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Vagabond Vagabond (@Vagabond) replied to Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
These are all part of the same corrupt fabric and everything they say are just empty words that no one takes serious any more.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
It's very large of Mr. Salehi wishing to "transform" the views of a bunch of pre-historic, child molesting mullahs.
It would have been even nicer if Mr. Salehi had the integrity and courage to actually say a few words about the musicians currently incarcerated in fascistic dungeons of mullahs in Islamic State of Iran. But obviously he lacks the required integrity or courage to do so, and that why he's the minister of so called "Islamic Guidance" (read religious regression, depravity and savagery).
At the moment Rajabian brothers have spent at least a year and a half now, due to the "crime" of being musicians in the Islamic State of Iran.
They deserve all the international support and solidarity they could get.

Musician and filmmaker Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian were denied an extension for a temporary leave from prison for medical treatment.
moc.media/en/1560

برادران رجبیان؛ هنرمندان زندانی که نمی‌خواهند فراموش شوند
tavaana.org/fa/rajabian


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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"Our recommendation to Iranian-Americans whose family members might be seeking visas is to not apply for visas until a Supreme Court decision is made on the merits. Be advised, even if individuals are in possession of a valid visa that is not an M, F, or J visa, they may still be blocked from entering the United States.

“Iranians should be aware that they may not be allowed to enter the U.S. as a result of this decision, even if they travel on a valid U.S. visa.

“Days from now, oral arguments will be heard in the respective appellate courts. We remain optimistic that the judges in the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal will agree that the third version of the Muslim ban suffers from the same unconstitutional taint as the president’s first two attempts.”
www.niacouncil.org/niac-frustrated-muslim-ban-allowed-back-effect/
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
مقاومت بی‌فایده نبود: امپراطوری مالی رهبر آگهی مزایده کافه نادری را پس گرفت

کافه نادری در تهران بخشی از حافظه ادبیات معاصر ایران در طی ۵۰ سال شکوفایی ادبی تا وقوع انقلاب بهمن ۵۷ است. «ستاد فرمان اجرایی امام» نیمی از حیاط این ملک را که در تملک داشت به مزایده گذاشته بود، اما با مخالفت فعالان میراث فرهنگی و علاقمندان به تهران قدیم و با پیگیری مسئولان میراث فرهنگی و شهرداری تهران، امپراطوری مالی رهبر کوتاه آمد و ناگزیر، نامه مزایده را لغو کرد.

www.radiozamaneh.com/371488

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Said jan thanx for your comment and contribution.
And you're right in your observation that I'm probably investing a bit too much in my expectations of Prof. Cole (who remains one of the most outstanding voices in the US on Middle Eastern affairs). But in my humble opinion Prof. Cole in the past few years has actually pulled back a bit from his critique of mullahs. I've been following Cole's commentary since 2002, when he was one of the very few courageous voices to oppose US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and what was especially refreshing about his analysis and take back then was how he was able to avoid the usual, dominant Leftist Populist trap of romanticising 'native' reactionaries and sticking to a principled stance of condemning both local, regional and external, invading reactionaries.
A lot has changed in the past 15 years. Perhaps a persistent threat of Iran being invaded has had some effect. Perhaps my reading is not in line with keeping an objective distance from the text (as an objective distance ought to be maintained at all times).
Whatever the case might be, a combined, joined critique of "our own" and foreign reactionaries is a basic, integral must for any honest, objective, principled analysis.
More importantly a democratic, participatory space is needed to discuss and hash out all these controversies and our difference, and for that we all owe a debt of gratitude to you, Iraj,...and everyone else involved in this conversation in here.
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
تاریخ و آگاهی طبقاتی - نبشتهء جورج لوکاچ، ترجمه از رفیق زنده یاد محمد جعفر پوینده

از بخش "یادداشت مترجم"

نکته ی آخر این که ترجمهء کتاب "تاریخ و آگاهی طبقاتی" را در اوج انواع فشارهای طبقاتی و در بد ترین اوضاع مادی و روانی انجام دادم و شاید هم همین مجموعهء فشارها بود که انگیزه و توان به پایان رساندن ترجمه ی این کتاب را در وجودم برانگیخت. و راستی را چه تسلایی بهتر از به فارسی درآوردن یکی از مهم ترین کتابهای جهان در شناخت دنیای معاصر و ستم های طبقاتی آن؟ تا چه قبول افتد و چه در نظر آید.

haftehmagazin.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/tarikhwaagahitabaghati.pdf


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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
"But Juan Cole himself also slips, since he never mentions the utterly reactionary, anti-democratic nature of the Turkish state or Islamic Republic of Hell." -- You're right, but that's not a slip. His MO is not to critique or provide analysis on IRI's domestic/foreign policy so much as it is to put the spotlight on the West and countries they blind fully (and hypocritically) support. Given your disdain for IRI I understand your annoyance but you've been a long-time reader of JC, so you already know his shtick. Let's not hold our breath for it to be something it's not and rather appreciate his analysis for what it is.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Such a thoughtful comment--thanks for sharing. I'm inspired by your self-awareness.

In keeping with the theme of your comment and the conversation on TT (and elsewhere), we are all mirrors, reflecting back to each other. A safe/impartial space for sharing goes a long way towards accomplishing authentic conversations that we can all learn from.

cc @iraj
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Erdogan has called for an Islamic countries summit to condemn Trump's move, and Juan Cole mentions how Iranian Shia theocracy (though not using such characterization, but he ought to) is championing Palestine. So, while Arab states fail Palestine and slip, Turks & Persians pick up the slack, and pretend they're the ones "really" caring about Palestine.
But Juan Cole himself also slips, since he never mentions the utterly reactionary, anti-democratic nature of the Turkish state or Islamic Republic of Hell.
Meanwhile in our region, the Closed Circuit of History keeps going on & on, producing & reproducing that good ol' cancerous religious sectarianism.
Welcome to middle east of early 21st century.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Dear Ann thank you for this presentation. We’re very fortunate to have ex members of MEK exposing the rotten core of this cult.
All due respect, with regard to MEK, a central point which is never mentioned, either in the presentation or the Q & A section, is the CONTEXT within which MEK (and all other urban guerrilla groups in Iran) originated.
This context was shah’s US sponsored single-party (Rastakhiz) dictatorship, backed by a ruthless political-police, the SAVAK, which effectively left no room for Reformist politics or a social space for civilized, non-violent dialogue and conversations. Alas, after 1979 the monarchical dictatorship was replaced with a more ruthless theocratic dictatorship, which made the situation and circumstances even worse and not better. Citing this social, historical context is in no way to justify MEK’s bankrupt politics, but actually needed to correctly comprehend this cult and isolate it.
And on that note, we shall keep in mind that currently MEK is nothing but an extremely dysfunctional, sterile, marginalized cult in Iranian politics. More of a dead horse than anything else, and while beating a dead horse could be a hobby, it won’t do anything to alter the social, political context in Iran which (due to prevalence of extreme inequality and fascist theocratic dictatorship) still creates opportunities and space for violent reactions from the populace.
The most important point about cultic politics in today’s Iran remains the fact that the biggest, most destructive, most corrupt and violent cult in our country is the theocratic RULING CULT of the so called ‘supreme leader.’
Until and unless we recognize this central fact of life, governing our country’s current politics, there will be no end to politically inspired violence in our land.

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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
قتل حمید حاجی زاده (شاعر و دبیر ادبیات) و پسر ۹ ساله‌اش

در جریان قتل‌های زنجیر‌ای، فجایعی بزرگ و هولناک رخ داد که شنیع‌ترین آن در سال ۱۳۷۷ اتفاق افتاد.
حمید پورحاجی زاده، شاعر و دبیر ادبیات در کرمان بود. حاجی‌زاده در نیمه‌شب ۳۱ شهریور ۱۳۷۷ ، همراه با فرزند ۹ ساله‌اش، کارون در سری قتل‌های زنجیره‌ای مجموعا با ۴۳ ضربه چاقو‌ (کارون ۱۶ ضربه و حمید پورحاجی‌زاده با ۲۷ ضربه) به‌گونه‌ای دل‌خراش به‌قتل رسیدند.

roshanfekr.org/2016/09/23/%D9%82%D8%AA%D9%84-%D8%AD%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%AD%D8%A7%D8%AC%DB%8C-%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B1-%D9%88-%D8%AF%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%88/

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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
Glad you and your husband managed to get out of the organisation while you still could!

Over the years in different parts of the world I have met many ex-members. Disillusioned, they had left MEK to have a life. You and Massoud and a handful of other remembers are unique, in dedicating your time in showing the true face of MEK. Please keep up the good work. My estimate is that if you count the ex members and ex sympathisers they may be even be much bigger than the current membership of the MEK.

Recruitment for MEK equals survival. What also keeps the organisation going, in idealogical terms is Islamic Republic of Iran (and their hostility towards all opposition groups) and also the fact that Iranians in exile have not been able to form a credible political party (any where in the world) where dissidents could genuinely engage in finding political solutions to their problems.

However, MEK has become a global cult movement, what I mean is that it will find a way to survive as long as their leaders are breathing. They may even sell their services to the highest bidder if they have to. Even if they shrank in size they’ll go in hiding like other terrorist groups.

They are also blatantly propped up by U.S. which gives the organisation and members false hopes. It would be good to see if it is at all possible to prosecute the U.S. government in an international court of justice for supporting this terrorist organisation. There is enough evidence and plenty of firsthand testimonies to make a strong case.
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
This is a unique version of this popular song, probably the only bilingual rendition of it.
Below are two of my favorite versions of it.






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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Anne-jaan, thank you for sharing this interesting talk/presentation! I'm half-way through it and will be watching the other half later this afternoon. Super informative!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Mullahs in Tehran have never been a threat for the US, but a gift from heaven.
However mullahs have always been a mortal threat to Iranian people, our culture & heritage.
And now they're also a threat to our environment.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Fatmeh Komandos are the epitome of utter madness. Just think about all the flippant, crazy 'comments' you post in here. That's why all Hezbollahi thugs and Fatmeh Komandos are in need of serious psychiatric health.
Concerning delusions, just recall how you were supporting and justifying AN's murderous actions and policies, and now it's ANand his gang that are getting cooked and eaten. How does it feel?
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
تجمع مقابل منزل امام جمعه اهواز با شعار: "آخوند همش لباسه خوارکش اختلاسه"


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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Hard truth is that Fatmeh Komodos (like the Stanford residing ones ) and their justifications and apologizing for their fascist mullah masters, are one of the reasons we still have mullahs around.
Everyone remembers how you were acting is support of AN in 2009 and after. You're not fooling anyone (except yourself) in here.
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