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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) on
Trump doesn't drive us to war, criminal MULLAHS does.
Criminal mullahs have driven us to sanction, war, famine, poverty and misery for last thirty eight years. In Iran, many people sell their kidney just to survive. Many women sell their bodies to survive. From 17 people, one is drug addict according to Washington post. Everybody inside Iran knows about it. I am surprise N.I.A.C doesn't have any clue about Iranians life style under tyranny of dictatorship of criminal mullahs so called : Velayat Fagheh
Inside Iran, only people who receive benefits support Mullahs. Ordinary Iranians are suffering. Poor Iranians can NOT talk. They can NOT show their oppositions because criminal mullahs cracked them down very savagely and brutally. The one who has gun in his hand run the country, NOT bare hand people.
Did you see uprising of our people in June 2009 ?
Only in Tehran, About 2 to 3 million Iranians were on streets. Similar situation was in other cities. That was "National referendum". Iranians showed they didn't want these criminals. Very simple.
The solution is to toppling these criminals from power in Iran. Consideration should be given to ruling criminal mullahs, NOT U.S administration. N.I.A.C should prepare Iranian outside Iran to attend demonstration against criminal mullahs, NOT U.S administration. Once we topple Islamic gang from power, we can resume our friendly relationship with the rest of the world.
Mullahs have got to go.

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
The Handmaid’s Tale Trailer (Official) • The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
If I Was President - Las Cafeteras
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on
Money corrupts. He is after all a politician and the same as others knows well how to take advantage of his status to become super rich fast.
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on
Islamic republic of Iran has all the hallmarks of a oppressive regime, and because they are driven by religious ideology it makes them cultish as well which means nothing is off limits. They won’t hesitate to devour their own members if something goes slightly off-kilter in their ‘security' arrangements which no one knows what it is.

In this case they are refusing to disclose the incriminating evidence against Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Why on earth they put her in a solitary confinement?

The world has gone too soft on the Islamic regime! No regime gets away with so much cruelty against people as Islamic government of Iran does.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on
Looks like private citizen Obama is going to live it up and Wall Street is all too happy to oblige. Life is short. Live well.

It would not surprise me if he topped the 400K mark for a speaking gig. He's apparently a really popular guy in Japan and other parts of the world, so who knows, a very lucrative overseas trip could be on the horizon.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on
Corruption has many shapes and forms. He is not any different from other politicians who use their position and fame to make money. Leading a luxury life style needs money and Wall Street is always there to help.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on
I was a young boy visiting West Africa when I first saw a person with albinism. Between the shock/confusion of seeing this and feeling really uncomfortable with the unfamiliar settings, I repeatedly begged my mother that we take the next flight back to the States. I was scared. By the end of our 3 week trip (which was great!), the site of seeing people w/ albinism became quite normal.

It's really great that AlJazeera is educating their readers about people with albinism and especially the persecution that they continue to endure. Were it not for these two articles I would still be referring to people with albinism as 'albinos.'

Thanks for sharing.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on
A college friend of mine (who happens to live in Seattle) recently vented about people taking to the streets in protest. Her thoughts:

"Why I'm no longer marching for anything: from my perspective marches have now turned into parades that benefit the attendees but don't result in actual action. It's a feel good way for attendees to think they did something but no action is created. I believe that in order to create change and address injustice in its multiple forms we must get to work on a local level getting involved with elections, non profits, community organizers, boards and committees.

The marching culture is now looking like cultural appropriation of newly woke people who want credit for numbers but aren't accountable for action. I'm out, don't invite me or ask me.

I'm doing local actionable, measurable work."

So I have to ask, do political protests actually change anything? Here's one article that attempts to answer this question.

(image below of the Ghandi organized "Salt March"

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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on
Orange county is home of Republicans and Fox news.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on
Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons


HADARIM PRISON, Israel — Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.

Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have decided to take part in this hunger strike, which begins today, the day we observe here as Prisoners’ Day. Hunger striking is the most peaceful form of resistance available. It inflicts pain solely on those who participate and on their loved ones, in the hopes that their empty stomachs and their sacrifice will help the message resonate beyond the confines of their dark cells.

Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation. In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.

Israel, the occupying power, has violated international law in multiple ways for nearly 70 years, and yet has been granted impunity for its actions. It has committed grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions against the Palestinian people; the prisoners, including men, women and children, are no exception.

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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on
dayummmm. check out the comments section. gloves are off and scrolling through the 400 comments is like reliving through the 2016 democratic party presidential primaries!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on
Your thoughts really resonate and I also really enjoy your writing style. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
Good ole' Fox News. When living in Southern Orange County you couldn't go to the gym without ~90% of the TVs tuned to Fox. They really love their Fox News down there. But now, living here in Seattle, I drive around and see stuff like this =)

And yea, I hear ya' re: The Washington Times but the bit Siavash shared from the article is accurate. Here's the poll: (go to bullet 30)
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on
These numbers/findings across the political spectrum are abysmal. Such is the state of politics. Obama's re-emergence should provide Dems with a bump, but I'm not sure how engaged he's going to be in actively working to lead the party. If history is any indicator, he'll be more focused in raising funds to build his Presidential Library, doing speaking gigs across the world, working on his memoirs and avoiding political fights. We'll see...

"... the Democratic Party is viewed as more out of touch than either Trump or the party’s political opponents. Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch — including nearly half of Democrats themselves."

Even when the Democratic party manages to have a clear and consistent message that better addresses the concerns of the common man (see, will people buy it? Distrust of both parties is running incredibly deep. And of course, it doesn't help your parties credibility when one of your leaders, who also happens to be the most popular politician in America, refuses to call himself a Democrat or share his coveted email list with the DNC.

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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on
Diseased nature and content of Fox News is always the same, independent of any polling.
Rush Limbaugh also has millions of listeners, at one point it was around 16,000,000. What does popularity of Fox and Limbaugh indicate?
Mass psychology of Fascism, is one of the first things that comes to mind.
Besides, the 'source' of this report is very dubious and highly questionable to begin with.
Washington Times is the traditional mouthpiece of the Moonie Cult; as in Reverend Sun Myung Moon, of serial mass marriages.
WT is also a fierce advocate of MEK and...
Moonie cult, MEK cult, criminal monarchist cult,...Is there a connection between these infamous cults?
As far as Fox is concerned, let's not forget the activist side of Fox and how it fostered, augmented and basically brought the extreme radical Right , mainly Tea Party, into mainstream politics and culture.
Of course now for Breitbart even Fox is not radical enough and gets criticized.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Siavash (@Siavash) on
Thanks for sharing; I especially appreciate that you shared the source.

I had nooo idea that Fox News ranked so high. Wow. There are a few more recent polls available, including one from "Rasmussen Reports" which also has FOX as the most trusted news network, with CNN rounding out the bottom ( For what it's worth re: the Suffolk's findings that you shared, they're one of the better polls when it comes to political elections and rate significantly higher than Rasmussen Reports (
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on
Easter 1916

I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.
I have passed with a nod of the head
Or polite meaningless words,
Or have lingered awhile and said
Polite meaningless words,
And thought before I had done
Of a mocking tale or a gibe
To please a companion
Around the fire at the club,
Being certain that they and I
But lived where motley is worn:
All changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

That woman's days were spent
In ignorant good-will,
Her nights in argument
Until her voice grew shrill.
What voice more sweet than hers
When, young and beautiful,
She rode to harriers?
This man had kept a school
And rode our wingèd horse;
This other his helper and friend
Was coming into his force;
He might have won fame in the end,
So sensitive his nature seemed,
So daring and sweet his thought.
This other man I had dreamed
A drunken, vainglorious lout.
He had done most bitter wrong
To some who are near my heart,
Yet I number him in the song;
He, too, has resigned his part
In the casual comedy;
He, too, has been changed in his turn,
Transformed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road,
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone's in the midst of all.

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part, our part
To murmur name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse—
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

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