Saïd Amin
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Scary! All the more reason to use your headphones when on a call.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to PersianReporter (@PersianReporter) on Pinned comment
Macron's approval ratings at home were abysmal before his US trip and I doubt that he's getting any sort of lift for his performance (which included a heavy dose of pathetically sucking up to Trump).

“When the aging gorilla is confronted with the much more virile, new alpha-male, he shows submissi ... Read more
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Wow!! Fingers crossed. 🤞🏼 This potentially monumental event will be seen (or so I think) as a feather in Trump’s cap and greatly help his re-election bid (assuming he runs and is not impeached before the end of his first term).
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Really insightful passage: "A lot of people blame cruelty on dehumanization. They say that when you fail to appreciate the humanity of other people, that’s where genocide and slavery and all sorts of evils come from. I don’t think that’s entirely wrong. I think a lot of real awful things we do to ot ... Read more
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Yes, chemical weapons are inhumane and on the list of some two dozen weapons banned from war, but equally awful and inhumane are approved weapons used in modern warfare to terrorize and kill civilians. Talk of what weapons are or are not acceptable during wartime reminds me of debates around the dea ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Hello Cyrus. A related article that you may find of interest: goo.gl/pX689B
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Thomas Friedman is increasingly veering towards fictional writing.

It's becoming the norm for his analysis to be littered w/ unsubstantiated claims, conveniently used to form a series of tenuous conclusions that can conveniently support his desired propaganda.

A few gems from this piece...

"Sulei ... Read more
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All this before the OPCW started their investigation!? WTF.

Zero confidence in this administration's decision making, credibility & ability to manage a delicate situation (ie diplomacy). Risk of events spiraling out of control beyond the mid-east are very real....especially if Russian/Syrian/Ir ... Read more
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Mainstream media is morally bankrupt. In addition to the deliberate misreporting of the protests in Gaza, the major networks/outlets largely ignore reporting on the worst humanitarian crisis in the world; Yemen.

Some 10,000+ civilians are dead, 17 million more are in crisis or emergency water & ... Read more
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Good stuff...

"The tragedy is that it’s entirely within our power to do something about it: homelessness is not a choice made by the individual, it is a reality forced by government policy."

"I recently travelled to Finland to understand how it had done this. It turns out its solution is painfully ... Read more
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Nuclear escalation? Absolutely frightening: “Trump has to understand that we’re going to be talking about the possibility of nuclear escalation if we have a collision of the U.S. and Russian militaries,” Igor Korotchenko, a Russian military scholar and member of the Defense Ministry's public-advisor ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Aboly (@Aboly) on Pinned comment
You may be right, you may not. Prof. Cole is a Western pundit among many (and one that I hold in high esteem) providing an opinion on a heinous act that ultimately requires an independent, on the ground investigation/analysis. But let’s be clear, there are no ‘good guys’ in this global theater of ex ... Read more
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Sadly, most government’s conveniently ignore humanitarian norms when these norms interfere with their strategic or commercial interests. We (US) would have much more global credibility and influence on this topic were it not for the blatant bias by which we pick and choose who to criticize and when. ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
I really appreciate the thoughtful and constructive nature of your comment Parsi-jaan. I am once again feeling fortunate for your presence and contributions on TopTopic 🙏🏼
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
Salam Parsa-jaan.

First off, important to note that NIAC is not a human rights organization. Nevertheless, the organization (disclaimer, I am a Board Member) has condemned Iran's Human rights policies over and over and over again (probably hundreds of times by now), but it will never be enough for ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Yes, indeed.

"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."
-Ernest Hemingway

Btw, re: "Are we stuck in closed circuits of u ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Hi Chamosh. If there is not sufficient/real reform it is safe to anticipate more protests. Even more so if their economy continues to deteriorate. For all the concerns and gripes about human rights and social liberties, it is economic hardship that drives the angriest surge of political discontent.. ... Read more
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Thank you for this article Darius.

I found Dr. Ebadi's comments, when absorbed in their entirety, as naïve and politically sophomoric; especially when considering the timing (Bolton's formal appointment is forthcoming), reporter she agreed to be interviewed by (Eli Lake) and outlet (Bloomberg).

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Good to have you here Darius! Looking forward to reading more of your articles and analysis.
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Another excellent (and scary) interview from the brilliant Noam Chomsky!
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