Saïd Amin
@said

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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
A thought provoking piece. Chalk up a good bit of outrage to absolutism/black and white thinking. Such thinking can limit your options (right vs wrong, good vs bad, winning vs losing); compel you to draw rigid lines in the sand (lines that are not easily moved even when new data points emerge); and ... Read more
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What a great mental exercise.
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Sexual harassment has its moment, finally making it to the top of the agenda, but quickly becomes just another sordid installment of Democrats vs Republicans, political tribalism and partisan schadenfreude.

And we wonder why public trust in the government remains near historic lows. (source: http: ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
There are plenty of sources/studies backing a much lower figure of around 2-8%
web.stanford.edu/group/maan/cgi-bin/?page_id=297

To be fair, I have also read some reports questioning the veracity of those figures but 40%
is an outlier (reason.com/blog/2017/09/11/devos-campus-rape-repo ... Read more
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Re: my comment about the arrest of KSA's second richest (Al Amoudi), turns out that his impact on Ethiopia's economy is much more meaningful than I imagined.

"In the nearly ten years a since then it has become even harder to estimate the exact value of Al-Amoudi’s total investment in Ethiopia, whi ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Regardless of the administration the US has followed the footsteps of all past superpowers; each aggressively exerting its dominance globally and over all its rivals. History shows us that there's never been a peaceful superpower (a bit of an oxymoron there). Not the Mongols, British, Romans, Soviet ... Read more
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In 2007 Norway was rated as the world's most peaceful country. They've been slipping...

"The Nordic countries are generally regarded as peaceful countries, but it turns out some of the Nordic countries are more peaceful than others, and they're not always the best in the world.

The most prominent ... Read more
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Interesting, thanks for sharing Narcissus. You may enjoy the following: Why Beauty Is Not Universal nautil.us/blog/why-beauty-is-not-universal
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
"Alas, a reasonable person could not argue that Iran is taking all practicable measures to get itself off the path to war with America."

The mere existence of the regime and its raison d'être puts it on a perpetual path of conflict with the US. Nothing short of regime change or humiliating capitula ... Read more
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Thank you for this article Shahir-jaan.
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Domestic issues, particularly the economy, are historically most important to voters; presidential elections are usually won or lost over this one issue.

2016 was an anomaly of sorts with polls showing foreign policy, especially terrorism, on the minds of voters.

The polls reflect very real and w ... Read more
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It's not a 'crisis' but an absolute catastrophe (chart from goo.gl/uW53JA). Perspective: for all our domestic complaints/challenges about life in the US, it's important to remember that globally speaking we're still incredibly privileged.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Karaoke. Watch out ;)
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Forget Iran/KSA...Yemen! Those poor, poor people suffering. And of course, most of the American public could care less -- US foreign policy has such an outsized impact on the lives of so many around the world, that we (US citizens) absolutely should care. The only adamant/consistent voices I hear ab ... Read more
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Nothing like a few good wins to stop the incessant finger-pointing ;)
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A big shout out to human rights activist Rahim Hamid (twitter.com/samireza42) for sending me this article and relentlessly bringing attention to such stories. #respect #thanks #humanrights
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
My pleasure! I personally love thought provoking articles and/or discussions that challenge my assumptions (so long as they remain civil, void of personal attacks). The article's premise/argument would of been better served as a longer length essay--as you point out, it's more nuanced than the gener ... Read more
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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
I think I understand what you're saying, but you might be interpreting the author's message literally. I don't read it as Kukis advocating war (for the sake of nation building), but rather acknowledging that conditions, in the aftermath of devastating wars, were historically more conducive for natio ... Read more
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POTUS watches the ruthless consolidation of power by despots like Putin, Erdogan and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with envy -- he would love nothing more than to do the same.

As for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's power grab and Hariri's sudden resignation, both seem to have been a well-coor ... Read more
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