RIP Assia Djebar (1936 – 2015), Great Author and Feminist

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Novelist Assia Djebar, an ardent defender of women’s rights in her native Algeria, has died aged 78. [Read more...]

Who Will Be the Next Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts?


The Assembly of Experts is a legislative body in Iran which is tasked with choosing and monitoring the Supreme Leader. It is very important to know who will be the next chairman of the Assembly, because it would show who has the upper hand in Iranian politics now. This is a very important question for the future of Iran. There are three men who have been mentioned as possible cases, and I tell you here who they are and what their election would mean. [Read more...]

Give This Novel to Anti-Vaxers to Read

Nemesis is the last novel written by Philip Roth. It is a novel about death, loss, grief, and absolute despair. All anti-vaxxers should read this novel because: (1) It’s great and everyone should read it, (2) It shows with an unequal force the horror of a world without a vaccine, that is, the polio vaccine. [Read more...]

Denying Children Vaccination Should Be Illegal

Denying children vaccination is a form of child abuse, not a parenting style. [Read more...]

We Do See Porn in Theocracies

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Dog bites man: Dawkins is again controversial on Twitter. This time it’s about this tweet: Since I have defended Dawkins’s previous tweet about Muslim countries extensively, let me say I find this one to be bonkers. Iran frequently lands among top 3 consumers of porn in the world, something I’m proud of. My friend has [Read More...]

Study Literature with W. H. Auden


…. Or at least read the works you find on his syllabus. This Tumbler blog has reproduced the syllabus he thought when he was a literature professor at the University of Michigan for the 1941–42 academic year. His course was named “Fate and the Individual in European Literature”. As you can see it is quite great in [Read More...]

Senate and Iran: Good Guys Versus the Bad Guys

A look at American Senators to see who supports diplomacy and who supports the potentially disastrous policy of imposing more sanctions. [Read more...]

#FTBCon Panel: The True Version of the False: Can Atheists Argue Over the “True” Version of Religion?

This panel on the other hand went swimmingly. I really enjoyed the conversation and I really had fun. I didn’t manage to distort my voice for this one, but I think the risk is really minimal. I just have to hope someone who knows me in person doesn’t watch this and that seems very unlikely. [Read More...]

Understanding Ex-Muslims Panel

So I fucked this one up. I went through a lot of ordeal for this one. I had technical difficulties at home. Then I was originally planning on going to a friend’s house, but he had an emergency and I had to go to another friend’s house and then the anti-filtering proxy simply stopped working [Read More...]

King Abdullah (1924 – 2015): Let’s Not Make Black and White Judgments


King Abdullah was not a significant reformist but a conservative absolute monarch, that being said, he wasn’t the villain some portray him to be, he was effective and relatively moderate in the context of the region. And please, don’t say dangerous things like “the west should end its alliance with the Saudis”. [Read more...]