A Beautiful Game Gone Bad: Race and the World Cup, Part 2

Note: This is the second article in a two-part series.  Part 1, which was posted Friday, can be found here. By NAVID FARNIA In Part 1, I explored how the concentration of wealth is crucial to the racial politics surrounding Brazil’s World Cup.  The Brazilian government is using the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer … 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

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