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    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    GoldenEquity, thank you for the +rep. I wish I can rep you back, but I think I need to post more, maybe? Apologies about posting something that is unrelated; but I wanted to add this bit about the Mysore Empire which I find fascinating:
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    Yesterday, 08:53 AM
    I want to give some historical background on Afghanistan and Pakistan. The country currently known as Pakistan was basically split at one time between the Afghan Durrani Empire and the Sikh Empire. The Durrani Empire ruled the northern parts of Pakistan and Balochistan (at one time they ruled all of Pakistan). The Sikh Empire ruled the other parts of Pakistan and some parts of modern day India, basically all of Punjab and Kashmir. The British were already making incursions into the Indian subcontinent through various means. They initially started this in 1620 or so when setting up trading posts. They also bribed local strongmen, hired local mercenaries to fight their battles and gain political and economic influence. However, it needs to emphasized that the British did not overthrow or lead to the downfall of the Mughal Empire, it was the Hindu empire, Marathas, who did politically and militarily defeated the Mughals. The British allied with the Sikh Empire to push the Afghan Durranis back. As a result of that conflict, the modern-day-state of Afghanistan was created with its current borders which bordered British India back then and Pakistan today. The Afghans of course still remember this and this is why they don't really recognize their border with Pakistan as a legitimate international border. The British then went on to defeat and destroy the Sikh Empire. The Sikhs never recovered from that humiliation and treachery of the British and from now on are basically under Hindu rule/control. They never got their own country back. The British then destroyed the Hindu Maratha Empire, Mysore Empire (another Muslim kingdom in South India), Oudh State (a Shia Muslim kingdom in Northern India) and other smaller princeley states to formally control all of the subcontinent. All of this of course took centuries.
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    Yesterday, 07:50 AM
    Describing the Saudi rulers as 'reformers' is actually nothing new, it's been going on for 70 years: Seventy Years of the New York Times Describing Saudi Royals as Reformers 'But this guy is different'. LOL.
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    Yesterday, 07:37 AM
    Good stuff, thank you for sharing this.
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    10-17-2018, 02:48 PM
    They Got Saudi Arabia Wrong TooBy Daniel R. DePetris Mohammed bin Salman cuts a dashing figure. Here’s a Saudi royal, in his early 30s, who speaks about ushering in an unprecedented transformation of the Kingdom’s fossilized society. His elevation to crown prince in 2017 was interpreted by much of the West as a godsend to modernity, free markets, and 21st-century thinking. American foreign policy elites ate up MbS’s sales pitch like a New Yorker eats pepperoni pizza: with delight in their eyes and joy in their hearts. Finally, a prince from a younger generation was working to bring Saudi Arabia—the land of oil, sword dancing, and Islam’s two holiest cities—towards a brighter future. Women would be driving soon; Western businesses would be investing in something other than the energy sector. Thomas Friedman, the bestselling author and long-time New York Times columnist, bought MbS’s story hook, line, and sinker. After jetting to Riyadh for an exclusive interview with the crown prince last November, Friedman wrote about bin Salman as if he was the very best Saudi Arabia had to offer. In one of his more naive dispatches, Friedman described Saudi Arabia as being on the cusp of its own Arab Spring. The rich and entitled royals were finally getting punished for stealing from the state’s coffers. “Not a single Saudi I spoke to here over three days expressed anything other than effusive support for this anticorruption drive,” Friedman observed in his column. Of course, given that the Kingdom is an absolute monarchy and MbS has a reputation as a petulant child, why Friedman expected anything other than glowing assessments from Saudis is puzzling. In the last two weeks, by virtue of his actions, the crown prince has demonstrated to the entire world his true character: as intolerant of dissent and as obsessed with blind loyalty as every other autocrat in the Arab world. He is a reckless and bumbling amateur who plunged his country into a self-defeating cycle of mistakes, quagmires, and diplomatic imbroglios; an insulated princeling more in line with a mob boss than the squeaky clean anti-corruption crusader he is trying to sell himself as. Tom Friedman and members of the Trump administration may have largely accepted his narrative, but for the rest of us who have watched the total decimation of neighboring Yemen and the near-starvation of 13 million Yemenis , no public relations firm in the world can polish the giant turd the crown prince has laid at his own Kingdom’s doorstep.
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    10-17-2018, 01:43 PM
    homahr replied to a thread Horseface in U.S. Political News
    she's not really a horseface tho, right? not like sarah-jessica-parker-level horseface
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    10-17-2018, 01:35 PM
    that could take a while if the mission is to make sure Iranian forces leave which will never happen. Iranian forces are also in Iraq in large numbers and that is where the US has a bigger presence than in Syria.
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    10-17-2018, 11:15 AM
    The Saudi Sycophants in the Trump Administration The Trump administration’s cynical indulgence of self-serving Saudi claims has been on full display this week:The secretary of state was all smiles, his hand outstretched, as he approached the crown prince. “We are strong and old allies,” Mohammed told Pompeo before reporters were ushered out. “We face our challenges together — the past, the day of, tomorrow.” Pompeo replied with enthusiasm: “Absolutely.” The Associated Press ✔@AP
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    10-17-2018, 11:08 AM
    FBI still exists so Paine did a pretty shitty job of dismantling it.
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    10-17-2018, 10:58 AM
    Not sure if Trump is actually 100% for 'troop withdrawal' from Syria/Afghanistan. He has made statement alluding to this when it comes to Syria. In Afghanistan, there are negotiations that may result in some troop pullout: Afghan Taliban officials: 'US agrees to discuss troops pullout' but that is a Taliban statement, not a Trump statement. Facts on the ground in Syria say otherwise: US troops will be in Syria for generations since Iran will never leave because if they do; a genocide of Christians and Shias will occur, Iran being Shia will not allow that to happen. Iran is also very protective of their Shia shrines in both Iraq and Syria. American and israeli supported Sunni terrorists want a genocide of Shias and Christians as well as the destruction of churches and Shia shrines. The US/israel/west with their non-recognition of the legitimate Syrian government headed by Bashar Assad is indirectly supporting the genocide of Christians in Syria.
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    10-17-2018, 10:08 AM
    Other countries' universities/colleges should follow this example.
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    10-17-2018, 09:18 AM
    He's not necessarily an idiot for ordering the hit on the WaPo CIA-"journalist", he's an idiot for not anticipating this type of reaction.
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    10-17-2018, 09:16 AM
    Coverup Deal Will Blame Khashoggi Death On Extreme Torture The coverup of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, killed on behalf of the Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman, proceeds apace. It is part of a deal between Turkey and Saudi Arabia under the aegis of the United States. The haggling over the details will take a while. Several media report of a test ballon, floated to find out if an 'alternative' story will fly: Saudi Arabia was preparing an alternative explanation of the fate of a dissident journalist on Monday, saying he died at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago in an interrogation gone wrong, according to a person familiar with the kingdom’s plans. In Washington, President Trump echoed the possibility that Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of “rogue killers.” ... n Monday, a person familiar with the Saudi government’s plans said that Mr. Khashoggi was mistakenly killed during an interrogation ordered by a Saudi intelligence official who was a friend of the crown prince. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Prince Mohammed had approved interrogating or even forcing Mr. Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia under duress.But, the person said, the Saudi intelligence official went too far in eagerly seeking to prove himself in secretive operations, then sought to cover up the botched job.
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    10-17-2018, 09:09 AM
    Mohammed bin Salman’s Gruesome Crime Posted By Daniel Larison On October 17, 2018 The Wall Street Journal reports on the most recent details from Turkish authorities about the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi: The recording indicates how Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the office of the Saudi consul general, Mohammad al-Otaibi, minutes after he walked into the consulate building on Oct. 2, said people familiar with the matter. Mr. Khashoggi wasn’t interrogated, the people said. Instead, he was beaten up, drugged and killed by Saudi operatives who had flown in from Riyadh earlier in the day, the people said. Then, on the recording, a voice can be heard inviting the consul to leave the room, the people familiar with the matter said. The voice of a man Turkish authorities identified as Saudi forensic specialist Salah Al Tabiqi can be heard recommending other people present to listen to some music while he dismembered Mr. Khashoggi’s body, the people said.
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    10-17-2018, 08:50 AM
    homahr replied to a thread Horseface in U.S. Political News
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    10-17-2018, 08:41 AM
    I think it was Musharraf who had her assassinated. Both Benazir (former Pakistan PM) and Imran Khan (current Pakistan PM) attended Oxford University at the same time. There are rumors that they had a sexual relationship but they both denied it at the time.
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    10-17-2018, 08:38 AM
    I do remember that there were stories of al-Qaeda members living in Iran for some time along with their families. They escaped in the wake of the US invasion of Afghanistan. The US never made a big deal about that issue. But nothing about bin Laden living in Iran.
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    10-17-2018, 07:54 AM
    homahr replied to a thread Target: Iran in World News & Affairs
    Iran Deserves Credit for the Ruin of ISIS Posted By Scott Ritter Until recently the United States viewed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as a major threat to regional stability in the Middle East. Barack Obama made it a mission to roll back ISIS’s territorial and propagandistic gain , and Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to “kick ISIS’s ass .” The United States expended considerable effort, both military and political, in a campaign to defeat the terror group in Iraq and, to a lesser extent, Syria. But there is also no doubt that the bulk of the effort came from Iran, not the United States. Without Iranian involvement, ISIS would still have a formidable presence in both Iraq and Syria.
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    10-16-2018, 04:07 PM
    So what you both seem to be saying is that MbS planned this assassination to happen, possibly with the suggestion of "deep state" operatives in the Saudi gov; and he wasn't stopped because the CIA, Turks, other intelligence agencies knew it was going to happen; let it happen in a hopeful plot that MbS will be removed.
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    10-16-2018, 02:48 PM
    Yemen Is Being Starved to Death The U.N. warns that the scale of the famine in Yemen has been underestimated in the past: “The crisis in Yemen is so huge and of such magnitude, we have to be frank about whether we can together deal with what is facing us,” said Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen. “We are literally looking at hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people who may not survive.” Food prices have been rising rapidly with the collapse of Yemen’s currency, and millions more are now at risk of starving that had not been counted in the earlier estimates. Conditions in Yemen are already appalling, and they continue to worsen. Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council released a statement earlier this week addressing the threat of famine: Civilians in Yemen are not starving, they are being starved. Let it be known that the worst famine on our watch is wholly manmade by Yemen’s conflict parties and their international sponsors.
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    10-16-2018, 12:34 PM
    homahr replied to a thread Target: Iran in World News & Affairs
    Blond Lebanese hash and blond Lebanese women. Both are probably really fun.
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    10-16-2018, 12:31 PM
    Thats because the vast majority of voters are scary brown illegal immigrants, not hard-working whites like me and you.
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    10-16-2018, 10:43 AM
    Two Pilots Die Following Su-27 Fighter Jet Crash in Ukraine - Including US Serviceman Why is a US pilot flying a Russian plane? His blood is on Trump's hands.
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    10-16-2018, 10:14 AM
    People from both the left and right seem to love to get high on fear. They really need to get high on cannabis instead.
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    10-16-2018, 10:13 AM
    Sounds like a good deal to me.
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    10-16-2018, 10:02 AM
    Quoted randomly by nikcers. I am an honored Homahr.
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    10-16-2018, 10:00 AM
    Hopefully this stunt destroys Warren.
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