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  • Spark replied to the thread Revolution in Iran.
    Yeah this. Any change will require the police and army to turn against the state. However, Iran is effectively run by a pseudo-mafia in the IRGC who control just about all aspects of the economy (basically the SS for want of a better equivalency)...
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    I have the same issue. Two mates who just think this is purely the fault of NATO/US. Mainly stemming from “overthrowing the democratically elected president of Ukraine in 2014” which forced Putin to do what he did. All a load of gash about how we...
  • Spark replied to the thread Gaming Grand Theft Auto VI.
    GTA 6 hacker has been arrested
  • Spark replied to the thread Middle East Politics.
    I personally don't think Iran has ever been closer to overthrowing the Supreme Leader than in 2009 and even then they weren't really that close. 2019 was the next closest, but the authorities cracked down rapidly (internet off, 1,500 dead)...
  • Spark replied to the thread Middle East Politics.
    Surprised there isn't more discourse on what is happening in Iran. Quickly becoming more viscous and angry than 2009, hopefully we see some meaningful change (i.e. full scale revolution). If a people deserve change anywhere, it's Iranians.
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    The cost of Ukrainian military victories will always be further escalation by Putin/Russia. To be brutally honest, he's clearly running out of options. The fact he's gone "partial" mobilisation is an absolute bottle job to start with - shows he...
  • Surely that’s the case in literally every country in the world, regardless of system? It’s a head of state dying. There’s shit loads obviously wrong with the country but this isn’t it and changing it won’t make a difference to the priorities of...
  • Spark replied to the thread Middle East Politics.
    Should get another bank holiday if he clogs it.
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    UK Russia relations are at an all time low. The UK have been on the ground training troops alongside the US for years. Boris hammed it up, but in all honesty could have had any British PM in power (bar Corbyn) and the support would have been...
  • All-star games are easy to arrange in the states, as the players all have central contracts. Also when there is no real rivalry between clubs it's 10x easier.
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    Yeah, it’s definitely not.
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    I mean it doesn’t make sense because their whole anti-Russian thing was based on the Soviet Union being a Jewish plot. They acted in the East from a purely antisemitic point of view, it’s just that they had little regard for anyone else. The...
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    I'd be so surprised if they have "several thousand" well trained and organised troops anywhere in Ukraine, beyond pockets of Spetsnaz. Think they fecked it early days with that Hostomel raid and the Battle of Kyiv. Lost loads of well trained...
  • Spark replied to the thread Russian invasion of Ukraine.
    Coorr some of these commentators strike me as being particularly prone to falling out of windows.
  • Because Notting Hill is a known entity. They have absolutely no idea what the numbers for the processions will be. This weekend they probably could have managed in hindsight however the sheer numbers of police around the City (St. Pauls) was...