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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: the Masks of Jefferson and Attila

Iranians are supposed to go to the polls on Friday to elect a new Islamic Consultative Assembly, an

Ouyar Hassan Invited to the Polls… Again

Since the 19th century, caricature has been used to highlight in a humorous mode the key features of

A Man of a Thousand Faces Wears a New Mask

Whatever one might think of Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic in Iran, one thing is

Tehran and its Three Fantasies

“He died, so that Iran lives!’ this is the slogan attached to posters and T-shirts distributed in Te

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


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