Borzou Daragahi

Middle East Correspondent for the Financial Times

Borzou Daragahi appears in the following:

ISIS Video Shocks Arab World

Friday, February 06, 2015

The ISIS video depicting Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive pierced through the violence fatigue of the Arab world, says FT correspondent Borzou Daragahi.

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Fallout From Iran Currency Devaluation

Friday, October 05, 2012

Borzou Daragahi, Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, and Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times Tehran Bureau chief, discuss the fallout from the devaluation of Iran's currency.


Damascus in Disarray

Friday, July 20, 2012

It’s been two days since a bomb ripped through a high-level meeting that killed Bashar Al-Assad’s defense minister and brother-in-law. And the capital of Damascus is seeing its worst violence yet. Some are saying Damascus is looking more likely than ever to fall, and that it could happen sooner than anyone thought possible. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, has been observing the situation from Beirut.


Remembering Anthony Shadid

Friday, February 17, 2012

This morning we are heartbroken to report that Anthony Shadid of our partner The New York Times is no longer one of the survivors. The veteran Middle East correspondent for The Times, Washington Post and Boston Globe and long time voice on this program has died. A fatal asthma attack while he was reporting in chaotic Syria, working undercover. His body carried across the Syrian border and home by a colleague yesterday.


International Plans to End Syrian Conflict

Monday, January 23, 2012

Over the past ten months, Syrian Security Forces have killed more than 5,000 protestors across the country. But this weekend, two key voices announced their calls to action: the Arab League will seek U.N. Security Council approval to peacefully end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer introduced a bill that would block financial aid and create trade sanctions against Syrian leaders involved in the crackdown.


Middle East Update: Syria

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Los Angeles Times Beirut Bureau Chief Borzou Daragahi reports on the latest developments in Syria, including the recall of the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

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NATO: A Divided Mission in Libya?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Berlin attending NATO meetings, where members of the alliance are debating whether to step up their attacks on Libyan forces. Meanwhile, Libyan rebels are warning of an immanent blood bath in the city of Misurata if NATO does not intensify their air attacks. Thursday, Col. Moammar Gaddhafi rode around around Tripoli in a convertible, defiantly waving his fists at the allied forces. What is the way forward for NATO and is its latest combat mission a reflection of how little it can do to with such a divided force?


Top of the Hour: No-Fly Zone Over Libya, Morning Headlines

Friday, March 18, 2011

The U.N. Security Council voted Thursday to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya, in a  10 to zero vote. Mideast bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, Borzhou Daragahi, says that Col. Gadhafi and his loyalists were surprised by the news.


Tunisia: Checking In on the Jasmine Revolution

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Steven Cook, senior fellow for the Middle Eastern Studies Council on Foreign Relations, and Borzou DaragahiLos Angeles Times Beirut bureau chief, discuss what's happening on the ground in the Tunisian capital and what it means for the rest of the Middle East and North Africa.

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Protests Continue in Tunisia

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to protest the rule of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014. The country has been rattled for weeks by protests over high unemployment, inflation and corruption. The protests have left 23 dead.


Lebanon's Government Collapses

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Lebanese government has collapsed following the resignation of eleven ministers from Hezbollah and its allies. Their resignation from the government came in the midst of a dispute over a U.N. tribunal, which has found ties between the 2005 assassination of former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah.

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Hezbollah Threatens to Topple Lebanese Government

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hezbollah and its allies have threatened to withdraw from Lebanon’s government today, deepening a crisis resulting from the assassination of former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. The U.N backed investigation is expected to name members of Hezbollah in his killing. A withdrawal from the Lebanese cabinet would cause the government to dissolve and the threat already sent negative ripples through the investment climate in that country. Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times Borzou Daragahi reports from Beirut.


New Details in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Last week's suicide bombing in Afghanistan that claimed the lives of 7 CIA employees got a lot more complicated yesterday when it was revealed that the bomber was, in fact, a double agent, originally working for the Jordanian intelligence to infiltrate al-Qaida.  Prior to the attack, 36-year-old Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi was a Jordanian doctor who had ingratiated himself with the CIA employees he would later kill. For more details, we speak with Anand Gopal, reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Kabul, as well as Borzou Dargahi, L.A. Times Middle East correspondent.


Protesters Slain in Iran Protests

Monday, December 28, 2009

Violence erupted in Tehran yesterday, leaving at least 8 people dead. The deaths came after police fired upon protesters; one of those killed was the nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi, the leading opposition candidate in fall's presidential election.  L.A. Times Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi believes more protests are on their way in Iran.  Iran is also facing President Obama's deadline of December 31st to sign a deal that would make Iran ship out its enriched uranium in exchange for nuclear fuel.  The U.S. has said that they will pursue tougher U.N. sanctions on Iran if they do not sign the deal. 


After Death of Opposition Cleric, Iran Cracks Down on Protesters

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Since the disputed presidential elections in Iran this past summer, the government has cracked down on protesters, the opposition movement and the media. In the last several days (and since the death of noted cleric Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, who had frequently spoken out against the government), protestors have again been taking to the streets. For an update on the political environment in Iran, we call Beirut to talk with Borzou Daragahi, the Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, who has managed to continue reporting from Tehran.