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Iran has a duty to take in Syrian refugees | Politics

The photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian-Kurdish boy, whose body was discovered on a beach near the Turkish resort town of Bodrum, will haunt the world for generations to come. Aylan, his brother Galip, and their mother Rehan, are the most recent victims of a global tragedy in …

Akhmatova, Mayakovsky, Keywan Karimi and me | Arts & Culture

I first noticed him from the corner of my right eye. I was talking to Abel Ferrara, who had just screened his "Pasolini" (2014) in Venice and had now come to join me and the other jury members at a film festival in St Petersburg, Russia. It was mid-October 2014, and the weather was autumnal and …

What brought the Russian airliner down? | Politics

When the Russia-bound Metrojet Flight 9268, operated by Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed on October 31, in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, killing all 224 people on board, a battle of interpretations ensued almost immediately - before any, let alone all the facts were known. The battle was …

Who is the 'Great Satan'? | Iran

There is scarcely a phrase more pointed and piercing than "the Great Satan" when Iranian authorities - beginning with the late Ayatollah Khomeini and now Ayatollah Khamenei - use it as a code-name for the United States. But what exactly does it mean? What does it mean when, today, Khamenei, the …

Can a Muslim be gay? | Politics

Can a Muslim be gay - or accepting of a fellow Muslim who's gay?<p>Ever since the landmark US Supreme Court decision on June 26 making same-sex marriage legal in the US, debate has emerged among Muslims worldwide about the merit of the ruling, with the obvious implication if they as Muslims approve or …

Persian Empire, anyone? | Middle East

"Iran is piling one brick on the other," warns one pundit with solemnity. "Today's Iranians, with their Persian heritage, are on the march as surely as were the armies of Xerxes 2,500 years ago."<p>Usually such right-wing wizardry is the premise upon which is launched the criticism of US President …

Is there a Theology to this New Atheism? | Arts & Culture

Why would a grown-up man, a respectable scientist, a self-professed warrior for the cause of reason and truth, pick a quarrel with a 14-year old boy who was the subject of a horrid act of bigotry by people who are supposed to protect and nourish his trust in the world, his confidence in becoming a …