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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
We know him by now but what's the solution?
This one provided by a 'Funny in Farsi' name but very helpful and consistant.
The Daily Kos:
Tuesday night, Congress ran out of time to destroy the Iran nuclear agreement. That means the agreement remains unchanged and intact.

Daily Kos was an early supporter of the Iran deal and over the course of two years, our community took more than 1.1 million actions to help ease its eventual passage through Congress.

When Donald Trump announced his intention to dismantle the deal two months ago, the Daily Kos community, alongside a wide coalition, showed up once again to advocate for peace.

With this deal, we eliminated the threat of a nuclear armed Iran and strengthened our own national security and that of our allies in the region. Without it, we'd face yet another avoidable conflict in the Middle East.

Our work to defend diplomacy is not over. But we won this battle and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you,
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
The land of the 'brave', the 'free' and the homeless.
The number of homeless deaths spiked in the last two reporting years, from 86 in 2015 to 132 in 2016.
"This is not the only county that this is happening. it's also happening in L.A. [County] and Philadelphia [County], so there's other places in the United States where homeless deaths are on the rise," said Andrea Urton of HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County.
www.ktvu.com/news/spike-in-deaths-for-san-joses-homeless-population
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sedaye_man sedaye_man (@sedaye_man) on Pinned comment
Trump has ordered the @CDCgov to ban the following words from reports:

vulnerable
entitlement
diversity
transgender
fetus
evidence-based
science-based

This is not a joke. This is real.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
It's not about the number of Jewish voters in relation to Christian voters. It's about who controls the narrative. Who owns and operate Hollywood, who controls what is said about Israel, who controls both houses of congress, who gets inside the White House regardless of party party affiliations, etc.
It's not about numbers but influence.
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/trump-pence-jerusalem-christian-zionism-connection
"To talk about the power of the “Jewish lobby” in the United States is actually misleading when the more correctly described “Israel lobby” wields far more electoral power thanks to its reinforcement by Christian Zionists. They number tens of millions of voters compared with the far smaller American Jewish population who, in any case, will tend more often to vote for the Democratic Party."

Not all Christian Evangelists are Zionists either.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Not so.
It's the billionaire Jews such as Sheldon Edelson, it's tens and hundreds of Jewish organizatins in all major cities (specially in NY where Trump got his wings) it's Israel Firster and yes it's some of the Evangelical Christians too.
This narrative of EC being behind Trump's decision has been promoted by most US media (La Times, NY Times, etc). Even some leftist Jews repeat the same misinformation, it's always 'somebody else and not fanatic Zionist Jews. This list is long and even includes Palestinians the very same people who have lost their homes, their land and basic human rights under occupation.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to sedaye_man (@sedaye_man) on Pinned comment
Very close to the truth, Jones won by less than one percent: a margin of 0.07%.
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sedaye_man sedaye_man (@sedaye_man) on Pinned comment
‪Deep South Alabama just elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate after 25 years.
Sexual harassment lost.‬
‪Abuse of power lost.‬
‪Pedophilia lost.‬‬
Racism lost.
Hate lost.
#RoyMoore
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sedaye_man sedaye_man (@sedaye_man) on Pinned comment
Prediction: Jones wins by one vote. The deciding vote: Moore's Jewish lawyer votes for Jones.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Expect Republican in-fighting and finger pointing to be amped up a notch or two. Losing will do that to you. Is this win tangible evidence that the pendulum will swing left during the upcoming midterms? The odds of that happening just went up!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Russian bots trolled FCC with millions of "comments" in favor of ending net neutrality.
Russians interference in presidential election is now amply documented, and now this.
Once upon a time the US used to be a superpower, now a days looks more & more like a defenseless third world country, lead by a crazed dictator.
Live long enough & you'll see everything.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Activism/Participation: Yes, indeed! Also, women are running for office in record numbers (goo.gl/L82SPp). HRC deserves her share of credit for this.

Dems/Reps latest polling: 'According to Gallup, 44 percent of American adults said they either identify as Democrats or are independents who lean toward the Democratic Party, the same percentage as in November 2016. Meanwhile, 37 percent of American adults said they either identify as Republicans or are independents who lean toward the Republican Party, a 5-point drop from 42 percent last year.'

Ouch.

These are potentially meaningful stats heading into midterm elections but liberals should be cautiously optimistic in light of the Democratic base remaining flat (no growth). The lack of enthusiasm for the party is further evidenced by the DNC's woeful fundraising for the month of October--it's worst in 15 years. As an independent who leans towards that party, I do want them to do well. My interest has also been piqued by a few of the party's 'fresh faces' that until recently, received little national media attention. I also like many of the Unity Reform Commission's proposals aimed at reforming the presidential nominating process and making the elections more democratic. It's encouraging, but let's see...

Btw, I saw the following diagram over the weekend and thought of you ;) Enjoy.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
It's amazing how Bill Clinton's role & responsibility for passing of NAFTA, Welfare Reform & all those other Neoliberal projects he pushed through is not worth a critical look, but only the oral sex he had in oval office is considered a no, no.
Pushing millions & millions of people in the US & beyond into poverty is somehow still tolerated by the Democratic party elites.
And Neoliberalism is to be practiced & imposed on humanity, but never mentioned by name or criticized.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Trump's crazy politics is activating a whole new generation of activists, at all different levels of politics and community activism, including some from Iranian-American community.
If and when this new energy is harnessed to initiate an Independent Political current within US body politics, that will definitely be a worthy project and qualified for our unconditional political support. But if this new wave of activism is to be solely directed into Democratic party leadership machinations, then we all know what we're in for, more of the same old, same old.
Hopefully it'll be the former and not the latter.

BTW, here's a good example of grass roots politics within Democratic party.

RootsAction
rootsaction.org/about-rootsaction
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
My parents generation came to the US with the hope of one day going back to their native Iran. Sadly, this sense of anger, nostalgia and longing for the past lead many to live in a state of arrested development -- rather than learn about or participate in the political system of their adopted country, they opted to immerse themselves in passive activities (like watching satellite TV, trolling on the web, etc.) that ultimately did little to move the needle. And here they are, in their golden years, feeling both bitter and victimized, wondering what happened and how life could have been different. Sadly, all those years of 'hoping' for change could have been spent more constructively by getting on with it (moving on), and paving the way for the next generation to have the sort of agency and impact that they themselves longed for.

Good news is, as you said, it's happening now! There's a next generation of Iranian Americans active at the grassroots/local/state levels, participating and becoming more powerful each day, playing the 'game' of politics. Ditto for those with the financial means who can put their money to work. Like you, I see it with my own eyes and am fortunate enough to interact/work with many of them.

As a side note, I strongly encourage you (and others interested) to consider attending the NIAC Leadership Conference -- I get that everyone's politics does not necessarily align with the org, but political issues aside, it's super inspiring to see how many people, especially younger folks, care about and are engaged with the politics/movements that help shape our Iranian American community and country at large. Powerful stuff! (leadership.niacouncil.org/)
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
ACLU in court today:

"We were in court today to stop the Muslim ban. Last week, SCOTUS allowed the ban to take effect while it is litigated. As we wait for a ruling, here's important info for those who may be affected by the ban's implementation or want to help us fight it"
t.co/Fla9KBHSp0
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) replied to ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Even the Arab states who supposedly have the same 'ethnicity' as Palestinians are betraying them.
According to Mariam Barghouti "The discourse of Arab states also marks the insincerity to achieve a real solution in the region, one that would hold Israel accountable for its crimes and provide Palestinians with their full rights."
Palestinians are getting (and have always been ) betrayed by American, Arab, Persian, Turkish,...and their OWN ruling classes.
Let's not forget how PA of Fatah (under Abbas leadership) or Hamas, are so trigger happy and always ready to violate the rights and liberties of their own people.
It's a bad joke to think Palestinians have any real resources other than themselves and their own self-organization.
But an ever bigger joke are all those Iranians always beating their chest for Palestine, but choosing a shameless silence when it comes to violation of Human Rights of our own people.
And the latter is much larger than just the beltway, lobbying crowd.


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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Let's not forget that many of them have dual nationality.
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