight against privilege,” George Orwell exhorted in 1941, “against the notion that a half-witted public schoolboy is better for command than an intelligent mechanic.” England, he wrote, is governed by an “unteachable” ruling class that too frequently escapes into “stupidity”, failing to see “that an economic system in which land, factories, mines and transport are owned privately and operated solely for profit ... does not work.” Only a socialist revolution, he continued, could unleash the “native genius of the English people”. Of course, “the bankers and the larger businessmen, the landowners and dividend-drawers, the officials with their prehensile bottoms, will obstruct for all they are worth”. But, never mind: “if the rich squeal audibly, so much the better”. One measure of how little has changed is that Orwell’s diagnosis of the country he called a “rich … [Read more...] about England’s last roar: Pankaj Mishra on nationalism and the election