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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Don't believe what this self promoting man says. He's the Donald Trump of automakers in the United States. He fired 430 workers from his Tesla plant in Fremont California because they had joined a union.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
There are very few voices of reason in the public debate like yours.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
I'd better hide my arak.
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abolhussein abolhussein (@abolhussein) on Pinned comment
Yes drinking alcohol in the islamic religion is a GREAT crime, but having sex with a child even under the cover of marriage is apparently  OK. Stealing under the republic of hell is ok especially if you belong to the ruling class of the mullahs ( agents of satan ), or the children of the ruling class.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
This weak article is a perfect example of the left's old love affair with Islam and especially its political manifestations. The socialist writer is outright flirting with the Basij and glorifying them under the guise of objectivity. I could almost read "Allaho Akbar" and "Ya Hossein" between the lines.

The fallacies in this thinly veiled Islamic propaganda are numerous, such as the baseless claim that the IR is already democratic and therefore in no need for a transition to a democracy, or the view that the Basij are "patriots" fundamentally dedicated to "defend the Iranian people and work for the success of Iran". All a load of rubbish. What the Basij in actual fact is fundamentally dedicated to has always been defending Muslim people and working for the success of Islam, nothing more nothing less. The fact that few self-serving non-Muslims volunteer for the Basij does not invalidate this reality. Moreover, the IR is anything but democratic, with vetted candidates during elections and a theocratic socio-political system designed to monopolize power for Shiite Muslims, give privileges to regime collaborators, and make life miserable for everyone else.

Moving on to the issue of Iran's perceived immunity to foreign invasion, allow me to remind you that the latest successful foreign invasion of Iran happened roughly 77 years ago, and it took the invaders less than 30 days to fully occupy Iran and neutralize the Iranian armed forces. Sure, today's Iran is not the Iran of 1941, but let's not forget that today's superpower is also much more powerful than those in 1941. A bunch of religious fanatics are not going to save Iran from the full might of 21st century Western military. Do Muslims in Iran want to keep deluding themselves regarding this matter?

They keep talking about how USA "lost the war" in Vietnam and Iraq and how it is "losing the war" in Afghanistan. All nonsense that we ought not to hear from anybody except ignorant people and the politically motivated anti-war crowd in the US. Out here is a different reality, where the US wars ended in huge success at the expense of countless lives and brought immeasurable long term destruction in the aforementioned countries. If that is a "victory" for those nations, then what is defeat? It might not be in the West's interest to occupy the entire country, but still, do we want to see millions of Iranians dead/maimed, an entire nation in ruins, and foreign troops occupying key areas that yield geopolitical gains? That's quite a possible scenario, and one that's very likely to happen soon if Iranians remain idle and complacent.

Of course an Iranian civil war is impossible and undesirable. What should be done instead is a massive, coordinated, and prolonged nationwide civilian action that paralyzes the entire country and bring those criminals to knees. It should be a movement that transcends class, ethnicity, religion, sect, and politics, and unified by the single goal of bringing down the IR
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali “Khamenei should step down as a final solution to the Islamic republic’s problems.”

Sorry, but no, that would not be enough. The system is not dependent on the nature of the current Supreme Leader despite his influence on it. The trouble is a combination of the dangerous ideology of the revolutionary regime and the corruption of all the individuals inside it, plus the inaction and complicity of the general population. Merely cutting off the head won't fix it.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
for the better or for the worse, it takes an idiot as the President of the United States to bring down the real and perceived absolute power of the United States among the nations and the American people have got one.
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FitFanatic FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
That photo op with a rifle is most certainly a lapse in judgement

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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Is the Basij really the ultimate guard against a new Iranian civil war or revolution? I highly doubt it, but we could find out soon. Look, these sub 80 IQ thugs are only good for killing unarmed civilian protesters, which requires zero skill or courage.

If more Iranian sheep continue to make the wrong choice by aligning with the mullahs and their cronies as the article suggests, the chances that the US will start dropping bombs on civilian infrastructure will probably increase.

'“Oppressed” has obvious leftist connotations, and I’m sure Western readers will agree that there is absolutely no organisation with such a title and directive in their countries.'

The revolution brought in a pack of Islamo-Stalinists, so yeah, you could say it's leftist.

'Iran won’t be invaded though, because the invading country would lose terribly and overwhelmingly, and this 3-part sub-series on the structure, motivations and tangible realities of the Basij will prove why.'

Iran can be invaded, and if the Western forces invaded Iran, Iran would lose terribly.
Iran has been invaded how many times before? This idea of impregnability needs to go, because it encourages foolish decisions. Also, the fact that mullah rule has lasted 39 years has given the regime false confidence in their ability to survive. The regime has never had to endure a full-blown attack from Western forces.


"At the most fundamental level, the Basij is a mass organization which is dedicated to preserving the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, to defend the Iranian People and to work for the success of Iran."

Are those principles worth preserving? Many Iranians don't think so, although many might not admit it to you.

You can complexify and mystify the true nature of the Basij as much as you want. It doesn't make them superhuman.



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ayatoilet ayatoilet (@ayatoilet) on Pinned comment
For the benefit of readers, and the writer ... let me tell you all.... that in the U.S. there are roughly 1.2 Million volunteer fire fighters. They control politics in small towns and vote en masse - i.e. vote as a block and for example in the small town (population 4000) I live in, the mayor (and councilors) get elected with something like 400 votes i.e. from the fire company. No one else bothers to vote. Now, yes, they are a diverse group - but quite frankly the truth is, in some small towns they don't allow african americans to join. And the fire company gets involved in many things that the Basij in Iran do. Many laeding politicians in the US are ex fire fighters, and many fie company members are ex military. They own guns and have secret rituals ... in some parts of the country - NOT ALL - they are enmeshed with the KKK. And if someone invades the US they will fight side by side with the military and reservists. They have a deep and widespread network and can multiply their membership by 10x on a whim. When they have picnics - their friends and relatives completely fill the facilities and parks. They are the American Basij. This should help folks get it.
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Ash_ Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
This is a monument to the abysmal failure of the Muslim Iranian man and his entire religion. Those of them who aren't oppressing women in their country (indeed in their families too), are totally helpless in the face of this misogynistic oppression by the regime in addition to its exploitation by homegrown traitors and foreign enemies. Now it is women who are bravely facing IR thugs with bare heads instead of having their men face them with bare chests. Indeed, the Muslim Iranian man is unwilling to stand up for his country's honor and his women's dignity, and when he feels like doing something, he prostitutes himself to foreign enemies under the guise of dissent or takes to the streets to chant some reactionary political slogans for a couple of days. Are there no real men left in Iran?

Don't blame some foreign imperialists for doing what every imperialist is supposed to do for his/her empire's interests. Instead, focus on the more important issue, which is at home rather than abroad. What is needed here is not just an uprising against the regime, but also a revolution against the rotten cultural, societal, and moral legacy of the calamity that befell this great nation 14 centuries ago. Moreover, the Muslim Iranian man needs to step up, otherwise he is going to be forever condemned to powerlessness, irrelevance, and disgrace.
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abolhussein abolhussein (@abolhussein) on Pinned comment
When will the king corruptors of Islamic republic of hell confess, their sins publicly. I think never, the only way they will admit to their thievery and lies will be in front of a crowd before they are hanged by the nearest tree.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
سپاس بی پایان از این سروده پر معنا که بیانگر احساس بسیاری از ما است.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"today, the IR of Iran is not the Iran of 1953, and the brunt of American demands and actions will not be borne by Iran alone."

No, today, the IRI is proportionately as weak as the Iran of 1953. You think a few dated MiGs and some missiles make the modern Iranian military proportionately stronger than in the 1950s? So what if the Iranian army is big? If the army has to be used, Iran has already lost. I see no mention of the technological gains made by the West since that time. The Iranian military is two whole generations behind the West in technology. That's huge. And what about Iran's friends? There aren't any. None that count, anyway. Assad doesn't count because he can't assist Iran in any meaningful way, and Russia and China are NOT Iran's friends.

The truth is, Trump's Iran gambit is ALREADY paying off. The screws are being tightened on the mullahs, who have no answers except to blame America for everything because it lets them off the hook. The currency has completely tanked, heading the way of the Zimbabwe dollar if the mullahs are not careful. Even Chinese companies are backing away from Iran. Meanwhile, the Russians are pretending to care for Iran's welfare, while secretly celebrating Trump's move.








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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the first-time candidate who upset 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in last month’s Democratic primary, incorporated criticism of Israel’s actions into her campaign, condemning what she called a recent “massacre” in Gaza and calling on more Democrats to focus on the struggle of Palestinians.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Israel is the most notorious human rights abuser, but it wouldn't have been able to violate every single international law for so long without the unconditional support of American politicians.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
As a result of the Trump Administration racist policies no group of people, beside the ones who are trying to seek asylum in the United States, are hurt more than the Iranian people in general and the Iranian-Americans in particular.
Yes it's been a shock to all, there's a time to be shocked by the unforeseen happenings and then there's also a time to shake off the blows and start acting.
All politics are local.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
His own account should be the first to go.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
After helping China rise to its current position of power for decades, the US has finally woken up to the fact that it probably wasn't a good idea. Let's remember, the main reason for the rise of China is that Western manufacturers wanted to screw their workers and exploit cheap Asian labour. It wasn't for the benefit of China, but China benefited greatly from it, to the point that it now presents strategic concerns for the US, other world powers, and China's neighbours. Smart move!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Due to human perturbation the balance of nature has gone amiss; this is a rare example of equilibrium between human beings, animals and their environment.
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