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Jack Straw’s The English Job is timely, revealing account of his time in Iran

The former foreign secretary seeks to explain Iran’s deep suspicion of Britain.

“The job is always an English job” goes the Iranian phrase that Jack Straw has borrowed for the title of his new book. It reflects, he says, the widespread Iranian suspicion that “we are some unseen, all-pervasive influence on life and events in Iran”. You can’t help thinking that the serendipitous timing of the book’s publication, just as another Iranian crisis is brewing, will only fuel this paranoia.

Straw described his own role as foreign secretary in the abortive Iran negotiations of 2003-06, in his 2012 memoir, Last …read more

Source: New Statesman

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