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Posted: Apr 11, 2021 - 6:48am

‘Suspicious’ blackout strikes Iran’s Natanz nuclear site
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Posted: Apr 2, 2021 - 7:41am

US, Iran say they’ll begin indirect talks on nuclear program
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Posted: Nov 28, 2020 - 2:42pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
R_P wrote:
Greenwald's piece seems mostly tangential w.r.t. the topic in which it was posted.

He's touching on the recent assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (likely by the Mossad but also likely with the approval and cooperation of the Trump administration) but he's also putting it into the context of previous administrations' actions and its reception in the press.

(Re)making peace with Iran will be a major foreign policy challenge for the incoming administration. Think of it as the background to that challenge.
 
I had read it, and then some. It's more of an "American Justice" rabbit hole.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2020 - 2:21pm

R_P wrote:
Greenwald's piece seems mostly tangential w.r.t. the topic in which it was posted.

He's touching on the recent assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (likely by the Mossad but also likely with the approval and cooperation of the Trump administration) but he's also putting it into the context of previous administrations' actions and its reception in the press.

(Re)making peace with Iran will be a major foreign policy challenge for the incoming administration. Think of it as the background to that challenge.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2020 - 1:54pm

Greenwald's piece seems mostly tangential w.r.t. the topic in which it was posted.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2020 - 1:34pm

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Trump is not an historical aberration.  He is an ugly mirror.   

American memories of past violent acts are  generally short and incomplete if not romantically revised.   

If it is a question of assigning partisan blame for the Sept. 11th attacks in 2001, it is the Democrats.

That said, it is unfortunate that the writer Glen Greenwald appears to endorse the War on Terror.  The War on Terror has been useful to dehumanize and demonize innocent civilians so they are politically easier to kill.  The War on Terror justifies not engaging and talking with some groups or nations and thus perpetuating  some conflicts for decades.

The War on Terror implies that American voters are fundamentally ignorant and easy to manipulate by organized special interests.

I'd be interested in reading the article you seem to have found.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2020 - 1:30pm



 Lazy8 wrote:
This screed is long and brings up many related questions, but at the core it calls out the American left/media nexus for appalling hypocrisy. Assassinating people around the world is bad when done by proxy, bad when done by direct covert action, bad when done by a Republican administration, bad when done by a Democratic administration. Partisan outrage is posturing, not a principled stance.

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Misguided Defense of John Brennan and The Logan Act: a Dangerous and Unconstitutional Law

When you’re reduced to sitting on Twitter trying to distinguish your own global assassination program from the one you’re condemning, that is rather potent evidence that you are among the absolute last persons on earth with the moral credibility to denounce anything. That’s particularly true when you directed your unilateral assassination powers onto your own citizens, ending several of their lives.

But that’s the Trump era in a nutshell: the most bloodthirsty monsters and murderers successfully whitewash their own history of atrocities by deceiving people into believing that none of this was done prior to Trump, and that their flamboyant opposition to Trump — based far more in stylistic distaste for him and loss of their own access than substantive policy objections — absolves them of their own prior, often-worse monstrosities. Call it the David Frum Syndrome.

 
Trump is not an historical aberration.  He is an ugly mirror.   

American memories of past violent acts are  generally short and incomplete if not romantically revised.   

If it is a question of assigning partisan blame for the Sept. 11th attacks in 2001, it is the Democrats.

That said, it is unfortunate that the writer Glen Greenwald appears to endorse the War on Terror.  The War on Terror has been useful to dehumanize and demonize innocent civilians so they are politically easier to kill.  The War on Terror justifies not engaging and talking with some groups or nations and thus perpetuating  some conflicts for decades.

The War on Terror implies that American voters are fundamentally ignorant and easy to manipulate by organized special interests.


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Posted: Nov 28, 2020 - 9:27am

This screed is long and brings up many related questions, but at the core it calls out the American left/media nexus for appalling hypocrisy. Assassinating people around the world is bad when done by proxy, bad when done by direct covert action, bad when done by a Republican administration, bad when done by a Democratic administration. Partisan outrage is posturing, not a principled stance.

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Misguided Defense of John Brennan and The Logan Act: a Dangerous and Unconstitutional Law

When you’re reduced to sitting on Twitter trying to distinguish your own global assassination program from the one you’re condemning, that is rather potent evidence that you are among the absolute last persons on earth with the moral credibility to denounce anything. That’s particularly true when you directed your unilateral assassination powers onto your own citizens, ending several of their lives.

But that’s the Trump era in a nutshell: the most bloodthirsty monsters and murderers successfully whitewash their own history of atrocities by deceiving people into believing that none of this was done prior to Trump, and that their flamboyant opposition to Trump — based far more in stylistic distaste for him and loss of their own access than substantive policy objections — absolves them of their own prior, often-worse monstrosities. Call it the David Frum Syndrome.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2020 - 1:31pm

Iran analysts and nuclear experts say these attacks do not fundamentally alter Iran’s trajectory if it is seeking nuclear capabilities; at best, they delay progress by a few months or a year. There is no way, short of regime change or armed invasion, that countries can deter rivals determined to obtain nuclear weapons.

UN Special Rapporteur: US Drone Strike Killing Iranian Gen. Soleimani Was Unlawful
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Posted: Feb 21, 2020 - 4:29pm

Iranians go to polls as hard-liners expect big win
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Posted: Jan 24, 2020 - 2:32pm

Obama, much as I love him, SHOULD HAVE BEEN SMARTER ABOUT MANY THINGS!

 haresfur wrote:


 miamizsun wrote:
let's hope so...

Iran's Theocracy Will Collapse Because of People Like Kimia Alizadeh

The nation's only female Olympic medalist says she has permanently left the Islamic Republic due to the oppression of women.

The killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the United States military will understandably dominate headlines for weeks if not months to come.

But the actual demise of the authoritarian regime that's been in power since 1979 will come more from acts like the one taken by Kimia Alizadeh, Iran's only female Olympic medalist. Late last week, the bronze medalist in Taekwondo in the 2016 Summer Games announced via Instagram that she has fled her home country due to the systematic oppression of women. Via CNN:

"Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences," the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. "I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years."…

"They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me," she wrote, adding that credit for her success always went to those in charge.

"I wasn't important to them. None of us mattered to them, we were tools," Alizadeh added, explaining that while the regime celebrated her medals, it criticized the sport she had chosen: "The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!"


 
I think one of the lessons of the Arab Spring is that western countries have very limited ability to influence the events and it is probably better to lay low in most cases. That seems particularly true about Iran. Obama should have been a lot smarter about Libya and Syria. Egypt, too.

 


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Posted: Jan 24, 2020 - 2:30pm



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Good. This pussy shit is freaking me out. Y'all are a trip.



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Posted: Jan 24, 2020 - 1:31pm

Next on Trump's kill list...
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Posted: Jan 21, 2020 - 12:33pm

How Britain helped Iran’s Islamic regime destroy the left-wing opposition
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Posted: Jan 14, 2020 - 8:08pm

“Iran Must Begin Acting Like A Normal Nation,” Says Totally Normal Nation
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Posted: Jan 14, 2020 - 3:35pm

 haresfur wrote:

lessons from the Arab Spring

 
Ah, thanks.
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Posted: Jan 14, 2020 - 3:30pm



 Red_Dragon wrote:

Strictly speaking any "spring" in Iran can't be described as Arab. Iranians are not Arabs, ethnically speaking. Jus' sayin'.
 
lessons from the Arab Spring

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Posted: Jan 14, 2020 - 3:10pm

 haresfur wrote:
 
I think one of the lessons of the Arab Spring is that western countries have very limited ability to influence the events and it is probably better to lay low in most cases. That seems particularly true about Iran. Obama should have been a lot smarter about Libya and Syria. Egypt, too.

 
Strictly speaking any "spring" in Iran can't be described as Arab. Iranians are not Arabs, ethnically speaking. Jus' sayin'.
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Posted: Jan 14, 2020 - 3:04pm



 miamizsun wrote:
let's hope so...

Iran's Theocracy Will Collapse Because of People Like Kimia Alizadeh

The nation's only female Olympic medalist says she has permanently left the Islamic Republic due to the oppression of women.

The killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the United States military will understandably dominate headlines for weeks if not months to come.

But the actual demise of the authoritarian regime that's been in power since 1979 will come more from acts like the one taken by Kimia Alizadeh, Iran's only female Olympic medalist. Late last week, the bronze medalist in Taekwondo in the 2016 Summer Games announced via Instagram that she has fled her home country due to the systematic oppression of women. Via CNN:

"Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences," the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. "I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years."…

"They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me," she wrote, adding that credit for her success always went to those in charge.

"I wasn't important to them. None of us mattered to them, we were tools," Alizadeh added, explaining that while the regime celebrated her medals, it criticized the sport she had chosen: "The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!"


 
I think one of the lessons of the Arab Spring is that western countries have very limited ability to influence the events and it is probably better to lay low in most cases. That seems particularly true about Iran. Obama should have been a lot smarter about Libya and Syria. Egypt, too.

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