Race, Fan Supremacy, and the Kaepernick Ordeal

By NAVID FARNIA I’ve always found the dynamic between athletes and fans unsettling, especially in football and basketball.  These are sports where most of the professional athletes are Black, competing inside defined boundaries before majority white audiences.  The athletes face rules that limit their movement beyond the lines in a physical sense.  But even when … Continue reading

Why I Won’t Root for the Cleveland Cavaliers

By NAVID FARNIA The NBA Finals begin tonight, as Golden State takes on Cleveland in a seven-game series for the title.  As an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, my season was lost before the playoffs even started.  But I’ve still watched these playoffs closely.  Being an avid NBA follower, I like some teams more than others, … Continue reading

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.

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

A Beautiful Game Gone Bad: Race and the World Cup, Part 1

Note: This article is the first in a two-part series.  Part 2 will appear on Sunday. By NAVID FARNIA The 2014 FIFA World Cup concludes this Sunday when Argentina and Germany face off in the Final.  Brazil’s World Cup has been a lightning rod both on and off the pitch.  Brazilian protests against immense government … Continue reading

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

DeSean Jackson and America’s Gang Hysteria

By NAVID FARNIA Who do you know?  Who did you grow up with?  Who are your friends?  Who are your affiliates? DeSean Jackson had to deal with these questions after news came out that his employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, were looking to trade or release him.  The Eagles eventually released the wide receiver, and he … 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