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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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Why Khamenei’s real teacher is not who you think

According to the initial narrative of the Khomeinist ideology, the perfect state to which Muslims should aspire was the brief period when Ali ibn Abi Taleb governed the Caliphate against a background of revolts and civil war.

September 01, 2017

Turkey and Iran may be ending 40 years of enmity

When I commented recently on efforts by NATO powers to establish some contact with the Iranian military, I did not expect a quick development.

August 25, 2017

As Trump tweets, US ‘cold monster’ starts to awaken

How is Donald Trump doing? In the past couple of weeks, this question has been making the rounds in political and punditry circles, as people ponder the new US president’s first six months.

August 13, 2017

Brexit and the spirit of Dunkirk

For the past two weeks, “Dunkirk” has topped the box office in cinemas throughout the UK. The film is a fictional rendition of the British evacuation from the French port of Dunkirk in May 1940, as Hitler’s invading divisions blitzed their way toward Paris.

August 05, 2017

Tehran’s new scheme in Iraq

In his visit to Moscow this week, Iraqi Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki peddled what he presented as his big idea: Inviting Russia to build “a significant presence” in Iraq to counterbalance that of the US.

July 29, 2017

Rouhani and Trump: Together against Iran’s men with guns?

STRANGE things have been happening with regard to Iran ever since the mullahs seized power in 1979.

July 08, 2017

Kurdish referendum — what ‘Mullah Mustafa’ might have done

What would a list of the problems that need urgent attention in Iraq today look like?

June 25, 2017

Questions Gen. Mattis cannot answer

In one of his first acts as US president, Donald Trump lifted the restrictions imposed by his predecessor Barack Obama on the Pentagon’s ability to devise and implement strategies in Iraq and Syria as part of a reinvigorated war on terrorism.

June 09, 2017