“Happy” People Are Released, Rouhani Reacts

Well, the young people who were arrested for “Happy” video are now released. I’m happy to see Rouhani is reacting as well. "#Happiness is our people's right. We shouldn't be too hard on behaviors caused by joy." 29/6/2013 — Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) May 21, 2014 This is a very obvious allusion to the “Happy” arrests, [Read More...]

Such a Depressing Week for Iran

It feels like we’re back to Ahmadinejad time. Now as we all know Rouhani cannot transform Iran and it was to be expected that the problems would continue, but faced with public disapproval they had reigned it in a bit lately, and it seems they’re letting it go. Bad news after bad news. First bad [Read More...]

Iranian Far Right Revolutionary Guard Website: “Men Have a Right to Rape Women without Hijab”

Warning: There’s some really fucked up shit about rape included in this post, be aware. So, this has been a rough week. We had this guy who flatly said that lack of hijab infringes upon men’s “right” to rape women. Yes, seriously. The link is here, in case you are familiar with Persian. Oh, and he’s [Read More...]

The Real Benghazi Scandal

This was originally a Facebook status but I decided it merits a blog post, although it’s short. The Republican obsession with the Benghazi “scandal” might seem like an amusing thing, but there is real moral failure at the heart of it. The Libyan government has declared a no-fly zone above the city, and there has [Read More...]

Book Review: “Beyond An Absence of Faith”

Beyond an Absence of Faith:  is an anthology of 16 accounts of atheists talking about their deconversion and struggle with religion. It’s been co-edited by Jonathan MS Pearce (who writes the blog The Tippling Philosopher) and Tristan Vick (who writes Advocatus Atheist) and our own Jeremy Beahan (of Reasonable Doubts) wrote a foreword to it. [Read More...]

Link Round-Up 5/18/2014

Remember, you can follow me on Twitter and add me as a friend on Facebook. Headline: Marwa Berro is coming to FTB! Hooray! “I’m retiring Between a Veil and a Dark Place and moving on to the Freethought Blogs network.” Important: Please remember to help the children of a murdered atheist. Topic of the week: Neil deGrasse Tyson [Read More...]

Afghan Election: Abdullah and Ahmadzai Go to the Second Round

So today the results of Afghan election are officially announced. The election will not be concluded in the first round, and a month from now there will be another round. Via Telegraph: After almost six weeks of counts, recounts and fraud investigations,Afghans now know who will proceed to a second round in the country’s long-winded process [Read More...]

ADL: Iran Is the Least Antisemitic Nation in Middle East

Anti Defamation League has gathered international data on antisemitism around the globe. Here you can explore the data. Overall, it is not good news. The blog No Cross, No Crescent summarizes the data thus: New data from the Anti-defamation League reveal, in chilling numbers, how bad the situation actually is. In an unprecedented survey covering [Read More...]

Check Out James Croft’s Response to Me

Well, me and James Croft are officially pen-pals! A year ago James Croft wrote an article about how to criticize religions responsibly, and about a month ago I wrote an open letter to James in response to that article. I didn’t strongly disagree with him but took an issue with one of his points, and now he [Read More...]

The Nuclear Talks Are Underway Again

The purpose of this post is to bring you up to date with the political situation in Iran. Last night Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, and Catherine Ashton, the P5+1 representative, had dinner, and the talks are underway today. They are planning to draft the final deal. As any person versed in Iranian politics [Read More...]