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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: Self-Harming with Anti-Americanism

What Ails the Islamic Republic in Iran?

When Memory Becomes a Prison of Nations

Should the writing of history be treated as a governmental project?

Biden Offers an Obama-Trump Cocktail

If elected next November, Joe Biden would be the US president with the longest association with fore

Iran’s New Make-believe Diplomacy

How does the Khomeinist leadership in Tehran see the contemporary world?

Curse him, then Copy him

By all accounts, Donald J Trump is an atypical character among the 45 men who have served as Preside

Rage Produces Much Heat but Little Light

It is too early to tell whether the recent riots in the United States were inspired by genuine conce

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


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