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

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

Syria, the West and the Meaning of Opposition in the Third World

By NAVID FARNIA News broke this past weekend that the United States will supply weapons to Syrian rebels.  The U.S. plans to distribute the arms through the Supreme Military Council, which is the command center for the Free Syrian Army, a major on the ground opposition group in Syria.  The European Union also lifted its … Continue reading