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Researchers become prime targets in Mideast power plays


PARIS: Authoritarian governments in the Middle East are increasingly willing to seize researchers and academics, who are seen as valuable bargaining chips in their joustings with Western nations, analysts warn.“The risks now facing researchers in the Middle East are unprecedented,“ said Jean-Pierre Filiu, a historian at France’s Sciences Po university.Filiu was speaking on Friday at a forum dedicated to two French colleagues, Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, who have been imprisoned in Iran since their arrest last June.They have been charged with conspiracy or collusion against national security, while Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert of the University of Melbourne is serving a …read more

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