On the Death of David Brockie, A Thought

If you are a metal fan you’ve already heard the news: David Brockie, the lead singer of the band Gwar, has died. It happened some days ago. I have some thoughts about his passing, and they were not articulated until today – so I share them a bit late. [Read more...]

Literature and Truth

This is something I had written ages ago for a class assignment. The professor wanted us to write how we view literature. This was my paper. Since we had some discussion after my ranty, angry post two days ago, I thought of sharing it here. I got 19.75/20 in that class. Anyway, this summarizes my [Read More...]

“Atheists Can’t Hate God, Because He’s Fictional”. Why Not?

  I’ve seen this in many places, especially in those lists about misconceptions about atheism (many of which are not misconceptions as far as I’m concerned). But one that baffles me is this: misconception = atheists hate god. How is that refuted? Well, we think there is no god, so we can’t hate him. Erm, [Read More...]

Ex-Hijabi Interviews You Really Need to Read

Whew. I was so busy with the New Year stuff that I got to read this wonderful piece from Between a Veil and a Dark Place only today. Well, better late than never. She touches on the fact that ex-Muslims are underrepresented in the atheist community, and that being an ex-Muslim makes you face with [Read More...]

Obama’s Nowrouz Message is Awesome

So, today is Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, the first day of spring. We get to be on vacation for many days. Personally, I don’t care for this holiday season much. I dislike nationalism as much as religion, and I find Muslims celebrating a holiday which was originally Zoroastrian stupid. I dislike the fact that [Read More...]

Why Iranian Politics Is So Hard To Understand

Analyzing Iranian politics is a hard thing to do. The analysts have tried again and again to predict things the right way, but they have failed. The Iranian people and the regime have manged to take everyone by surprise time and time again. Also, on the part of most western media and readers a complete [Read More...]

A Very Short Post About Lying

People are never as honest as when they lie. Ultimately, people might fail when they try to honestly portray their character. They might be unaware of some aspects of their own personality. But when they lie, they reveal much more important things about themselves. See how they portray themselves in their lies, and that is [Read More...]

I Love Bill Maher’s Lastest Rant

I love Bill Maher, I’m a huge fan of his. I especially loved his latest rant against all religions. It’s funny, eloquent, irreverent, and most importantly, true. I loved the last episode overall (14th March episode), as it included a great panel, and great discussions. Andrew Sullivan, the great legend Salman Rushdie, Amy Chua, and [Read More...]

Javad Zarif: A Look Into the Man Based on His Memoir

So what kind a man is Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s current foreign minister? I finished his memoir in the form of an interview and based on this book we can understand his mentality. Although the book itself is stylistically a mess, it gives us many interesting things we can understand about the history of Iranian [Read More...]

R.I.P. Tony Benn

Tony Benn passed away today. He was a very intriguing figure, and he was famous internationally, he was very famous among Iranians too, as he was frequently quoted in Iranian papers. I’ve gathered a link-round up for you, which can help celebrate his life in his day of passing. [Read more...]