Book Review: Wars of plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources (2012)

Philippe Le Billon, Wars of plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources (2012) 288 Pages ISBN: 9780199327546 When I was a young child in Iran, my father would always tell me that the biggest wall blocking modernization of Iran is not Islam as claimed by many dissidents, but the discovery of petroleum. The idea […]

R.I.P Delbert L. Tibbs

“It really makes me believe the Great Spirit laid this trip on me so that I could bear witness of this terrible thing we call the deathpenalty in the U.S.” – Delbert Tibbs I Just found out that death-row survivor Delbert Tibbs passed away last night. I first met Delbert at the Fast and Vigil […]

Firing Line: Learn from Lehmberg

The Daily Texan Published on April 29, 2013. It looks like that the main argument against District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s resignation is that if she resigns, Gov. Rick Perry will get to appoint a conservative Republican to serve for the remainder of her term. Therefore we should ignore the fact that she was driving drunk, […]

Blindly siding with aggression

Kudos to Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin and his 35 colleagues who voted against House Resolution 867, a resolution that condemns the Goldstone report on Gaza and again blindly takes the side of Israeli aggression. The UN report that was published by the South African jurist Richard Goldstone, a supporter of Israel, found that both […]

March against the death penalty

Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 The Daily Texan Would you oppose the death penalty if it were proven that Texas has executed an innocent man? If so, remember this name: Cameron Todd Willingham. He was innocent and Texas executed him. There are plenty of executed death-row inmates with strong claims of innocence, such as David […]

Firingline: Support Keller impeachment

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 The Daily Texan Sharon Keller denied Michael Richard’s constitutional rights when she closed her courtroom at 5 p.m. and refused to accept his last-minute appeal (“Representative initiates efforts for impeachment of Sharon Keller,” April 28). Justice is not a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. issue, and everyone deserves a fair […]

Does UT have a liberal agenda? Campus bias wildly sensationalized

By Hooman Hedayati Daily Texan Guest Columnist Right-wing culture warrior David Horowitz has come out with yet another anti-academic-freedom book and accompanying campus tour. The book, “One-Party Classroom,” is a virtually unreconstructed rehash of his previous books, “The Professors” and “Indoctrination U.” In these works he announces the shocking news that they teach feminism in […]

Nowruz 1388 Scuba Diving Video

Finally the Scuba video I promised you.

Keller needs to go

First published by The Daily Texan on March 4, 2009 In 2007, I was one of the 1,900 people and several groups who filed a judicial complaint against Judge Sharon Keller. I waited, somewhat impatiently, 15 months until the State Commission on Judicial Conduct finally charged Keller with misconduct last week. Now, I believe Keller […]

Weed out the drug war

First published by The Daily Texan on Monday, February 9, 2009 Last week, the tabloid News of the World published a picture of swimmer Michael Phelps using a bong to smoke marijuana at a University of South Carolina party. By smoking pot, Phelps set a wrong example for his younger fans. He should have known […]