A 20 year jail sentence for removing hijab

Yesterday, Shahparak Shajarizadeh was sentenced to 20 years in jail for removing her hijab to protest against the most ridiculously discriminatory law in Iran. Since 1979, women have been forced to wear hijab in Iran and removing it has been treated ruthlessly. Below is a video of her after hearing her sentence. Fortunately, she has... Continue Reading →

Dancing is a crime

Horrifying news comes out of Iran everyday. However, in the past two months, it's gone crazier. Arresting free thinkers and environmentalist, "accidental" deaths of environmentalists in prisons, numerous executions, shooting down protesters, and now arresting teenagers who post pictures and videos on Instagram. Today, I found out that the police has arrested a 17 year... Continue Reading →

On the execution train

So “Holy” month of Ramadan is over, and this means that the execution train is back in Islamic countries. Islamic countries don’t execute anyone during Ramadan, and continue the executions right after the month is over. Apparently, this time, Iran’s train is fast and unstoppable. According to some reports, there have been numerous executions in... Continue Reading →

Child execution under Sharia Law

The following includes disturbing facts about child execution in Iran. Qesas is a retributive form of punishment specified in Shari’a (i.e. Islamic law) in which the punishment should be equal to the crime. The penalty for homicide is death unless the family accepts financial compensation. If a person is murdered, the family of the victim... Continue Reading →

Quran, ass, duct tape and I

I’m in the 4th grade of primary school. 8 in the morning, in the schoolyard. We are all in lines waiting for a student to start his tilawat of Quran. You see, in Iran, at schools, it is mandatory to start the day with tilawat of a surah of Quran. Usually done by a student... Continue Reading →

I am the atheist Seyyed

Since I remember I have always had problems with my name! Particularly since I have become an atheist! Not my first name though, but the religious title of “Seyed” which follows me everywhere I go in all official documents! My first name is Maziar. I kinda like it! I prefer Maz though! Maziar originally belongs... Continue Reading →

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