Borzou Daragahi πŸ–ŠπŸ—’ Profile picture
International Correspondent for @Independent. Senior Fellow at @ACScowcroft. DMs open for ideas, tips, questions
4 Aug
Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port
Another view of the explosions in Beirut
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26 Jul
Hurricane that Trump ignores while playing golf knocks down his shoddily built border wall
He built a privately funded border wall. It's already at risk of falling down if not fixed. texastribune.org/2020/07/02/tex… via @TexasTribune
Trump accelerates border wall construction ahead of election, despite pandemic latimes.com/world-nation/s…
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21 Jun
The US is a dangerous failed state. Russia, Saudi and UAE got the memo and are acting accordingly. Western democracies should wake up to the US threat and intervene in 2020 elections like everyone else is. My piece independent.co.uk/independentpre…
Between the three of them, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Turkey now have 63 ongoing lobbying operations in Washington. By way of comparison the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands have exactly zero independent.co.uk/independentpre…
European diplomats insist on β€œtransparent” relations with US. But there’s a precedent for clandestine interference in elections of a Western ally: US repeatedly intervened in post-war Italian elections. Democracies should do same in US 2020 vote. independent.co.uk/independentpre…
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14 Jun
A provocative attempt to discuss and take on the racism in the Libyan community that targets darker skinned people. Via @LibyaintheUK
African Shia cleric calls out persistent racism among Iranian and Pakistani religious communities, describing some of his personal experiences in powerful interview
Caribbean cricketer @darensammy88 was given a racist nickname when he played for a team in India. He recently learned from @hasanminhaj’s show what the word meant. Now he’s demanding an open discussion, and an apology espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/292…
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3 Jun
Wow: Merkel blew off Trump summit because she did not want to be part of anti-China display, opposed inviting Putin, did not want to be seen as interfering in US domestic politics. and was shocked by US decision to pull out of WHO nytimes.com/2020/06/02/wor…
The reason she gave was coronavirus fears, which is gonna be the go-to excuse to avoid unwanted dinner invites for the next two years
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31 May
George Floyd's last words 1/3

"It's my face man
I didn't do nothing serious man
please please
please I can't breathe
please man
please somebody
please man
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
please man can't breathe, my face
just get up
I can't breathe, please.."
2/3

"I can't breathe shit...
I will
I can't move
mama
mama
I can't
my knee
my nuts
I'm through
I'm through
I'm claustrophobic
my stomach hurt
my neck hurts
everything hurts
some water or something
please
please
I can't breathe officer
don't kill me
they gonna kill me man..."
3/3

"Come on man
I cannot breathe
I cannot breathe
they gonna kill me
they gonna kill me
I can't breathe
I can't breathe
please sir
please
please
please I can't breathe."
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16 May
Any insights as to what @secpompeo was being investigated for?
Story from last year suggests @secpompeo and his wife were being probed for using diplomatic security services to fetch Chinese food and pick up their dog from its hair salon cnn.com/2019/07/01/pol…
Mike β€œTakeout” Pompeo was being investigated for using State Department security officials to pick up Chinese food from restaurant and his wife’s dog from coiffure
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12 Jan
Student protesters at Tehran’s Beheshti University take pains to avoid trampling on US and Israeli flags painted on entrance walkway
Students shout down Iran regime enforcers who walk across flags of US and Israel at entrance of Tehran’s Beheshti University. Via @ManotoNews
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11 Jan
Wow: Iranian students in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran protest regime downing of passenger plane full of students. "Resignation is not enough. Prosecution is necessary," they chant
Here they confront security forces coming to disperse protest of grieving students. "Without honor," they chant
Iran regime thugs who murdered students in the air now beating and teargassing them on the streets in front of Amir Kabir University
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11 Jan
One lesson of Ukraine Airlines 752: Our cities, our skies, our seas are too crowded for armed conflict. The 19th century is no longer. There’s no room for the aspirations of the belligerent, noisy bullies who dominate our world.
Pro-tip: If your response to tweet to cheerlead your fave bully, you really, really don't get it. Perhaps visit a mountain for a few months or years and re-evaluate your life
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15 Oct 18
Journalists at Saudi consulate in Istanbul spotting cleaners coming into building just before Turkish investigators are scheduled to arrive to probe Jamal Khashoggi disappearance (via APTN feed)
Cuz the way to preserve the integrity of a possible crime scene and bolster confidence in the investigation is to bring in a bunch of cleaners through the front door before the detectives arrive
Just leaving the Saudi consulate now. A little bit of activity, lots of journalists but no sign yet of Turkish investigators
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8 Feb 18
Wow. Estonia's spy service has published a 72-page report sketching out Putin regime's malevolent clandestine influence and information operations
From the report, re: Syria: "In 2018 Russia is likely looking for ways to get involved in other conflict areas in the Middle East and Africa. The main purpose of such activity is to irritate the West, and not necessarily contribute to the resolution of these conflicts."
From the report: "In the Persian Gulf region, Russia is trying to undermine the US-led regional security architecture. To do so, Russia is trying to benefit from the frictions between the US and its Arab allies concerning, above all, Iran’s role in the region."
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2 Jan 18
Incredible rage toward the security forces in Tuyserkan, a county seat of 40,000 in the province of Hamadan. This could be a scene out of Sidi Bouzid seven years ago.
One thing to add to @maasalan's very good @politico piece about @telegram in Iran, pro-regime and hardline news outlets and forums have also taken to the platform big time. Hard to overstate its importance in Iran. politico.com/magazine/story…
"What is happening in Iran will be over in a few days, and there is no reason to worry at all," Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Supreme National Security Council presstv.com/Detail/2018/01…
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30 Dec 17
ISIS: My defeat will be biggest Middle East story of 2017.

MbS: No way. My rise will be biggest Middle East story of 2017.

Iran: Hold my doogh.
Amazing: In Iran’s city of Rasht protestors chant against the IRGC and Basiji militia while warmly welcoming members of the security forces into their midst
Observation: In three days of Iran protests, not a single green ribbon or banner, no references to Khatami, Mousavi, or Karroubi, no posters or portraits or banners of any sort - but lots of slogans against Khamenei, regime, IRGC.
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