Author and Journalist
Afshin is an award-winning journalist and author who is the CEO of Alternate Reality Productions Ltd. which makes television for international broadcasters.
One of its current commissions in Double Standards, recorded in London and broadcast on Press TV. He is also the host of this weekly, topical political satire show. Recent interviewees have included Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary; Sir Paul Lever, Chairman of RUSI and former head of the British Joint Intelligence Committee, overseeing MI5 and MI6; Colonel Stuart Tootal, former commander of British troops in Afghanistan; Lt. General Harry D. Raduege, Fmr. Pentagon Security Chief on 9/11; Imran Khan, Founder of Pakistan’s Movement & Justice Party; Ambassadors of Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia, Malaysia, Sudan and Eritrea; David Mepham, director of Human Rights Watch and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, UN Criminal Prosecutor.
He has anchored news for Press TV from Tehran and was was one of the first English-language employees of Al Jazeera and worked at the Arab satellite station's flagship programme, 'Top Secret' which uncovered the Al Qaeda plot to attack Washington and New York in 2001. He worked at the BBC Today programme during the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003 and also edited at Bloomberg Television and CNN International. He also helped launch the Dubai Business Channel and worked for the BBC Economics Unit.
He writes for Counterpunch and began his journalism for The Guardian in London where he wrote a column between 1986-1992. He has written for the New Statesman, Flaunt, Attitude, The Oldie, i-D, His quartet of novels, "The Dream of the Decade", is available at Amazon.com.
He has also worked as a political and environmental catastrophe risk analyst for a leading Lloyd's of London agency.
He was given a Sony award for outstanding contribution to international journalism at a ceremony in London in 2002.
Contact Afshin at afshinrattansi[at]hotmail.com