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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 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,

The Hat, the Turban And the Cap: Which Can Save the Mullahs?

As Hassan Rouhani’s presidency drifts towards what promises to be less than a brilliant end, specula

Tehran’s We Did, We Didn’t Game

How to take credit for a mischief you have committed but do not wish to own up to? This is the di

When Negotiation Is Impossible and War Is Unnecessary

Will the attacks on Saudi oil installations last week upset the status quo that has taken shape in t

Russia: Dreaming of a Return to the West

If every nation, like every language, has its grammar, what is the grammar that might help us unders

Moscow Divided Between Two Proverbs

In Russia, August is often regarded as the uncertain season closing the short summer and opening the

Trump and the Deceiving of Mullahs

For a few hours last weekend, political circles in Tehran were seized with speculative fever regardi

Biarritz Summit: Bright Moment in Silly Season

Journalists across the globe have always regarded this time of the year, the heart of the summer, as

Could this Be the Year of Persian Poetry?

Whatever you may think of Iran, you are likely to acknowledge it as one of the oldest homelands of p


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