Manhattan Skyscraper Linked to Iran Can Be Seized by U.S., Jury Finds
A federal panel concluded that the majority owners of 650 Fifth Avenue violated sanctions against Iran and laundered money through a shell company for an Iranian bank.
By Vivian Wang

The government can seize a skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan that it says is controlled by Iran, a jury concluded on Thursday, allowing federal prosecutors to complete what they called the largest terrorism-related civil forfeiture in United States history.

The jury, which deliberated for one day after a month of testimony, found that the Alavi Foundation, which owns 60 percent of the 36-floor skyscraper at 650 Fifth Avenue, violated United States sanctions against Iran, and engaged in money laundering through its partnership with the Assa Corporation, a shell company for an Iranian state-controlled bank that had owned the remaining 40 percent.

Defense lawyers had argued that Alavi did not know of Assa’s ties to the Iranian government after the United States imposed sanctions in 1995.

The government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the building’s sale, which could bring as much as $1 billion, to the families of victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks, including the Sept. 11 attacks. The office tower is highly coveted real estate; Nike recently signed a 15-year deal to rent seven of its 36 floors.


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Letters to Me

Description: Phil writes letter to his future self over his highschool years. 

Tags: Never Together Phan, Death, Suicide

A/N: I hate myself for this. read at your own risk. I used the American high school system tbh

Dear my adult self,

Hello! My name is Phil (as you should know) and I am from the past ooh, spooky.

Anyway, this year I am heading into high school. So scary >-< and the teacher (Ms. Rose remember? Probably, unless you’ve got amnesia, then that’d just be sad) advised us to write to you and tell you our plans for the future so here are mine.

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Feminism is in for a big shock - It’s called Islam

Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood have been buying influence in Western institutions for years. 

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, a member of the Saudi Royal Family, has paid hundreds of millions for shares in News Corp, Twitter, 21st Century Fox and has invested millions into American colleges to finance Islam Studies courses. 

The Iranian regime has done the same thing on a massive scale through its New York-based front, the Alavi Foundation. The Foundation’s website openly lists 30 “academic institutions” in the U.S. and Canada it has awarded grants to. 

The objective is to “offer courses on Persian language, Iranian studies and the Islamic culture with a focus on Shi’ite studies.”

When you pay this amount of money, you’re not just buying the introduction of Islamic courses or voting shares, you’re also buying a one-sided narrative to be taught and influence of the curriculum to make it friendlier and less “Islamophobic.” 

Senior Western institutions for higher education such as Harvard - who accepted a 20 million dollar donation from the Saudi Prince - are thus simultaneously serving as outlets for Saudi Islamic propaganda and for left-wing radicals - such as today’s feminists who are unbelievably more terrified to be viewed as an “Islamophobe” than they care about the reality of being overtaken by a real patriarchy.

Feminism and Islam may on the surface look like quite a paradox, but in different ways both groups discredit traditional Western culture by highlighting its “history of oppression and injustice,” and they both stifle ideological dissent and suppress criticism of their doctrines. 

Feminism has hurt us by encouraging public accept for intellectual hypocrisy, which has paved the way for Islamic infiltration. The official mantra is that men and women are not just equal but identical, but at the same time that women are also somehow superior. Both of these claims cannot, logically speaking, be true at the same time, yet both are being made simultaneously. This gross double standard closely mirrors that of Multiculturalism, where all cultures are equal but Western culture is inferior and evil.

Prof. Bernard Lewis warned in The Jerusalem Post that Islam could soon be the dominant force in Europe: “Europeans are losing their own self-confidence,” he said. “They have no respect for their own culture” and have “surrendered” on every issue with regard to Islam in a mood of “self-abasement and political correctness.” 

Although Mr. Lewis did not say so, this is to a significant extent the result of decades of demonization by left-wing academics, including radical feminists. The goal of radical feminism was never about equality between the sexes, it was about the destruction of the nuclear family and of the power structures of society in general.

As Ellen Willis, self-proclaimed democratic socialist and founder of Redstockings, a feminist group from 1969, stated to left-wing The Nation in 1981: “Feminism is not just an issue or a group of issues, it is the cutting edge of a revolution in cultural and moral values. The objective of every feminist is to undermine traditional family values.” 

Although countries such as Norway and Sweden like to portray themselves as havens of gender equality, the sexes are probably further apart there than anywhere else in the world. Radical feminism has bred suspicion and hostility, not cooperation. And it has in no way eradicated the basic sexual attraction between feminine women and masculine men. 

Norway and Sweden are countries with extremely high divorce rates. Boys grow up in an atmosphere where masculinity is demonized, attend a school system where they are viewed as deficient girls and are told by the media that men are obsolete and will soon be rendered extinct anyway.

A feminist culture will eventually end up being squashed, because the men have either become too demoralized and weakened to protect their women, or because they have become so fed-up with incessant ridicule that they just don’t care anymore. If Western men are pigs and are “our oppressors” no matter what they do, why bother? 

Western women will then be squashed by genuinely misogynist, violent men from other cultures, which is exactly what is happening in Western Europe now but American feminists want to turn a blind eye, stick their fingers in their ears and pretend that they aren’t next. 

The irony is that when women launched the Second Wave of Feminism in the 1960s and 70s, they were reasonably safe and, many will say, not very oppressed. When the long-term effects of feminism finally set in, Western women may very well end up being genuinely oppressed under the boot of Islam and they continue to welcome it. 

After generations of feminism demanding that women are to be piled into workplaces to even the numbers out and women shouldn’t settle being “just mothers and wives”, the West has skyrocketing divorce rates and plummeting birth rates, leading to a cultural and demographic vacuum that ensures an inevitable takeover by Islam. 

Will feminists really stay silent on this and let themselves become oppressed, and I mean truly oppressed, before they finally admit they’ve had it pretty good all along? I sure as hell don’t want to wait to find out.