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 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