March 16, 2014

People are never as honest as when they lie. Ultimately, people might fail when they try to honestly portray their character. They might be unaware of some aspects of their own personality. But when they lie, they reveal much more important things about themselves. See how they portray themselves in their lies, and that is more important to know their character than its naked reality. People, in their lies, construct not who they are but who they want to be,… Read more

March 15, 2014

I love Bill Maher, I’m a huge fan of his. I especially loved his latest rant against all religions. It’s funny, eloquent, irreverent, and most importantly, true. I loved the last episode overall (14th March episode), as it included a great panel, and great discussions. Andrew Sullivan, the great legend Salman Rushdie, Amy Chua, and Seth McFarlane – it’s a dream panel. Watch the rant below and make sure to watch the episode. http://youtu.be/ld_tg4W7Hf8 Read more

March 15, 2014

So what kind a man is Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s current foreign minister? I finished his memoir in the form of an interview and based on this book we can understand his mentality. Although the book itself is stylistically a mess, it gives us many interesting things we can understand about the history of Iranian foreign policy under Islamic Republic, and the philosophy and the mindset behind Rouhani’s administration. (more…) Read more

March 14, 2014

Tony Benn passed away today. He was a very intriguing figure, and he was famous internationally, he was very famous among Iranians too, as he was frequently quoted in Iranian papers. I’ve gathered a link-round up for you, which can help celebrate his life in his day of passing. (more…) Read more

March 13, 2014

This piece is not written to address the very obvious issue that men and women should be treated equally by the government and people. I presuppose that anyone who reads this already agrees with this. This is rather a defense of the feminist label itself, and why it is good to identify with the feminist movement. It is addressed to people like myself. I am aware that on this blog network, I’m the least qualified person to talk about feminism,… Read more

March 12, 2014

Many people believe that the secret of a good actor is to “disappear” into a role and be a “chameleon” and play various roles very successfully. And a non-actor or a bad actor is always him/herself and plays all different roles alike or plays only one type of roles. We usually don’t think of character actors as great artists because of the same reason. But I think what distinguishes a great actor from a good actor is that there is… Read more

March 11, 2014

This is so absurd I couldn’t help sharing it with you. Look at this photo: This guy is in charge of Friday prayers in city of Zarrin Dasht. He has given his mobile phone number, he has written WhatsApp in Persian like “What’s up”, and has advertised himself thus: “Dear young people: We looked for you in the real world and did not find you, we have come after you in WhatsApp. Connect with me on —, will be answering… Read more

March 10, 2014

I originally posted this on the anniversary of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, on my personal (secret and private) Facebook page, which is some time ago, but I loved it and I thought I’d share it with you even though it’s a bit outdated. (more…) Read more

March 9, 2014

All religious minorities are repressed to some degree in Iran. I think the Bahai and the atheists have it worst, as they are barred from all social rights and they could face unusual punishments, and also Sunnis, who have it better on paper only but are actually persecuted mercilessly, and then also Jews, Zoroastrians, and Christians. However, you know of all of this, one minority you might not know about are the Darwish minority. They are Muslims, and Shiites, and… Read more

March 8, 2014

Scott, a frequent commenter on this blog, asked me a question: I took a class on Middle Eastern history in college, but my details are fuzzy–consequentially, my questions might come out a little obscure. To my understanding, Iranian culture and tolerance was a little different before approximately 1976. I don’t remember the leader(s) name(s), but I think the last name was Shah. My understanding is that the environment in Iran, though still heavily Islamic, was far more westernized in nature,… Read more

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