October 18, 2018

I decided to ask my Facebook friends to ask me any questions they have about Iranian politics, history, and culture, thinking the questions and answers would make a good blog post. Feel free to ask your own questions in the comments. How popular is homeopathy? Both strands of it, the slightly more regulated kind and the ayatollahs peddling all sorts of “Islamic medicine” kind that has way less plausibility. Do you see these things on the rise at all? Homeopathy… Read more

October 16, 2018

Nikki Haley was no moderating influence. In the end she was barely more than a Sarah Huckabee Sanders in New York, a sycophant mouthpiece with no real moderating influence or integrity as a diplomat. Read more

October 12, 2018

Religion poisons medicine. Read more

October 6, 2018

Trump’s foreign policy is the most naked, amoral, cruel, and ultimately dangerous form of unilateralism since at least the time of Wilson. Read more

August 5, 2018

It’s time for US liberals, progressives, and anyone who supports the idea of human rights to demand action against this terrorist group. The real reason that the Trump regime has been able to freely paternalize with MEK is the fact that there is radio silence in western media regarding them. It’s time to protest and demand the US to stop sponsoring this dangerous cult. Read more

July 26, 2018

My friend put his hand on the wooden box containing tissue papers, and asked me: “What if I’m not telling you that God exists in the same sense that this tissue box exists, but that God exists in another sense, in the same way that an instinct for doing good exists, that God is the desire to do good?” I couldn’t relate to that, at all. I was never a deist. I never thought that God was energy, or merely… Read more

July 3, 2018

Sometimes, I’m wrong. Sometimes, everyone is wrong but me. Here are some instances where that is so. (Everyone means lots of people). 1) Rouhani is still a fantastic president: Iran’s economy is in the toilet, and as a result, Rouhani has become an unpopular president. Almost no one stands to defend him these days. But everyone is wrong. You have to think about the reason for this economic malady. The main reason is, the government doesn’t have enough funds in… Read more

May 26, 2018

Philip Roth will be remembered as a writer. And as a writer, he symbolized the writerly virtues completely, and wrote a large number of masterpieces. When the dust settles and the time passes, when all of us are dead and our concerns and issues long transformed, he will be remembered as what he really was, and only that: a towering giant of literature. Read more

May 15, 2018

As you might have heard, Trump recently violated the UN resolution enshrining the JCPOA (that is, the Iran deal) into international law and if you have followed this blog before, you’d know I really value this deal and welcomed it enthusiastically when it happened. Now, I have appeared on an episode of Naked Diner Podcast to talk about the implications of Trump dropping out of the deal. I discuss the economic and political repercussions of this move for Iran and… Read more

March 30, 2018

Exploring the Favorites is a series of posts on this blog which will explore my favorite pieces of media, from books, films, games, music, etc. It’s not meant to be a review of criticism, but simply state how I connected with the work on a personal level. Be warned that there will be spoilers. The previous episode was Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. This one focuses on Easter 1916 by William Butler Yeats. In many ways, Ireland and Iran are… Read more

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