Weiner vs. Wiener: Anthony’s Wiener Didn’t Resign When He Did

When Anthony Weiner’s twitacular fall from grace landed in the headlines the first time, few of us actually assumed this would be the end of his political career. If nothing else, he’d either spend his remaining years trying to get elected again or he’d be appointed some sort of position thanks to his wife Huma Abedin’s Clinton connection.  Anyone as apparently shameless & power hungry as him wouldn’t let a little wiener pic get in the way of his lifelong goal of fighting the shameless, power-hungry, miscreants who have hijacked the (apparently easily hijackable) American political system.  And return he Read more…

Twitter Response: Not All Black People Liked Obama’s Trayvon Not-Speech

In the wake of the Trayvon verdict, Obama’s first response was clear: “A jury has spoken.” It was the kind of No Drama Obama concoction that’s exempted him from leading by example when he has the platform to do so. No wonder today’s delayed Trayvon “not-speech” didn’t cut it for many black Americans. The following are just a few of the voices that weren’t impressed with Obama’s late and latest Trayvon response. @stopbeingfamous: Obama gets black on superficial issues, sings Al Green, references 2pac, but on paper, he is Colin Powell. Today’s not-speech was, if you take a look at Read more…

Safe & Sound: My Interview with Capital Cities’ Sebu Simonian

Capital Cities’ Feel Good Hit of the Summer Sebu Simonian on his band’s breakout hit ‘Safe And Sound,’ growing up in the Middle East, and staying hopeful Atop the rubble of the crumbling worldview of millions of young people, Capital Cities – Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant – offer a simple, welcome reprieve in the form of this summer’s biggest little hit, “Safe And Sound.” Its optimistic message has caught the ear of millions of fans worldwide. Things could be terrible, they tell us, but you’ll be OK. “You could be my luck/Even if the sky is falling down/I know Read more…

Guide to Taher Shah's 'Eye to Eye' Viral Video

Guide to Taher Shah’s ‘Eye to Eye’ Viral Video

If you’ve had the good fortune of having never seen Pakistani singing sensation Taher Shah‘s ‘Eye to Eye” music video, count your blessings.  If you’ve seen the video and are left confused by what just happened to you, here’s a quick guide to help in the first step of your recovery… “Eye to Eye”: Lyrics, Singer, Produced & Directed by Taher Shah (Catch your breath, he’s about to expose himself):  Don’t let him fool you! Sometimes, he says “my eyes and your eyes”, but what he means is “my eyes and my eyes”:  At other times, Taher gets tired, and Read more…

Boxing Champ Amir Khan's Spring Flings: An Interview

Boxing Champ Amir Khan’s Spring Flings: An Interview

If you came across him on a sidewalk in London, Amir Khan would seem like many other young British desis: shark fin hairstyle, fitted dark blue jeans, fresh white sneakers, and a roar in his eye that tells you he’s trouble if you’re looking for it. But come a little closer and you’ll notice the idiosyncrasies that make him the King: a discerning eye — not judgmental, per se, but aware — a hometown loyalty, and a determination to let his talents be known.  It takes an extraordinary character to achieve what Amir “King” Khan has: an Olympic boxing champion Read more…

Anthony Bourdain Loses It on Memorial Day Weekend

Anthony Bourdain Loses It on Memorial Day Weekend

Anthony Bourdain, a liberal interventionist, spent Saturday night this Memorial Day weekend trying to come up with responses to my criticism of his propaganda-infused Libya episode in which he played a video loop of the mob killing of Qaddafi and only featured Libyans who praised the NATO bombing of their country.  Follow this link to read the Storify or read the Storify report below:  by Shirin Sadeghi 2 days ago Anthony Bourdain Loses it on Twitter Woke up this morning to find that Anthony Bourdain had spent several hours of his Saturday night trying to come up with responses to my criticism Read more…

Official List of Approved/Vetted 2013 Iran Presidential Election Candidates: Rafsanjani & Mashaei Disqualified

It’s official: the Guardian Council, a roundtable of 12 men approved either directly or indirectly by the Supreme Leader of Iran, has announced its verdict: of the 686 men and women who registered to run for the office of the Presidency this year, only eight have been chosen. And all are men. (Remember, the Guardian Council doesn’t approve of women running for president). Perhaps most controversial is the news that the Reformist candidate (and former president) Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been disqualified, as has current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s handpicked candidate (the one he accompanied to the election registration), Esfandiar Mashaei. Read more…

Election 2013: The Battle to Stop Imran Khan

Election 2013: The Battle to Stop Imran Khan

When the mighty do not fall, they are felled, but Imran Khan is still going strong despite serious injuries this week at a campaign rally. He’s come a long way since I first interviewed him in 2011: he’s the most important person in Pakistan right now and the biggest election in his country’s history is all about him. Unlike in the United States, campaigning in Pakistan has time limits and the brief period of campaigning ended Thursday at midnight with a massive Islamabad rally for Khan followed by a smaller rally for his main opponent: Mian Nawaz Sharif, the two-time former Read more…

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