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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
"But Juan Cole himself also slips, since he never mentions the utterly reactionary, anti-democratic nature of the Turkish state or Islamic Republic of Hell." -- You're right, but that's not a slip. His MO is not to critique or provide analysis on IRI's domestic/foreign policy so much as it is to put the spotlight on the West and countries they blind fully (and hypocritically) support. Given your disdain for IRI I understand your annoyance but you've been a long-time reader of JC, so you already know his shtick. Let's not hold our breath for it to be something it's not and rather appreciate his analysis for what it is.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Such a thoughtful comment--thanks for sharing. I'm inspired by your self-awareness.

In keeping with the theme of your comment and the conversation on TT (and elsewhere), we are all mirrors, reflecting back to each other. A safe/impartial space for sharing goes a long way towards accomplishing authentic conversations that we can all learn from.

cc @iraj
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Erdogan has called for an Islamic countries summit to condemn Trump's move, and Juan Cole mentions how Iranian Shia theocracy (though not using such characterization, but he ought to) is championing Palestine. So, while Arab states fail Palestine and slip, Turks & Persians pick up the slack, and pretend they're the ones "really" caring about Palestine.
But Juan Cole himself also slips, since he never mentions the utterly reactionary, anti-democratic nature of the Turkish state or Islamic Republic of Hell.
Meanwhile in our region, the Closed Circuit of History keeps going on & on, producing & reproducing that good ol' cancerous religious sectarianism.
Welcome to middle east of early 21st century.
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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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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Arshile Gorky: Ararat

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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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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to lizzy (@lizzy) on Pinned comment
You're absolutely correct, of course there's more to it. Everything about this dude is fake; fake hair, fake tan, fake teeth, fake....
On top of that, add all the physical & mental ailments he suffers from, and then once we have an amalgamation of all these not so positive attributes, we get a glimpse of the REAL Donald Trump.
Who says truth is not stranger than fiction!
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zanduvid zanduvid (@zanduvid) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Hahahaha. I actually made it with chorizo and it was delicious. I have some friends coming over soon and they are not into chorizo or any fatty meat, so I had to find a substitute for the chorizo or make another recipe.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Trump displays an array of dysfunctionalities and weaknesses, but he's definitely very good, able and willing in one field: Turning the world against himself in unison.
Only one year in the office, and he has already succeeded in igniting synchronized global protests against himself twice; January 21st, 2017, and today.
Even ignorant fools gotta be given credit when credit is due!!!
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Protesters outside U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv
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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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Jennifer Jennifer Howard (@Jennifer) on Pinned comment
In 80 years, no American woman has won TIME’s “Person of the Year” by herself.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Practically the entire world; the UN, European Union, Arab world,...rejects Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital. A mixture of polite & no so polite F&%k You Donald!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Dear Ann thank you for this presentation. We’re very fortunate to have ex members of MEK exposing the rotten core of this cult.
All due respect, with regard to MEK, a central point which is never mentioned, either in the presentation or the Q & A section, is the CONTEXT within which MEK (and all other urban guerrilla groups in Iran) originated.
This context was shah’s US sponsored single-party (Rastakhiz) dictatorship, backed by a ruthless political-police, the SAVAK, which effectively left no room for Reformist politics or a social space for civilized, non-violent dialogue and conversations. Alas, after 1979 the monarchical dictatorship was replaced with a more ruthless theocratic dictatorship, which made the situation and circumstances even worse and not better. Citing this social, historical context is in no way to justify MEK’s bankrupt politics, but actually needed to correctly comprehend this cult and isolate it.
And on that note, we shall keep in mind that currently MEK is nothing but an extremely dysfunctional, sterile, marginalized cult in Iranian politics. More of a dead horse than anything else, and while beating a dead horse could be a hobby, it won’t do anything to alter the social, political context in Iran which (due to prevalence of extreme inequality and fascist theocratic dictatorship) still creates opportunities and space for violent reactions from the populace.
The most important point about cultic politics in today’s Iran remains the fact that the biggest, most destructive, most corrupt and violent cult in our country is the theocratic RULING CULT of the so called ‘supreme leader.’
Until and unless we recognize this central fact of life, governing our country’s current politics, there will be no end to politically inspired violence in our land.

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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
In the world's political fuckery where does he stand?
A whore and a pimp.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Thanks for sharing! I especially got a nice chuckle out of: "Let me be blunt. Thomas Friedman is an ignorant fool - and I do not mean that as an insult." *lol* That's great.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
A good piece! Thanks for posting.
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