Link Round-Up 10/26/2014

From IS to Truman Copote, from Hirohito to Malala Yusafzai, this is the most recent round of link-round-ups. [Read more...]

Iranians Pour Into Streets to Protest Against Acid Attacks Against Women

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Four women were attacked by acid last week in Isfahan. Iranians are now protesting in the streets against this violence against women. [Read more...]

Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani (1931-2014): The Tragedy of Traditional Conservatism

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Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani, the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, died today. He was the face of Iranian traditional conservatives. His life, therefore, means much more than him, it is a symbol of the traditional conservatism in Iran. A movement which was sidelined by reformists who wanted to move towards more modern values and by extremist conservatives who hijacked conservatism. He always wanted to be the “White-beard” who takes the middle ground between the different conservative factions, but Iran’s political climate had long ago passed the point, the white-beards were not useful, and Mahdavi Kani found himself at the end yet again a symbol of traditional conservatives: an old sickly man who should have retired years ago. [Read more...]

Guest Posts at Camels with Hammers

My dear friend Dan Fincke allowed me to blog for him in the week my blog was transferring from FTB to here, here are my guest posts at his blog these past days: Iran: The Uncertain Nation In this article I talk about how Iran is a confusing country to understand and what situation we [Read More...]

Iranian History’s That Time of Month

This is one of those events that are too domestic when it comes to Iranian politics, but it was SO funny I couldn’t resist posting it. So Abbass Kiarostmai is an internationally renowned Iranian director. (And I’m not a fan of his work, but that a discussion for another day). He recently talked about the [Read More...]

Rouhani in New York: Something Is Wrong

President Rouhani traveled to New York and delivered two speeches, had two interviews (one with Fareed Zakaria and one with Christian Amanpour). The UN general meeting wasn’t devoid of good news, Rouhani met with David Cameron and this a great development for Iran. But overall, his tone worried me greatly. He sounded conservative, irritable, and [Read More...]

Despite Iran’s Human Rights Situation, Please Support Normalizing Relations

Last night I brought you the news that an Iranian man was executed for insulting the Prophet Jonah. And a day before that I brought the news that an Iranian was convicted and sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammad. This caused many people on Twitter and Facebook to notice, as they should, and [Read More...]

Despite Iran’s Human Rights Situation, Please Support Normalizing Relations

Last night I brought you the news that an Iranian man was executed for insulting the Prophet Jonah. And a day before that I brought the news that an Iranian was convicted and sentenced to death for insulting the Prophet Mohammad. This caused many people on Twitter and Facebook to notice, as they should, and [Read More...]

He for She

It’s good that UN is trying to so something good for the world. There’s this worthwhile campaign and I think we all need to join it to make a statement. Emma Watson introduced this campaign at the UN. She’s so eloquent, so moving, and so persuasive. Listen to her: [Read more...]

Link Round-Up 9/19/2014

Story of the Week: Ayan Hirsi Ali was again the target of ex-Muslim silencing and censorship. Sadly, this time even the Yale Atheists joined the repressive forces. Yale University proved to be brave and didn’t censor her. You can read her talk here. Mohammad Syed and Anish Nair write why the statements made by Yale Muslims and [Read More...]


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