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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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For a Politically Corrected Paris

With bookshops closed during the Covid-19 lockdown I was obliged to read books I had read before.

Slavery: Is there a Monopoly of Suffering?

Do Western nations, notably the United States and Britain, owe their wealth to black slaves from Afr

Uses of a Cocktail of Grievances

As the outrage inspired by the death of George Floyd in a botched arrest operation calms down it may

Powers Play with Fire in Libya

With coronavirus lockdown gradually whittled down, last week we started working on a series of confe

Return of Nation-States Need Not be a Threat

Had things continued as before, that is to say before the twin pandemic and economic downturn, repor

China is Sending Mixed Signals

Is China frightening or is it frightened? An examination of decisions made in last week’s annual

The Supreme Leader’s New Tom and Jerry Sequence

Is a military clash between the United States and Iran inevitable?

Mullahs’ Missiles Kill Iranians but Can’t Defend Iran

Last Monday’s tragedy in the Gulf of Oman in which 19 Iranian naval officers were killed and 15 othe

Lebanese Zugzwang and Harlequin’s Choice

As Lebanese protests continue, albeit with varying degrees of intensity, speculation over what has c

Mullahs Threaten Trump with October Surprise

With the Khomeinist regime once again in deep trouble, the usual suspects launch a campaign to portr

Coronavirus Crisis: China Isn’t Going to Win

“Is China Winning?” This was the cover headline that the British weekly The Economists unfurled earl

Iran May Need an 'America Free' Day

The United States is on the verge of losing its position as the global superpower.

The Pitfalls of a Shady Peace in Afghanistan

Even before he entered the White House Donald Trump insisted that, as president, he would avoid the

Who Eats the Cake in Tehran?

Will coronavirus help the Islamic Republic’s chief Ali Khamenei alleviate his ramshackle regime’s ca

Uncertainty in a Bleak Moment

Regardless of its denouement, the current coronavirus crisis may end up affecting the authority of t


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