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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 29 Jul, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Winners and Losers

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—We are still a long way before the “deal” on Iran’s nuclear program becomes reality, if ever. However, even if it doesn’t, the process has already produced potential winners and losers. The initial deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has no legal authority because no one has signed it. Nevertheless, the resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council last week, the seventh on the subject, might be regarded as providi...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 8 Apr, 2015

Iran’s Nuclear Drama: From “Death to America” to “Anxious Hearts”

Thanks to one of those ironies that adds spice to history, the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers, led by the United States, took place at the Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland. This is the same palace where the victorious powers of the First World War finalized the burial of the Ottoman Empire and carved up the Middle East in the Lausanne Treaty of 1923. However, as we know history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. This time, w...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Thursday, 19 Mar, 2015

The Mullahs’ Contrasting World Visions

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—As Iran and the United States resume talks on a deal for Iran’s nuclear program, there are conflicting signals from Tehran regarding the Islamic Rep...

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Mona Alami
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on : Friday, 13 Mar, 2015

ISIS’s Child Recruitment Overdrive

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Videos of teenagers and young boys being trained in the use of weapons as well as guerrilla warfare have been circulated profusely on the Internet in ...

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Mona Alami
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on : Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2015

Tehran’s Political and Military Hegemony Over Baghdad

As the world focuses its attention on fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), from Syria and Iraq to Libya, the serious dangers posed by Iran-backed Shi’ite mili...

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Kifah Ziboun
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on : Wednesday, 18 Feb, 2015

Israel’s youngest Palestinian prisoner: I learned what suffering means in jail

Ramallah, Asharq Al-Awsat—While many teenage girls around the world are preoccupied with navigating the adolescent dramas of high school, feuding with their parents, and ...

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Dalshad Abdullah
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on : Saturday, 14 Feb, 2015

Kobani: A Looming Humanitarian Disaster

Erbil, Asharq Al-Awsat—After four months of incessant fighting, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has finally been driven out of Kobani, but with much of the S...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Wednesday, 11 Feb, 2015

Iran is not China and Obama is not Nixon

What do George Clooney, Jack Straw and Zbigniew Brzezinski have in common? The Hollywood star who sells coffee machines in TV ads, the former British foreign secretary, and the...

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Abdul Sattar Hatita
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on : Sunday, 1 Feb, 2015

The Arab Spring’s Improbable Refugees

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—In a small hotel on Cairo’s Shahab Street the broken dreams of the Arab Spring gather. Three men congregate in the lobby. They watch a Prem...

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Badr Alkhorayef
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on : Sunday, 25 Jan, 2015

King Salman: A Seasoned Statesman

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—It is difficult to do justice here to the remarkable traits of leadership and humanity possessed by Saudi Arabia's new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, ...

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