The House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders: Four Years On


Today it has been four years since Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the leaders of the Green Movement which sparked after the fraudulent elections of 2009, and Zahra Rahnavard, prominent reformist and feminist and Mousavi’s wife, were put under house arrest. This is extremely important for Iran’s present and future. In this post (The [Read More...]

Because of Sanctions, UMass Won’t Accept Iranian Students in Certain Programs


The University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, has announced that it will not accept Iranians in certain academic programs and they should not apply. This decision was made because the sanctions caused many Iranians to be denied VISA after their acceptance. For long Iranian reformists have argued that these sanctions harm the people while the western governments were trying to sell to us this idea of “smart sanctions” that harm the regime and not the people, but this decision finally brings the true venomous nature of these sanctions to light. [Read more...]

Who Will Be the Next Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts?


The Assembly of Experts is a legislative body in Iran which is tasked with choosing and monitoring the Supreme Leader. It is very important to know who will be the next chairman of the Assembly, because it would show who has the upper hand in Iranian politics now. This is a very important question for the future of Iran. There are three men who have been mentioned as possible cases, and I tell you here who they are and what their election would mean. [Read more...]

We Do See Porn in Theocracies

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Dog bites man: Dawkins is again controversial on Twitter. This time it’s about this tweet: Since I have defended Dawkins’s previous tweet about Muslim countries extensively, let me say I find this one to be bonkers. Iran frequently lands among top 3 consumers of porn in the world, something I’m proud of. My friend has [Read More...]

Senate and Iran: Good Guys Versus the Bad Guys

A look at American Senators to see who supports diplomacy and who supports the potentially disastrous policy of imposing more sanctions. [Read more...]

Iranian Parliament Members Physically Attack Someone So He Doesn’t Demand the Release of Opposition Leaders

Via Today’s Zaman: An Iranian parliament session descended into chaos on Sunday as several hard-line lawmakers disrupted a speech by a moderate colleague criticizing the long-term house arrest of two opposition leaders. Parliamentarian Ali Motahari was speaking out in an open session on the detention orders against Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi. The pair [Read More...]

Rouhani Asks for Referendum – What Does It Mean for the Nuclear Program?

President Rouhani has made a very unprecedented demand in a speech, he has demanded a referendum. Rouhani offered no specific thing to be on referendum, but since the entirety of his speech was about the nuclear issue, one can assume he was referring to that. No referendum will be taking place, so the conclusion one can reach is that Rouhani and his enemies are engaged in a heated psychological combat, and Rouhani invokes the specter of a referendum to remind his enemies that he has the popular support of Iranian people on this issue. [Read more...]

Why Campaigns to Save Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Life Were Defeated? An Expert’s View.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was a woman who was murdered a man when all signs point that the man had been attempting to rape her and therefore her action was in self defense. It got a lot of international coverage and many atheists got involved in campaigns to save her life. Unfortunately, the attempts didn’t succeed and she was wrongfully executed. Shadi Sadr is a renowned Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, former political prisoner, and prominent feminist. She was Reyhaneh Jabbari’s lawyer – until she was forced to immigrate from Iran, I think – and she has been active in many human rights campaigns within Iran. You cannot get a better perspective than that, and she has written an article for BBC Persian about why Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in spite of the international and national campaigns to save her life. I thought my readers would benefit from her insight so I present a summary of her main points here. [Read more...]

What Sartre Means to an Iranian Democracy Activist


We like many western philosophers here in Iran, but if no other philosopher has been as influential and as widely read by multiple generations of Iranians as much as the existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre. Few other philosophers’s thoughts are so miraculously Iranian – few of them seem to be directly talking to a repressed nation under a repressed regime, few of them seem to have looked so squarely at our ailments and had written a prescription we sorely needed. [Read more...]

Rouhani Attacks the Revolutionary Guards In Speeches


If you have followed my reports on Iranian politics so far, you already know that the reformist/moderate Rouhani administration and the conservative/fundamentalist military wing of the regime, the Revolutionary Guards, are now almost openly at each other’s throats. Indeed, we now know that the Revolutionary Guards are secretly attempting a “cold coup” against Rouhani, which [Read More...]