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Aboly Aboly (@Aboly) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
While we're at it also let's recall our own people and how at least 30% to 50% of the population, according to various estimates, suffer from acute hunger.
This is happening in a country with one of the highest Oil and cash reserves in the world, but colonized and brutalized by our own!
No wonder of the favorite chants in all protests against the government is:
!مردم چرا نشستین, ایران شده فلسطین
Which roughly translates into:
"People why are you sitting still, Iran has become Palestine!"
Almost a quarter of our people (approximately 16 million) live in slums and shanty towns, with this category on the rise, increasing and not increasing.
معاون وزیر بهداشت: 30% مردم ایران گرسنه اند و نان خوردن ندارند
www.asriran.com/fa/news/487780/%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA-30-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%85-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%AF%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%88-%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%86-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AF

The sign this kid is holding up says: "Alleviation of hunger is also our inalienable right."
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Aboly (@Aboly) on Pinned comment
Indeed and some lives are cruelly deemed less worthy than others.

In addition to hunger there is blatant malnutrition leading to acute health complications and ultimately, shortened life-spans. Take Israel for example, and the subjugated, colonized people of Gaza who continue to endure the hardships (ie humanitarian catastrophe) of a 10+ year blockade.
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Aboly Aboly (@Aboly) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
This issue of a limited interpretation of the word is something we should all think about.
Not to change the topic in here but another point (a very significant point) in need of consideration is world hunger, all the deaths caused by it, and its main victims: children.
According to one estimate every 15 seconds a kid dies of hunger. That's 240 an hour, 5740 a day, approximately 2 million a year. Not sure to call this a democide, genocide, holocaust or what. But it's not mentioned often enough, and nothing serious has ever been done about it. Human life is really cheap, especially children's lives.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Aboly (@Aboly) on Pinned comment
Here you go: healthresearchfunding.org/19-shocking-statistics-democide/

reason.com/archives/2014/05/15/be-antigovernment-and-proud

There's not a singular/official list, but it's not hard to imagine the countries that would rank towards the top. Also, we have a narrow interpretation of the word execution to mean a legal penalty carried out by hanging, stoning, lethal injection, beheading, electrocution and even firing squads (Indonesia) --- isn't it time to expand the definition of this word to include executions that are carried out by other means and across ones borders? (such as wars, hunger, state-sponsored assassinations, etc.).

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Aboly Aboly (@Aboly) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Could you elaborate please. What's democide, and what countries you're referring to?
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
And even more disturbing are the countries that top the list for "democide".
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
We are standing on shaky ground, Malala and all. She is real and a source of inspiration for all, here, there and every where with a simple and powerful message 'we will be heard'
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I sympathise with the suffering of the Palestinian people, but I think it's time to accept the reality that while the struggle continues, the battle is over and the Arabs lost. There's no nice way of saying it, and it might not be legal, but it's happening anyway. The Arabs were overrun by a superior opponent and the land they occupied is incrementally being repurposed by the victors. This story is as old as humanity, and there is no-one coming to stop it. No-one. What are the established Arab states doing to help their "brothers and sisters" the Palestinians? Very little. They can't take on Israel and win, either. Now, they are more likely to be allied with Israel than fight her. Iran is only there as a thorn in the side of Israel. And the Palestinian leaders, political and armed movements? Not angels, either.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Unlike third world immigrants to the West, white expats are not trading up when they ship out to developing countries. Instead, they are lowering their costs and are prepared to accept the sacrifices.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Van Diemen's Land



"...I wrote a song called 'Van Diemen's Land' which touches on that on the new album. I was interested in the history of this character, John Boyle O'Reilly. I was out one day with my wife Aislinn and we came upon this monument in County Meath. At the entrance to it was this faded brown newspaper clipping which gave the history of his life. How he was a member of the British Army in Ireland. He left the British army and became a Fenian and wrote Fenian poetry. He was arrested by the British Government and was charged with writing material that was liable to undermine the government and was deported to Australia for 20 years' hard labour. He was, to me, a prisoner of conscience in a way. He was not a man of violence and he was sent away for 20 years so I wrote a song about that." - The Edge, NME 1988

Hold me now, hold me now
Till this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's Land

It's a bitter pill I swallow here
To be rent from one so dear
We fought for justice and not for gain
But the magistrate sent me away

Now kings will rule and the poor will toil
And tear their hands as the tear the soil
But a day will come in the dawning age
When an honest man sees an honest wage

Hold me now, hold me now
Till this hour has gone around
And I'm gone on the rising tide
For to face Van Diemen's Land

Still the gunman rules and the widows pay
A scarlet coat now a black beret
They thought that that blood and sacrifice
Could out of death bring forth a life






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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
The real irony is that everyone in Australia (aside from the indigenous communities, who were systematically destroyed) are IMMIGRANTS.
The first generation of immigrants shipped from England to down under were criminals and Irish Republican exiles.
Now we have a country of Immigrants that's 'run over' by Immigrants!
How fitting.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The irony is that Australia is letting record numbers of immigrants in via other channels, e.g. for people with valid entry visas. The country is being overrun by immigrants. It doesn't really make sense for them to make such a fuss about a relatively small number of refugees when they are happy to allow entry for an excessive number of "legitimate" immigrants.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Maya Aneglou Reads Rachel Corrie's Email
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pokemongirl pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
Omg that is so sad 😫😭
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
It's not a 'crisis' but an absolute catastrophe (chart from goo.gl/uW53JA). Perspective: for all our domestic complaints/challenges about life in the US, it's important to remember that globally speaking we're still incredibly privileged.
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sedaye_man sedaye_man (@sedaye_man) on Pinned comment
Freedom of speech and equal justice under the law are sacred. Trump is threatening both.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Brits have always been in bed with Saudis. Theresa May is not an exception. As long as Saudis serve Brits' interests and spend money on weapons to kill, they shut their eyes on extreme repression against Saudi citizens and atrocities in Yemen and elsewhere.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Yemen is the bread and butter of western powers arms (death) merchants. Money pouring into their pockets by the Saudis and their partners.
The so called western democracies, the protectors of the human rights and the rest of bs they feed to their own population.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Sometimes you just wish all political prisoners in Iran had American passports so these 'community groups' would be motivated to also support them.
Political prisoners in Iran always get the short end of the stick. Imagine how there was all that international uproar, in the past few days, over the maltreatment of the Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, who died because of lack of medical care.
But not a fu..ing word about all those Iranian political prisoners who have died in jail (Afshin Osanlo, Shahrokh Zamani,...) because of criminal negligent in mullahs jails, or the ones who are dying right before our eyes (Narges Moahamdi, Arash Sadeghji,...).
Opps I almost forgot, none of them had American passports!
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Personally I think another form of injustice is when Azadeh Shahshahani could write about Palestine and the US, but not a word about our own Hunger Strikers, but that's not neither here nor there.

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