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Facebook page, which is some time ago, but I loved it and I thought I’d share it with you even though it’s a bit outdated.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

March 7, 2014

I read Dana Hunter’s article “Why I Wish Religion Away” today and it reminded of an issue that I have with many theists debating atheism. The basic issue is this: some theists pretend that we atheists are promising a utopia to humanity, and the they make us defend claims we have never made. Of course, atheists are not monolithic, but I don’t know of any famous atheist who has claimed “as soon as religion is vanished from the face of… Read more

March 6, 2014

That’s a question that atheists are frequently asked, and they almost invariably answer with “evidence”. In the debate between Nye and Ham, they were both asked this question, and Ham answered “nothing” and Nye said “evidence”, and as far as our own resident radio show hosts are concerned that was the defining moment of the debate which illustrated the problem with creationism. It seems like a straightforward and reasonable reply, yet I struggle with it. Whenever I’m asked this question,… Read more

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