Kaveh Badrei



An American portrait

Wiley’s art and its depiction of former U.S. President Barack Obama stands as a testament not only to the legacy of Barack Obama in the consciousness of American history but also to the ideals and aspirations that we — as the people — in the United States can only hope to witness again in the role of the President.

Lend your ears and your heart

An increasingly antagonistic political relationship stemming from the 1979 American hostage crisis has rendered American consciousness largely unresponsive and apparently uncaring towards the people of Iran.

The symbols of our politics

More and more, the political environment of the United States has become concerned with symbols. In this environment, great questions of morality, justice, progress, and even philosophy are infused into national dialogue through symbology. Symbols appear on both sides of the political spectrum, emanating not only from the leaders in our democracy, but also the voices of the people. The symbols are not pictures or logos, nor insignias or crests; these symbols are the actions, the decisions, the conduct, and the ultimate successes and failures of our political system entirely. 

The art of storytelling

On Monday, Oct. 9, Emmy-award winning actor, rapper, and activist Riz Ahmed came to Princeton to speak about his own South Asian and Muslim identities in the spheres of society and art. Ahmed broke ground for his performance in HBO’s “The Night Of” as not only the first South Asian man to win any Emmy at all for acting but also the first Muslim or Asian to win the award in this category.  

In love with the comeback

On Sunday, Oct. 1, Curb Your Enthusiasm — the groundbreaking and widely acclaimed comedic television project of Larry David — returned to HBO after six years off the air. In 2011, after eight Curb seasons, many fans considered the show to be finished and never to return to television again. But Sunday saw the modern comedic staple return. 

Harvey came and Harvey went

Harvey hit every part of Houston. It didn’t discriminate based on race or class or political affiliation. In this way, the natural disaster eliminated the elements of our society that so often play a role in discussion and in our discourse. It equalized people, taking away semblances of difference and division. Everyone was hurt, and everyone is still hurting.  

The gold standard of hip-hop

Darryl McDaniels ended one of his responses simply saying, “Art succeeds where politics and religion fail.” All forms of art carry a responsibility. Here at the University, we’re much removed from the South Bronx, but most of us are artists in some way or another. We don’t simply create art for the sake of art, but rather for the sake of something greater.

A united Europe

In light of this threat, we have to protect and defend the European Union as the unifying, effective, and powerful body that it truly is. Without it, Europe would surely be in a more disorderly state of affairs.

In truth we laugh

“The presidential seal of the United States flashes up on the screen, and for a second, it seems like an official message from the White House. We forget for a moment that it’s 11:30 p.m. on a Saturday night, and let our imaginations run wild.”

Make debate meaningful again

On Feb. 6, CNN aired a town hall debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Ted Cruz on the merits and drawbacks of the Affordable Care Act. CNN’s debate between Sanders and Cruz brought back something that I thought we had lost: respectful, substantive debate based on truth, defined ideology, and clear arguments.