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“No lives matter”—Tehran’s take on the American way after George Floyd

Racist police killings and protests in the US are allowing Iran to trash the US brand by all sorts of means—including 90s rap

By Arron Merat  

Four days after US policeman Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in broad daylight, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached for a 2Pac lyric to contextualise events. “Pull the trigger, kill a N⁠—, he’s a hero,” he tweeted, quoting the rapper’s 1992 track “Changes” and prompting a predictable mix of anger, outrage, manufactured outrage and amusement.

Ahmadinejad, a long-time 2Pac fan and ally of the New Black Panther Party, is peculiar to senior Iranian politicians in that he continues to cast himself as a…

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