“Healthy” Nationalism?

The opening ceremony of the Olympics distorted the image of a country that was burning just one year ago and whose economy is yet waiting to cool off. Maybe the broadcasters figured there would be no audience for the re-enactment of the British slave trade, imperial torture, or people losing their jobs en masse.

Iranophobia 2.0

One might come to cynically expect the trickle-down discriminatory treatment Iranians (including those with U.S. citizenship, which both Sabet and Jafarzadeh retain) from the government, who views Iran as its number-one enemy. Facing it while picking up an iPhone at the mall is disdain cut from an unexpected cloth.