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In India, almost all students preparing for Govt exams hve been taught tht #ArabSprings was a pro-democracy revolution.
Who will tell them tht it was nothing but a West Imperial design to destabilize Middle East & North Africa using Ikhwan al Muslimeen as foot soldiers?
It was this very #ArabSpring which pushed entire middle East into destruction. Whenever West says that they r on a providential mission to establish democracy then understand tht it is talking abt taking another state beneath its imperial flag. Only few strong states like KSA
could withstand this western onslaught. Now tht very Ikhwan al Muslimeen allegiant Organizations like PFI & mullahs r a threat to India's internal security.
We should take lessons from KSA to deal with these Islamic Radicals & for that to happen we need
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It's finally here!
I'm extremely excited to announce that my book "Iranian-Saudi Rivalry since 1979: In the Words of Kings & Clerics" has been published by @BloomsburyBooks @ibtauris.
Let me tell you a little bit about my book & my decade-long journey in this thread🧵1/25
This book is a revision of my DPhil Dissertation at @UniofOxford @StCrossCollege which covered Iranian & Saudi Mutual (mis)Representations 1979-2009 & subsequent work that covered this rivalry up to 2021 as an Academic Visitor at @StAntsCollege @OxfordMEC . 2/25
This publication builds on the work of great experts, scholars & academics including [in alpha. order]
#ShahramChubin @carnegienpp
#HennerFürtig @GIGA_Institute 3/25
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"The 🇯🇴 soldiers welcomed us at the border to sent us toward the camps. I told him 'wait a minute, I want to have a last look at Syria.'"
Listening to @lysedoucet & @LoraElwen report on the 10th anniversary of @ZaatariCamp and it brought back memories… /1
Memories of spending close to a decade working with @SavetheChildren for children and families affected by conflict in #Syria, #Iraq, #Somalia, #Myanmar, #Palestine, and many other places. And losing #cynicism, finding #purpose, and changing my perspective on conflict and war. /2
In 2011, I was sitting in an air conditioned office at @WorldBank in Washington DC. I thought I had landed my dream job. But instead I had tasted #bureaucracy, #hierarchy and the #cynicism of organizational politics. If you had met the 2011 version of myself, you would agree. /3
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The Crimes of Julian Assange:🧵

Publishing a US Army manual on "standard operating procedures" for Guantanamo Bay, showing a policy of hiding some prisoners from Red Cross inspectors & holding new prisoners in isolation for 2 weeks to make them more "compliant" for interrogators
The Crimes of Julian Assange: 2/

Publishing Collateral Murder: the infamous video footage from a 2007 U.S. Apache helicopter attack in Baghdad, Iraq, that killed at least 9 men, incl. a Reuters news photographer and his driver, and wounding 2 children.
The Crimes of Julian Assange: 3/

Publishing more than 90,000 documents related to Afghanistan and more than 400,000 documents from the war in Iraq. Documenting how the US had underreported civilian deaths by at least 15000.

#WikiLeaks #FreePress #assangecase
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Thread @IAF_MCC Chief at @OfficialCLAWSIN webinar: In past rise n fall of nations was dictated by size & prowess of fielded forces. However, conflicts in last few decades clearly established w/o doubt preeminence of air power as instrumnt of choice for almost all op contingencies
Knowing that budget will always remain a constraint, prioritization of procurement at national level for key combat elements and enablers becomes very critical. We need training and equipment not to fight the last war but to fight n win tomorrow's wars: ACM VR Chaudhari #AirPower
In future, we could be attacked on all fronts, starting from economic strangulation to diplomatic isolation and military standoffs to information blackout in the form of distributed denial of services: @IAF_MCC Chief ACM Chaudhari #AirPower #IndoPacific #IOR
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Chinese will feel bolstered by @JoeBiden openly stating commitment in #OneChina US Policy. So tighten your belts to witness more belligerence and aggressive postures from China in #IndoPacific. US allies must be in pain ! @india_narrative:
So are we a witness to the steady decline of United States Of America, its imposing economy, its power to influence world opinion & above all its capability and capacity to defend its interests at all costs. Has it not ceded space willingly to China despite no USSR ?
The steady decline of America a superpower, has many far reaching ramifications, both political and geographical within America & outside America too. Many a reasons added to the decline of US. Foremost was the decline & annihilation of its massive industry set up all across US.
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Only a few minutes to go for #PrivacySupreme 2021!

Four years since the landmark #Puttaswamy judgement, join us for a discussion on the future of your right to privacy in the wake of the #PegasusLeaks 👇🏽…
Today, we're talking about the #PegasusProject reports. @MitaliLive will be speaking with @ShashiTharoor on what could be India's response to such an exposé — where are investigations headed, and how can we move ahead in India? #PrivacySupreme
The #Pegasus story in India is not recent. @ShashiTharoor takes us through the trajectory of parliamentary responses to it. #PrivacySupreme
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"Ah males ah di #Indonesia. Masa pemimpinnya malah pada bertengkar. Pada saling #khianat." ujar seorang #warga melihat kemelut di tubuh #Partai Demokrat. Padahal, ya di luar negeri juga sama. Saling tikam-menikam dalam #politik itu biasa. Kita bahas,
1. Wang Jingwei. #Politisi asal #China ini, adalah teman satu #partai dengan Chiang Kai Shek. Mereka berdua pada awalnya kompak, menggaungkan #ideologi #nasionalisme China. Lebih lagi, pada saat itu #Jepang sedang agresif di kawasan.

#Demokrat Pak SBY Bu Mega #politik #KLB
Namun secara mengejutkan dikarenakan ketidak-setujuan dengan #KaiShek, #Jingwei memilih membelot untuk membangun #pemerintah boneka yang pro-#Jepang di #Nanking.

#Demokrat Pak SBY Bu Mega #partai #politik #politisi #sengketa #konflik #khianat #pengkhianat
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The #ArabSpring may have been sparked by an Arab man — Mohamed Bouazizi, the #Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire in desperation — but they will be finished by Arab women.…
Until the rage shifts from the oppressors in our presidential palaces to the oppressors on our street corners and in our homes, our revolution has not even begun.

When people took to the streets Dec. 2010...they were calling for employment,freedom,dignity.I think they weren't ready to accept freedom means all freedoms...women's freedom,sexual freedom,individual freedom.They're not ready for such a revolution
- Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisia,2014
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1/. "We now have a weapon. It’s called Tahrir Square"

An activist told me this in 2011, after the #ArabSpring had spread there from Tunisia

It was a heady time

It that felt change was possible

10 years on, it's hard not to look back on those times without a painful nostalgia
2/. Over the last decade, I've watched as the #ArabSpring turned quickly into the #ArabWinter & the dreams of so many turned sour or were crushed

The civil war in Syrian for has cost 590,000 lives & displaced millions of people

And yet the hope lives on…
3/. The energy of the #ArabSpring spilled around the world

People were thinking about alternatives

The Occupy Movement attempted to give space to that thinking

Jefferson wrote “A little rebellion is a good thing”

But maybe "a little" isn't quite enough…
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1. Protest started to #EndSARS .
Govt disband #SARS ,came up with #SWAT & Protesters switch demand to Govt must #EndSWAT.
Solution :
Maybe Govt should #EndPoliceNG,grant automatic employment to all protesters into the #NewPoliceNG
So that protester go rest from more demands😂
2. Some might find my above tweet offensive ,bt honestly, I owe no one an apology.
I have read tweets about people saying the beauty about the protest is "there are no leaders" hence ,the ability for government to "buy" people & "circumvent" the protest doesn't arise.
Stupid talk
3. So, even amongst the protesters, they don't trust themselves to be honest and these are Nigerians who all belong to the larger society, professional (bankers, medical,media,security ,legal, engineers, security experts etc) and future leaders of our great country .
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At the height of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, we started to hear heartbreaking feedback from clients, recent asylees, horrified at what they were seeing happening in America and beginning to wonder if they had made a mistake coming to seek safety in this country.

Many of them found themselves reliving or being reminded of the same persecution they had fled.

The curfews in effect during #ArabSpring. The military brutalizing peaceful protests. The rise of fascism under this administration. . . .

Our client Chris who was granted asylum 9/19, had been studying to be a lawyer before he escaped the Cameroonian Civil War w his mother. He asked us, "I don't understand. I thought in America the police + military were meant to protect you. Why are they the ones harming us?"
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Before going to bed, just wanted to share what happened in the great #ArabSpring. Many of my friends lived through this people’s revolution & shared their stories of fighting oppression with me. Seems apt for what is happening in #Maharashtra today. Image
Sparked by the death of a fruit and vegetable seller in #Tunisia, Mohamed Bouazizi, protesters in neighbouring countries including Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen, embraced the idea that they too could make a difference. Image
#ArabSpring was a series of pro-democracy uprisings that enveloped several countries. The events in these nations began in the spring of 2011, which led to the name. The political & social impact of these popular uprisings remains significant, years after many of them ended.
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The politicization of online fandoms is always weird. Most fandoms (usually) have no intrinsic political valence, and indeed, a common strong affinity for an apolitical genre can make strange allies, bringing together people of very different politics.

I remember going to Dungeons and Dragons club in Toronto in the 1980s and bailing early to go to anti-nuclear proliferation protests, to the absolutely shock and dismay of the far-right types who found their way into the hobby through wargaming.

This makes for some bitter splits when a majority (or large minority) of a fandom decides to politicize. The closest I came to quitting SFWA was when the board unwisely promulgated a loyalty oath stating "respect for intellectual property" was a condition of membership.

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1/ I spoke with @AOC @MarkTakano and @RepChuyGarcia who are proposing a ban on police use of tear gas after #GeorgeFloydProtests…
2/@MnDPS_MSP fired tear gas and rubber bullets at me and pepper sprayed my colleague @Carolyn_Cole during a peaceful protest. They have yet to contact us or confirm that they are investigating.…
3/The proposed ban on tear gas (part one): ImageImageImageImage
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1. @khamenei_ir's statement needs to be seen in the context of the "Battle for Dominance" of the Islamic World between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Riyadh's position as the leader of the Muslims has been under threat from Tehran right after the Islamic Revolution of 1979
2. The genesis of this war is a war of ideologies among the two sects of Islam ; 'Shia' and 'Sunni' with Sunnis being the dominant population in the Middle East , North Africa , Pakistan , Indonesia , India and Malaysia.
3. The Muslim populations of most of these countries look towards Saudi Arabia (Custodian of Mecca and Medina) or Iran for support and guidance on issues of religious conflict , regional conflict , social trends and laws. It is a dotted line relationship.
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I am done with voting for one dumpster fire over another? FUCK IT. A vote for no one is a vote for everyone.STOP LOOKING TO SO-CALLED LEADERS to do anything REAL or LASTING to improve society. IGNORE THE POPULARITY CONTEST and #SHUTITDOWNNOW. #KEEPITSHUTDOWN #NoOne2020
#FuckIt Time to start to use their tactic of #ShockDoctrine to catalyze Revolution AKA How to use this crisis to everyone's advantage.
I know shit is bad. It's going to get worse, before it gets better. We know that. MUCH WORSE. We are going to have to accept that many of our friends and relatives won't make it through this shit show. We need to bite the bullet and make sure we #KEEPITSHUTDOWN #GeneralStrike2020
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Let's talk a little about #coronavirus, #pandemics and #collapse THREAD. 👇👇👇

Qualifier: been studying the collapse of civ for 20 years

@growlingsoftly and I will be doing a podcast on this soon, which will be more in-depth and might have some writings on it to come as well.
First off: this situation is unprecedented.
Elements of it are not, but they have not been brought together on this scale and with this intensity.
That said, it was absolutely predictable and if anyone says otherwise, they're lying. Govts and corps think short term, look past.
Secondly, just because disasters are used to expand State power and contract movements doesn't mean the disease is a conspiracy.
It's not beyond govts to use disease for control, obviously, but that doesn't mean it's a hoax nor does that change the flow of a virus once it's out.
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THREAD 🧵Syria & Turkey

What is going on in Turkey/Syria & why are some Republicans and Democrats jointly upset about the decision to pull American troops out of Syria? This thread will help explain… (VERY simplified explanation). Image
1/ Who are the Kurds?
The Kurds are a minority ethnic group, mostly spread out over Turkey, Syria, Iraq & Iran. They’ve never achieved nation-state status and historically experience persecution wherever they go. No country has a Kurdish majority.
2/ During #ArabSpring, in an effort to destroy ISIS, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was created. It’s a military alliance backed by the US. The People’s Protection Units or YPG (a faction of a Kurdish militant group) was the most successful in fighting ISIS, so THEY took...
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Bad weather in the United States and disease in China are threatening food shortages globally and massive inflation. Our national security and stability is at stake over the next few years.
One of the biggest reasons inflation has remained so low over the past half decade is record growing seasons in the United States and Russia for #corn #wheat and #soybeans However this year is the worst season on record as cold, rainy weather delayed #plant19 by several weeks.
Planting progress for all three crops was beyond dismal this year. In fact, it was the slowest planting progress ever on record and many farmers simply chose to skip this year.
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1-It’s very obvious that issue is not the disappearance of #JamalKhasoggi while Saudi is very concerned about the whereabouts and safety of Jamal. The story is much bigger than that The media hysteria and coordinated efforts by the leftist mainstream media, #Qatar and the leaks.
2- the mainstream Stream media is publishing stories based on Unverified leaks. I wonder why no one in the media contact Mr. #JamalKhoshoggi family or his ex wife or current wife. Why the Focus is only to the so called fiancé.
3- the amount of mess information coming out of #Turkey is very suspicious. 4 groups are working hard to destroy Saudi reputation, social and economic reforms. #qatar #MuslimBrotherhood #Turkey finally the international left.
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