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Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate. — Sun Tzu, The Art of War
To help keep customers connected to those affected by the earthquake, AT&T will automatically issue credits and waive charges for calls placed and texts sent by our customers from the U.S. to Iran and Iraq from November 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017. This includes calls and texts from AT&T Postpaid Wireless and AT&T PREPAID customers and calls from AT&T landline customers.—AT&T
In 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) took the first ever x-ray (of his wife's hand). One year later, in 1896, Fazlollah Noori, a prominent Ghajar era cleric, issued a fatvaa that educating girls/women is haram/forbidden. Now stop beating your head against the wall as to why 83 years later, there was an esslamic revolution in Iran!—CoP
We are neither soothsayers nor fortune-tellers. Nevertheless, this may prove to be the last war that transforms the region, changing its states, its borders, and perhaps its populations as well. The Arabs and Iranians will certainly survive such a cataclysm. But can Israel in its current form survive it too?—Abdel Bari Atwan- رأی الیوم
Tehran says dissident Ahmad Mowla-Nisi was "eliminated" in Holland where he was setting up an anti-regime satellite TV channel to be beamed to Iran with money from Saudi Arabia.—Amir Taheri
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!—@realDonaldTrump
Crown Prince bin Salman's father isn't just Saudi Arabia's monarch: King Salman is custodian of Islam's two holiest sites, and a palace coup in Riyadh could have ramifications beyond the kingdom's borders. And in this most Sunni of Sunni nations, the Crown Prince bin Salman wants the Saudis to lead a grand coalition against Shia Iran.—CNN's Nic Robertson on the Saudi Game of Thrones
Because serving as apologist on behalf of war criminals is only a matter of opinion. They'd give job to Goebbels if he were still alive. —Syrian HR Activist Ammar Abdulhamid on Mazen Adi's appointment at Rutgers Univ.
Revolutions are made by fanatical men of action with one-track minds, men who are narrow-minded to the point of genius. They overturn the old order in a few hours or days…but for decades thereafter, for centuries, the spirit of narrowness which led to the upheaval is worshipped as holy—Boris Pasternak in Doctor Zhivago
“President Trump is not the person who I wanted to be in that office, and I’ve been very open about that. That being said, he is the president. If he fails, the country is in jeopardy,” he said. “It would be egotistical for anyone to say, ‘I hope he fails.’ To that person I would say, fuck you. Why would you want that? So you can be right? I don’t want him to fail. I want him to succeed. I do. I honestly do.”—Bryan Cranston
[Cyrus the Great] exalted by the ancient Greeks, revered in the Old Testament, admired by Thomas Jefferson...and feared by the Iranian regime.—Karim Sadjadpour
The secret to freedom lies in educating people, where as the secret to tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. —Maximilien Robesp
My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.—William Shakespeare
I regret ever sleeping with you. You're such an asshole.—A former partner
Until the Lion Learns to Write, Every Story will Glorify the Hunter.—African Proverb
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible nature, unaware that the nature he is destroying is the God he is worshiping.—Hubert Reeves
The PM reaffirmed the UK’s strong commitment to the [Iran nuclear] deal alongside our European partners, saying it was vitally important for regional security.—UK government spokesman
Today we enjoy unprecedented dignity. We took US spies at the American embassy as hostages and blindfolded them. Who else has done that?—Ayatollah Janati, head of the Guardian Council
Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men.—John Adams, Thoughts on Government 1776
When his position permits a man to do all that anger prompts, general destruction is let loose.—Seneca

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