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PersianReporter PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on Pinned comment
Ain't that the truth! "The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran… We can't get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield,"

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Why does a child need to go through this? Why doesn't the world sanction Saudis, Emiratis and trump for their crimes against humanity? Just listen to Colin Powell’s chief of staff interview:

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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Yemenis dig graves for children who where killed when their bus was hit during a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that targeted the Dahyan market the previous day in the Houthi rebel stronghold province of Saada, Aug. 10, 2018

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The other way is to make fundamental reforms from within, uproot endemic corruption, and cut support to their allies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Any regime change attempt by foreign countries will result in a civil war worse than what we have been witnessing in Syria.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
It sounds like some people are starting to believe Russian "promises".

Just when I thought it couldn't get worse.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Senator Bernie Sanders Reaction Today. Telling it like it is:

"By backing the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen with weapons, aerial refueling, and targeting assistance, the United States is complicit is this atrocity. No one can seriously claim that our support for this war is actually making us safer. In fact, the opposite is true. Not only is this war fomenting hatred against the U.S. but, as we learned from recent reports, the Saudi coalition has been cutting deals with Al Qaeda in Yemen, one of the terrorist group’s most dangerous branches, which has the stated goal of attacking the United States. It’s time to end our support for this war and focus our efforts on a UN-brokered cease-fire and a diplomatic resolution."
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Excellent report, eye-opening. The metamorphosis of a reformist lslamic movement into a cult.
The cult of MEK, a small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Interesting at the number of figures recruited in the UK... and that the UK seems to have removed the terrorist designation of the MEK first - over 2 years before the US.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
The modern European and American civilizations are based on the rule of law. These laws are the products of the 18th, 19th and 20th Century revolutions in Europe and elsewhere.
International laws, Voting rights, civil rights, human rights, and women's rights to mention a few.. Only the simple-minded and the ignorant think there are no laws in the world.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
True indeed Mohammad-jaan.. Yet, two quotes come to mind...

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" and "Beggars can't be choosers"

We're witnessing uncharted territories not seen since the last WW for the reshaping of alliances global world order -- unlike @Mostofi I do not view what is happening as a seismic shift (yet) but let's see (the dollar still runs the world). #gamesmanship #strategy #bigpicture
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
International law was created by the world powers, for the world powers. When it doesn't suit their interests, they simply ignore it, especially the US, being the most powerful. Essentially, when the US pulls stunts like this, for those who oppose it is a case of "what are you going to do about it?"

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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
This is a good interview.
Ahed is a courageous activist who has placed her life on the line for the benefit of Palestine.
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MohammadAla Mohammad Ala (@MohammadAla) on Pinned comment
In my view, the majority of Iranians because of past experiences, especially the elder Iranians (in their 70s and 80s) do NOT trust Russia.

Russia supports Iran until the last minutes when it changes its votes AGAINST Iran.

Russia has done many wrong things to Iran in the past 200 years. Russia helped to complete the civilian nuclear plant in Bushehr. Russia dragged the help so much and milked Iran for millions of dollars and free oil that Bushehr Civilian nuclear became the MOST EXPENSIVE nuclear plant in the world. That is Real Russia.

Russia has never been a reliable partner. This country similar to P5 + 1 countries must NOT be trusted.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
But there are cracks in that monolithic system. China, Russia and even smaller countries like Turkey are not obediently following the US.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
A troll is a troll is a troll. Psychological warfare troll.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Europe, Russia, China..."

The governments have voiced opposition, but they can't force businesses to stay. Companies at risk from all three political entities have pulled out.

"Russia may be happy with Trump in general, but his assault on the Iran deal is driving the Kremlin up the wall... ...(I.e. Russia is upset about the prospect of the US imposing sanctions on Russian firms investing in Iran, not just on Iran itself.)"

I doubt it. Russia is already under sanctions from the West, so it can't get much worse. Politically, Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA is a win for Russia and China, despite the complications it introduced for trade.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Thanks for posting!

www.iep.utm.edu/avicenna/
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
The last sentence in that article says it all. When it comes to American attitudes towards Iran as a nation, there's no distinction between government and most people in the US. Both hate Iran and Iranians.

Some would like to use "ignorance" or "lack of awareness" as an excuse for the fact that Americans hate Iran as a nation. But does anyone really have an excuse to be ignorant in an age when access to a countless amount of information is at most people's fingertips? Moreover, why is it that Iranians are able to reject and dismantle their government's propaganda while Americans are incapable of doing the same to their government's narrative? The answers are obvious but inconvenient. Stupidity, willful ignorance about Iran in addition to a lack of respect and empathy/sympathy towards its people.

The problem is in American character and American culture, not merely in the American regime. Most Iranians are too infatuated with America to admit that. There's not enough dignity in Iran to accept it. Iranians are a defeated and humiliated people. And it's showing.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Insightful article! Among other things the manner by which we agree to disagree w/ someone is a tell tale sign of our ability to be open minded and get along with others. It can also serve as a gauge for assessing our levels of narcissism (red flags: being overly self-righteous, finding pleasure in shaming others, black and white thinking, outbursts, etc.).

"We need to reduce growing economic gaps, and especially the physical segregation of social classes. But our deeper challenge is to restore respect, especially for those who are very different to us, or who have very different views to us. Disagreement is one thing; disrespect is quite another. If we want a better society, we need to restore some of the respect that has been lost. This is a task for each one of us, in the thick of our everyday life. Perhaps we can make a start on the bus."
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Mostofi Mostofi (@Mostofi) on Pinned comment
We are witnessing the precipitous fall of American soft power. The next President will surely do damage control but never again will the world blindly trust the US. The Iraq war and Trump presidency have set in motion a seismic shifts in the world order.
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