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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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Mullahs and the English Opium-Eater

When reality is too hard to bear imagination may rescue you from despair.

Common Causes of Three Crises in Three Continents

Three crises in three continents: Iran in Asia, Algeria in Africa and Venezuela in Latin America.

Mullahs Pushed Off the Gravy Train

If you are one of the 3,400 mullahs who work as Friday Prayer Leader (Imam Jum’ah) in the Islamic Re

Latest Fashion in Politics: Going Dutch

In English, the expression “going Dutch” is applied to a group of friends who go out to dinner toget

Putin to Join the Mullahs’ Deception Club

“Talk to Iran!” This is the advice some Western politicians have bandied around since 1979 when the

Mullahs Masquerading as Patriots: Will it Work?

What do scoundrels do, when caught red handed in their shenanigans?

Syria: French Count Returns as Russian Apparatchik

Had I believed in the transmigration of souls I might have thought that the spirit of a French arist

Why Tehran Crosses Only 'Pink Lines'

Talk to any senior European Union official and you are sure to hear the Islamic Republic in Iran des

Trump: In Third Year with Three Charges

Theoretically, we have another year before the next American presidential campaign gets underway.

France: I Am Angry, Therefore I Am

“We are angry!” This is the sentence that I have repeatedly heard from Gilets-Jaunes (Yellow Waistco

Trump and a World Without Gary Cooper

Like some of his other quick-tweet decisions President Donald Trump’s announcement, last month, on t

Iran’s Schizophrenia Heats Up the Debate

As the leadership in Tehran prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, a gr

The Growing Poverty of Political Debate

As the year 2018 draws to a close, what are the trends that it highlighted in political life? The

Why Trump Can’t Be Airbrushed Out of the Picture

As the American political elite head for Christmas holidays, the buzz in Washington circles is that

The Canary in the French Mine

Normally, this time of the year, the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris has a festive air with Christmas


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