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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
“I just want to say one thing,” De Niro said from the stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, before introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen. “Fuck Trump. It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s fuck Trump.”
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Firstly, I'm sure there are no regrets in Team Trump about nixing the JCPOA. If they were the type to worry like that, they wouldn't have done it. They. Don't. Care.

Secondly, NK is a very different situation to Iran. For starters, NK already has nukes, whereas Iran doesn't. This is stating the obvious.

Moreover, geopolitically, the NK situation is very different. I'd argue NK is far less important than Iran. NK was important in the Cold War when the US was desperately trying to stop the spread of communism, but not so anymore.

"Making matters somewhat easier is the fact that North Korean troublemaking beyond its borders is fairly modest, at least as compared to Iran’s multiple interventions across the Middle East, a region of far more political interest to Washington than East Asia."

Exactly. Iran is engaged in quasi imperial activities throughout the middle east, and it is one of the largest reserves of oil and gas, two factors which make Iran a major issue for the US but are not relevant to NK.

Sure they will take what they can get with NK, but compared to Iran it is basically a sideshow.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Follow the money. Electoral politics, politicians and in particular our foreign policy have for far too long been for sale. While there are some subtle shifts, such as the growing number of potential presidential candidates vowing to no longer accept donations from corporate PACs, the democratic process continues to be hijacked by a Machiavellian version of democracy that is controlled by big money.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The POTUS is basically an elected king. The whole structure is still based on the British parliamentary monarchical system, with two houses in the legislature, the judiciary and the executive, and English law.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
What an idiot! And yet honest in assessing Trump's policy of inciting conflict
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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) on Pinned comment
Hello. So your conclusion based on living in NY and following the news is that a goof number of Jewish supporter of Trump is a closet Nazi? So with that logic does that make a good number of Iranian American or Muslim supporters of Trump Nazis as well or is that label solely reserved for the one group targeted during the Holocaust? What about those in the US with Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, German, Romanian backgrounds who made up the axis powers? If supportive of Trump they are closet Nazis as well? It's one thing to call people bigots but to so sloppily slap a Nazi label on Jews is feckless.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
The message is clear: Don’t even think one second that because we have torn your country apart, exploited every bit of your natural resources and supported your corrupt regimes we will admit you to the US.
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Unrelatedthings Unrelatedthings (@Unrelatedthings) on Pinned comment
“Together there is nothing Americans can't do, absolutely nothing," Trump told 2018 graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Trump seems to be channeling Bernie Sanders here who ends many speeches with “Together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing we cannot do.”

Both are right. But the problem is Trump is pulling us apart, so we cannot accomplish these things, instead of bringing us together.
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Unrelatedthings Unrelatedthings (@Unrelatedthings) on Pinned comment
And, of course, as a (US) American of European descent, our ancestors did not tame a continent. That is largely myth. Our ancestors raped, pillaged, enslaved and committed genocide against the native residents of a continent. Then we projected the same around the globe through colonization and war and empire. And we built a culture and economy that continues to rob and oppress. To deny this truth is propaganda. Despite occasional glimmers of light, burying our dark history only serves to prop up our delusion of exceptionalism and block real progress towards a Human and humane society.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Newsweek is on a path to becoming a truly rubbish source of news (and clickbait) but had to share this article. So at last count Trump feels that Mexicans, Native Americans AND black football players were/are animals that need to be tamed. How the hell is this even remotely acceptable?! #WhiteSupremacy
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Group think and idol worship resulting in self-subjugation. We're sheep b/c we choose to be. It's a choice. We've been conditioned to spiritually sleep-walk and allow political parties and government to disproportionately empower itself and institutionalize learned helplessness. And to what end? The US is an absolute mess and imploding before our own eyes (a good piece on this by Chris Hedges: 'The Coming Collapse' goo.gl/H63QNL).

Instead of spending our valuable energy and focus on problem solving, community-building and rallying around the best ideas, we keep allowing ourselves to fall for tired and divisive strategies like this one, 'Is Bernie a real Democrat?' Who. The. Fuck. Cares. It's all a distraction. Seriously. There's no shortage of tried and true tactics by those in positions of power to discredit, confuse, fear-monger, and keep the status quo intact. Sadly, party elites bought by special interest dollars/business magnates seem to prefer imploding the entire system than give up their positions of privilege. And who knows, at this point this might be the 'best' course of action (blow it all up) and no matter our best efforts to reverse course, we might be headed there anyway. Such a scenario/outcome instills a level of fear in me, but I remind myself that fear is an irrational thought.

The silver lining is that people are finally waking up, aware that there's an internal rot happening. I see it. I feel it. It's here. And no matter the bumpy road ahead and outcome, there's no putting that genie back in the bottle.




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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"It should be clear to everyone who is familiar with the Middle East that a war against Iran will not be like Iraq, it will be much worse."

True, but do you think they give a damn? They are going to do it anyway, unless we put the brakes on the process, which we are not doing. We haven't given them any reason not to come after us.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
It's very interesting to see this coming from the Brookings Institution given their history. It was Brookings who published Which Path to Persia? in 2009, which was essentially a plan of how to get to war with Iran, including the use of a nuclear deal. Perhaps they are upset that Trump has taken a slightly different (but still closely related) path to that which they advocated, Or maybe it's just a disinformation piece to keep the sheeple off the scent of their plans by adding more confusing rhetoric to the mix.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Mostofi (@Mostofi) on Pinned comment
It's a common hurdle worldwide, but what matters more than the translation of idioms is the intent behind them, and the intent of the regime seems pretty clear. They are remaining defiant, or at least that is the impression they want to give. Actions speak louder than words, so we'll wait and see what they do, but I can't imagine them agreeing to the kind of humiliation Pompeo is asking for. I'm trying to put myself in their shoes and come up with a solution, but I don't think there are any that could save them from severely wounded pride while also preventing war.
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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
While it appears that there is no verbal tact among most Iranian politicians, much of this issue stems from a case of 'lost in translation'. Iranians have many sayings that when literally translated from Farsi to English, sound really worse than they are. I imagine that many of the things Trump says when translated in Farsi come off just as bad, albeit for a different reason -- the man says ludicrous, crass things and struggles to formulate an comprehensible sentence.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Yeah, because anyone who criticises the government must be a paid Zionist agent, right?
Real Iranians know their leaders are always right and beyond reproach because, after all, they've done such a good job for 39 years.

If you had any critical thinking skills you would respond properly. Instead, all you can muster is an emotional ad hominem ego-fuelled reaction. With fellow countrymen like you it's no wonder we are screwed.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Stop spamming the comments section. You are outed as an Israel Lobby troll.
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