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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Yes. We are supposed to believe that Trump just randomly blurts out some decree and then it happens, with little or no planning. It's utter BS. There is a definite geopolitical strategy at play, as anyone with a memory and attention span better than a goldfish can see.

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Advocates of a more aggressive Iran policy, both inside and outside the administration, view sanctions differently. They seem to feel they don’t need to give more-specific answers as to what exactly sanctions are intended to achieve, because from their perspective, whatever is achieved is better th ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I'm seeing plenty of whistleblowing in the alternative and even mainstream media about the risk of war with Iran, but it's not going to work. The majority of American people will accept whatever narrative is fed them, and the net resistance will be insufficient to scare the government out of doing i ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Hamid (@Hamid) on Pinned comment
Major European businesses are already demonstrating that they don't care what EU bureaucrats think by making their own independent decisions to pull out of Iran. This is a home run, it's only the propaganda that will make you think otherwise. The rift could even be a trans-Atlantic conspiracy.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Trump's latest move has pushed Iran back towards a corner it had hoped to get out of. That's a win for America no matter which way you look at it. The Russians will pretend to condemn it but it's also a win for them. As for the Europeans, they just look pathetic, and to my cynical eye, they are bein ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Crypto is an obvious area of interest for bypassing sanctions. The only trouble is it cryptocurrencies are too volatile to be a reliable medium of exchange. Ultimately, the alternative to the central bankers' rort is another rort in itself. The main beneficiaries of cryptocurrencies in the present c ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The Europeans are going to extreme lengths to play good cop here, so that when it all finally blows up they can say they really wanted peace with Iran and keep their anti-Trump, anti imperial war electorates happy. In reality Trump's move will still kill most of the big players' interest in Iran, as ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
'When Palestinians fight for their national rights, we are called “terrorists.” When we demonstrate in non-violent ways and are killed by the occupying forces, we are called “suicidal;”'

And what are they called when they repeatedly say no to the best offers they were ever going to get, ranging fro ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
'“I don’t get the sense Iran or Hezbollah really understand what Israel considers to be casus belli, even though Israel has done its best to loudly broadcast what constitutes its red lines,” the former official said.'

Perhaps not, but that's exactly what Israel wants. Hezbollah and Iran would be ve ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"The human rights community has spent years articulating the nature of Israel’s occupation under international law and the responsibility of third-parties to end it."

But once those third parties take a closer look at the situation, they are repulsed and perplexed by the conduct of BOTH parties - t ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
As a board member I'd take your partisan words with as big a pinch of salt as I do his.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Behrouz Bahmani (@tehranosaurusrex) on Pinned comment
He staked his entire reputation on the JCPOA. I thought this might happen now that the deal is on the rocks.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"The American approach today is going in the same direction established by former President Barack Obama. This approach is the “strategy of gradual withdrawal from the region” and, therefore, everyone who cursed Obama and praised Trump and his missiles should reconsider."

I'll believe that when I s ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Ooooh... we know abandoning the petrodollar is one of the big no-nos for oil exporters. Even Iran has been very cautious in its attempts to move away from the dollar for oil sales. Let's see what happens here.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"EU to activate law that bans European companies from complying with US sanctions against Iran."

The EU authorities cannot ban companies from complying with sanctions - that's their own choice. What they can do is try to limit the damage those sanctions cause. EU leaders have already admitted the p ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
There has always been plenty of talk of Palestinians and their plight. But that's all there has ever been - talk. I'm rational and realistic enough to know that my sympathy, like yours, will achieve nothing.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
That supposed outrage amounts to virtually zero material support beyond some humanitarian aid. We know noone is coming to save the Palestinians. Not the rest of the Arabs, not the West, not Russia, not even Iran, which will only give them enough rope to continue hanging themselves. There's no nice w ... Read more
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
"the Palestinians won the hearts, minds and support of the world"

That sounds nice, until you remember that the world will do nothing except talk about it.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
At best this proposal could only save a small fraction of European trade with Iran and will not interest any of the big names who are too deeply entangled with the US to even bother risking it. The damage is done. Luckily for Iran, China and others will be able to fill some of the void.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"The speed of the pull-out decisions being taken by firms operating in Iran is threatening to wreck EU leaders’ plans to provide legal and financial guarantees to protect European firms that keep trading with Iran."

As I have said all along, the businesses are not going to stick around, no matter w ... Read more
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