5 Ways To Help Human Rights Activists in Theocracies


What is the best way to help people fighting for freedom and human rights in theocracies like Iran and Saudi Arabia? Diplomacy or war? Pressuring the governments or making friends with them? The answer is complicated. [Read more...]

Guest-Post: Why A Nigerian Atheist Welcomes the Election of an Islamist


Today Nigeria witnessed the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which signaled a peaceful transfer of power. Ovie Olori is a friend of mine and a Nigerian atheist, 25 years, male, mechanical engineering graduate from university of Port Harcourt. I asked him to share his thoughts on the results of the Nigerian election so that we in the rest of the world can have a better understanding, and he kindly enough agreed to my request. [Read more...]

The Armenian Genocide: Never Forget


Today is the 100th anniversary of one of the ugliest pages in history, the genocide of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman regime. It is a duty of us to recognize this genocide as the genocide that it was, and never forget it, because recognizing the crimes of the past is the first step of building a brighter future, and acknowledging the wound is the first stage of healing. [Read more...]

10 Ways Recent Nuclear Deal with Iran Is Good News

Foreign Minister Zarif receiving a hero's welcome.

10 important points about the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal you should know in order to have a clear picture of it. [Read more...]

5 Important Things to Remember About Yemen Conflict


In this post I want to bring to your attention five facts about the Yemen conflict you might have missed in the uproar of propaganda, and war so that you can have a clearer view of the conflict. [Read more...]

Nowrouz: Everyone’s Sending Messages of Peace (Except One Guy)


It’s the first day of Nowrouz. Barack Obama, John Kerry, and David Cameron have sent their Nowrouz messages which are all beautiful and about diplomacy and reconciliation and looking for a better future. But Ayatollah Ali “Buzzkill” Khamenei had to ruin everything by giving a cold reply and making a demand which would sabotage the nuclear deal. [Read more...]

Awful News: Radical Conservative Elected as the Chairman of the Assembly of Experts


Today Iran’s Assembly of Experts (in charge of choosing and monitoring the Supreme Leader) had its internal election and the worst case scenario came true: Mohammad Yazdi, a radical conservative and Islamist extremist, was elected as the Chairman, a defeat for the reformists and an indication that the higher echelons of the regime are still controlled by radical conservatives – not traditional establishment conservatives, not moderate conservatives, but radical extremist conservatives. [Read more...]

Netanyahu’s Address to Congress Was Filled with Lies and Hatred


Reading through Netanyahu’s speech, we see that he lies plentifully and shamelessly about Iran and relies on the absolute ignorance of his audience, and reveals a strong hatred of Iranian people, and advocates policies that would be disastrous to Iran and the region. This speech reveals Netanyahu to be a mindless warmonger and a reactionary radical right-winger. [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...]

King Abdullah (1924 – 2015): Let’s Not Make Black and White Judgments


King Abdullah was not a significant reformist but a conservative absolute monarch, that being said, he wasn’t the villain some portray him to be, he was effective and relatively moderate in the context of the region. And please, don’t say dangerous things like “the west should end its alliance with the Saudis”. [Read more...]