Lauren Razavi

Freelance Journalist and Foreign Reporter

I'm a foreign reporter and features writer, specialising in the realms of politics, development and technology from all over the world.

United Kingdom


New Statesman

Has terrorism already claimed its next victim in Britain: our right to privacy?

Following last week's tragic events in France, the world has spoken out in solidarity against religious extremism, and in support of the freedom of expression. But alongside...

New Statesman

No spanking or bondage: why the government's new porn laws are arbitrary and sexist

In a hopeless government attempt to control what Britons get off on, new rules regulating the UK porn industry have come into force this week. The Audiovisual Media Services...

The Guardian

How Rabat's Mawazine music festival is signalling progress for the city

It's 10pm on a Friday evening and 100,000 people have gathered at the OLM Souissi arena in Rabat. Agdal, the district that houses the enormous outdoor stage, is one of the...


Where are the best and worse places to be an expat?

There's a lot to consider when emigrating to another country: salary, cost of living, quality of life, entitlement to healthcare... If you're thinking of joining the 320,000...

The Guardian

Welcome to Norwich - England's first city of literature

What makes a city a literary giant? According to Unesco, it takes a rare and rarified combination of editorial initiatives and educational programmes, lashings of libraries,...

New Statesman

A citizen's income of £71 a week per person would make Britain fairer

What would you do with an extra £71 per week? That's the question posed by The Citizen's Income Trust, an organisation that promotes debate on the concept of a universal income...

The Guardian

Language learning: what motivates us?

"Where's your name from?" I wasn't expecting to be the subject of my interview with John Schumann, but the linguistics professor had picked up on my Persian surname. Talking to...


Wendy Ruderman on writing true crime and winning a Pulitzer

Wendy Ruderman [left] is co-author of true crime book Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love and co-winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for...


Freelance versus full-time

Would you rather work alone, or do you need a job that's part of a team to feel inspired? Lauren Razavi quizzes journalists who've tried different positions... Declining print...


Rachel Khoo: Making it in food and television

Rachel Khoo is a self-made fashion PR-turned-food star with a passion for vintage clothes and travel. Her cookbook, The Little Paris Kitchen , and the accompanying BBC Two...


University students hold the key to LGBT progress - Telegraph

As a modern human at a liberal institution, this news garnered a fairly nonchalant response: I shrugged and asked him if he wanted another coffee. Caffeine was far more of a...


Does a master's degree make you any more employable?

As the possibility of unemployment looms for many, more than 500,000 each year choose to pursue further study in the form of a postgraduate taught programme such as a master's....