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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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Erdogan and the Wisdom of Timely Exit

If we regard history as a stage, on which the drama of human existence is played, we may pay heed to

Trump’s Iran Sanctions Face Seven Fallacies

As President Trump tightens the screws on the current ruling elite in Tehran, the debate on the poss

The 'Cat-And-Mouse' World of the Ayatollah

A few weeks ago, the Islamic Republic’s “Supreme Guide” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described his regime’

The Death of Iran’s Japanese Dream

In a recent column, I talked about Japan’s “Iranian dream” the latest sequence of which consisted of

Diplomatic Gesticulations Won’t Solve the Iran Problem

What do politicians do when they cannot do anything but are obliged to pretend that they are doing s

Iran and the American Forbidden Fruit

“Why do they hate us?” This is a question frequently put to me by Americans when discussing the rabi

What Is Bernie Sanders Worried About?

"No war with Iran!" The shop-worn slogan, in circulation for four decades, is back in vogue as self-

Iran’s Options and the Destructive Defiance

According to an old adage every crisis also contains an opportunity.

Tehran Apologists Should Change their Tune

One of the problems with a dispassionate discussion of matters related to Iran today is that the iss

Europe’s Three Concerns About Iran

Talking to European think-tankers and policymakers in recent weeks one gets the impression that, see

Iran and a Tale of Two Losers

Last November Westminster University in London organized a seminar with an enticing theme: Is a Plan

From Khartoum to Tehran: Graveyard of Forlorn Hopes

Last month, the Islamic Republic’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei published his manifesto for “buildin

When the Ayatollah Plays His Joker

For years, “Iran experts” in the West have regarded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as

Iran: The Ventriloquist Dummy’s New Lexicon

Though it is too early to assess the impact of President Donald Trump’s decision to harden US policy

The Floods, the Mullahs and the Cinderella in Boots

It may take weeks if not months before the full facts of the current nationwide floods in Iran are e


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