Saïd Amin
@said

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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 ... Read more
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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 a ... Read more
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*lol* Looks like MbS has once again deployed his Twitter bots 👾🤖 = 🤦🏽‍♂️
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
"The likelihood of nuclear annihilation is much smaller than the likelihood of annihilation by conventional means in a world free of nuclear weapons." I wouldn't use the term 'annihilation', in the literal sense, when referencing a conventional war. Apples to oranges when comparing the destructive f ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
So the logic goes in some circles. That is, until they are used and nuclear annihilation is upon us. There's something to be said about the utter moral depravity of relying on genocidal capabilities to uphold 'peace' and strategic interests.
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With Russia and the US modernizing their nuclear arsenals, a new arms race is upon us. While the START treaty limits/reduces the number of warheads both countries can have the declining inventories mask the tech improvements. This new arms race is not based on the number of weapons but on increasing ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Iraq was a rogue state"
Please note that that Iran is ALSO considered a 'rogue' state by selective (aka discriminatory) US standards.

As for monarchies, despite their differences US Catholics and evangelicals are actually obsessed with monarchies. Democracy is largely viewed as a form of governme ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War. amzn.to/2KzI3Us

Given their own track record of fighting for Saddam etc., the gall of hearing MEK go on and on about Iran's human rights abuses. Or Bolton, Pompeo, and other duplicitous characters who have proven themselves to be war ... Read more
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What does panic look like?

"It (Facebook) unveiled a new metric yesterday, what it’s calling the “family audience”: The total number of unique individuals who use at least one of the company’s apps. That number is 2.5 billion people, which is huge. But it feels like a shiny new stat to distract fro ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
My participation in the back and forth the two of you are enjoying is not an invitation for a ménage à trois ;) but I did want to bring @Cyrus___ 's attention to this video: iranian.com/2018/07/25/iran-war-would-destroy-trumps-presidency/

Given that you're in Iran and probably not as famil ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
Khamenei's tenure, which has spanned more than a quarter-century is bound to come to an end at some point in the near future -- he is 79 after all. Perhaps a looming succession crisis in the midst of acute economic pressure may result in the sort of nationwide civilian action that you speak of. Or p ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Deliberate disinformation campaigns: Plausible but this would be hard to prove. More prevalent is the increasing number of 'Stink Tanks" (nice one @Ash_ ) that blur the line between research and lobbying (btw, good to see you & Ash turn the page and getting along so nicely). DC is swimming in fo ... Read more
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Newsflash for those Iranian Americans drinking the White House's Kool Aid: Thanks to Trump's Muslim travel ban you are second-class citizens. And it doesn't matter if you're Buddhist, Jewish, Bahá'í, Zoroastrian, Christian, etc. and/or a proud Republican who voted for the man...you're STILL a second ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Ash (@Ash_) on Pinned comment
I, too, appreciate Shireen's perspectives; hence why I regularly post her work on The Iranian. It's good food for thought regardless of whether I agree with her or not.
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Thanks for sharing Shahir-jaan. Prediction: As usual, Trump will walk away from the meeting boasting about some grandiose deal/understanding with Putin--one likely related to Iran. And as we've seen in the aftermath of the Trump/Kim Jong-Un meeting, little is likely to change on the ground. Say what ... Read more
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Awesome article Sean; thanks for sharing!

"Being human is not about individual survival or escape. It’s a team sport. Whatever future humans have, it will be together." So true, and I'd like to add that the more one is willing to practice/experience multi-dimensional thinking (vs a 2 dimensional b ... Read more
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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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Thought it worthwhile to share this comment: “EJ,

Another myth that needs to go:

The belief that only the edges of the political spectrum can be "extreme."

Actually, anyone who implements or supports horrible policies, or fights against good policies, or tries to prevent policies that would help ... Read more
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I dunno about their rankings ('Rosemary's Baby' is #9?!) but lots of great movies listed!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Re: #1: anger and a desire for change was upon us during (and well before) the elections but the party elites were deliberately obtuse. As author John Atcheson said in his latest article, "If you want change, you can't keep voting for people resisting change." bit.ly/2zaoelV
I do some grass ... Read more
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