Link Roundup 4/15/2015


From Lee Kuan Yew to Manoel de Oliveira to Tomas Transtroemer, from Arya and Sansa to Neil Gaiman, from elections in UK to elections in Nigeria, from Muslims becoming jihadists to ex-Muslims being affected by their jihadi family members, this is the latest installment of link roundups. [Read more...]

Günter Grass, Giant of World Literature: 1927 – 2015


There is no doubt that Grass was a giant of literature and that he will live on forever in the pantheon of immortal classical writers with all his masterpieces, from his magnum opus The Tin Drum to his other great works. But he was more than that. He was a great moral critic of his own country and his own time, a relentless outspoken voice, and a conscience to humanity. [Read more...]

Jesus Surfs the Net


A story about Jesus and Tumblr. [Read more...]

Iran’s Sexist Women’s Day


The representative of women has absolutely no contribution of her own to history, no claim to fame but her connection to her male relatives, she was married off at nine and died at 18, did nothing but serve men and their purposes. Women’s day is named after someone who in Shiite narrative plays only a secondary role in men’s stories. [Read more...]

10 Ways Recent Nuclear Deal with Iran Is Good News

Foreign Minister Zarif receiving a hero's welcome.

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

5 Important Things to Remember About Yemen Conflict


In this post I want to bring to your attention five facts about the Yemen conflict you might have missed in the uproar of propaganda, and war so that you can have a clearer view of the conflict. [Read more...]

I’m Not an Anti-Theist Because It Works


So, effectiveness is not a factor I take into consideration when I decide whether I should call myself an anti-theist or not. Truth is the only factor – if anti-theist arguments are reasonable or not. And humanity needs people who value truth beyond all else and are not afraid of being unpopular. Of course if the situation warrants it, and if the outcome justifies it, I’m willing to support diplomatic approaches and all kinds of savory and unsavory alliances, because I’m a pragmatist. I’m a pragmatist anti-theist. [Read more...]

Atheists Don’t Owe Religious People Anything

I live somewhere where I can be killed or imprisoned and I have almost no civil rights, and while in other countries atheists have it better they are oppressed almost everywhere, but the best solution is to not fight back, to not express our opinions in a voice that might disturb the delicate sensibilities of religious people, but to service them and to please them into tolerating us. The burden of responsibility is on the atheist to stop being unpleasant, not on the person who is responsible for the actual oppression. That is absurd and offensive. The moral burden of oppression is on the oppressor, and trivializing and dismissing the hardships of atheists like this is absolutely absurd. [Read more...]

Link Roundup 3/23/2015


From Bibi winning elections in Iran to feminists rising in Iran, from Terry Pratchett to Yasar Kemal, from machined never running our lives to Biblical couples, from St. Patrick’s day to preaching to the choir, and of course 15 things you (probably) didn’t know about farts, here’s the latest roundup of links. [Read more...]

Nowrouz: Everyone’s Sending Messages of Peace (Except One Guy)


It’s the first day of Nowrouz. Barack Obama, John Kerry, and David Cameron have sent their Nowrouz messages which are all beautiful and about diplomacy and reconciliation and looking for a better future. But Ayatollah Ali “Buzzkill” Khamenei had to ruin everything by giving a cold reply and making a demand which would sabotage the nuclear deal. [Read more...]