Maryam Namazie Frequently Publishes Misrepresentations about Iranian Politics

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It happens often that Iranians who have lived outside Iran for decades or less portray a very misleading and dishonest picture of Iranian politics. Maryam Namazie is one of the worst offenders. She basically gives voice to a narrative that is not only false, but dangerous if people were to believe it. This narrative is that there is no difference between reformists and fundamentalists, and what Iran needs is a revolution that overthrows the regime, and that when that revolution happens, a secular democratic utopia is just around the corner. But those factions are not the same and a revolution might be very disastrous for Iran. Her position in the atheist movement should not enable her to speak about Iran. Because her views are inaccurate and dangerous. [Read more...]

GOP Overtake of Senate: What Does It Mean for Iran Negotiations?

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The Republicans completely defeated the Democrats in Midterm elections, and the GOP took over the Senate as well and that means that Mitch McConnell will become the Majority Leader of the Senate. This is especially bad news considering that United States is right now negotiating with Iran as part of the P5+1 to solve the nuclear issue peacefully and diplomatically. Maybe if the Congress wants to pass a new sanctions bill after January 3rd, it’s very likely that the Senate will have the 66 votes to bypass Obama’s veto. Harry Reid was one of the few allies Obama had on this issue, and he used his leadership position to help the diplomatic approach.We know that McConnell will do no such things, and this in itself will make the situation worse. [Read more...]

An International Perspective: Americans, Please Vote Tomorrow

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Tomorrow American Midterm elections are held. It seems that in spite of dissatisfaction with the current leadership, the Republicans are going to easily hold the House and also gain the Senate, and based on most reports that I read this is mainly because of gerrymandering and low turn-out. However, living in Iran in the tyrannical system of the Islamic Republic I has taught me that voting always helps and not voting always makes things decidedly worse. Boycotting elections has never made anything better, and Americans need to learn from this international experience and vote. [Read more...]

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...]


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