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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
Glad you and your husband managed to get out of the organisation while you still could!

Over the years in different parts of the world I have met many ex-members. Disillusioned, they had left MEK to have a life. You and Massoud and a handful of other remembers are unique, in dedicating your time i ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
One of the most powerful confessional monologue I have ever heard!
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
Systems are setup by people:

Political instinct does not belong to a particular group unless a group excludes others from being politically active. The model of exclusion, regardless of what is called, is a model that organised crime syndicate use. Monopolising the political realm for the benefit o ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
It is interesting to understand the influences of Mongol on Islam as they gradually converted to Islam. But what we know for sure is the artistic expressions flourished. The following paragraph is by Suzan Yalman
Department of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art at MET:

“Although Mongol conq ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
Perhaps more disagreements:

Mongols were just like other conquerors, we should not put them in a too hard basket. When it comes to Iran my own little research shows province to province was treated differently under them. Unless we look at everything very closely we fall into the trap of looking at ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
An interesting article about Tabriz under the Mongols:
www.thearwh.org/journal/arwh_1-2_prazniak.pdf
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
This is an interesting entery in Wikipadia on the History of Masshad and Shiraz:
Masshad:
Mongolian invasion: Ilkhanates[edit]
Although some believe that after this event, the city was called Mashhad al-Ridha (the place of martyrdom of al-Ridha), it seems that Mashhad, as a place-name, first appears ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
This is an excerpt of a book (The Mongol Conquests in World History by Timothy May) reviewed by Peter Jackson whom Mr Edalat had consulted:

"Much of May’s book is concerned with the Mongol impact on the diffusion of ideas, technology, raw materials and manufactures, which he terms ‘the Chinggis Exc ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
(Part 2)

Mr Edalat’s thesis also contains factual errors: one example,

“The breakdown of the Abbasid caliphate as nominal leaders of the Sunni population on the one hand and the historic role played by Shi’ism in the Iranian nationalist and liberation movements such as the Abu Muslim rebellion a ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
I disagree from the start with the hypothesis of Mr Edalat’s thesis which is continious “trauma” is related directly to one violent episode in history in medieval Iran. Iran has experienced more trauma since the coming of Islamic republic: a million soldiers killed in war, many came back with PTSD a ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Ash (@Ash) on Pinned comment
Thanks for your comments.
Iran is not the only country with the rocky past. Take Spain as one example its colonial history, anti Muslim and Jewish past and the presence of diverse ethnic groups with their own regional dialects all have contributed in making her transition to democracy difficult. B ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
It is definitely Orwell’s 1984 in Iran. I remember after the revolution (in our neighbourhood) a mullah left his BMW at the local mechanic to be serviced. Accidentally in the boot of his car they discovered Whiskey and porn magazines. Who dares to search the houses of government officials and the e ... Read more
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
Thanks for the post. A great piece of Iran's modern history I didn't know about.
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
It's not easy being an Iranian sometimes!
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to Siavash (@Siavash) on Pinned comment
It is possible to put a lid on things for awhile but eventually it will boil over. The Pahlavi period was like being on drugs. You can have a great trip on LSD but one day you have to come down to earth when the effects wears off and face the reallity.
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