Invisible victims of the coronavirus

The coronavirus continues to hunt, and haunt, people. A lot of us are having difficulty sleeping, while many have fallen asleep permanently because of it. As this pandemic rambles and takes lives, there are a number of groups that are less often considered by us. I am trying to ring a bell for some of … Continue reading Invisible victims of the coronavirus

Internet Blackout in Iran and The Future it Foreshadows

Early morning on June 12th, 2009 when Iranians were heading for polls of Presidential elections, they were faced a peculiar surprise. Text message service was disabled on the cellphones nationwide. Everyone was sure Mousavi would win the election but when the results were published, unexpectedly early, Ahmadinejad was announced the winner. On June 15th, the … Continue reading Internet Blackout in Iran and The Future it Foreshadows

Second Wave of #IranProtests

It has been quite some time since I last updated this blog because of the extreme number of things I have had to deal with... I never thought, or even wanted, to get back to it in such a condition. We are now on the fourth day of a new round of #IranProtests which are … Continue reading Second Wave of #IranProtests

Mueller Hearing and What It Was(n’t)

The day that many House Democrats had long been anticipating finally came. Robert Mueller appeared in the House of Representatives to testify before the members of the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. The first set of questions was asked by the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep Jerry Nadler of NY who tried to stab the … Continue reading Mueller Hearing and What It Was(n’t)

Trump’s White-Supremacist Tweets Deconstructed

As an immigrant living in a country where migration is visibly a serious issue and has recently led to significant political shifts as well, I happen to hear people saying "Go back to your own country" to immigrants pretty often. Since Matteo Salvini entered the government, racial slurs have become more frequent because of the … Continue reading Trump’s White-Supremacist Tweets Deconstructed

Quick Thoughts on the European Parliament Elections

1) When Macron won the elections and became the President in France my students said: The French have taken the right step. To which my response was: a) this definitely means Le Pen will win the next election. b) had it been in Italy people would have definitely voted Le Pen. c) in order to … Continue reading Quick Thoughts on the European Parliament Elections

Reading “Sun of the Sleepless” by Lord Byron

Note: As you might have seen on this blog, I have been working on literary analysis since pretty a while ago. I am not sure how reliable or how correct these analysis are. My goal is to keep a record of my writings here so over a longer span of time, it would be easier … Continue reading Reading “Sun of the Sleepless” by Lord Byron

The Far-Right Threat to Freedom of Speech

When the Italian deputy Prime-Minister Matteo Salvini took office last year, he hinted a couple of times that in his opinion, spending public funds to protect Roberto Saviano was useless. At that time, these remarks were not much highlighted in the Italian media and few pundits highlighted the threat they were posing. Almost a year … Continue reading The Far-Right Threat to Freedom of Speech

Iraqi Paramilitary Rescue Teams and the Iran Flood

So for those of you who don't know: over the past few weeks several parts of Iran have been hit by devastating floods. As you might imagine, the first responders were not as quick as they should have been. You might probably not know this but: The IRGC, which as of today is nominated a … Continue reading Iraqi Paramilitary Rescue Teams and the Iran Flood

The Strange Case of Dr. Omar and Mr. Trump

When someone says being Jewish and supporting Israel means you are not loyal to America, we must call it out. When someone looks at a neo-Nazi rally and sees some 'very fine people' among its company, we must call it out. - Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, AIPAC 2019 It might seem strange at the … Continue reading The Strange Case of Dr. Omar and Mr. Trump