Culture is the Problem

Part of this post has been copy pasted from a Facebook discussion but not the majority of it. A strange thing that I have noticed in many western liberals, and I find it perplexing, is a respect for culture as a concept. Personally not only I think culture is not a good thing, I think it’s [Read More...]

Afghanistan: We Celebrated A Bit Too Early

In the Afghan election, the first round seemed to have gone without a hitch, with no widespread claim of fraud and the defeat of Islamists and candidates who were deemed too close to Karzai. I celebrated that on this blog. But the celebration was premature. It seems that the elections were not as democratic as [Read More...]

Rouhani’s Minister of Science is About to Be Impeached for Expanding Academic Freedom

Hello dear readers of this blog! I haven’t been blogging these past few days because I’ve been incredibly sick, with cold and fever and shivers and I’ve been taking some heavy medication and I even dreamed I’m marrying Argentina (either the country appearing in the form of a girl or a girl named Argentina). This [Read More...]

Iran State TV Plagiarizes Modern Family

I actually didn’t catch this myself, because I avoid Iranian State TV like plague, and I avoid it during Ramadan like the Black Death of 1348. I don’t remember the last time it was on and was showing it anything other than presidential election debates or football which my father watches. However, Iranian TV and [Read More...]

Rouhani’s Spokesperson: Penalizing Birth Control is a Civil Rights Violation

I already covered parliament passing the first reading of an absurd law: A bill outlawing multiple forms of birth control such has passed a first reading in Iran’s parliament, which means it’s only two steps away from becoming a law. The bill bans sterilization, vasectomies, tubal ligation, and abortion, unless they are authorized (there’s already a law for abortion, but they’re [Read More...]

Supreme Leader: Opposition Leaders Should Grateful for House Arrest

Via Al-Monitor: In Iran, the house arrests of three Green Movement leaders is once again top news on Iranian social media after parliament member Ali Motahari recently quoted Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the issue. On June 17, the conservative parliamentarian [Kaveh: who's among few people who has vocally called for the opposition [Read More...]

Infidel753 on The Middle East and American narcissism

Usually this has to go on link round ups, but I find this blogpost so important that I can’t help sharing it as an independent blogpost. Infidel753, one of the best people commenting here frequently, has a pretty awesome blog and this is a very important topic and something I’ve been trying to say all [Read More...]

Bill Maher Is Wrong about Ayatollah Sistani

Since this ISIS debacle happened, Ayatollah Sistani’s name has been heard again in the international news. On last Friday and the Friday before that, Bill Maher mentioned him and ridiculed him, as if he’s a sectarian Shiite fundamentalist. But that is not true, in the extremely fucked up atmosphere of Iraq, Sistani has been a [Read More...]

In Iran, Forms of Birth Control Might Get You 2 or 5 Years in Prison

As I have said before, one of the very few successful programs of the Islamic Regime was its birth control policy, but last year for some unfathomable reason, they completely changed course. The Supreme Leader actually apologized that there was a family planning program and said we need a country of at least 150,000,000 people. [Read More...]

I Will Miss the Honor of Being on the Same Network as Kate Donovan

Kate Donovan is leaving FTB to host her own weblog. Via her goodbye post: Hello, wonderful commenters, readers, and other-people-peering-at-this. I’m writing with bittersweet news: G&H is moving, this time to a standalone location. I have adored being here. I have gotten to write next to some of my favorite people in the world, and it [Read More...]


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