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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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The zigzag progress of history

One of the key ideas promoted by the European Enlightenment or the Age of Reason of the 18th century is that of progress, according to which human history develops across a curve from a low point to higher and higher points.

December 01, 2017

Lebanon: Is cheat-and-retreat back on the menu for Hezbollah?

The Arab League holds an emergency meeting on Lebanon. France and the US agree to work together to contain Hezbollah. Russia indicates support for compromise.

November 25, 2017

China unveils global leadership ambition

This week, President Xi Jinping informed the 19th Congress of the ruling Communist Party that China is ready to seek a more active presence in the international arena. Three factors may have contributed to his decision to bring forward his world leadership bid.

October 28, 2017

Iran and this dog’s dinner of diplomatic deception

“Trump violates international treaty!” “Trump tears up pact signed by world powers!” 

October 22, 2017

A crucial meeting you probably didn’t know about

It is a testimony to the peculiarities of international attention to world events that while every tweet by US President Donald Trump triggers an avalanche of reports, analyzes and outright abuse, little attention is paid as the People’s Republic of China prepares to hold its five-yearly National

October 14, 2017

Kurdish secession and the mysteries of identity

An old Arab adage asserts that there is always something good in whatever happens. The secession referendum held in the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq is no exception.

October 06, 2017

Barzani should tell the truth: This is about secession

The Iraqi Kurdistan referendum is a fait accompli. It must be taken into account in shaping future developments, and Masoud Barzani, the man who orchestrated it, must be as pleased as Punch.

September 30, 2017

The Kurdish referendum imbroglio

What is the first thing you should do when you have dug yourself into a hole? Stop digging, obviously. Those involved in the imbroglio over the so-called independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, due to be held on Monday, would do well to heed this advice.

September 23, 2017

Why Iran’s plan in Syria will fail

For the past week or so, Iranian official media and social networks have been abuzz with anecdotes woven around a football match in Tehran between Iran and Syria, and the light it might shed on a complicated relationship.

September 15, 2017

North Korea: The Kims’ cheat-and-retreat game

It is too early to guess how the latest storm triggered by North Korea’s behavior might end. Will this lead to a “surgical” strike on its nuclear sites by the US? Or will it cause “a global catastrophe,” as Russian President Vladimir Putin, never shy of hyperbole, warns?

September 08, 2017