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.

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

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

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