A Gold Rush in Tehran
asharq Alawsat / Amir Taheri
19-Oct-2010 (3 comments)

No one knows what political epitaph would eventually describe Mahmound Ahmadinejad's colourful tenure as President of the Islamic Republic in Iran.

However, judging by his Panglossian optimism, which borders on naiveté, one may suggest the following: ' He was undone by his illusions.'

To hear him tell it, the Islamic Republic is now one of only two powers offering mankind rival visions for the future. (The other one is the American 'Great Satan'.) On his return from a recent visit to New York, he also claimed that he is more popular among 'the American people' than President Barack Obama.

(Don't say: that's no surprise!)

Many Iranians have decided to treat 'their' president as a stand-up comedian whose chief function is to provoke and entertain.

To some Iranians, however, fear that Ahmadinejad's cocktail of empty boasts and dangerous provocations, which may end in war, has already led the country into what could be its most serious economic crisis since the early 1960s.

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The stooge is at work again

by MeyBokhor_Manbarbesuzan on

This old geezer Taheri is at it again. After all his dong droppings in the western media and later exposed as sheer lies, this washed up excuse for a journalist is now only being published in ARABIC newspapers.

Asharq Alawsat is owned by Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family and is printed in London -- talk about an unholy alliance.

Mr. IranFirst, bashing Arabs in every possible opportunity, is suddenly cozying up to a Saudi propaganda outlet.

So what is so different in Iran than in other countries where people change cash for gold in times of economic uncertainties? I suggest that Mr. Taheri and his ilk do the same and refuse to accept dollars as their sallaries. Because pretty soon all they can do with them is light up their fireplaces like Germans did running up to WWII.

Maryam Hojjat

Yolanda, Iagree with you

by Maryam Hojjat on

Let's see what happens next! 



by yolanda on

It is indeed a grim picture.......the darkest hour before dawn!

.....but IRI is painting a "rosy" picture!


Lets see what happens next!