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And so the name calling begins... Are we brave enough to stop it?

Balatarin

With the relaunch of iranian.com, a new beginning of sorts, I had vowed to not sink into the mire of what had plagued the previous iteration of this site, namely the bad mouthing and name calling, the vile and viciousness, and the all too unproductive discourse that we used to think is freedom of speech.

 

Absent of mutual respect, labelling, namecalling, and the general all too easy temptation of "Hal-Geery" has sadly been our main cultural trait.

 

Our "Nom de Fume" if you will. I had hoped it would be different this time around.

 

Recently on the inncentest of comments I made on the Persian/Asiatic Cheetah/Leopard story, I posted my own 2 cents. Which is my right. The MOST optimistic and innocent addiiotn to the largely educational information porvided. EASILY verified by the link I provided.

 

Yet a commentor, seeing and seizing the usual opportunity for exacting  a scratch that might elicit the blood of a fellow Iranian that they were thirstily looking for, called me a "Pseudo Expert" with the snarky sarcastic supporting text to go with it.

 

As insults go, I've receieved far worse. Trust me. But that was then, and this was now. with the new site, the enw hope and so on, I had quietly prayed I would not see it re-appears. So Imagine my sadness when it did. Right on schedule, right on time, right on the very mark of a nerve it surgically intended to strike.

 

How sad!

 

Folks, let us re-resolve in this new year approaching, NOT to resort to this kind of ugly and divisive tone. Let us give each other the benefit of the doubt. When one of us says something another thinks is wrong, definitely object to, and offer your counter opinion and correction whenever necessary, but please please please do so with the respect and courtesy that educated and proper adults in a civilized world normally afford each other.

 

Be polite. We will get much farther on the evolutionary curve that way.

 

I'm here, I'm not going anywhere, I'm certainly not going to storm off over one stupid comment.

 

But I thought (and had hoped) we had grown. This new site affords us the rare chance to develop that growth even more. Let us put aside the tempting put downs, and salacious oneupsmanship that has kept us from anti-dialoguing with each other sanley and productively.

 

Let us maintain our cool under scrutiny, our courage to counter-argue, and defend our convictions with passion BUT the courtesy and respect we would show our Mothers.

 

This is a "Door Moment". We can choose to stay on the old side, in the dark chamber of desperation, lashing out in a futile last gasp of self absorption. Or enter a bright new room full of hope, optimism, and the respect that positive future thinkers afford those brave enough to grasp the ring.

 

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year.

 

B

Balatarin

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SaidAmin

Saïd Amin Saïd Amin is a tech entrepreneur born in Tehran, Iran. He is the Founder of World Singles Networks (ArabLounge, IranianPersonals, etc.), a leading provider of niche online dating services and the owner of Iranian.com.

as i have mentioned before, we'll have a revised terms policy (aka what is not acceptable behavior) once the new layout with categories and featured content is up; this will probably take a month or two as there's also a litany of bugs and new features that also need to be worked on.

you have been empowered with a "block" button and the ability to remove comments as you see fit. you are obviously free to exercise your right to use these features. also, duplicate profiles will continue to be banned - repeat offenders will be banned for good. abusive behavior will also lead to a ban, and appreciate that we all have our own thresholds for defining what is or is not abusive. a stated formal policy will help clarify any blurry lines w/ where the site stands.

with that said, many of the exchanges in this thread are absolutely unacceptable. as a result, some of the comments are being removed and a few members are now suspended. when adults act like children, they will be treated as such and i frankly don't care who started it. an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind.

BB

Mr. B

Thanks Said jan. I know you have put a lot into this project and I will try to nip ANY kind of pointless destruction in the bud.

Re Comments and Block control. I vehemently disagree with putting the block button in my hands. The ego is powerful and especially writers sometimes need to hear the painful truth. Allowing writers to censor their own valuable comments is dangerous. Someone needs to police the comments and monitor for site policy violation, but I will NEVER delete ANY comments made on my posts.

EsfandAashena

Esfand Aashena http://iranian.com/main/member/esfand-aashena.html

Bahmani you don't make any sense. You complain about people abusing each other which has become "our main cultural trait" (your words) yet you don't want to take any responsibility for it yourself.

You are responsible for your own blogs and contributions and what goes on in them. If you allow bunch of people to go at it while you sit back and enjoy it and then write a blog complaining about it while do nothing about it then your words mean nothing, at least nothing to me.

You are no better, actually exactly the same, than the people you're complaining about. You like it but don't want to admit it, which makes you a hypocrite.

Use the delete and block options or forever hold your peace.

choghok

choghok Your enemie's enemy is necessarily not a friend.

You are pointing to a very important thing. I feel that this problem is deep rooted into our culture. We are very quick to judge and also very good in creating plots and conspiracy theories in our heads.

I think (my own conspiracy theory) also there are some few that are here as some kind of agents for a specific political group or country. They are here to create unrest and maybe gather information.

I think all real Iranians who love their country and want to make it better should follow few simple rules:

1. Do not attack a person, argue for your view by logic and examples. Character murder is for IRI and other weak dictatorships.
2. If the other person is disrespectful in any way, do not reply in kind. Just report his posting. If we all do that then after a while people will see a change in the community. I assure you nobody reading the chain will think bad of you if you keep your cool. On the contrary.
3. Support anyone you see being attacked personally even if you do not agree with the person. Supporting a fellow member means that we grow as community.

AshkanJahani

AshkanJahani Nietzche summed it best.

143 comments and counting!

You bloody children are still at it? Leave the kid alone, and to the young man, leave the two sour dinosaurs alone. All this on the bloody internet for f*** sake.

Albaloo

Albaloo

The two sour dinosaurs were banned on the old IC and now I know why?

AshkanJahani

AshkanJahani Nietzche summed it best.

It's a bloody shame this all happened on Christmas Eve. Some consideration you lot have. The young man adds a few decent things to the site and gets people pondering, and you had to chase him away. Shame on you both. He wasn't right for stooping to your level but you both know you were wrong. It's damn near ironic that Bahmani writes this piece on going forward, being one, helping each other out, and being civilized for f*** sake and this just spirals out of control. You lot should be proud of yourselves. You people need to digest Bahmani's words. No matter what flavour someone's political thoughts are, respect them and respond like a civilized person.

We all saw the effects of this kind of behavior during the revolution. No one had freedom of political thought. The moment the people began expressing themselves, a government came to power that quelled all freedom of expression. This is our Iranian pride. This is what we'll be starting 2013 with.

A real bloody shame, it is.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

bahmani, I am brave enough to step in but I can not stop it ... in the past I made some foes from my friends by doing so ... it just shows how I hate any abusive behavior on this site regardless of who is making it... but one voice would not get this done.... once and forever... We all should step in collectively ... Just check out the blogs that for example aldayus has posted and see how the blogger has been treated by the user ID Mousa67 ? I have nothing against multiple user IDs but if one uses this to harress and insult people ( comment by comment or blog by blog ) then I think admin needs to ban the extra IDs that has been created for that purpose... It is not hard to figure out who is behind the user ID Mousa67? He has not been kind to you or me either ! calling everyone who is not riding on his wave an agent and on payroll ! and even worse , in my case he keeps talking about suzi and motel 6 .. short of using the word " whore" ... i think i have heard that words being used before ? I have not seen such a delusional person in my life .. I think he also suffers from multiple personality disorder ! I have blocked him from my mind, I am not going to read his comments anymore ! A troll needs attention and it is wise to not give it to him ! But admin needs to look into this and this type of behavior ... it is plain harassment ! and yes others, if noticed, should step in ! enough gang bazi ! be honest and be brave !

I want to say there is no " Mard-e Meydoon " on this site ? but i know Azadeh will get mad if i use the word " Mard" and i agree with her ... let us say " there is not enough human on this site to step in and stop this ... or there are bunch of cowards who afraid if they step in to stop the wrong , then, they, too, will become the latest target of such trolls ! that is more accurate description of those on this site !

thanks for the blog !

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Soosan Khanoom

Look at the other side of the issue as well, I mean this is a two-way street. I think you are deliberately ignroing the same approach taken by those others towards those people you are complaning about, or are ya?
The same "aldayus" that you are so fond of and whose blogs who devour takes it upon himself to rattle off any nonsensical , rubbish he can get his hands on, for the most primitive and imatue reasons., Look at how is dissecting the issue down at the bottom
Do you call that a logical conclusion?

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I rattle off nonsense because you two provoked me and won't let it go... get that through your thick skull. You don't like my opinions, and this bothers you, so you do your best to piss me off. I think we know who is the problem here. Remember, I didn't call anyone an agent- your friend started it. The whole "omg dare FOSH mide!" attitude is BS. Iranians talk crap about each other ALL the time, once someone utters an insult they lose their respect. What hypocrisy.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Oh Spare me the nonsense. You provoked me!!! if you are so nazok narenji then you ain't got no buisness being here.
I piss u off?? LOL more like i made u piss in your pants. who the hell do you think you are ? F...ing Al f,,, Capon?

Dude. Relax. okay. I am shaking in my boots. are u happy now?

"who is the problem here?" is that the english they taught you when you were growing up?
He was not my friend. Now you see why i call you paranoid?
Yes indeed what hipocracy! here u are bellyaching about someone calling you an agent which you say you are not---glad we settled that one--- yet you turn around and say shit about that man's mom. I Guess those are your American values you are wearing on your sleeves!

Yeah yeah. New Flash there genius: You have lost respect already. Go have youself a drink and get drunk.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

"Who is the problem here?"

So, let me guess... just because I didn't contract it to "who's" means I'm not American? What do you have? Asperger's syndrome? You like picking apart people's grammar to support your argument? Nevermind that my grammar was perfect with that one. Your horrible grasp of English makes it laughable when you talk your crap.

I don't care if I lost your respect. You are nothing but a passing fart. I talked about his mother because I was offended that he was calling me an agent. When someone makes such an accusation, they shouldn't be apprehensive about what they will get in return.

And as I said before, you two have won. Now go give each other a nice, wet sucking.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

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Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Yes soosan Jan. My greek vs Your Chinese/Japanes/ordu. Trust me i feel the same way about you:)))

Thanks for the compliments though. Just to reiterate, i think we are making a big deal out of this being lablelled buisness. I mean who cares? it is not as if we run into each other every damn day in the cafeteria or at the watercooler!!
if you are secure enough in your belief and know where you stand, then you will get over it and actually laugh it off without the need to further analyze things, and therefore no need on getting all mad.

I don't hold the same view about this person's articles and blogs. Don't think he is such a smooth, storyteller either. Sorry no offense.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

He's got Narcissistic Personality Disorder; he needs attention and needs everyone to agree with him. It's obvious Dr. Mohandes and Mousa are the same person. It doesn't bother me though, dude probably sits and watches Davar on RangaRang all day and thinks everyone is an Islamic spy. It's funny actually.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

I have not seen DM call anyone an agent or on payrole or talks about susi and motel six ... I think you should stop spaculating on this , I know exactly who he is ... let me repeat he is not Doctor Mohandes ... so, please, do not bring doctor mohandes into the Mousa67 discussion !

The important issue is to stop the behavior of labeling and insulting on this site..

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

And suppose i did. So freaking what? i mean since when we are putting too much stock on what names other are or have been calling us in here??
Are we that insecure about ourselves? do we doubt our own true alliegence?
When someonen calls me an agent does it really mean i am one?
I know i am not paranoid, I don't know if i can say that about some people around here.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I absolutely LOVE how you poke someone and then call them insecure for getting pissed. This is typical oghdeyi behavior. You don't like my opinions then sit on your thumb. I don't care. You call yourself a respectable man, then piss off.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

The term insecure was used for another purpose you moron.
Learn how to read .

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

You insinuate that someone who gets upset over a label of IRI REGIME SPY is insecure about his allegiance. No, you can't evade your own words, douchebag.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Poked?? LOL
You are idiot. I don't give a damn if you get pissed.
If i am an oghdeyi then you are full of manure.
F... You a...hole.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Keep going; say the words. I'm waiting to hear them. You made a point of keeping your aberoo but delivering non stop insults because you couldn't formulate a counter argument to one of my blogs. Fine, keep your aberoo. And make sure you don't slip in your rage and type out the full words. You might embarrass yourself there.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Good diagnosis there bro, I am just happy that you know your own type too damn well.
Yes, it is VERY obvious that we are the same people, particularly since you have ABSOLUTELY Nothing to prove that assertion and that makes it even more obvious and more credible claim by you. And you know for damn sure that we watch davar on some shitty network that you are glued on probably.
Yes YOU KNOW Everything, don't ya!

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

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Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

No dude. That is you.
Take a look at yourself in that mirror.
Get the fudge over yourself.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Well, sorry for mistaking you two. You've both been trying to pigeonhole me. Mousa calls me a regime supporter and you keep trying to define me as a liar who has been to Iran and is lying about it. Why would I lie about it? I've never even seen half of my family except through Skype and Facebook.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

Dear A, I feel so sorry that you have found your way through IC the hard way ... But we all have been there ,.... trust me !
Please stay cool and calm. Take this as a learning experience and focus on the positive comments you received on your blogs not the negative ones ..or at least do not let thoe negative ones intimidate you.

Merry Christmas and happy holiday

: )

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Jalal ad-Din Rumi

So for example one lesson is to see people beyond good and bad, right and wrong and love them when they least deserve to be loved (provided you are completely safe) otherwise peace, progress and human rights is not possible and every fight is really a fight with ones self.
AmirParvizForSecularMonarchy.

By the way that is the basis for which the late shah for me is a Peaceful Hero and not a weak person or a coward. There was a real meaning of strength in those tears his poisoned and dying body produced in grief as he was forced to leave Iran, they spoke of the unspeakable love he had for All Iranians.

Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Timely blog. I couldnt help noticing this comment from a site member "aldayus" just now, on a blog about the claimed gassing of syrian civilians by assad forces:

http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/1869


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"aldayus – I'm a 24-year old counseling psychology graduate student and.....

loooooooooooooooooooool

You should see my reesh aghaye Mousavi, it's big enough to cover your mother's mile-wide mahbel :) I love you and your paranoia. Watch your koon because there's no telling if your neighbor is an IRI spy. You are such an important person that there are ten IRI spies on the lookout for you :)"

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Now why the mother of the person with an opposing view is dragged into this debate, in such dragotary manner, is in itself a potential subject of a blog. Any takers?!!

Happy Holidays to all!


sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Yeah well he started it. He called me a regime supporter, an outlandish and low-blow claim. His buddy followed me around with every post along with him. So why shouldn't I call him that? On malome kerm dare, hoselash sar rafte va mikhad dava kone. Hagh nadaram bezaramesh sare ja?

Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

aldayus: Not in the mood for lengthy debates, I am not taking sides here either, But you are were well of order with your use of profanity , not only to Musa67, but also the way you handled the friendly warning from Dr.Mohandes. Go red your comments again, they are wide open for all to see. In the old iranian.com you'd have been banned long ago , but the policy of this new site as declared by @SaidAmin is different !
If the other person called you a regime supporter and you are not, then why dont you just ignore him and move on with the main topic of debate? I have been and being called all kinds of names by folks who obviously have issues with my points of view. My reaction? water off the ducks back! I simply dont read certain user's comments. Problem solved!
Now since i believe I have made myself perfectly clear, I see no need for further debate on the topic. so excuse me for not responding to any further comments from you.
happy Holidays!

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

1) You are taking sides.
2) I don't care what your/Mousa's view is. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. Yet both of you disagree with my view and he starts the accusations and insults. I can talk back if I want; and I'll take the consequences. You sir, are a hypocrite.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

yes, A, you are right Rozbeh started it on your blog... We are not blind ! Now, let us see who is brave enough to step in and tell the truth ! hmmmmm .... Let us not count on that !

Roozbeh_Gilani

Roozbeh_Gilani "Personal business must yield to collective interest."

?????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May God, Allah, whoever you believe in give you akadarya shafa on this christmas eve!
Amen
Now over and out and Haappy Holidays!

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

Rozbeh, let us make a new year resolution ... No more labels and accusations ... ok ... fight an ideology with an ideology !

happy holidays to you too and Merry Christmas ... That is a good spirit ...

Thank you

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

The late shah would say "don't lower yourself to their level and compromise your own principles and ideals" and in practice he lived this way.

Qazvini's would say, please bend over for him,

Real Commies, Fundamentalists and Fascists, on the other hand would say respond in the same way and do it, but hypocritically criticize others of differing views, if they were to respond in kind to being offended.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

He's probably a closet regime supporter himself. A great deal of projection on that one. I won't respond to any more of his provocation, but I do reserve the right to shut people up when they annoy me :)

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

And i deserve the right to shut u up when i see u are out of line and believe you me i have seen you doing that a lot lately.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

You reserve the right to mind your business, if you meddle in someone else's issues, it's clear you've got a complex to empty out as well. Merry Christmas.

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy

amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

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Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Rouzbeh

What you are seeing is a typical example of "bullying" islamice style. Like what you see from the boys in the hood, Have you seen the movie "goodfellas" , when this dude says: Benshoonanesh sare jash...because he, just is under some illusion that he is being "followe around" it reminds me of Tommy (joe pesci) and he "whacked" people who got in his way, just because he felt like he could!

you just ought to trust him man, He KNOWS they are after him and he KNOWS that he has a "kerm" so he takes it all into his own hands and takes care of the situation.
And then they say so and so is not a regime supporter! Orale!

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

Wait a second Mr. Mohandes. You can't deny literally following me into posts and giving me the same schpiel about "oh, your Farsi is so good for not being from Iran, you sure you aren't from Iran?" and this started with the Firoozeh blog. Let it go. I'm a son of expatriates and have my own views. You don't like it, deal with it.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

What the hell are you talking about?
You can surely spin a good yarn and put some bs together and come up with some crappy theory, can't you!
I did not follow you you paranoid, I just happened to see u in those blogs and thus made a comment.

I have let it go a long time ago, It is you who keeps on dragging this shit on and on.
You have got rights ol' boy? So do i and so does everyone else in this room.
And the right expression, mr "i was raised in amerca" is
You don't like it, too tough.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

"You don;t like it, too tough"

LOOOOOL!

If you want to assert that I wasn't raised in America, AT LEAST GET AMERICAN SAYINGS CORRECT. "You don't like it, deal with it" is JUST as appropriate as "You don't like it, tough (notice there is no "too" in it). There are more ways to say one thing in the American lexicon, it's not so tied to zarbolmasal like in Persian.

Let's see:

1. You started sticking your finger in my butt by saying my post with nearly zero grammatical and definitely zero spelling errors reeked of being foreign.

2. You followed me into several blogs with the same "you aren't American" theme.

3. Now you continue your crap and gaslight me into thinking I'm wrong. You're a bache oghdeyi and YOU need to let it go. You see I respond to your crap and you continue, and see the opportunity to lay all the blame on me.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

LOL.

What the F... are you talking about? You are wrong. You lost, Take it. deal with it. Live with it. Get outtta here.

1- I still say that. It sucked. It was full of errors. Go read the damn thing, You don't even know the correct usage for certain words and expressions. For the love of god, I have got students here in iran who are getting their first exposure to the language and could write better than u can. you shmuck.
2- You are the oghdeyi, Can't you freaking read?? I did said i had let go.. Yo. vato. Read. pay attention get the head out of the pooper and pay attention.
Don't respond to my "crap" LOL. You are the one who called me a narcissist.

sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

1. Go ahead and give me a spell-check, then. I personally don't care about slight mistakes in A BLOG. I save that level of attention for my research papers. You can't provide a decent counter argument to someone's assertion, so you pick apart their language by pointing out errors that AREN'T EVEN THERE. I think that's pathetic. I don't know why you are teaching kids in Iran English when you aren't even qualified to proofread a high school essay. Now go stick your head in an oven.

2. You are completely unaware of your own actions and words. I concede, you win. You can't make a blind man see.

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

DM, enough gang bazi be brave ! and step in to stop it !

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

This is not gang bazi. I am making a point. wished you trained youself in listening more.

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

You do the same as well and stop throwing out BS accusations

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

which accusations I made? Please let me know ... have I ever called anyone on payrole or an agent .. or a whore !

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Dudett.
You just accused me of "gang bazi" helloooo?? is soosan khanoom home yet? can she come out and play ball with us??

SoosanKhanoom

akaDarya With life as short as a half-taken breath, don't plant anything but love. - Rumi

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sayyad.shaer

Sayyad Sha'er visit: www.sayyadshaer.com

I don't care who is Mousa... be it Rouzbeh Gilani or whoever. I just joined this site and started making blogs. This entire ordeal started with the Firoozeh Bazrafkan blog. I wrote that she's being naive for posting her name and face and making those videos in Europe, when in Texas a girl was just killed for doing the same thing. The IRI did that right after their scientists were killed, and they have a huge track record of taking out outspoken expatriates. So I wrote that the girl ought to focus on her life and career and leave activism behind now that she has the opportunity to live a life in a free country. And this gets me the label IRI thug, people start speculating that it was an implied threat. No it wasn't, and I'll stick by it again. She's naive. I'm entitled to this opinion.

faramarz

Faramarz

"Democracy is messy!" - Don Rumsfeld

And it is not for the faint of heart!

"There is no peace for the wicked!" - Isiah 48:22

Bring your biggest guns and let the games begin!

Kyle6

Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Faramarz jan

Can i have my democracy or demo-k-magasi with some beer please?:))