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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 Aswat Asharq Al-Awsatt since 1987

Britain and France: A Tale of Two Elections

In his “A Tale of Two Cities” English novelist Charles Dickens uses the French Revolution as a background for the claim, never openly stated, for superiority of the British political system. Here are two European nations tracing their ancestry to ancient Greece and Rome and cradled in Christian…

France: The Perils of an Election

Barring a surprise which is still possible, on Sunday France may have its first elected ultra-right government led by Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (formerly National Front). The only other time that that brand of politics emerged as government in France was in the 1940s under Marshal Petain and…

Wall-building Reaches Iran

Today 68 million Iranians are supposed to elect a new president of the Islamic Republic from among six pre-approved candidates. We said “are supposed to” because it isn’t clear how many of those eligible to vote, including those in exile, have registered to do so. The early election caused by the…

France: Towards a Year of Uncertainty?

It is still too early to decide how Emmanuel Macron might be remembered by history. But one distinction he is unlikely to win is that of “master of timing.” Yet his entourage claims that his decision to call an early general election was a master stroke in good timing. This is how the argument…

Europe Between Hope and Fear

The results of last week’s European elections have prompted two reactions from political analysts in the old continent. One reaction could be described as the ostrich option, burying one’s head in the sand and praying that the storm will blow over. The other could be labeled apocalyptic pointing…

Talisman Of Great Expurgation

Barring the usual hitches in any plan related to the Israel-Palestine saga, what Washington is marketing as Biden’s peace proposal may soon well become reality. Presented in the classical style of a diplomatic plan the proposal suggests three phases for its implementation. In the first phase a six…

Iran: The Turban and The Military Cap

While conspiracy theorists offer endless versions of the theory that Islamic President Ibrahim Raisi’s sudden death in a helicopter crash was planned by Tehran’s “deep state” a more realistic approach might show that it has, in fact, created a problem that may not be so easy to solve. From …

The Perfect President

Ibrahim Raisi who died in an air crash last Sunday was a perfect president-perfect as seen by the Islamic Republic’s “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei. Raisi understood the true nature of the Khomeinist system and supported it without arriere-pensee. He knew that the contradiction at the heart of a…

Western Universities: A Double Invasion 

If you visit Paris these days, you may run into solemn-looking youths distributing a tract that’s says: “Palestine is fighting for all of us!” or tagging this message on the walls: “Stop Genocide in Palestine!” They introduce themselves as university students, young scholars who are supposedly…

Condorcet Gets a Keffiyeh

To those of us old enough to remember the good (or bad) old days of student revolt in Western universities in the 1960s, current disturbances in a number of European and American universities appear as a bad remake of a controversial original. The current disturbances are on a much smaller scale. …