How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: Plea for good English & war on legalese

by Rashmee

Posted on February 8, 2016


In London on Thursday, Iran’s foreign minister spoke simply, clearly and forcefully about the need for a war on “legalese”. It was in the context of a disturbing issue raised by the business types gathered at Chatham House. European banks were cautious about resuming trade with Iran for fear of US penalities. What, asked someone … Continue reading “How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: Plea for good English & war on legalese”

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How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: such candour on no press freedom

by Rashmee

Posted on February 7, 2016


In London on Thursday, Iran’s foreign minister was asked a difficult question by a journalist from the BBC’s Persian Service. What did he have to say about the campaign of intimidation run by your government against journalists, the BBC man asked Mr Zarif. If you’re an Iranian journalist overseas, your family at home is harassed, … Continue reading “How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: such candour on no press freedom”

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How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: smiles, silences, chin calisthenics

by Rashmee

Posted on February 6, 2016


On Thursday, I sat 10-15 feet away from Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, watching the tics that have become a feature with him in three decades as a career diplomat. He nods a great deal and from time to time, he smiles – lining up both upper and lower teeth to meet neatly without … Continue reading “How Mohammad Javad Zarif sells Iran: smiles, silences, chin calisthenics”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK