About Josh Strawn

Josh Strawn is the lead singer of Blacklist as well as a signatory and vocal advocate of the Euston Manifesto.

Bolt-Necked Bush

By June 6, 2007

Iranian democracy activists tell Canadian Time Magazine that the recent imprisonment and harassment of Haleh Esfandiari is only emblematic of a larger crackdown. The new wave of repression, they say, has been facilitated by the Bush administration's talent for ignoring … Read More

A Widely Unlearned Lesson About Islam

By June 6, 2007

If you spend enough time spouting vitriol toward violent Islamism, you're almost certain to be deemed a 'racist' or an 'Islamophobe' sooner than later. Sometimes it comes from Muslims who are justifiably sensitive because their AK-toting coreligionists get such an … Read More

The True Martyrs of Afghanistan

By June 6, 2007

What do fascist Islamists hate more than the freedom of expression? Women who express themselves freely. And what could possibly be worse than a woman speaking her mind? A woman unafraid to condemn the whole lot of fanatical, backward bullies … Read More

Penguins and Morrissey Save Iraq

By June 5, 2007

On IMs, a good friend and Reservesman poses this solution for an end to the fighting in Iraq: I will put plush penguins on my hummvee, who would shoot at a Penguin "What is wrong Ahmad, why do you hesitate" … Read More

Progressive Muslims Are “Islamophobic”

By May 31, 2007

An Islamist terrorist-turned reformer, Tawfik Hamid confronts the charge of Islamophobia: For 20 years, I have preached a reformed interpretation of Islam that teaches peace and respects human rights. I have consistently spoken out–with dozens of other Muslim and Arab … Read More

More Evil Cartoons and Angry Mullahs

By May 31, 2007

If your politico-religious ideology recommends a peculiar fear of and hostility toward cartoons, take that as warning sign numero uno that you're into something pretty batty. Mehdi Halhor, the Iranian government's adviser on cinematic affairs, condemned the recent success of … Read More

Why Nothing Is Žižekproof

By May 30, 2007

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek will hopefully always generate as much praise as criticism. Simon Jarvis writes of one of Žižek's recent works, The Parallax View: Žižek himself describes this work as “his magnum opus”, but it is not really an … Read More

Free Haleh!

By May 29, 2007

This site dedicated to the jailed Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari features statements from her husband and daughter, the text of a Congressional resolution calling for her release, as well as information about Kian Tajbakhsh, another person whose mind the Iranian … Read More