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

Western Universities: A Double Invasion 

If you visit Paris these days, you may run into solemn-looking youths distributing a tract that’s says: “Palestine is fighting for all of us!” or tagging this message on the walls: “Stop Genocide in Palestine!” They introduce themselves as university students, young scholars who are supposedly…

Condorcet Gets a Keffiyeh

To those of us old enough to remember the good (or bad) old days of student revolt in Western universities in the 1960s, current disturbances in a number of European and American universities appear as a bad remake of a controversial original. The current disturbances are on a much smaller scale. …

Trials and Tribulations of a Foreign Correspondent

As the first rumblings of war are heard from Europe the editor of a major American newspaper decides to send a reporter to the old continent to see what is going on. He wants “our best and brightest” for the job and finds it in John Jones arousing the jealousy of older and more experienced…

Iran: Making a Future Out of the Past 

Over the past half a century what is called “Iranology” has developed into a global industry with dozens of think-tanks, institutes, faculties and pressure groups trying to understand and explain what is going on in the Iran created by Khomeini in 1979. Patterned on Kremlinology, a bustling…

European Union: Testing Election Ahead

With the campaign for the election of the next European Parliament heating up it is becoming clear that the union of 27 democracies that together form the largest economic bloc in the world is not in good shape. To be sure, the European Union isn’t quite on life-support as its arch-foe Vladimir…

Iran and Israel: Is the Denial Game Over?

“Will this time be different?” This is the question that haunts Tehran political circles as more body bags are flown in from Damascus. The body bags contain the mortal remains of 13 Iranian diplomatic and military officers including two senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Grad Corps…

Moscow Terror Attack: Is Ukraine Responsible?

It took Vladimir Putin days before he conceded that the terror attack on a concert hall in Crocus near Moscow was the work of ISIS operatives from Central Asia. Yet, he continued to fly his earlier kite about Ukraine being responsible. The claim in the sense the Russian leader intends it is too…

Gaza: Razzia as Political Warfare

Although the tragic narrative that started with Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel isn’t yet completed, do-gooders and virtue-signalers are rushing to write their postscripts. British and European Union leaders say the time has come to formally accept the creation of a Palestinian state. UN…

Ukraine: Unintended Consequences

Even a year ago some Russia-watchers believed that President Vladimir Putin might end his war on Ukraine with something like a victory in time before what could be his last re-election campaign. However, now as Russians go to the polls no victory is even remotely in sight. Putin is almost certain…

Europe: Fear of the Elephant and Its Mahout

In the recent summit in Paris of European Union leaders on Ukraine, there was an elephant in the room: The US Republican Party and its current mahout Donald J. Trump. According to those who were able to peep into the session much of the discussion was about what the US will or won’t do in case the…