The author, having succumb to peer pressure and uploading his own #10yearchallenge
The author, having succumb to peer pressure and uploading his own #10yearchallenge
The author, having succumbed to peer pressure, posted his own #10yearchallenge

Sometime in 2019, the “10 Year Challenge” started trending on the various social media platforms across the internet. It had a simple premise; participants were challenged to “show us what you looked like at the beginning of the decade vs the end” by placing two side-by-side pictures next to each other, one from 2009, and the other, a recent picture from 2019. My newsfeed was temporarily overrun with memes by friends and acquaintances who dutifully contributed (as did I, after enough goading). The challenge offered a garish window into how the last decade of our lives had treated us, and…


For the past few days, I have spent my quiet moments reflecting on whether I have anything of value to add to the national conversation regarding the death of George Floyd. Like so many, I am fed up with the repeated incidents of police inflicted death and violence against people of color — and in particular, Black men. Like others, I fully acknowledge that there is a legal and political framework that enables the perpetuation of this violence, and protects the perpetrators even when they are exposed. …


Former US vice president Joe Biden, left, embraces Sen. Bernie Sanders during a Democratic presidential primary debate
Former US vice president Joe Biden, left, embraces Sen. Bernie Sanders during a Democratic presidential primary debate
Former US vice president Joe Biden, left, embraces Sen. Bernie Sanders during a Democratic presidential primary debate, February 7, 2020, hosted by ABC News, Apple News, and WMUR-TV at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Ask any political observer what it will take for Democrats to win back the White House, and they will tell you that to have a fighting chance, the party must unite its moderate and progressive wings. Speak to voters however, and you will quickly detect a festering hostility between the two sides, as both have been pitching an ever escalating, no-holds-barred battle that has left them feeling bitter and suspicious of the other’s intentions. Harsh accusations and lingering resentments make reconciliation difficult, especially if neither side believes that the other has a viable path to victory in November.

Sensing a…


Image on Staples Center Before Kobe’s Final Home Game

Kobe Bryant died today. He was 41. I almost feel silly writing a eulogy for a man I never knew. And yet, when I learned this afternoon that Kobe’s helicopter crashed into the hills in Calabasas, it felt as if I was punched in the gut, and my knees buckled such that I had to sit down. Kobe was not just another celebrity. Not to me anyway.

My earliest memory of Kobe Bryant is uniquely personal. I was a 17 year old kid, driving north on Pacific Coast Highway in my mom’s midnight blue Honda Accord. I was the only…


How Chaos and Disorder in the Trump Administration Offer Congress an Opportunity to Reclaim Power and Reverse a Decades Long Erosion of Authority

President Trump sitting with congressional leaders

In 2001, Elena Kagan, then a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and fresh off an extended tenure in the Clinton administration, authored one of the most cited law review articles of all time. As a work of legal scholarship, Professor Kagan’s Presidential Administration is a lengthy discourse regarding America’s vast administrative state that benefits from her experience in the trenches of a presidential administration, and in particular, one mired in a multiplicity of legal battles. But…


Serena Williams pleads her case to the head referee of the U.S. Open

Last Saturday, the Ladies Final of the U.S. Open came to an inglorious end when Serena Williams, who was having a frustrating evening on Arthur Ashe stadium, came undone after chair umpire Carlos Ramos repeatedly penalized her for a series of code violations. As a fan of the sport, I watched the unfolding spectacle as if in a catatonic spell, skin-crawlingly uncomfortable but unable to avert my gaze. …

Barzin Pakandam

Attorney; observer; political junkie; explorer; athlete. The ideas expressed in my editorials reflect my opinion alone.

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