Link Round-Up 4/30/2014

So my PC went bonkers last two weeks, so this was done much later than I anticipated. Well, here you go. Sadly, there’s the news that the true reformist and Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi is in hospital right now for heart problems, and he has undergone angiography. Hopefully he’ll be alright. [Read more...]

An Image of the Iranian English a High School Textbook

This is just to show you how omnipresence religion is in Iran, I give you two images from the Iranian textbook. These photos were shared by a friend of mine on Facebook. You usually assume that an English textbook is not an opportunity to indoctrinate children and teenagers, and should be concerned with teaching English, [Read More...]

On the Right to Evolve as a Music Band

Mastodon is one of my top favorite metal bands of all time. I have listened to every album and I love them all very much. They have released a new single, and naturally I’m excited. I listen to it, and I think it’s awesome and love it very much. Here, listen for yourselves: [soundcloud url="" [Read More...]

Check Out “7 Ways Westerners Can Help Ex-Muslims”, My Guest Post on Camels with Hammers

Dan Fincke of the Camels with Hammers, a man I’m proud to call friend, has graciously allowed me to write a guest post for his fantastic blog. Thanks Dan! It’s tiled “7 Ways Westerners Can Help Ex-Muslims” and gives seven tips about how you can help ex-Muslims, and this is written with the aim of [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Shakespeare is the reason that I chose to learn English, so that I could read him in his original language, and he is the reason I chose English Literature as my field of study and not like French or German. Many have talked about why he is so great, and I cannot add anything to [Read More...]

5 Greatest Shortcomings of the Rouhani Administration

Since I have been a vocal supporter of Rouhani, and for good reason, and because he needs to be known accurately among the westerners, many might think that I do not hold anything against him, but I do. Here are the fivethings that I hope Rouhani will change soon, and these are what he had [Read More...]

Rouhani Contradicts the Supreme Leader on Women’s Rights

If you take a look at Rouhani’s speech today, it might not seem very brave or anything special, indeed he talks very cautiously, as he should. But in the context of Iranian politics this is a big deal because it contradicts what the Supreme Leader said yesterday, even if to a small degree, and that [Read More...]

The Iranian Supreme Leader Speaks Up Against Women’s Rights

From the English Farsnews (which belongs to Revolutionary Guards and is one of the most extremist fundamentalist far right sites): [Read more...]

What Do You Think of Cannes 2014 Line-Up?

So today the 2014 Cannes line-up is announced, and while you have Venice and Berlin and Oscars and BAFTAs and other awards, let’s face it, if you want the best of cinema each year, usually your best shot is looking at Cannes line-up. Via Rope of Silicon, these are the films in competition and other [Read More...]

“Coming Out Atheist” by Greta Christina: A Must-Read Book

Today Greta Christina’s book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why came out. I have read the book and I absolutely loved it. I want to tell you why I loved it, my thoughts about coming out as an atheist in Iran (as a theocratic country). [Read more...]