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SpunkyThee8th Spunky Thee 8th (@SpunkyThee8th) on Pinned comment
I came across this article earlier.

Disney had to exclude certain rides (notably It's a Small World) and the Chinese government relocated people from the land (who knows where), moved graves and shut down factories. The last is a bonus, the rest, rather ominous.

gizmodo.com/so-you-want-to-build-a-theme-park-with-a-communist-gove-1782060684
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MikeBoogey Mike (@MikeBoogey) on Pinned comment
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
March for America Peace Rally
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
How much hating did he have inside him to create so much pain?
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Another violent and deranged individaul with loaded gun shooting people resulting in another months and years of Islomphobia in U.S. and the world, where more mosques are attacked, more homes burned, and more children humiliated and assaulted in schools.
Could it get any darker than this?
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SpunkyThee8th Spunky Thee 8th (@SpunkyThee8th) replied to lizzy (@lizzy) on Pinned comment
It's amazing how they cannot see that they are endorsing what they claim to be protesting, isn't it, Lizzy?

Sad state of affairs.
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lizzy lizzy (@lizzy) on Pinned comment
So the response from gun-loving conservatives is to argue for violence against the writer?!



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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to Amir (@AmirJaan) on Pinned comment
Most likely (due to the hegemonic, militarist nature of KSA) they won't be touching their military budget, if anything they might raise their expenditures in that sphere.
However one big asset KSA will repeatedly rely on is the state owned Saudi Aramco (which is estimated to be worth anywhere from US$1.25 trillion and US$10 trillion, but most likely it is worth ONLY three trillion dollars).
In April of this year they announced they were planning to sell a 5% stake of the company, that could mean a potential value of $125 billion. But many seasoned investors are uneasy with anything having to do with Saudi Aramco, always citing the huge aggregate of all the unknowns.
Another rumor has it that Saudis are having long term plans of privatizing Aramco and selling abut a third of it on international market, thus potentially raising about a trillion dollars.
For many obvious reasons KSA remains a hostile, aggressive and extremely dictatorial society, but their ruling class has at least figured out that they need a transition plan from Oil economy to a post-Oil economy and have some resources to actually pull it off.
I just wish out beloved, stupid mullahs also had a transitional plan.
But they don't.
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AmirJaan Amir (@AmirJaan) on Pinned comment
Sounds like the Saudi dealership is in for a bumpy road. It will be interesting to see if they cut back on their military spending and if so, by how much.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Don't forget, he is also a supporter of Clinton.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
5 Things You Don't Know About the Tiananmen Square Massacre




A Summer’s Evening in Beijing
Elizabeth Pisani
granta.com/summers-evening-beijing/
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Դու մի ընկերոջը

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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
How in the world could less than a thousand ISIS fighters in Fallujah fight back against thousands of Iraqi, Iranian and American forces and give all of them such a hard time?
Could it be that the former has strong support within city population but the latter has none.
This fight hasn't even reached the city center yet and al-Abadi is already issuing warnings against "Shia militias' sectarian slogans and symbols in videos published on social media"
Déjà vu all over again, or what!!!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
So much for Saudi Arabia's threat to withdraw almost a trillion dollars in U.S. assets if Congress makes it legal to hold Saudi citizens accountable for 9/11.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
But what would apologies do for the harms done?
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
This question reminded me of a Persian poem in which the poet says his only fear is to die in a land where a gravedigger is more esteemed than peoples freedom.



هرگز از مرگ نهراسيده ام
اگر چه دستانش از ابتذال شكننده تر بود
هراس من باري
‎‎‏‚همه از مردن‏ِ در سرزميني ست‚
كه مزد گوركن
از آزادي آدمي افزون باشد


جستن‚
يافتن
و به اختيار برگزيدن
و از خويشتنِ خويش بارويي پي افكندن
اگر مرگ را‚از اين همه ارزشي بيشتر باشد
حاشا‚
حاشا
كه هرگز از مرگ هراسيده باشم



احمد شاملو
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
A good thought-provoking question--thanks for asking. Oh, and I dig how you capitalized the "A" in "Afraid".

I went on a balcony today (41st floor), leaned over, looked down *gulp*, and had a strong emotion of fear knowing that if I really wanted to, in a moment of impulsiveness, I could jump (worry not, I have no intention of doing so :).

On a more spiritual level, I fear losing the ability to dream.
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aurora Aurora Afable (@aurora) replied to MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Thanks! It looks interesting!
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Dear Aurora this is a very interesting and timely topic. Hadn't seen this till today, thanks for initiating it.
Below is a website dedicated to all facets of creative writing "Poets & Writers Magazine" It's a great resource for all Creative Writing junkies!
I wish we had a magazine like this for creative writing in Persian too.

Poets & Writers Magazine.
www.pw.org/
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to lizzy (@lizzy) on Pinned comment
Zionist Jews of this world have all the western powers politians in their back pockets along with financial sectors and Hollywood.
The only change possible will come from the regular folks pushing for justice, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against this last racist criminal regime of Israel.
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