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Robert Tait

Robert Tait

    US drops Iran diplomacy
    US drops Iran diplomacy
    Iran has greeted last week's news of United States plans to station missile defences in neighbouring Arab states with a stony official silence. But...
    Turkey: PM fights for survival
    Turkey: PM fights for survival
    Turkey's embattled prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched an attempt to save his political skin this week by seeking to reduce tensions in...
    Life behind closed curtains
    Life behind closed curtains
    The scenes of boisterous revelry would not have been out of place in a crowded nightclub. In time to a throbbing beat, men and women of varying...
    Stone biopic a big mistake, critics warn Iran's leader
    Stone biopic a big mistake, critics warn Iran's leader
    There are few obvious parallels between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the religiously devout Iranian President, and Jim Morrison, the famously hedonistic...
    No gay people in Iran?
    No gay people in Iran?
    When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's combative president, provoked his latest controversy in New York this week by asserting that there were no...
    'Donkey economics' damaging Ahmadinejad
    'Donkey economics' damaging Ahmadinejad
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has suffered an embarrassing blow to his prestige after his own party attacked him for adopting a jocular...
    Iran gives barbers the chop
    Iran gives barbers the chop
    Police in Tehran have closed two dozen barbers and hairdressers in a fortnight in the latest phase of a "morals" crackdown aimed at enforcing...
    Ahmadinejad's 'gift to his pals'
    Ahmadinejad's 'gift to his pals'
    Iran's financial system suffered a fresh jolt last month with panic selling on the stock market after the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, abruptly...
    Iran: minister's alternative to pre-marital sex
    Iran: minister's alternative to pre-marital sex
    Iran's interior minister has challenged a social taboo by urging the revival of the ancient Shia practice of temporary marriage to give young...
    Iran: minister's alternative to pre-marital sex
    Iran: minister's alternative to pre-marital sex
    Iran's interior minister has challenged a social taboo by urging the revival of the ancient Shia practice of temporary marriage to give young...
    A very public struggle
    A very public struggle
    The bitter rivalry between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the country's leading elder statesman has erupted into a public struggle for...
    Iran to hold Holocaust conference
    Iran to hold Holocaust conference
    Iran this week announced details of a conference questioning whether the Holocaust really happened, prompted by an international outcry a year ago...