Critical Writing and Political Censorship

By NAVID FARNIA   During the writing process, I occasionally find myself stuck between what I want to and what I should say.  While I want to be completely blunt, I realize this is not the most constructive way to make a convincing argument.  As a result, I usually conclude that finding a middle ground, where … 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

Race and Genocide: “A Nation of Laws”

Note: This is the second article in a two-part series on race and genocide.  The first article, “How Trayvon Martin’s Murder Became Deracialized,” can be found here. By NAVID FARNIA          Since its inception, the United States’ legal system has consistently criminalized Black people.  “Fugitive Slave Laws,” convict lease and Stop and Frisk are but a … Continue reading

Race and Genocide: How Trayvon Martin’s Murder Became Deracialized

Note: This is the first article in a two-part series scheduled to appear this week.  The second installment will be posted on Friday. By NAVID FARNIA Ida B. Wells was perhaps the most influential figure in the anti-lynching movement.  Wells recognized lynching’s devastating impact on Black people because she understood lynching as political violence.  Lynch … 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 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