From Canaries in a Coal Mine to Elephants in the Room

Some years down the road, when Islam makes peace with Modernity and the recent history of the Middle East in general, and Iran in particular, is written, a few folks…

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9 Cities in 9 Days in 9 Minutes

10 years ago I lived in Spain – my third home after Iran and the USA.  My friend Aaron Beasley and I were doing internships in Barcelona.  We took a…

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It’s Beginning To Feel Like Katrina

In the summer of 2005 I was living in Spain as I watched the Katrina train wreck in slow motion, all the while thinking: they know what is going to…

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Catch Him If You Can

I graduated from Texas A&M and have always been an avid though reasonable fan of our sports teams – not part of the 98% but not a “2 percenter” either…

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Shahriar “Shah” Yekrangi 1974-1999

I lost my brother I close my eyes and I swear he’s here His infectious smile His warm embrace His disarming humor Young and old captured by his mischievous charm…

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Houston Legalizes Pot . . .

Potholes that is. Officials held a news conference today to announce a City-wide campaign called Potholing. While most residents have been aware of the growing number potholes for some time,…

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National Space Museum

The Honorable Barack Hussein Obama II President of the United States of America Dear Mr. President, I hope you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. …

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