Snowden and Sovereignty

By NAVID FARNIA Disturbing news regarding the U.S.’s pursuit of whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines this past week.  Bolivian President Evo Morales’ airplane, traveling from Russia back to Bolivia, was rerouted to Austria last Tuesday due to suspicions that Snowden might be aboard.  France, Italy, Spain and Portugal refused to allow Morales’ plane to enter … Continue reading

The Washington R-words and the Tyranny of Racist Tradition

By NAVID FARNIA In November 1996, at a public hearing to determine the fate of Wichita (Kansas) North High School’s mascot, Clem Ironwing, a Sioux elder, was given three short minutes to speak his opinion on the issue.  He used the opportunity to say the following: The word Redskin was taught to me at a … Continue reading