Thursday, February 25, 2016


In the West we are so wedded to progress, we can only think ahead. It is inconceivable there is such a possibility as human development going backward. But civilization can be broken. And many bigoted 'progressives' in the West are supporting this! 

FTR SHORTS - Women in Iran from TheBlaze Videos on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Manda Ervin, a human rights activist who escaped Iran following the Islamic Revolution, is now one of the harshest critics of the new P5+1 nuclear deal. In this For the Record short, Ervin shares her first-hand experiences of life under Iran's theocratic leadership. She also explains what she sees as a troubling pattern in the Obama administration's dealings with Tehran.

Feb. 16, 2016


Sep. 26, 2015

Iraqi Nat'l Ballet School 1975

Dec 29, 2014

Beirut, Paris of the Middle East 1957

Nov. 22, 2014

Baghdad School of Music and Ballet

Many parents now pull their daughters out of ballet when they are 12 or 13 because they object on religious grounds to the girls being lifted and embraced by boys.  

Ann Khalid did not feel well but she insisted on dancing a brief scene from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with her classmates. The 12-year-old is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet – not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict. “My school and my church are the two things I love the most in Baghdad,”Khalid, in her black leotard and white ballet shoes, said with pride after the dance. If she has a shot at her dream, it’s because of the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet. The school has managed to survive decades of turmoil, a feat that speaks to the resilience of Baghdad’s residents through war after war. The Iraqi capital’s past as a middle east center of culture is a distant memory, but the school has carved out a tiny island of creativity amid the violence that is an inescapable part of daily life and the religious conservatism that now defines it.. (Source)

July 14, 2013

Iran and Afghanistan

Yet, here we are: before and after the 1979 Islamo-Marxist revolution. 

Most people in the West think that it is just a matter of time before the Islamic world catches up with modernity. But there is nothing in Islam that is leading to the logic of progress. When we hear of Afghanistan and Iran, what comes to mind is women in black or blue bags, angry Muslim men burning American flags and angry mobs shouting anti liberty slogans. But when we come across historical pictures of Tehran and Kabul in 1960s and 1970s, a different picture is staring us in the face.

At the time these countries were well on their way to modernity, enjoying the fruits of liberty we still can enjoy in the West today. For the moment at least. And then the Islamic revolution struck. It must be said these were encouraged, aided and abetted by the Western empathic Left, because these revolts were essentially Socialistic and anti West. In fact, probably a whole bunch of these students in the pictures supported these revolutions as well! Little did they know (if they survived, this is).

Iran and Afghanistan are sincere warnings to the West and the countries going through the process of Arab Spring, that Liberty can be broken. Egypt just back-peddled its retro trajectory in a military coup, but it will be touch and go for a while in the Middle East. And that goes for Europe as well if people don't wake up from their moral equivocation (otherwise known as multiculturalism).

Top Afghanistan before and after. Bottom Iran before and after.