Iranian Parliament Members Physically Attack Someone So He Doesn’t Demand the Release of Opposition Leaders

Via Today’s Zaman: An Iranian parliament session descended into chaos on Sunday as several hard-line lawmakers disrupted a speech by a moderate colleague criticizing the long-term house arrest of two opposition leaders. Parliamentarian Ali Motahari was speaking out in an open session on the detention orders against Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi. The pair [Read More...]

Take Philosophy Classes with Professor Daniel Fincke


Are you interested in philosophy? This is the best opportunity for you to learn some philosophy. I will quote Dan Fincke himself in this post. Let me just tell you that he is a great teacher and an awesome man to have a philosophical debate with, so make sure to take his classes or if [Read More...]

#JeSuisCharlie: Why I Won’t Let the Muslims Off the Hook

#JeSuisCharlie: Muslim reformists should not deceive themselves into thinking that this extremism is only a tiny minority of “fake” Muslims that is being exaggerated by the hostile colonialists media. While extremists such as these shooters indeed are a minority (though not that tiny) within the Muslim community, they are not the disease, they are merely the symptom of a greater disease that is much more prevalent. And Muslims reformists, in alliance with secularists, have a duty to cure this disease, albeit slowly. The first step is admitting – stop shifting the blame and accept that the demon lies within and not without. [Read more...]

Rouhani Asks for Referendum – What Does It Mean for the Nuclear Program?

President Rouhani has made a very unprecedented demand in a speech, he has demanded a referendum. Rouhani offered no specific thing to be on referendum, but since the entirety of his speech was about the nuclear issue, one can assume he was referring to that. No referendum will be taking place, so the conclusion one can reach is that Rouhani and his enemies are engaged in a heated psychological combat, and Rouhani invokes the specter of a referendum to remind his enemies that he has the popular support of Iranian people on this issue. [Read more...]

Why Campaigns to Save Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Life Were Defeated? An Expert’s View.

Reyhaneh Jabbari was a woman who was murdered a man when all signs point that the man had been attempting to rape her and therefore her action was in self defense. It got a lot of international coverage and many atheists got involved in campaigns to save her life. Unfortunately, the attempts didn’t succeed and she was wrongfully executed. Shadi Sadr is a renowned Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, former political prisoner, and prominent feminist. She was Reyhaneh Jabbari’s lawyer – until she was forced to immigrate from Iran, I think – and she has been active in many human rights campaigns within Iran. You cannot get a better perspective than that, and she has written an article for BBC Persian about why Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in spite of the international and national campaigns to save her life. I thought my readers would benefit from her insight so I present a summary of her main points here. [Read more...]

What Sartre Means to an Iranian Democracy Activist


We like many western philosophers here in Iran, but if no other philosopher has been as influential and as widely read by multiple generations of Iranians as much as the existentialists Jean-Paul Sartre. Few other philosophers’s thoughts are so miraculously Iranian – few of them seem to be directly talking to a repressed nation under a repressed regime, few of them seem to have looked so squarely at our ailments and had written a prescription we sorely needed. [Read more...]

Read This Poem to Understand How Living Under a Theocracy Feels


“The Garden of Love” is a poem written by William Blake some two centuries ago. There are very few poems that speak to me so directly and it seems he had experience living in Iran. I love it and share it here. [Read more...]

OK, I’m an Atheist Fundamentalist. Now What?

Sounds like, if I were a Muslim rather than a fundamentalist atheist, I would be considered a moderate. That is why ultimately “fundamentalist” is such an empty and meaningless buzzword and insult here, and such a glaringly false equivalence. I’m proud of the fundamentals of my own ideology. My fundamentals are liberty and truth. Because of that I have never pulled punches or softened my criticism when it comes to religion and its destructive effect on society. If that makes me an atheist fundamentalist, then I’m proud to be an atheist fundamentalist, and I believe that will be the best argument against religion. Just compare me with Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. If this is the difference between the fundamentalists of atheism and Islam, if these people are the two ends of the spectrum, then you know which one is better for human society. [Read more...]

Sexual Liberation: Work in Progress

The effects of living in a theocracy are much stronger and more lasting than you wish them to be. Simply because you stop ascribing to the hegemonic religion of your culture, it doesn’t mean you are able to break free from all the taboos and prohibitions and barriers of your society. It is a myth that breaking away from religion is an instant moment of liberation from all the prejudices. Even if you know that they are wrong. In addition to that, living in a theocracy forces you to assume everyone follows these rules, so they still preoccupy a large part of your life. That is why I don’t think I’m sexually liberated. [Read more...]

Kaveh Mousavi’s Top 12 Music Albums of 2014


Kaveh Mousavi selects his top 12 music albums of the year. From the loudest to the slowest, from the angry ones to mellow ones, from nostalgic albums to the futuristic ones, from those that defy their own genre to those which celebrate them, they all have one thing in common: great music. [Read more...]