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Amir Taheri

Amir Taheri was executive editor in chief of the daily Kayhan in Iran from 1972 to 1979. He has worked at, or written for, innumerable publications and published 11 books.

Twitter:  @AmirTaheri4

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Syria: Looking for ways out of the maze

Western political and diplomatic circles believe that the war in Syria has reached its end, and that one should now focus on the country’s reconstruction. But like all other received ideas, this one is as full of holes as Swiss cheese.

February 16, 2018

Iran: Speaking Swedish, acting North Korean

For the past decade, February — part of which coincides with the month of Bahman in the Iranian calendar — has been marked by febrile political activities in Iran under the Khomeinist regime.

February 09, 2018

Trump, the ayatollah and Twitter

In his first year as US president, Donald Trump has been credited, and more often blamed, for numerous things. His admirers credit him with the 32-percent rise in the American Stock Exchange, and the lowest unemployment rate since the Halcyon days of the 1950s.

February 02, 2018

Turkey: No longer a friend, but not a foe

In May 1994 during a trip to Istanbul to address a conference of Turkish women, I asked colleagues whether there were any rising stars in the then-obscure firmament of Turkish politics. Their almost unanimous answer was: Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

January 26, 2018

Iran nuclear issue must be revisited

The decision by US President Donald Trump to waive sanctions against Iran for a further 120 days has reopened the four-year-old “what to do about Iran” debate.

January 19, 2018

Regime change is the wisest option in Iran

Iran has been in something of turmoil for more than a week now, with crowds of various sizes holding protests in many cities, including Tehran.

January 05, 2018

The year of the Rohingya

Medieval historians in the Middle East often used the memory of particularly great disasters as a label for a year or even a whole epoch under study.

December 29, 2017

Corruption — the Mideast’s political gangrene

Following the strict measures taken recently by the Saudi government against dozens of prominent figures, the issue of corruption has moved to the center of public attention in several other regional countries, notably Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

December 22, 2017

Where Russian and Iranian aircraft carriers clash

Last week, the Kayhan daily, believed to reflect the views of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, offered its readers a front-page treat. It claimed that Arabs are “clamoring” for statues of Gen.

December 15, 2017

Iranian regime overplays the military card

To prolong its power in the face of mounting domestic problems and diplomatic isolation, the leadership in Tehran is increasingly dependent on the military establishment.

December 09, 2017