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Monday, May 1 2006

The Anchor Wars

Their best anchors gone, now, their viewership bailing for Internet sources, US network news programs find themselves drifting.


Tuesday, March 7 2006

We Meet Again, Mr… Bond?

Will audiences bond with the new blond bond? Or will this Bond bomb?


Wednesday, September 28 2005

What Keeps Me Burning

We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?


Sunday, July 24 2005

Iran: Dancing in the Spotlight

A joke among Iranian exiles is that since the revolution, Iran takes one step forward and three steps back. With Ahmadinejad's election, it appears Iran is doing this shuffle, again.


Wednesday, June 1 2005

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Taghizadeh defends Al Jazeera, the best source for news from and for the Arab world.


Wednesday, March 30 2005

Another Royal Mess

A tale of a man who will probably never be king and his bride, who couldn't care less if she were made queen.


Tuesday, January 18 2005

Iranian-American Like Me

Prudish by American standards, we are slightly wayward by Iranian ones; nationalistic according to Americans, we are politically aloof according to Iranian elders; culturally proud by Iranian measures, we are often considered snobbish by American interpretations.


Wednesday, September 22 2004

Crouching Tiger: The Republicans’ Duplicitous Position on Iran

Ayatollah Khomeini's regime had, in effect, manipulated the results of the 1980 US elections by ensuring Reagan's victory. Such on-again/off-again, under-the-table 'I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine' politics continue to this day.


Wednesday, July 28 2004

The Politics of a Pill

It's time the morning after pill was taken out of the pharmacist's closet.


Wednesday, May 26 2004

Presidential Showdown: “Southern Efficiency” vs. “Northern Charm”?

In the 2004 US Presidential Elections, voters are faced with two northerners, but one is posing as an adopted southerner that everyone seems to have forgotten was adopted. Yet the façade of the 'northerner' vs. the 'southerner' and all the implicated strengths and weaknesses of those identities prevails, and history gives 'em each a 50/50 chance of winning.


Wednesday, April 7 2004

15 Minutes of Less-Than Perfect, or Romantic, Fame

Eerily mirroring the Internet's romance boom in the '90s, which saw the whopping rise of users flocking to matchmaking and personals websites, television has now cashed in on the demand-for-romance phenomenon by stepping in as matchmaker extraordinaire... with, more often than not, painful results.


Wednesday, February 4 2004

Reign of Doom: Iran’s Revolution Turns 25

25 years later, the Revolution in Iran still reverberates; sending shockwaves through the bones of the exiled.


Wednesday, November 19 2003

The Kennedy Mystique, 40 Years Later

The popular notion of the 'Kennedy curse' has preoccupied America for some time.


Wednesday, October 1 2003

Warning: You’ve Been Flash Mobbed!

The Dadaists were doing this in Zurich in 1916 . . .


Thursday, August 7 2003

Catch Them If You Can

Why would someone who obviously has enough talent to be hired by a venerable institution feel the need to ruin themselves, and more importantly, shame the institution with which they are affiliated?


Wednesday, June 4 2003

Remembering the Rat Pack: When “Cool” Was King

Global Graffiti -- Remembering the Rat Pack: When 'Cool' Was King -- We're amid a full-force revival of that 'make me a Martini and put on a Sinatra record' era of the Rat Pack years.


Wednesday, April 9 2003

Washington Watch: Greetings from the City of Power

My attempts to take pictures of the barricaded street in front of the State Department are immediately stopped when a guard curtly informed me that photos are forbidden.


Wednesday, January 29 2003

You’re So Bleedin’ Bourgeois!

No other conversation garners as much chit chat and enjoyment amongst not only the French, but most Europeans, as the plight of the frowned-upon bourgeoisie.


Wednesday, October 30 2002

San Francisco Daze

The myths of the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, and the cafes and bars of North Beach where the Beats proved that anyone incapable of rhyming poetry was cool, continuously lure thousands who cling to the nostalgia the city offers so readily.


Wednesday, August 28 2002

Admit You’re Happy, Dammit

Receiving several queries from members who felt that they had been discriminated at their workplace for being 'too happy' (one can only imagine what happy feats incurred the wrath of their employers), Johnson also contacted the ACLU in efforts to curb happiness discrimination.


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