The US Government shut down about 24 hours ago, for the first time in about 5 years. What makes it particular? Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) had a meeting with Donald Trump on Jan 11th where a bipartisan agreement on immigration, previously agreed upon during a phone call between Dick Durbin and … Continue reading Politics of Division
She was teaching Hermeneutics and the scholars had difficulty understanding how different recipients could have different feedbacks over the same message. The discussions throughout the semester were heated nevertheless fruitless. On the final exam day, she asked them to stay over after the papers had been handed back and invited them to take a look … Continue reading Interpretation
The sixth day of #IranProtests comes to complete a round where all the players have had their moves. People, Parliament, Hassan Rouhani’s government, the Judiciary, some political activists, some foreign leaders and finally The Supreme Leader. Not surprisingly, the Supreme Leader, addressing a limited audience of martyrs’ families, laid the blame on the enemies of … Continue reading Enemies of the Nation
Fourth day of the what has been sweeping cities across Iran, named across the social media as #IranProtests has gone by. I concluded my yesterday note insisting that Rouhani & co. must speak up; which they did. Moreover, the government was not the only speaker of the day: By noon today it was formally announced … Continue reading Whose Turn Next?
The third day of the unrest in Iran was striking. Here are some reasons why: With the state-called rally on the streets, a major offensive with face-to-face clashes and a stronger presence of plain-clothes forces looked more promising. It did happen. Tehran finally rose up. The nation's capital, as expected, faced turmoil around the University: … Continue reading Game of Silence
Starting yesterday in Mashad, typically known as one of the most religious cities in the country, and spread widely today to many cities across the nation; a series of protests have taken place which remain to be controversial. The controversies include primarily how it was all organized when; the calls to the first demonstrations were … Continue reading Protestors Back on the Streets of Iran
Words, looking out of the window, were helplessly striving for help. They looked among one another to pick up the one; best to nominate the spectacle. One, named "Disaster" came up; yet the rest deemed him far feeble for what they had been spectating. One else, called ''Oblivion'' took the helm and asked the rest … Continue reading Spectacle