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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Required reading
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"RUSSIAN ROULETTE is...the most thorough and riveting account." --The New York Times

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
The Vietnam War casualties:
2 million civilians on both sides
1.1 million North Vietnamese and Viet Cong fighters.
250,000 South Vietnamese soldiers.
90,000 American soldiers.
www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/many-americans-died-u-s-wars
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
How to deal with the corrupt right-wing presidency in the United States according to Macron following the German foreign minister on the same subject:
"This reinforced solidarity will imply a revision of the European architecture of defense and security: by initiating a renewed dialogue on cybersecurity, chemical weapons, conventional weaponry, territorial conflicts, space security, the protection of the polar zones, in particular with Russia,” Macron said.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"Maas outlines how Europe can defend its own interests against Donald Trump's attacks. For the foreign minister, Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal (JCPOA) crossed a "red line." Trump replaced an international agreement that was aimed at making the region safer with a US sanctions regime that could bleed the Iranian economy dry. Europe "must form a counterweight — as difficult as that can be," he says."
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Assad may have won the war, but that doesn’t mean you ignore such strong evidence of crimes against humanity."

He didn't win the war. He just survived it - so far. It would not surprise me at all if the US had another go at getting rid of him later.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Cheap blackmail:
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO's executive committee, accused the US of using "cheap blackmail as a political tool".

"The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion. The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale," she said.
www.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/us-cut-aid-amounts-cheap-blackmail-palestinians-114704492.html
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
*lol* Looks like MbS has once again deployed his Twitter bots 👾🤖 = 🤦🏽‍♂️
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
As long as Trump has the support of Kim Jong-un, Duterte, Netanyahu and Putin, he seems to care less about anyone else.
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iori618 iori618 (@iori618) on Pinned comment
we only have one life, suicide can never solved your problems
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Prosperity yes but just for the wealthy
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