The United States’ New Strategy in the Middle East

The U.S.’s strategy of war from afar is helping to make its presence in the Middle East more sustained, systematic and permanent.

In U.S.’s Crimes against Humanity, Remember the Victims

By NAVID FARNIA “After weeks of Oklahoma refusing to disclose basic information about the drugs for tonight’s lethal injection procedures, tonight Clayton Lockett was tortured to death,” said Madeline Cohen, an attorney for Charles Warner.  Charles Warner is an Oklahoma death row inmate who was scheduled for execution on the night of April 29th.  His … Continue reading

Anti-Iranian Racism is Patriotic, Part 2

This is the second article in a two-part series.  The first article, which discusses Argo and the 300 franchise in detail, can be found here. By NAVID FARNIA In the 1980’s comic Batman: A Death in the Family, Batman’s nemesis, the Joker, flees to Iran and aligns himself with the Iranian government.  The country’s leader … Continue reading

Anti-Iranian Racism is Patriotic, Part 1

This article is the first in a two-part series.  Part 2 will be posted on Thursday. By NAVID FARNIA “It seems to me quite obvious that our country and the entire Western world is up against an existential foe that knows exactly what it wants…and we’re behaving like a collapsing empire,” Frank Miller told NPR.  … Continue reading

Syria Under Fire, Egypt Under the Radar, U.S. Bombs Away (Part 3)

Note: This is the third article in a three-part series examining the U.S.’s role in the Middle East.  Part 1, which specifically looked at the U.S.’s push for military strikes on Syria, can be found here.  Part 2, which analyzed U.S.-Egypt relations, is here. By NAVID FARNIA   Early in its nationhood, the United States dealt … Continue reading

Syria Under Fire, Egypt Under the Radar, U.S. Bombs Away (Part 2)

Note:  This is the second article in a three-part series.  Part 1, which examined potential U.S. intervention in Syria, can be found here.  Part 3 will be posted on Thursday. By NAVID FARNIA On August 14th, Egypt’s military commenced a brutal attack on supporters of recently deposed President Mohamed Morsi.  The military massacred pro-Morsi protesters … Continue reading

Syria Under Fire, Egypt Under the Radar, U.S. Bombs Away (Part 1)

Note: This is the first article in a three-part series.  Part 2, which analyzes the U.S.’s role in Egypt’s political crisis, will appear on Saturday. By NAVID FARNIA          It became increasingly clear this week that Congress would vote against a resolution authorizing U.S. President Barack Obama to begin military strikes on Syria.  Taking a preemptive … Continue reading

Race and Genocide: “A Nation of Laws”

Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on race and genocide.  The first article, “How Trayvon Martin’s Murder Became Deracialized,” can be found here. By NAVID FARNIA          Since its inception, the United States’ legal system has consistently criminalized Black people.  “Fugitive Slave Laws,” convict lease and Stop and Frisk are but a … Continue reading