Tyrants’ Crocodile Tears for Ferguson

Of course the thoughts of all people concerned with liberty and human rights go out to the people of Ferguson which is rooted in the racial tensions and inequalities and hope things get better for them. However some suspicious personalities are getting on the bandwagon too. Like the Supreme Leader of Iran: [Read more...]

Link Round-Up 8/17/2014

Story of the week: Robin Williams passed away. David Wong of Cracked has a moving article on the link between comedy and depression. Salon has an interesting compilation of his best moments and Vulture has more moments. Jerry Coyne has the best overview of the reactions of the atheist community to his death. Ashley Miller discusses the [Read More...]

Hijab and the First Woman Fields Medal Winner

As I’ve already told you on this blog, Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman and the first Iranian to win the highly reputable math prize the Fields Medal. Now of course the interesting part is how the Iranian media reacted to this event. The answer is, the most contentious thing was her hijab. Yes, the [Read More...]

How Does Internet Look to An Iranian?

I have a proxy software on my computer – it’s a Kerio VPN. It starts automatically when Windows is booted, and it immediately connect me to a server somewhere which enables me to bypass Iranian internet censorship. I have another software on my android tablet - Open VPN, which helps me bypass filtering too. These are [Read More...]

Maryam Mirzakhani Wins Fields Prize, and What Does This Mean for Iran-US Relations

Fields Medal is Nobel Prize of mathematics, and Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman and the first Iranian, to win this prestigious prize. Via Feministing: Congrats to Maryam Mirzakhani, who is the first woman to win the Fields Medal! Basically the Nobel Prize of mathematics, the honor has gone to 56 men since it began [Read More...]

For You the Flag Is Flung: Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

When one has touched as many hearts and has brought joy to as many lives as Robin Williams did, whom we lost yesterday, your life, although a unified whole, will mean something specific to each different person who mourns your passing. In that sense every great man or a woman is like a poem, as [Read More...]

No Justice for the Murdered Iranian Blogger

It was a while ago that news broke out that the Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti was murdered under torture. Via Wikipedia: Sattar Beheshti (Persian: ستار بهشتی‎) was an Iranian blogger who died in early November 2012 several days after being arrested by the Iranian Cyber Police unit for criticizing the government of the Islamic Republic on Facebook, and after making a signed complaint of being tortured [Read More...]

On Harm, Truth, and Hegemonies: Another Response to Libby Anne

Libby Anne honored me by responding to my response, and I want to than her very much for taking the time to do this, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue this dialogue. This is her original column, this is my response, and this is her counter-response. In short, Libby argued about why she opposes the [Read More...]

The Intellectual Mandate to Criticize Progressive Theism: A Response to Libby Anne’s Article

I have repeatedly defended the position that atheists have a right to say that a particular version of a religion is “true”, and they have the right to call out progressive religious people as being incoherent and presenting odd defenses of their religions. Of course, since I’m an ex-Muslim I have focused on Islam, but [Read More...]

Welcome All the New FTB Bloggers

Yesterday I welcomed Hiba whom I very glad and honored to call a friend, but FTB has now two new fresh bloggers as well. One is Heina Dadabhoy who used to blog for Skepchick and has a very sharp vision and strong argumentative powers, and also a major voice on ex-Muslim issues. The addition of [Read More...]


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