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

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

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

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

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?

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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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…]


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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…]


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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…]


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10 Ways Recent Nuclear Deal with Iran Is Good News

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


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