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Amir Taheri
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on : Monday, 31 Aug, 2015

The Supreme Guide and the Substance of the Angels

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Is Iran’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei created from the same substance as angels? The question is part of a galaxy of theories and counter-theories used to build up his personality cult as a figure beyond and above mere mortals. In the 17th century the theologian of Isfahan Mullah Muhammad-Baqer Majlisi devised the theory according to which God created the whole of universe for the sake of the descendants of Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter, and her co...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 12 Aug, 2015

As Iran builds naval power, it looks to Oman as the big prize

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Early last month, Rear Admiral Habiballah Sayyari, the Commander of Iranian Navy, visited Russia at the head of a top-level delegation that included the navy’s Technical Commander Rear Admiral Abbas Zamani. Ostensibly, the group had come to visit the International Maritime Defense Exhibition in Moscow. However, as Russian and Iranian sources reported later, the Iranian delegation had also brought “an impressive shopping lift” for Russian hardware and software. Det...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Winners and Losers

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—We are still a long way before the “deal” on Iran’s nuclear program becomes reality, if ever. However, even if it doesn’t, the process ...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 8 Apr, 2015

Iran’s Nuclear Drama: From “Death to America” to “Anxious Hearts”

Thanks to one of those ironies that adds spice to history, the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers, led by the United States, took place at the Hotel...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Thursday, 19 Mar, 2015

The Mullahs’ Contrasting World Visions

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—As Iran and the United States resume talks on a deal for Iran’s nuclear program, there are conflicting signals from Tehran regarding the Islamic Rep...

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Mona Alami
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on : Friday, 13 Mar, 2015

ISIS’s Child Recruitment Overdrive

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Videos of teenagers and young boys being trained in the use of weapons as well as guerrilla warfare have been circulated profusely on the Internet in ...

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Mona Alami
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on : Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2015

Tehran’s Political and Military Hegemony Over Baghdad

As the world focuses its attention on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), from Syria and Iraq to Libya, the serious dangers posed by Iran-backed Shi’ite mili...

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Kifah Ziboun
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on : Wednesday, 18 Feb, 2015

Israel’s youngest Palestinian prisoner: I learned what suffering means in jail

Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—While many teenage girls around the world are preoccupied with navigating the adolescent dramas of high school, feuding with their parents, and ...

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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Saturday, 14 Feb, 2015

Kobani: A Looming Humanitarian Disaster

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—After four months of incessant fighting, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has finally been driven out of Kobani, but with much of the S...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 11 Feb, 2015

Iran is not China and Obama is not Nixon

What do George Clooney, Jack Straw and Zbigniew Brzezinski have in common? The Hollywood star who sells coffee machines in TV ads, the former British foreign secretary, and the...

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