Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning Iranian journalist and reporter. He is a correspondent with Fair Observer and a contributor to Asia Times. He is the recipient of a Chevening Award from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, an American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) fellowship and an East-West Center’s Senior Journalists Seminar Fellowship. Kourosh’s writings have appeared on openDemocracy, The Huffington Post, Al-Arabiya, Al-Monitor, Gateway House, BBC Persian and Middle East Eye, among others. Kourosh has conducted more than 500 interviews with prominent world leaders, politicians, public intellectuals, scholars, academicians and some 30 Nobel Prize laureates. He is an elected individual member of Chatham House and has delivered talks at Goldsmiths, University of London and Cambridge Union.
On Twitter, where hundreds of Iranian accounts have been rooting for #Calexit lately, one user wrote, “Dear people of California: our country (Iran) wants your independence, and we are ready to help you in any way we can.”