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The English Job by Jack Straw review - portrait of Iran's fixation with Britain

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

The former foreign secretary examines why Iran, for all its domestic flaws, has just cause to fear foreign influence Almost four years ago, the former foreign secretary Jack Straw went on holiday with his wife and a couple of friends to Iran, where he experienced what he calls a “forced conscription into a thriller”. Visiting the cypress of Abarkuh, a tree estimated to be up to 5,000 years old, the foursome were confronted by a group of men dressed in religiously observant black. They were members of the Basij, the thuggish volunteer offshoot of the Revolutionary Guards , and they handed...
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