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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"
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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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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
102 palestinians were injured today and not even a whimper was heard from the herd in both houses of congress.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
International White People Nazi Movement along with International Zionist Jews Movement have created widespread destruction in Middle East.
It's a dog eats dog world.
More Palestinians will pour into the streets,
more will get shot, killed and jailed. More schools, hospitals and institutions will be bombed, a few barks will be heard from the Europeans along with Arab rulers' whimpering.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Thank you for sharing this.
A topical article, which suffers from a lack of properly, well defined concepts.
Of course it's published in NYT and not Jacobine!
(Here's a shameless plug, and promotion of Jacobin- www.jacobinmag.com)
It's interesting to read some of the readers' comments, and how they attempt to explain the dif between Socialism, Communism, and various different types of Capitalism. Such nuances are totally absent in the article itself.
Perhaps what these millennials hate the most is a lack of upward mobility, and they would have been a lot less anti-capitalist if they were is Sweden or Norway.
A bottom-up type of Socialism, built on participatory municipalism is obviously much more superior to the current global model on neoliberalism.
But when words like "whether we should scrap capitalism" are used, it brings back memories of all those ill-defined alternatives and simple-minded plans, which, more or less, have all failed.
People over profit yes.
Does that mean all types of markets shall be eliminated, immediately? Probably no.
A healthy balance between Public, Private and Cooperative sectors, with the aim of bolstering the Cooperative sector (in which producers control the production and distribution of good and services) as the dominant part of the economy might be the only viable, feasible solution.




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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
'All politics are local'.
Iranian community in US is taking baby steps towards standing up for its own rights as citizens. The majority of those who came here lacked the most basic knowledge about the real America and its comlex social political history.
But it's happening now and a new generation of young Iranians are taking charge. The newcomers to US had read about democracy while the new genration is practising democracy. They are organizing and are on the move. It's happening, it's real and I've seen it with my own eyes.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Idiotic Fascist minded Fatmeh Komandos who used to, and STILL support AN's crimes, are the biggest part of 'image problem.'
Instead of lecturing others Fatmeh Komandos need to apologize for their own role in propping up religious dictatorship in Iran.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
YOU are the one STILL defending AN and his crimes, not Iranian people.
It's worth noting that even that miserable SOB a..hole AN himself is remorseful of his crimes, but not you.
That would make idiotic Fatmeh Komandos even less than, and beneath a SOB a..hole.
Now, that's low, way low.
Thus, we correctly arrive at the conclusion that, Hezbollah thugs and Fatmeh Komandos (including Stanford residing ones) are responsible for this fascist regime, and they shall pay the price and face the consequences of their crimes.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
What are Muslims living in the West doing about their serious image problem? Nothing.

It takes two to tango.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Do communists feel any remorse for their glorious contribution to Iran in 1979? Do they accept that the emergence of the current regime is partly their fault because firstly they helped the revolution and secondly they failed to secure any position in the new government? Admit that what you did was wrong, and the results have been and will continue to be catastrophic for Iran.
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pokemongirl pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
I so agree with the people of NYC
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
No, YOU are the one STILL defending AN and his crimes, not Iranian people.
It's worth noting that even that miserable SOB a..hole AN himself is remorseful of his crimes, but not you.
That would make idiotic Fatmeh Komandos even less than, and beneath a SOB a..hole.
Now, that's low, way low.
Thus, we correctly arrive at the conclusion that, Hezbollah thugs and Fatmeh Komandos (including Stanford residing ones) are responsible for this fascist regime, and they shall pay the price and face the consequences of their crimes.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
All Iranians are responsible for the survival of this regime, call it what you will. I know you want to call it a fascist to contrast with your communist views, so do it if it makes you feel better. But it changes nothing. You share 99.999% of your ideological DNA with them.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
'Thanks' for exposing you fascist pedigree for all, once again.
Shah used to say the same thing about his fascist regime.
Hezbollah thugs and Fatmeh Komandos (including Stanford residing ones) are responsible for this fascist regime, and they shall pay the price and face the consequences of their crimes.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Fascists are national socialists. There is nothing fascist about this regime. Like the TrotskyITES, the mullahs have always had a desire to expand and export their revolution beyond their national borders, which when combined with the rest of their policies effectively makes them a form of globalist communist.
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