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

What is Democracy?

By NAVID FARNIA In 1899, poet Rudyard Kipling wrote “The White Man’s Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands.”  He wrote the piece after the U.S. annexed the Philippines from Spain as a result of the Spanish-American War.  The poem conveyed the white man’s responsibility to “civilize” non-white peoples around the world.  Kipling touted … Continue reading

Critical Writing and Political Censorship

By NAVID FARNIA   During the writing process, I occasionally find myself stuck between what I want to and what I should say.  While I want to be completely blunt, I realize this is not the most constructive way to make a convincing argument.  As a result, I usually conclude that finding a middle ground, where … Continue reading

What You Don’t Know Can Kill Others (and You)

By NAVID FARNIA          Epistemology has a hidden value in education and socialization.  As a concept, “epistemology” began to resonate with me in graduate school.  The critical inspection of our knowledge – thinking about how we know what we know – intellectually fascinates me.  In a personal sense, I have noticed how my increased news consumption … Continue reading

Freedom vs. Free Markets, Part 3

Note: This is the third article in a three-part series that appeared this week.  Part 1 analyzed the ongoing protests in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt.  Part 2 looked at neoliberalism’s impact on people of color, particularly in the United States. By NAVID FARNIA In the past few decades, terms like “free market” and “free trade” … Continue reading

Freedom vs. Free Markets, Part 2

Note: This is the second article in a three-part series scheduled to appear this week.  Part 1, which analyzed the ongoing protests in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt, can be found here.  Part 3 will appear on Friday. By NAVID FARNIA The United States and the European Union recently began meetings to discuss an agreement that … Continue reading

Freedom vs. Free Markets, Part 1

Note: This is the first article in a three-part series scheduled to appear this week.  Part 2 will be posted on Wednesday. By NAVID FARNIA Over the past few months, ongoing demonstrations in Turkey, Brazil and Egypt have captured the world’s attention.  While dissenters are risking their lives daily in the streets of Istanbul, Rio … Continue reading

What is Racism?

By NAVID FARNIA Contrary to popular belief, editorial writing is more complex than academic writing.  I can say this because I have firsthand experience with both.  Producing a scholarly paper is by no means easy, but journalism holds you more accountable for your work.  When you are limited to a small amount of space – … Continue reading