Category Archives: Iran

Frankopan, Peter: “The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World”

The first half of Peter Frankopan’s book is a triumph which presents the Eastern history of the world in a clear manner. “It is easy to mould the past into a shape that we find convenient and accessible. But the … Continue reading

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Chomsky, Noam: “Who Rules The World?”

Noam Chomsky, the Brain, is the ethical conscience of the United States and the greatest leftist thinker ever. One of his key insights has been to observe how easily intellectuals get sucked into the prevailing orbit of power surrounding the … Continue reading

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Sam Harris’s inexplicable defence of Israel

Harris thinks well in certain areas and has interesting guests on his accessible “Waking Up” Podcast. He is good at criticising all religions. After recently deciding to go back to one of the first episodes of his “Waking Up” podcasts … Continue reading

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Axworthy, Michael: “Revolutionary Iran. A History Of The Islamist Republic”.

Axworthy has written a scholarly history of twentieth-century Iran, doing justice to a country with a complex history. So much detail is on offer that I occasionally had to digest certain sections and chapters multiple times. For anyone interested in political … Continue reading

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