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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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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

Putin and the Mullahs

In 2015 when President Hassan Rouhani advertised his “nuke deal” with the Obama administration as “t

Iran: Flogging a Dead Donkey Is Futile

Of all the futile things one could imagine beating a dead donkey in the hope of forcing it to move o

How Tehran Tries to Drown the Fish

Is the Islamic Republic collecting fresh “assets” with which to enter into a possible dialogue with

Iran's Trojan Army Faces Challenge in Iraq

By the end of July, Iraq is set to face what may be the biggest challenge it has faced in its post-l

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’

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