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. Mr. Taheri has won several prizes for his journalism, and in 2012 was named International Journalist of the Year by the British Society of Editors and the Foreign Press Association in the annual British Media Awards.

From Truman to Trump: The rise and fall of a paradigm

Because of their intense dislike of President Donald Trump, the mainstream media seem to have missed the potential importance of his recent address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.......

Has secularism found a niche in Iran’s Qom?

Because it attaches the adjective “Islamic” to all its organs and whatever action it takes, the Khomeinist regime in Iran is often described as a theocracy with Shi’ism as an......

Iran’s choice: Between Syria and Pakistan

A week after the attack on a military parade in Ahwaz, southwest Iran, left dozens dead, there is still no consensus on who was responsible. As in all such cases, conspiracy theories abound. While......

Starry-eyed Putin between fact and fantasy on Syria

As preparations underway for yet another international conference on Syria, Russia and the apologists in the West are also trying to change the narrative on the war-torn nation.The narrative they......

Oslo Accords: A Silver Jubilee for false promises

Last Thursday marked the silver jubilee of an event that at the time it happened was hailed by some as a landmark in the use of diplomacy to achieve peace.If you wonder what we are talking about,......

The Tehran summit: Three jugglers and a phantom

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin treating the Syrian conflict as a geopolitical version of a symphony by Tchaikovsky? Well, he started his intervention in Syria with a soft overture in the form of......

The Putin method: All nice and legal

Whether you like him or not, you can’t but admit that Vladimir Putin is a master tactician. When it comes to short and medium-term political coups none can match his success often achieved with......

Europe’s dangerous illusions about Iran

It was an almost surrealistic scene the other day when the European Union’s foreign relations spokeswoman Federica Mogherini traveled halfway around the world to New Zealand to lobby for......