60% of Candidates Barred From Iranian Parliamentary Elections

While the regime showed enough rationality to allow moderates to reach reconciliation with the Western powers, they did not show the same rationality in the domestic arena: more than 60% of candidates who registered for the Parliamentary elections were barred from the elections by the Guardian Council. The vast majority of reformist and moderate candidates were barred, and in many cities there are no reformist candidates. [Read more...]

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Check Out My Guest Appearance at Naked Diner Podcast

I was on the Naked Diner Podcast with Andrew Hall and his friend Jack. I had a really great time chatting with these guys. I really enjoyed it. You should definitely listen! I talk about Iranian elections, Iranian politics, the experience as an atheist in Iran, an interesting anecdote about my involvement with Iranian Satanists, [Read More...]

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Why the West Can Side with Iran in the Recent Feud with Saudi Arabia

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Recently Saudi Arabia executed Nimr al-Nimr, a Saudi Shiite cleric with close ties to Iran, which caused riots all around the region in Shiite countries. In Iran extremist Shiites attacked Saudi embassy, and in response to that Saudi Arabia cut all diplomatic ties with Iran and many Sunni-dominated countries followed suit. In this latest feud in the region, it’s wise for US and the West to not automatically side with the Saudis. [Read more...]

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2016 Iranian Elections: Everything You Need to Know

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In February 2016 Iranians will go to the polls for the first elections since 2013, in which the moderate President Hassan Rouhani came to power. There will be two elections at the same time: The Parliamentary Elections and the Council of Experts Elections. In this blogpost I will point out why these elections are so important, and why they could change the future of Iran. [Read more...]

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An Iranian Reacts to the First Democratic Primary Debate

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Sanders and Chafee were excellent, Clinton was flawed but acceptable, O’Malley was bad, and Webb was a disaster. [Read more...]

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War and Massacre and Me

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Recently Iranians were reminded of the anniversary of two traumatizing events in our recent history. One was Iran-Iraq War which lasted from 1980 to 1988 and the other was the massacre of political prisoners by the Islamic Republic which happened shortly after the war. And these anniversaries are meaningful to every Iranian in a personal way. This is how they mean to me. [Read more...]

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Rick Santorum is Factually Wrong about What Iranians Believe

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Santorum claims that two thirds of Iranian Shiites believe something that is a minority opinion within another minority opinion, and vast majority of Shiite clerics consider it so blasphemous that they would ex-communicate you for holding that opinion. [Read more...]

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Iranian Democracy Activists Support the Iran Deal

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A large group of Iranian pro-democracy and human rights activists support the recent nuclear deal and ask the American Congress not to derail it. These supporters include former and current political prisoners, lawyers working for human rights, feminists, filmmakers, and a Noble Peace Prize laureate. It shows how the overwhelming majority of Iranians fighting for freedom support the deal, and the opponents of the deal are the enemies of freedom for Iranian people. [Read more...]

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If You’re Considering Travelling to Iran

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Iran has everything a traveler could wish: beautiful nature, (from forests to green places to deserts to mountains to beaches), lots of fascinating cultural and historical monuments, great local food, good shopping malls, and hospitable people. [Read more...]

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Lies of the Opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Debunked

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The opponents of the nuclear deal rely only on falsehoods. I have never felt so vindicated n in a position I have, because I haven’t seen a single honest disagreement based on facts, only fabrication and distortion. Here I enumerate some of the lies perpetuated by those who falsely claim that the Iran deal is a “bad deal”, and I compare their points with the text of the agreement to debunk them.. [Read more...]

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