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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Reading this piece, especially these lines: "when email newsletters became “fashionable” couple of years ago, instead of what they always were: central nervous system of publishing, the boring workhorse that never went away for those building direct daily relationships with users, that promise of value that arrives in your inbox every day" left me with senses of epiphany, remembrance and nostalgia all at once!

These four words really caught my attention "...building direct daily relationships..."

It reminded of an essay by the late Raymond Williams (from mid 80's) in which he argued that our most valuable resources are our relationships, and the quality and care we put into and apply towards our relationships in our communities.

"Resources of Hope" was the name of the that book by Raymond Williams. Can't recall exactly which essay in that book he made the above point, but that entire book is truly a must reading for all interested in creating resources for Hope in their respective communities.

Indeed one could argue every single book Raymond Williams wrote is worth reading and pondering.
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Resources of Hope: Culture, Democracy, Socialism
by Raymond Williams
Edited by Robin Gable
Introduction by Robin Blackburn

Collected essays and talks from one of Britain’s great thinkers, ranging across political and cultural theory.

Raymond Williams possessed unique authority as Britain’s foremost cultural theorist and public intellectual. Informed by an unparalleled range of reference and the resources of deep personal experience, his life’s work represents a patient, exemplary commitment to the building of a socialist future.

This book brings together important early writings including “Culture is Ordinary,” “The British Left,” “Welsh Culture” and “Why Do I Demonstrate?” with major essays and talks of the last decade. It includes work on such central themes as the nature of a democratic culture, the value of community, Green socialism, the nuclear threat, and the relation between the state and the arts. Here too, collected for the first time, are the important later political essays which undertake a thorough revaluation of the principles fundamental to the idea of socialist democracy, and confirm Williams as a shrewd and imaginative political theorist. In a sober yet constructive assessment of the possibilities for socialist advance, Williams—in the face of much recent intellectual fashion—powerfully reasserts his lifelong commitment to “making hope practical, rather than despair convincing.”

This valuable collection confirms Raymond Williams as a thinker of rare versatility and one of the outstanding intellectuals of our century.

www.versobooks.com/books/642-resources-of-hope

Resources of hope Raymond Williams - pdf
emipefyz.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/resources-of-hope-raymond-williams-pdf.pdf
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leyla leyla (@leyla) on Pinned comment
A truly inspiring story!
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Adonis: Religion Corrupted Poetry






Syrian Poet Adonis: Progress Impossible in the Arab World without Separation of Religion and State






Syrian Poet Adonis Calls for Separation of State and Religion
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Beautiful! Thanks!
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
American foreign policy often disregards human lives and this deal is not an exception. Most recently we saw it during the nuclear negotiations with the Islamic regime where human rights violations were carefully pushed under the rug. Under this administration, we also saw it in Honduras, Libya and Syria. The only difference between Daesh and MEK defectors, however, is that the administration does welcome the first group because they can serve its national interest. Whereas, MEK defectors do not have any benefit for the US. How can American government give refuge to the defectors of an organization that it has been supporting for quite some time as an alternative to the Islamic regime if such a need arises one day in the future?
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Shakespeare in Tehran

In April 2014 I received a letter from the University of Tehran, inviting me to deliver the keynote address to the first Iranian Shakespeare Congress.

My talk took more than an hour, and when I brought it to a close, I expected there to be a rush for the exit. But to my surprise, everyone stayed seated, and there began a question period, a flood of inquiries and challenges stretching out for the better part of another hour. Most of the questions were from students, the majority of them women, whose boldness, critical intelligence, and articulateness startled me. Very few of the faculty and students had traveled outside of Iran, but the questions were, for the most part, in flawless English and extremely well informed.

www.nybooks.com/articles/2015/04/02/shakespeare-in-tehran/
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Where are Iranian-American "community" organizations' endorsement for Sanders?
Is he too Jewish? Too Liberal, or too Leftists?
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to Siavash (@Siavash) on Pinned comment
Shah gave a free ride to mullahs when he met Navab Safavi and plotted to kill his opponents using Navab as his pawn.
Shah gave another free ride to Navab Safavi when Kasaravi was killed by Navab's thugs.
Shah gave more free rides to mullahs when they allied with Kashani in the illegal 1953 coup against Dr. Mossadegh's democratically elected government.
Shah gave even more free ride to mullahs when SAVAK sponsored and created Hojatieh society.
Shah's free ride to mullah continued when they hired ayatollah Beheshti and ayatollah Bahonar to write the text books for high schools in Iran.
Despised and despicable monarchy has ZERO future in Iran.
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Payvand Payvand (@Payvand) on Pinned comment
The death toll is now near 250 and is certain to climb much higher.
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Siavash Siavash (@Siavash) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Sounds like "free ride" to Mullahs lobby in Washington D.C
The Islamic movement had been around since the time of Qajar dynasty. It has been 200 years that Shia clergies mobilized to take polititcal power in Iran. Long before our shahanshah was born. I have already posted several literatures for you in the past. Go back and read those literatures. Forgetfulness usually comes as a result of old age.
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) on Pinned comment
The real reason Sanders appeals to so many people, including me, is that he's actually speaking the truth, as a good man, without calculating the political advantage.

I think we're all sick of being cynically manipulated and trying to extract meaning from the crumbs of real personality that PR teams miss.
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lyncmob James Philip Morrow (@lyncmob) on Pinned comment
From the article:

“Was their response disproportionate?” he asked. “I believe that it was, you have not answered that.” Then he hit Clinton on her egregiously one-sided speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March: “I heard virtually no discussion at all about the needs of the Palestinian people. Almost none in that speech.” He criticized her fealty to Netanyahu: “There comes a time when if we pursue justice and peace, we are going to have to say that Netanyahu is not right all of the time.” And then he returned to the AIPAC speech. “[W]e cannot continue to be one-sided,” he said. “There are two sides to the issue.”

The idea that the Palestinians have legitimate grievances—that there are two sides to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—should be a political truism, but it’s generally a taboo. High-level American politicians hardly ever speak of Palestinian suffering, except when they’re blaming it on the feckless Palestinian leadership.
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leyla leyla (@leyla) on Pinned comment
When visiting it's easy to miss the "old Dubai". There are so many, skyscrapers, construction cranes, malls, etc that are in your face at every turn. Dubai reminds me of Las Vegas. Everything is big, commercialized and in your face.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Hip-Hop & Shakespeare?
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
It looks like Rubio was right about "small hand" after all!

And other art forms "inspired" by the Donald:

Donald Dump: how Trump the pottymouth triggered an artistic overload
www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/nov/30/donald-trump-triggered-artistic-overload-republican
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ShawnaStrong Shawna Strong (@ShawnaStrong) replied to FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
I was very entertained by the article...anything that makes me laugh or smile deserves top props!
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Who is the 'bitch' now? I wonder.
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leyla leyla (@leyla) on Pinned comment
7.8? I get the shivers just thinking about how horrific an experience this must be.
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leyla leyla (@leyla) on Pinned comment
Call them on their bluff. I don't think that they would dare.
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FitFanatic FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
I've got mixed feelings sending this article to my wife but i'm really tempted.
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