Iranian Extremist Ultra-Conservative Agrees with Donald Trump

One of Iran’s most radical extremists finds common ground with Donald Trump. [Read more…]


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How a Taxi Discussion Encapsulates Iran

Yesterday, I took a taxi to take me from one point of the city I was in to another. (I was not in Tehran, but in Karaj, a city close to Tehran). The driver engaged me in conversation along the way, and he asked me why I was not married. I told him that I [Read More…]


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Why The 2016 Iranian Elections Were a Resounding Victory for Reformists

The next Iranian Parliament will not have a majority of reformists, but nevertheless, the results prove a resounding victory for the reformist movement and Rouhani’s administration. [Read more…]


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Why, As an Iranian, I Support Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders continues to sound like an activist and not a politician. He continues to be a mystery when it comes to foreign policy and how he will actually handle it. But looking at Clinton’s policies and circle of advisers we can be certain about the path she will take. And that it’s a good one. Isn’t that enough to see who’s the more suitable candidate for the job? [Read more…]


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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

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

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

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

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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