Sune Engel Rasmussen @suneengel

Middle East Correspondent🕵🏼‍♂️ for the Wall Street Journal. Kabul and Tehran were home. Now it's #Beirut 🇱🇧 Tweeting @suneengel

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Oh, hello New York.

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May 2019

For 40 years, Iranians have been at the centre of geopolitical drama and, in the eyes of many, had a reputation of being irrational, hotheaded and radical. The reality, of course, is the exact opposite. Iranians are generally mild-tempered, warm, exceedingly hospitable and very rational. There are as many opinions about the country’s leadership as there are Iranians, but most of the people I meet in Iran just want to be left in peace and live in peace. I know this sounds banal, I’m not passing on any deep insight here, but reporting on the growing tensions these days, you get the sense that old calcified stereotypes about the Iranians are still strong. I took this photo a week ago. #iran #tehran #city #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiran #everydayasia

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May 2019

Spring evenings in Tehran. #iran #tehran #spring #cafe #everydayiran #everydaymiddleeast

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May 2019

Iran is changing, and not only for the worse. I don’t want to in any way minimize the economic hardship facing almost all Iranians, or how stressful it must be to live under constant threats and demonization. But at the same time, Iranians are claiming more space in society and winning more social freedoms, in Tehran at least. I shot this video last week. For the three years I lived in Iran, I never saw street musicians playing for a crowd in this way. #tehran #iran #music #busker #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiran #everydayasia

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May 2019

Getting the lay of the land. And rug tales. #tehran #iran #bazaar #persianrug #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiran #everydayasia

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May 2019

One of my favorite places in Iran - no, the world: Tehran’s carpet bazaar. #iran #tehran #persianrugs #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiran #everydayasia

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May 2019

Friday prayer in Tehran last week coincided with the U.S. cancelling waivers that allowed some of Iran’s biggest customers to purchase oil. A big blow to the Iranian economy. As usual, the sermon (delivered by the ultra conservative cleric Ahmad Khatami ) railed against the misdeeds of “The Great Satan” and prompted a lot of “death to America” chants. As is also usual in Iran, as the only Westerner at the prayer, I was treated with unfailing friendliness and hospitality. #iran #tehran #friday #fridayprayer #prayer #faith #islam #everydayiran #everydaymiddleeast #everydayasia

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May 2019

The Grand Bazaar, Tehran.

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May 2019

I was back in Iran last week for the first time since I left five years ago. I used to live in Tehran, and driving and walking around the city, was more nostalgic than I had thought it would be. But the city has also changed. It’s freer than I have ever seen it - both in terms of social norms and public political discussions - but it’s also a place ridden with anxiety. The economic hardship is really taking its toll, the combative policies of the US have empowered hardliners, and the people I spoke to see little hope of change any time soon. I’ll be writing a couple of stories from my trip, and in the meantime posting pictures here. #tehran #iran #everydayiran #middleeast #everydaymiddleeast #everydayasia #city #urban

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April 2019

Nørrebro, Copenhagen.

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April 2019

Tak til alle, som kom til min boglancering i går. Det var en stor fornøjelse at fortælle jer om arbejdet med “Nyt Blod”, og en kæmpe fornøjelse at se så mange - gamle venner, venner jeg aldrig havde mødt, og en masse nye ansigter. Og tak til de højere magter, som aflyste Paludan enmandscirkus, så vi slap for en borgerkrig udenfor vinduet. * Thanks to everyone who turned up for my book launch yesterday. What an absolute pleasure to see so many old and new faces who wanted to hear about my book “Nyt Blod” (in Danish, New Blood ). #afghanistan #nørrebro #copenhagen #bøger

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February 2019

Beirut. #springvibes #beirut #lebanon #middleeast

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January 2019

Woman and chickens, Cambodia. #cambodia #everydayasia #asia #market

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January 2019

Man and horse, Cambodia. #cambodia #everydayasia #asia

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January 2019

Throwback to holiday with this one. What a babe. #cambodia #vacation #beach

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January 2019

Some of the 1,400 students at a school in Ghaydah in eastern Yemen where Saudi Arabia has been trying to buy goodwill from the local population by gifting schoolbooks, fuel and medical facilities. Many residents here think these acts of proclaimed charity are a way for Saudi Arabia to entrench its military by buying loyalty and taking over the airport, seaport and several border crossings into neighboring Oman. Saudi Arabia, of course, has been one of the main forces behind the past four years’ destruction of Yemen. Saudis say they are in eastern Yemen to prevent its enemies - such as Houthis rebels who are backed by Iran - from gaining a foothold there. But al-Mahra province, where I took this photo, has never had a significant Houthi presence. In fact, it’s largely evaded the war, and locals here say they’d like to keep it that way, and ask Saudi Arabia to leave them alone. My story “Saudi Attempts to Win Over Locals in Yemen Stir Anger” is out in today’s Wall Street Journal ( @wsj ) #yemen #saudiarabia #war #school #schoolgirl #children #middleeast #everydaymiddleeast

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January 2019

In December I went to al-Mahra in eastern Yemen to report a story on how Saudi Arabia is trying to buy loyalty of local communities with gifts: school books, medical facilities, fuel. But after four years of war, in which Saudi Arabia has been the main force behind the total destruction of Yemen, many local residents aren’t having it. They call the Saudis invaders and just want to be left alone. Sadly, the Yemenis are not going to be left alone any time soon. Here, the Arabian Sea port in Nishtoon where banners with the images of Saudi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father, King Salman, leave little doubt as to who is behind the gifted fuel in the tankers in the background. My story, “Saudi Attempts to Win Over Locals in Yemen Stir Anger” out in today’s @wsj #yemen #saudiarabia #saudi #development #war #mbs #military #middleeast #everydaymiddleeast

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January 2019

Kicking off 2019 in the jungle. Look, it’s Angkor Wat! 😳🙏🏻 #angkorwat #cambodia #tourist #travel #asia

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December 2018

This is 15-year-old Nada al-Ahdal, one of the most impressive humans I have met in a while. At the age of 10, Nada escaped an arranged marriage by running away from her parents’ home in Yemen, and was taken in by an uncle who opposed child marriages. After speaking out against the practice in a widely shared YouTube video, Nada became an outspoken child rights activist. She now lives in Cairo, has co-written a book and taught herself to speak English in a year through online courses. This month, she returned to Yemen for the first time in five years to speak to school girls in the town of Ghayda, who were as old as she was when she eloped. It was an emotional return, even more so because Nada wasn’t able to see her parents in her home city of Hodeidah, which is now a frontline in the war. #yemen #war #children #humanrights #school #everydaymiddleeast

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December 2018

Schoolgirls in al-Ghaydah, eastern Yemen. #yemen #school #war #kids #everydaymiddleeast

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December 2018

Fighter, Yemen. #yemen #teenager #war #fighter #everydaymiddleeast

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December 2018

A fisherman in Nishtun, on the eastern coast of Yemen. The coastline in al-Mahra province is one of the main gateways in Yemen for smugglers who transfer goods from larger ships in international waters on to smaller dhows operated by local fishermen, which are harder to detect. The coast guard (in the background ), supported by Saudi Arabia, is particularly on the lookout for missile parts supplied by Iran to Houthi rebels in the northern part of the country, and drugs that make their way to Saudi. #yemen #saudiarabia #iran #war #smuggling #everydaymiddleeast

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December 2018

The port of Nishtun in eastern Yemen. This is one of the more peaceful parts of the country, relatively speaking, but it’s also at the centre of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to gain influence in Yemen. The coastline of Al-Mahra province is over 500 km long, and a prime spot for smugglers trafficking weapons (to Houthis rebels ), people (to Saudi Arabia ) and drugs (to everyone! ). Saudi’s presence here is more subtle than elsewhere in the country where it has bombed villages to smithereens, killed thousands of civilians and been possibly the main driver behind the war. In Al-Mahra, Saudis are trying to win hearts and minds, building a couple of medical facilities but also posting soldiers along the coast to catch smugglers. Some Yemenis are okay having them here, some are definitely not. #yemen #saudi #war #smuggling #coast #everydaymiddleeast

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December 2018

Pro-government fighters in Yemen. #yemen #war #fighters #middleeast #everydaymiddleeast #everydayeverywhere

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October 2018

Protesters in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul today. The investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has now turned to a well inside the consulate where Turkish investigators say his dismembered body parts might have been dumped. At least that’s what Turkish state media is telling us the investigation is focusing on. It’s hard to know what evidence the Turkish government actually has, considering the steady pace with which leaks of information have dripped into the public so far. At this point Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledges that Khashoggi was killed, and he even admits that the Turks think the murder was premeditated. To be continued. #istanbul #turkey #saudi #khashoggi #middleeast #mbs

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October 2018

I got this hand delivered to Beirut the other day, and it’s a gem. @lalagesnow is a friend but even if she wasn’t, I’d tell you to get a copy of her debut book, War Gardens, immediately. She’s one of the bravest reporters to have covered the Afghan war (and other wars ) and her idea of portraying conflict through gardens, showing how people make space and time for themselves amid destruction, is original and incisive. Highly recommend this one #wargardens #afghanistan #iraq #war #bookstagram

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October 2018

Thursday afternoons on the Corniche. (Don’t mind the trash, it wouldn’t be Beirut without it ) #lebanon #beirut #water #corniche #swimming #endofsummer #everydaymiddleeast

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