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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
US should remove "Check and Balance" from its history books and call itself "Republic of Vengeance"
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
Most of the whole world doesn't use iPhones.
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FitFanatic FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I was simply pointing out that most Turks do not use iPhones.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
Btw check the global market share of iPhone... it's below 20%, so Turkey is no different to the global trend. Which makes me wonder, what is the point of targeting a minor market player, especially when the main competition is still intimately tied to the US via its OS? Yeah Erdogan, you're still an idiot.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
Does it really matter? They're both American systems, are they not?
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FitFanatic FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Less than 20% of Turks use iPhones. The market is dominated by Google's Android operating system.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I highly doubt Turkish people will go without their iPhones. Erdogan, you're an idiot.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
""Earnings season was terrific -- and I think we have at least three more terrific quarters ahead of us," said Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James.

Goldman Sachs called the "stellar" results the "best earnings season since 2010." BlackRock cheered Corporate America's "unmatched earnings momentum."
money.cnn.com/2018/08/13/investing/earnings-season-stock-market/index.html
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Call the State Department ASAP at 202-647-6575 and press 8 for the comment line. Say something like: "I want the State Department to condemn the Saudis for bombing Yemeni children and I want the US to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Senator Bernie Sanders Reaction Today. Telling it like it is:

"By backing the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit is this atrocity. No one can seriously claim that our support for this war is actually making us safer. In fact, the opposite is true. Not only is this war fomenting hatred against the U.S. but, as we learned from recent reports, the Saudi coalition has been cutting deals with Al Qaeda in Yemen, one of the terrorist group’s most dangerous branches, which has the stated goal of attacking the United States. It’s time to end our support for this war and focus our efforts on a UN-brokered cease-fire and a diplomatic resolution."
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Why does a child need to go through this? Why doesn't the world sanction Saudis, Emiratis and trump for their crimes against humanity? Just listen to Colin Powell’s chief of staff interview:

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
But there are cracks in that monolithic system. China, Russia and even smaller countries like Turkey are not obediently following the US.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The modern European and American civilizations are based on the rule of law. These laws are the products of the 18th, 19th and 20th Century revolutions in Europe and elsewhere.
International laws, Voting rights, civil rights, human rights, and women's rights to mention a few.. Only the simple-minded and the ignorant think there are no laws in the world.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
International law was created by the world powers, for the world powers. When it doesn't suit their interests, they simply ignore it, especially the US, being the most powerful. Essentially, when the US pulls stunts like this, for those who oppose it is a case of "what are you going to do about it?"

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
"To avert foreign intervention and civil war, the regime has to capitulate to the Iranian people's demands, which is fundamental reforms."

If the people's demands do not match with Pompeo's demands, it will not avert foreign intervention - the people will be dismissed as being too closely aligned with the mullahs or otherwise incapable of helping the US get what it wants.

Some of the people's demands do match with America's (including withdrawal from Syria, Iraq, Hezbollah as you mentioned) but it remains to be seen whether
(a) the people will postpone their nose jobs to push hard enough for reform, and
(b) enough of Pompeo's demands are met to get America to back off.
As it stands, the US has no reason to back off, and the rest of the world is mostly just letting it happen, a few half-hearted words of protest aside.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
By reform from within I mean democratic changes to gain the support of Iranian people and not capitulation to the demands of the axis of trump-Bolton- Pompeo. The only intention of the axis is regime change that we all know the consequences. To avert foreign intervention and civil war, the regime has to capitulate to the Iranian people's demands, which is fundamental reforms.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Your "other way" is much the same as my first option... It does not seem realistic that the US will back off unless some of their 12 demands are met. Maybe, just maybe, that could prevent a direct or indirect attempt at regime change. But at the moment, we're not seeing those changes, are we?
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The other way is to make fundamental reforms from within, uproot endemic corruption, and cut support to their allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Any regime change attempt by foreign countries will result in a civil war worse than what we have been witnessing in Syria.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"These are the sorts of demands a country makes of a defeated power at the end of a war."

Precisely. But the mullahs might actually be given a choice. They can submit to the demands and possibly survive without a war. This would require them to totally abandon some of the main principles of their revolution and change course. OR, they can have a war.

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I'm certain this rhetoric coming from EU officials is just an act. They know most businesses - certainly any with ties to the US - have already walked away from Iran, yet they persist with their words of encouragement. It's clearly BS. They just don't want to look like the bad guys.
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