April 24, 2014

Shakespeare is the reason that I chose to learn English, so that I could read him in his original language, and he is the reason I chose English Literature as my field of study and not like French or German. Many have talked about why he is so great, and I cannot add anything to the discussion. I just want to recommend that if you haven’t, don’t limit yourself to his famous plays, do read his sonnets and Venus and Adonis as… Read more

April 22, 2014

Since I have been a vocal supporter of Rouhani, and for good reason, and because he needs to be known accurately among the westerners, many might think that I do not hold anything against him, but I do. Here are the fivethings that I hope Rouhani will change soon, and these are what he had failed to do the right thing about. (more…) Read more

April 20, 2014

If you take a look at Rouhani’s speech today, it might not seem very brave or anything special, indeed he talks very cautiously, as he should. But in the context of Iranian politics this is a big deal because it contradicts what the Supreme Leader said yesterday, even if to a small degree, and that is very important, showing that Rouhani will continue to do his best in spite of things. Sadly most of the western outlets have chosen a… Read more

April 19, 2014

From the English Farsnews (which belongs to Revolutionary Guards and is one of the most extremist fundamentalist far right sites): http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930130001158 (more…) Read more

April 18, 2014

So today the 2014 Cannes line-up is announced, and while you have Venice and Berlin and Oscars and BAFTAs and other awards, let’s face it, if you want the best of cinema each year, usually your best shot is looking at Cannes line-up. Via Rope of Silicon, these are the films in competition and other categories: (more…) Read more

April 16, 2014

Today Greta Christina’s book, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why came out. I have read the book and I absolutely loved it. I want to tell you why I loved it, my thoughts about coming out as an atheist in Iran (as a theocratic country). (more…) Read more

April 16, 2014

Steve Zara is a British scientist and atheist. I follow him on Twitter and Facebook. His take on matters is always thought-provoking and deeply ethical, and you can never disregard his reasoning and positions even if you disagree (and we sometimes do). He also writes a blog which is equally thought-provoking and I have learned a lot from it. Now, he has started a vblog, that is, a video blog on YouTube, and I strongly recommend you all to subscribe… Read more

April 15, 2014

This is another story that shows how vapid and inhumane the Iranian conservatives are. Richard N. Frye passed away few week ago, and he had left a will asking to be buried in Isfahan, on the bank of Zayandeh River. Now the Iranian conservatives are throwing a sissy fit. (more…) Read more

April 14, 2014

If you remember, I already covered the controversy over Iran’s envoy to the UN. The controversy is that Aboutalebi was allegedly among the students who raided the US embassy in Iran in 1979, taking hostages for 444 days, which caused the two countries to have their relationships sour which has caused most of the problems Iranians face until today. Aboutalebi has denied having a role in the hostage taking and he says he was merely an interpreter. Now, the story… Read more

April 13, 2014

James Croft has written this article, called “Responsible Religious Criticism: Part One – Questions of Power” back in May 2013, but he has reposted it on his Facebook wall because of the recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I give my own reply to it here. I’m personally a huge fan of James Croft, I love his work. In this post I disagree with what he says, and I’m going to address him – it feels more comfortable. I’m not… Read more

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