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Maryam, condition your return to Iran on the freeing of political prisoners

The Iranian regime, which ideologically perceives and socially treats women as lesser than men, now tries to use Maryam Mirzakhani’s status as the first woman in history to win the Fields Medal for mathematics (a prize in the field of mathematics which is equal to, if not higher than, the Nobel pri ... Continue reading »

Banisdar on Dawkins, rape, paedophilia, and not choosing between ‘bad’ and ‘worse’

Recently, in order to explain how syllogistic logic works, Richard Dawkins used two examples which need to be critically analysed:   A. "Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse. If you think that's an endorsement of date rape, go away and learn how to think."   B. "Mild paedophilia i ... Continue reading »

Banisadr: Israel is a phenomenon which sees its survival and existence through the disintegration of the Middle East

In a recent interview with Radio Asre-Jadid, Abolhassan Banisadr spoke about the crimes which are being committed by the Israeli army in Gaza, the reasons beyond them and the indifferent reaction of some Iranians to the situation. Below are some extracts which I have translated from the interview,  ... Continue reading »

The doctrine of de-violentization in Islam: An alternative to Christian pacifism?

In June 1981, the last stage of a coup by dictatorial forces against Iran’s first elected president, Abolhassan Banisadr, had accelerated. While a decree was issued for his execution by a “revolutionary” judge and his supporters were brutally attacked by club-wielders, I was distributing the preside ... Continue reading »

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