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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I love Robert Reich. A super interesting thinker, logical (rooted in data) and really seems to care.

As for the narrow, hyperbolic view that the 'Democratic party is just a big fundraising machine”, only fair to say the same about Republicans. It's the system. And it needs work. More folks are finally waking up to the realization that the country is less democratic today than it used to be. This has been a macro trend across decades, regardless of which party sits in the White House. It's easy to miss the forrest for the trees when gauging the state of democracy through the lens of just 4 or 8 years.

Silver lining is that in moments of crisis, like the one we're in, more people pay attention, mobilize, and maybe, just maybe, push through impactful reform to put a better system in place.
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john John Skorick (@john) on Pinned comment
Couldn't have said it better myself:

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
No horror could match the horror of Cinema Rex, not only it was incredibly horrible for all those hundreds of people burned to death in that movie theater, it was also horrendous in the way this mullahs' engineered crime set the stage for Islamic Republic of Hell. The worst part of it all is how after 39 years most Iranians still don't know the full story and all the details involved in Cinema Rex horror.
No wonder we're still stuck with arsonist mullahs.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
It's larger than that, it's not just muslims,. He is declaring himself as the leader of the world's Fascist Movement. This is what's going on in his hallucinations. Now the fascists of the world have a leader with big guns and a pocket full of money.
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pokemongirl pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
They shouldn’t have to hate Muslims just because Trump says so. Just because he is president, doesn’t mean he can tell others what they are supposed to like and dislike.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
A false start, to be sure. It’s not written in her job description but as minority leader it’s her duty to protect the rank and file. Her initial response was just that. Anyway, the pressure was clearly too much for her not to flip. Regardless of the reason(s), glad she did.

Sadly, we Americans have such low standards for the character of our elected leaders. And these public officials, whom we trust to represent us, appear to have even lower standards for themselves and their colleagues.

Politicians should be expected to uphold the highest of standards when it comes to ethics, trust and basic decency — it’s disturbing to see how many of them fail to stand for what’s right.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
She took her sweet time on this one!
If it was a Republican, of course it would have been calling for an immediate resignation.
Any wonder she has close to zero credibility at the moment.
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pokemongirl pokemongirl (@pokemongirl) on Pinned comment
That’s a little funny
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
We're so used to Western warmongers (US, Brits, France, Russia,...) that we often forget just how much 'our own' little mullahs are contributing to the death race in the middle east.
As an example just ponder for a second how many military entities with the direct aim of military intervention outside of Iran is sponsored by those sorry a.. mullahs of Tehran, and the cost of all this to Iranian people. A nation that has half of it population living below the poverty line.
This inglorious list includes. but is not limited to:
Lebanese Hezbollah,
Iraqi Hashd Al Shaabi,
Quds Force,
Zaybanieh,
Alavieion,
Fatemeion,
Islamic Jihad,
Hamas,
pro-mullahs factions of Taliban.
And now Sepah is officially talking about sending military trainers to Yemen,...
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Just think for a second how many countries fell under Obama's watch. Oh, but Obama was sooooo much better than Bush before him, and Trump, wasn't he? Really?

Whatever party dominates in the US is the war party of the day. It is now the GOP's turn. Eventually, the Dems will be back, spreading freedom and democracy by the bomb once again.
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