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Women Banned From Riding Bicycles in Iran

The ubiquity of cycling is one of the reasons for less pollution in the air and less traffic. Many people take up cycling and use it to go large distances. Among the cyclists are a large number of wom...

Iranian Police Arrest Woman for Improper Hijab

The posting of a video depicting the inhumane treatment of a girl by Iranian police has sparked a social media storm. The video shows the woman being arrested, as police used a hook and tools for hunt...

3 October: International Soheil Day

AAI kindly asks our followers to add your name to a petition calling for Iran to release Iranian atheist, Soheil Arabi, sentenced to death for insulting the prophet on Facebook. Our contributor, Sina ...

International Blasphemy Day 2021

Today is International Blasphemy Day, a world-wide event introduced in 2009 by The Center for Inquiry. The date was chosen to coincide with the publication of drawings of Muhammad in the Danish newspa...

Victims of Blasphemy Laws

Accusations of blasphemy and brutality by religious zealots are a historical phenomenon. Religious fundamentalism always has a tendency of opposing different worldviews and responding with cruelty. Hi...

The Taliban, Afghan women’s worst nightmare

The world was stunned by the Taliban’s quick conquest of Afghanistan. Afghan citizens’ concerns and disappointments, particularly among women and girls, are indescribable. They fear being ...

No deberás: Cómo la religión distorsiona la libertad / Thou shalt not: How religion distorts freedom

En 1974, cuando nací, poco más del 2% de los mexicanos declaraba no ser católico o no tener religión. En Aguascalientes, la ciudad en que nací, menos del 1% de la población lo hacía1 (el total de habi...

Atheist Support Network Story: Standing tall in the face of fear

Ezzat is an Egyptian-born artist. She uses her art for activism (images on this page are her own art). In a normal society, this is something we would appreciate, but in many societies, this could mea...

Iranian Blogger jailed since 2013 for Blasphemy

Soheil Arabi is an Iranian blogger, with a wife and a child, who has been imprisoned since 2013. It all began on November 7, 2013, when Soheil and his wife, Nasrin Naeemi, were arrested by the Revolut...