Top 10 Asshole Argument Moves

As far as I know (which is not a lot, admittedly), these ways of argument are not logical fallacies, and they do not necessarily mean the argument itself is false, but they are still annoying, and a sign of lacking sincerity and maybe a tendency to use propaganda. Again, I don’t know if there are [Read More...]

Link Round-Up 6/2/2014

Story of the Week: The great American writer, poet, activist, and icon Maya Angelou has passed away. Heina Dadabhoy writes a very touching article about her feelings towards her. This is a great New York Times obituary. New Yorker has a great collection of photos of her throughout her life. HuffingonPost provides a good collection of [Read More...]

Leaked Video of Revolutionary Guard Commander Confirms 2009 Election Was Rigged

Via Iran Politik: In a leaked video posted on the Facebook account of Iranian opposition figure Mohammad Nourizad, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Majour-General Mohammad-Ali Jafari can be seen discussing his organization’s response to the 2009-2011 Green Movement demonstrations in an open and frank manner with what appears to be members of that body’s senior leadership. [Read More...]

Rouhani Stands Firm Against Extremists As Tension Escalates

The tensions between Rouhani and extremists over internal policy has been escalated even more. Today Rouhani used his strongest language up to now and harshly slammed conservatives. For a brief history to those who don’t know: There was a protest in front of the Ministry of Interior asking for further and harsher restrictions on hijab, [Read More...]

Of Masculinity and Me

I don’t know how to drive. I generally don’t like cars, and I derive no pleasure of looking at their picture or collecting information about them. I don’t enjoy football, or most sports. I’m not into physical activities. I’m not into physical fights, although I can be the meanest bastard in verbal ones. I’m a [Read More...]

Maya Angelou Has Passed Away At Age 86

Maya Angelou, a poet, a writer, an activist, an icon of world literature and one of the greatest voices of equality and liberty, has passed away. She was a great poet. She was instrumental in my own life when I read her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I found her book to [Read More...]

Supreme Leader’s Hypocrisy Regarding Sunnis

Today is when Shiites (at least Iranian Shiites) celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammad, (called Mawlid), which also ends the Unity Week in Iran. Now, Sunnis believe Mohammad was born on 12th of the Islamic month of Rabiul-Awwal and Shiites on the 17th of Rabiul-Awwal. Which was always one of the reasons I laughed at Islam – as [Read More...]

2014 Cannes Overview: My Most Anticipated Movies

Cannes Film Festival is the most important cinema event of every year and it is the time when you can decide what are the best films to put on your to-watch list. This is my list. Obviously, I have not watched any of them, so I link to reviews that explain why these movies have [Read More...]

Link Round-Up 5/25/2014

Headline: You already know that the great and awesome Heina Dadabhoy is coming to Freethough blogs and I’m so excited. Read this piece on New York Time. It’s a great profile on her. Story of the week: Islamophobia. I’ve been in Iran all my life. Naturally I’ve never encountered it, but it’s real and needs to be [Read More...]

Extremist Islamists Want Actress Leila Hatami Flogged for a Kiss on the Cheek

So here they are, getting more and more tacos each day. Via IndieWire: A campaign to have Iranian actress Leila Hatami publicly flogged has been filed by radical students in her home country of Iran. Hatami, who is best known for starring in the Oscar-winning “A Separation,” received a peck on the cheek from Cannes [Read More...]