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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Why the West Can Side with Iran in the Recent Feud with Saudi Arabia

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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

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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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If IS Wants War, Then We Should Give IS Precisely What It Wants

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A policy position should be accepted or rejected based on its own merits, and “This is precisely what IS wants” is fallacious reasoning, and irrelevant to the validity of a policy. There is no guarantee that IS wants things that are in its best interest. We should make our decisions based on reason, not the mentality of a terrorist theocratic cult. [Read more...]

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Another Terrorist Attack, the Same Faulty Arguments

“In case of a terrorist attack, pick up the nearest simplistic argument and drop nuance immediately.” That must be in some safety guidebook based on how quick people act on this advice. [Read more...]

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An Iranian Reacts to the First Democratic Primary Debate

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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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Religious Beliefs of Presidential Candidates Must Be a Factor in Voting for Them

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Unlike race and gender and orientation, religion is a factor that a discerning voter should consider deeply before casting their vote. That is, a voter who claims they consider religion a completely private matter and never consider the candidate’s religious beliefs before voting for them, might as well wipe their elegant behinds with the ballot and throw it into the toilet. [Read more...]

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Rick Santorum is Factually Wrong about What Iranians Believe

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Santorum claims that two thirds of Iranian Shiites believe something that is a minority opinion within another minority opinion, and vast majority of Shiite clerics consider it so blasphemous that they would ex-communicate you for holding that opinion. [Read more...]

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Lies of the Opponents of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Debunked

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The opponents of the nuclear deal rely only on falsehoods. I have never felt so vindicated n in a position I have, because I haven’t seen a single honest disagreement based on facts, only fabrication and distortion. Here I enumerate some of the lies perpetuated by those who falsely claim that the Iran deal is a “bad deal”, and I compare their points with the text of the agreement to debunk them.. [Read more...]

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Is Alexis Tsipras the Mosaddegh of Our Time?

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As I’m writing this blogpost a referendum is undergoing in Greece which will determine the fate of the government of Alexis Tsipras and probably the future of the European Union and the Euro currency. There has been lots of discussion surrounding this, but what has really caught my attention in this is that how much Tsipras reminds me of my own national hero, Mohammad Mosaddegh, who fought for freedom and democracy domestically and for independence and nationalization of Iran’s oil with foreign adversaries and was removed in a coup by the CIA. [Read more...]

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