Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Laureate Who Defies Borders

Kazuo Ishiguro is a great and deserving author who transcends our arbitrary cultural and literary boundaries, thus deserving of his Nobel. Read more

Hassan Rouhani Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

Rouhani deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Iran deal and a lifetime of advocating for diplomacy in Iranian politics. Read more

How to Use Nobel Prize to Improve Your Reading

A literary prize serves two possible purposes for someone like me, who’s a lover of literature. First, it can help you find out new authors/books you should read. Second, it can make you feel good when your favorite author wins a prize. Since I have begun following the Nobel Prize in Literature seriously (which was in 2005), it has sometimes satisfied the second need, but not the first, so far. Let’s tally the winners: Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, Mario Vargas Llosa, Tomas Tranströmer, Alice… Read more

Honoring the Truth Begins at Home

A number of days ago, I asked the readers of this to sign a “Pro-Truth Pledge”, one that I had also signed. I gave you my reasons for signing the pledge, which included a broad commitment to the truth and critical thinking. That is a commitment I still find worthy. Of course, you might say that the pledge was too broad and generalized to be useful, but I disagree. It’s true that no one says “I don’t believe in truth”,… Read more

Looking Back at President Bernie Sanders, Six Months Into His Tenure

President Bernie Sanders narrowly won election in 2016. And now, six months in, we look back and see what he has accomplished so far. Read more

Check Out My Appearance on Recovering from Religion Podcast About Islam

Episode 22 of Recovering from Religion podcast, hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith is out, and I make a cameo! The podcast begins with a long interview with Adam Wadi, a closeted ex-Muslim who has written the book Atheism For Muslims: A Guide to Questioning Islam, Religion and God for a Better Future. His interview is very informative and useful, and can teach you a lot about Islam. After that, there’s a number of personal stories, by Zerin Firoze, me, and my friend… Read more

Iranians Use Twitter to Voice Support for Rouhani after Tensions

As the elected and unelected sectors of the Iranian regime are locked in an unprecedented open tension, Iranians use social media to voice their support for the president. Read more

Why I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge (And You Should Too)

I signed the Pro-Truth pledge in order to promote skepticism and critical thinking, important tools of a functioning democracy. Read more

Template Statement on Islamic Terrorism for Politicians

The perfect statement for a fictional politician on the subject of Islamic terrorism, touching on all aspects of the issue. Read more

Epicurus Wants You To Stop Fearing Death, But He Is Not Convincing

Epicurus fails to convince when it comes to the object of death. The absence of life is what we fear about it, it’s hardly any consolation. Read more

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