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  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/ripple-co-founder-loses-44-billion-on-paper-during-cryptocurrency-crash.html. Is this permanent or temporary you reckon? It seems governments are starting to regulate against them, so I wonder how much longer we will see bitcoin, ripple and ethereum hold out.
  2. It amazes me that in my twenty two years of schooling, four of which I spent studying economics at a pretty rigorous level, I never came across Marxian viewpoints until I encountered Dr. Richard Wolff thanks to brother @King on SC, I have been listening to his videos and podcasts consistently since. I don't agree with him on everything, but the idea that I was never exposed to such a wide area within economics and the works of probably one of the most influential figures in history, regardless of whether you agree with him or not is a major concern. Frankly, this has put me off pursuing academia, not because I hate economics, but more precisely because I hate the narrow-minded views you're exposed to and expected to buy without much questioning, things like belief in the free market, belief in capitalism, etc. All of these remain unchallenged, and yet they ignore the devastating impacts these policies have had on people at the bad end of capitalism. On the other hand, I acknowledge the flaws within marxist line of thinking, but shouldn't a good education be one where you are exposed to everything and then you are left to decide what you want to do with what you've learnt? This kind of reminds me of another story of Norman Finkelstein whose work on the Israel/Palestine conflict, as well as his work on the holocaust industry, in which he exposed the supporters of Israeli apartheid using the holocaust as a means to shield any criticism of Israel that exists. He was denied tenure at a university as a result of this, and I don't believe he has found employment since, he also had his hours at other universities significantly cut, to the point where they were pretty much forcing him to leave by offering him salaries of less than 20K a year. Can you imagine all that knowledge this man has, all his research has been focused solely on this one issue and yet so many young people will not have the privilege of hearing him speak (unless they look him up on youtube like I did, mainly because I had an interest in the conflict to begin with, else, I would have never known). What is the point of an alleged "democratic society" when the educational institutions and the learning is a form of brainwashing to basically keep people dumbed down so they never question authority, never rise up against the deceit of their own leadership. In some ways I think this is worse than knowing you're living under a dictator, because your mind is being controlled in many ways and people don't even realise that unless they find it within themselves to find the initiative (which very few people do), they will remain in a sense indoctrinated and unfree despite thinking they are free.
  3. Is Iraq safe ?

    WS, Yeah the places near the shrines are completely safe. I personally feel it is actually safer to walk around late at night in Kerbala and Najaf than it is in parts of the US, because there's very little threat of gun violence etc. So, yeah, just go!
  4. What is freedom really?

    Some countries have more political freedom than others, but how free are people in the countries that have political freedom? While it is true that calling the president in the US whatever you want to call him will not get you imprisoned, but does that mean people are really free? The corporate environment in the US is anything but freeing. You get up at 6 every morning, wear that suit you dread, spend an hour on the commute, get to work, say hello to a bunch of people you couldn't care less about (people that will probably backstab you at the first opportunity to get ahead), you laugh at jokes that aren't funny to fake it, you walk on eggshells not to offend a boss who might fire you easily, you spend maybe 1 hour of your time being productive and the rest of the time looking like you are busy all to appease your bosses. When the clock hits 5 pm, you're happy to head home, spend another hour commuting, by the time you get home, you barely have enough energy to eat and you watch the evening news (that's lying to you most of the time about what success really is), and head to bed. You do this 5 days of the week for 40 years of your life. I realise there is some variation in people's jobs and lifestyles, I am certainly lucky enough to not lead such a life, but I also make a choice to earn less money and watch how I spend. I also realise this doesn't compare to people in third world countries who work much harder and hardly make anything. But I am mainly using the example of the US because it always claims to be a beacon of freedom, however most people you meet will tell you their lifestyle is quite similar to what I have described. And why do they do it? Because it pays well, and it ensures security. But isn't that not freeing in itself? Constructing your whole life around money? I don't blame people that do this because I understand where they come from, but I struggle to understand how is it that many Americans are convinced to believe we fight for freedom, when we hardly have any freedom at home. Well, I guess you do have the freedom to not choose this lifestyle, but then its hardly much of a choice if you are drowning in debt, don't have healthcare, and your only choice to make a decent amount of money is to lead the lifestyle I have mentioned. You can start your own business and earn a lot of money, but let's face it, those cases are rare, many more businesses fail that we don't hear about. So that hardly leaves you with a choice. How is this freedom? It may be better than doing manual labour in developing countries, but that's not my argument. Corporate tyranny replacing state tyranny does not equate to freedom. As for a solution, I think jobs like being teachers, writers, journalists, academics, factory workers, social workers need to be better paid, so people don't feel like they have to choose a lifestyle that really sucks the life out of you to live a decent life. Also things like education and healthcare shouldn't be so ridiculously expensive, or if they have to be, the requirement that people have college degrees, which often require people to take on a lot of debt should be done away with. What do you guys think?
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/turkish-attack-on-us-backed-kurds-in-syria-believed-imminent. This US strategy would probably be opposed by all of Syria's neighbors, Turkey, Iran and probably, Iraq. Russia has voiced opposition to it. The question is what does the US value more? Turkey is a member of NATO, but the US plan to appease Saudi/Israel who haven't achieved the outcome they desired in Syria through using the SDF to block weapons transfers from Iran to Lebanon is against Turkey's interests. What do you anticipate might happen? Will we see a bigger war? Or will we say a repeat of what happened in Lebanon in the 80's, where the US marines and the French were forced out of Lebanon?
  6. Turkey/US clash in Syria?

    Thing is, the Kurdish areas don't prevent Iran's link to Lebanon, so I'm not sure what the purpose of the US backing the Kurds really is.
  7. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    This is withering away btw, slowly but surely, people are getting arrested and treated really badly for protesting and expressing their opinion. .
  8. Are you assertive?

    For some reason I thought he was referring to the profession weaver, lol.
  9. Are you assertive?

    What is wrong with being a weaver?
  10. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    This defies democracy, the one man, one vote policy. In a democracy, you'd have everyone that can run be a candidate, but that doesn't happen. Also, third parties get no coverage on the media, they aren't invited into debates. Basically the candidates you end up getting are those that are already pre-filtered by the rich.
  11. How does this sound?

    Good and Bad. On the one hand, it will prevent people from being exploited to do menial things, also it could free up people's time who would rather spend it being more productive at something which isn't otherwise lucrative as opposed to spending that time working at their jobs. On the other hand, you encourage a lot of laziness and people would just use that time to sleep, eat and do nothing. I would probably still work but fewer hours a week and spend a lot more time reading a lot of books I would like to read, creating a website to share the new things I learn. I don't have time to do much of this at the moment.
  12. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    She also supported the Iraq war, she completely ignored Obama's poor policies, like most of the resistance to Trump, they want Obama back despite the fact that Obama had a lot of really bad policies too, he just had a better way of speaking. She talked about free speech being threatened under Trump, but Obama cracked down really hard on whistleblowers. But this is the problem, instead of learning their lesson, the democrats will now copy the republicans, have a celebrity run, focus on the fact that she's black and female and exploit this to get votes. The whole election cycle becomes just empty rhetoric and no real substance.
  13. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    No! What does she even know about policy making, international relations, the economy etc.? I think experience in politics at some level is very important, unfortunately most people in the US senate and house are corrupt and bought. But I would vote for someone who had advocated good policies and had been in politics to understand how it works. But if I was to choose a politician who is outside the system, I would prob vote for someone who is working class, someone who understands the interests of the Middle class the poor, and can better serve them as a result.
  14. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    The influence of corporations and wealthy donors in the political system makes it very difficult to get candidates who actually represent the average American. In Iran, the council vets people who go against the Islamic Republic, in a very similar way, the system here is designed to flush out people who are not loyal to corporations and destructive ultra-capitalism. If you looked at Bernie Sanders, he would've never been the democratic party candidate because the system was always going to be against him. And mind you, Sanders in Europe would not even be considered revolutionary, he is a mainstream politician in France, Germany, etc. You look at opinion polls in the US, congress has a 20% approval rating, sometimes even lower than that, these are candidates people vote for, and they still don't have good ratings, because people feel they are voting for candidates they don't even like. Yet they feel powerless to change it, there are all sorts of barriers in place to prevent movements from building and there's a lot of censorship that is currently happening with independent journalism who are trying to educate people.
  15. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    You keep ignoring what I'm saying, if you want to talk about democracy, don't talk about the US, it is very far from an actual democracy. I don't know why you keep suggesting that it is. Nor is Iran, but Iran doesn't claim to be one anyway. Maybe Sweden/Norway/Switzerland are closest to what you would call actual democracies, but the US/UK are very far from that. Watch this video; .
  16. What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    @andres I urge you to look in detail at the 1953 coup in Iran instigated by the CIA/MI6. I'm not saying these protests are the acts of the West, but it shouldn't surprise you that the CIA and other intelligence agencies possess a lot of capabilities to foment chaos. That's not to say Iranians do not have real, legitimate grievances, sure they do, you'll find this in almost every country on earth. But I feel you're being too dismissive of the fact that the US/Israel/Saudi would use such an opportunity to pounce on it. Remember the US and Israel have engaged in covert operations against the Iranian govt., the Israelis have cooperated with terrorist groups within Iran like Jundallah and MEK (which was designated as a terrorist organization by the US but delisted after some lobbying in 2011) to carry out assassinations and bombing of nuclear scientists, political figures etc. In 2009, there was a brookings institute report on strategies to foment chaos in Iran, mostly they focused on empowering the MEK and the separatists Arab and Kurdish movements. Look at part III of the document; https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/06_iran_strategy.pdf. None of this is to say these specific protests are the work of the CIA or anything, but you should never discount the possibility of a CIA operation at some point and dismiss it outright, because these plans do exist.
  17. https://splinternews.com/chicago-suburb-threatens-man-for-daring-to-offer-homele-1821803157. We had a pretty bad snow last week and the weather was really bad, there were numbers you could call and donations you could make to help a homeless person find shelter. This good-hearted man decides to offer his basement to homeless people, the police approach him and tell him to cut it off. So what are you supposed to do when the shelters aren't operating and it is freezing cold, let them die of hypothermia? They say his house doesn't meet the required health regulations, its quite ironic, they're worried about the state of the house, but not the homeless people that might die in the cold, in which case those health regulations that are meant to protect people are absolutely meaningless.
  18. It seems these organisations though their "official purpose" is to solve economic problems like poverty, unemployment etc., they seem to be an arm of the neoliberal, imperialist agenda in advocating for trickle-down economics all around the world, when even in developed countries these policies are failing miserably to a large degree. Your thoughts? I will say socialist policies definitely did not work in my home country, and the liberalisation helped curb inflation and the country witnessed large amounts of economic growth, except very few have benefitted from that growth. A large segment of the population is still poor. @King @hasanhh, you guys might be interested in this.
  19. What do you think of the IMF and the World Bank?

    Yeah a lot of people agree that the IMF and world bank are tools of imperialism. It's how I feel about the whole field of economics tbh and the institutions that back it up, it's extremely reliant on propping up the same old theories, and is resistant to change. It's like my man Chomsky says the whole idea of institutions is to eliminate people who are too independent and can think for themselves. It really seems like economists barring a few just continue with the trend of the same neoclassical/keynes approaches to the field and focus on how its helping us grow despite the fact that very few are actually seeing those effects.
  20. What do you think of the IMF and the World Bank?

    I was reading this article, and it seems to suggest that neoliberalism worked, despite the fact that it only helped a few at the top; http://www.nber.org/papers/w17764.pdf.
  21. PM Abadi to weaken Hashd?

    I think people don't recognise Iraq is a sovereign nation, yes Iran helped Iraq a lot in liberating it from ISIS, but that doesn't mean Iraq now has to follow Iran's foreign policy, even Iran doesn't think this way.
  22. PM Abadi to weaken Hashd?

    Btw, Sistani has a similar position and I think @Sumerian can confirm this; https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/12/top-iraqi-shiite-cleric-endorses-incorporation-of-pmf-into-the-state.php.
  23. PM Abadi to weaken Hashd?

    Well, then we'll risk ISIS 2.0 happening because then this gives the gulf states an excuse to influence more of the sunni population in northern Iraq that the shias are oppressing them and they have their own militia, etc. If there is one cohesive army then it can help Iraqis unite as a nation, it reduces the power of the gulf states to influence the sunni population in Iraq and still, it doesn't stop Iran and Iraq from being allies, so what's the problem? What purpose would a separate militia serve exactly?
  24. PM Abadi to weaken Hashd?

    It's a good move in my book, too many militias weaken the state, and risk destabilizing it. I think he knows what he is doing.
  25. If you had to pick..

    Tough question, but If you had to pick between the fall of the house of Saud or the fall of Zionism, what would you pick? I think I would pick the house of Saud, even though I think Wahhabism and Zionism are two sides of the same coin. The Zionists are open enemies of Islam, the Wahhabis are hypocrites claiming to be Muslim while they destroy the image of Islam, this in my opinion is worse. Plus, the Saudi funded terrorism is responsible for many more Shia deaths than Zionism is. Also, the destruction of Syria and by extension, Iran and Hezbollah could not have been attempted if we didn't have the Saudi Wahhabi establishment brainwashing "muslims" to think that killing Shias and Christians is something that Islam encourages. Its true that the Israelis will try and destroy any attempts of resisting their power but without a tool to do it i.e. the Saudis, this would be quite difficult. What do you think?