Author Archives: Fatemeh

News Framing & Xenophobia: How Can a Hijab be a Threat?

by Fatemeh Shahkolahi I take issue with what the media in the United States decide to cover. I have a problem with what the media term to be “newsworthy.” I don’t appreciate the framing of some news stories, especially when … Continue reading

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Film: More Reflections on A Separation

by Fatemeh Shahkolahi The 84th Annual Academy Awards marked a very important historical event; an Iranian film won an Oscar for best foreign language film for the very first time. Last Sunday marked another important event: for the first time … Continue reading

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Hunger Striker Khader Adnan, Saved by Twitter

by Fatemeh Shahkolahi This week, Palestinian activist Khader Adnan ended his 66-day hunger strike. According to Al Jazeera, the 33-year-old Palestinian was arrested under an Israeli military order and held without charges or trial. Adnan broke his hunger strike, which … Continue reading

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Film: Inner Reflections on A Separation

by Fatemeh Shahkolahi I thought I had gone crazy the first time I saw an advertisement for A Separation  at my gym late last year.   Either I had been spinning for way too long or there was a picture … Continue reading

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Reprogramming Frozen Planet: Dodging the Climate Debate Hot Zone

by Fatemeh Shahkolahi Climate change is a loaded term. If used at the wrong place or at the wrong time, it can spark long, heated debates. And it has. The climate change debate has successfully made its way into the … Continue reading

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