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Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri was the executive editor-in-chief of the daily Kayhan in Iran from 1972 to 1979. He has worked at or written for innumerable publications, published eleven books, and has been a columnist for Asharq Al-Awsat since 1987

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Iran: Why the Old Recipe Does Not Work

No matter what gloss the ruling clerics might try to put on current events in Iran, one point is cle

The General’s Death Upsets Iran’s Plan

While analysts and policymakers are busy speculating on ways that Tehran’s ruling mullahs might aven

Trump’s Foes Can’t Beat him with Caricatures

If US President Donald Trump has his way, his impeachment trial should begin soon after the new year

An Interesting Year Comes to an End

As 2019 ends, the phrase that comes to mind is "what an interesting year!" And, the word “interestin

Britain: Flushing Out the Corbynista

The British Conservative Party’s victory at last week’s general election has been described variousl

Despots of the Square-Kilometer Empires

In a recent speech in Tehran Ayatollah Golpayegani, Chief of Staff of “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei c

The Mullahs’ Losing Game

When popular protests erupted in Iran’s top 100 cities, including the capital Tehran, last month, it

Iran: Between Samson and Samsung

As the latest wave of protests in Iran begins to subside, at least for the time being, the Khomeinis

Iran and the Ayatollah’s Fake Suicide-Belt

Like other totalitarian ideologies, from its murky beginnings in the 1960s, Khomeinism, has tried to

Old Tricks and the Iraqi Genie

Although it is too early to speculate about the outcome for the Iraqi uprising, one fact is clear: W

The High Risks of Soleimani’s Solution for Iraq

For almost two decades, a former bricklayer from Kirman, southeast Iran, has been in charge of an em

In Middle East: Pull Down Facades

For the past two weeks or so, the state-controlled media in Tehran have been wondering how to cope w

Why Soleimani Misreads Lebanon

The way the state-controlled media in Tehran put it the wave of protests in Lebanon is about “showin

The Real Cost of Turkey’s Kurdish Obsession

A classical dictum cited by Clausewitz, the father of war studies as an academic discipline, tells u

A Game of All Losers in Syria

While a "will-they won’t-they" speculation regarding a possible Turkish invasion of Syria continues,


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