The Best Thing About Fidel Castro Is the Worst Thing About Fidel Castro

But even when people are not defending Castro, they still portray him under a very false light, claiming he had a “light” side and a “dark” side. The good thing about Castro is how he stood up against USA and Western hegemony. The “bad” thing is that he was a bloodthirsty tyrant. But that’s wrong. Castro’s anti-imperialism cannot be separated from his tyranny, they fuel each other, they’re basically the same thing. [Read more…]

Metallica’s New Album Is Awesome

Hardwired… to Self Destruct Is a Great Album! [Read more…]

Wear the heck out of that safety pin.

Yes, wear the heck out of that safety pin. BUT don’t treat it as a means to an end. Wearing the safety pin is not enough but it is appreciated. No symbolic act of solidarity is ever enough in and of itself. But symbolic solidarity is important and often has led to concrete, real action. [Read More…]

Hello, this is Farah!

Hello everyone, You might have already seen a few of my guest posts on this blog. Two of them were about the modesty doctrine, and one of them was regarding cultural appropriation. If you liked them, then it will make you happy to know that Kaveh Mousavi has now made me a regular contributor to [Read More…]

Why Donald Trump Cannot Harm the Nuclear Deal

Trump has promised to either “tear up the nuclear deal” or to renegotiate it, but the deal will most likely remain completely safe. This is one Obama legacy he cannot touch. [Read more…]

The US Has Elected Its Ahmadinejad

Trump always reminded me of Ahmadinejad. I couldn’t help it. Both men are so bigoted, dishonest, hateful, and authoritarian. During the election I could see people scrambling to find someone to compare Trump with — Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ross Perot, Neil Farage, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and many others. But none of them make as much sense as Ahmadinejad. Donald Trump is the American Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [Read more…]

Why Robert Spencer Is An Anti-Muslim Extremist: An Open Letter

In which Kaveh Mousavi writes to Robert Spencer to tell him he is indeed an anti-Muslim extremist. [Read more…]

Guest-Post: Cultural Appropriation Is a Toxic Concept

It’s no longer about the racism you faced. It’s about someone wearing a thing/saying a thing/eating a thing/blissfully enjoying a thing. It’s about this whole fight about whose ancestors owned what. (By the way, still entirely failing here to see the connection between saying spirit animal and oppression that indigenous people face). Besides, nationalism is often at the core of all this — just search up on the movement to ban yoga, and you will have proof of that. And yoga, that is an interesting one. [Read more…]

My Open Letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center

In which Kaveh asks to be classified as an extremist. [Read more…]

Guest-Post: Modesty Goes Beyond the Hijab

It just becomes very important that when the criticism of hijab is done, it is done in the broader issue of the concept of modesty as a whole and criticize all the ways in which it is enforced – even without the hijab. There are more ways than one of trying to control women’s bodies. [Read more…]