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Well they never invaded anyone

 

Conventionally, no but the IRGC has their tentacles all over the place. 

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This is still terrible place to live

as with most places , it's very subjective and of course if you're making hand over fist -- which a certain segment of the population certainly is due to connections one way or another -- you'll find little complaint. you can just refer to therichkidsoftehran instagram to see what's going on in the north of tehran, for example.

also, according to this poll, saudi arabia ranks 3rd among the happiest countries in the world (i assume they polled saudi nationals and not their south-east asian slaves indentured servants workers)

http://www.wingia.com/web/files/richeditor/filemanager/WINGIA_Final_Press_Release_EOY_2015.pdf
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So a doc on Danish tv last week about an elderly danish business woman, who had lived in Theran for 20+ years and had owned her own business the entire time. She seemed very content with the place.



Indonesian authorities are saying the ISIS is the behind he terror attack in Jakarta earlier today.
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I know Christian Armenians, and many of them go back, because they say life is better over there. I have never heard a Persian Armenian bash Iran.
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Lifting of crippling Iran sanctions imminent
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In non-conflict news, people are really excited about Theeb getting a nomination for best foreign language film. I thought it was excellent but I haven't seen any of the other nominees.

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just watched it on a flight. i enjoyed it a lot, though at times it was a bit too predictable + ali baba & forty thieves. but حمار الحديد laugh.gif
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I'm a big fan of using an authentic Bedouin cast. I read that the director worked with all the actors for a year prior to filming, kind of like Beasts of the Southern Wild. They say Son of Saul is supposed to win though. 

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The Turks will love to see Amnesty suggested Kurdish war crimes after they've displaced Arabs in the fight against isil

http://www.amnestyusa.org/research/reports/banished-and-dispossessed-forced-displacement-and-deliberate-destruction-in-northern-iraq
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This al-Jubeir op-ed in the NYT is brutal.

 

"We are not the country designated a state sponsor of terrorism; Iran is. We are not the nation under international sanctions for supporting terrorism; Iran is. We are not the nation whose officials are on terrorism lists; Iran is. We don’t have an agent sentenced to jail for 25 years by a New York federal court for plotting to assassinate an ambassador in Washington in 2011; Iran does."

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/opinion/saudi-arabia-can-iran-change.html?_r=0

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This al-Jubeir op-ed in the NYT is brutal.

 

"We are not the country designated a state sponsor of terrorism; Iran is. We are not the nation under international sanctions for supporting terrorism; Iran is. We are not the nation whose officials are on terrorism lists; Iran is. We don’t have an agent sentenced to jail for 25 years by a New York federal court for plotting to assassinate an ambassador in Washington in 2011; Iran does."

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/opinion/saudi-arabia-can-iran-change.html?_r=0

 

Looks like the Times edited out some of the column:

"Iran is not the country that twice bombed Doctors Without Borders hospitals; we are.  Iran isn't the country identified in Wikipedia as "the most prolific sponsor of international Islamist terrorism and Salafist jihadism"; we are.  Iran is not the country that is home to 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers; we are."

 

The comments excoriating the Times for giving this asshole a forum are much better than the column.

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(qabd vs sadl)


sunnis in Kuwait respond to ISIS bombing of shia mosque by going to another shia mosque and praying alongside. Stick that up your sectarianism !
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There is exactly zero optimism surrounding the Geneva conference right now.

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Can someone please explain to me, why so many Palestinians are running from Kuwait at the moment?
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