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strugglingtobeheard:


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There’s a double standard for how the government treats right-wing militia members as opposed to nonviolent student protesters.


That’s because the roots in policing have the same roots as white supremacist right wing groups. These cops join belong to abs are friends with these groups and these groups were the original cops (slave patrols and militias and the klan).

strugglingtobeheard:

Reader Supported News

There’s a double standard for how the government treats right-wing militia members as opposed to nonviolent student protesters.

That’s because the roots in policing have the same roots as white supremacist right wing groups. These cops join belong to abs are friends with these groups and these groups were the original cops (slave patrols and militias and the klan).

okay real talk, the cia dude just said ‘eye-ran’ and archer - //sterling motherfucking archer// - said iran.

that is a just a lovely bit of critique

Ending white supremacy isn’t really in the American vocabulary. That is because ending white supremacy does not merely require a passive sense that racism is awful, but an active commitment to undoing its generational effects. Ending white supremacy requires the ability to do math—350 years of murderous plunder are not undone by 50 years of uneasy ceasefire.

Segregation Forever | Ta-Nehisi Coates 

why i dont believe in social justice. 

(via howtobeterrell)

When you’re 45th in civil liberties, 19th in economic freedom, and #1 in prisoners per capita, I think it’s officially time to stop bragging about being the “freest country on earth”–and maybe time to start thinking about how to rebuild that image.

Daniel Bier, "Is the US “The Freest Country In the World”? – By the Numbers" (via blamethe1st)

People need to stop acting like criticism against the US is the same thing as insulting their family. People are so, “RAH RAH RAH USA IS NUMBER ONE” that they can’t actually see what’s happening.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixon_Entrance

The so-called “A-B Line” (approximately 54°40’N), which marks the northern boundary of the Dixon Entrance, was delineated during the 1903 Alaska Boundary Treaty. The meaning of the line remains in dispute between Canada and the United States. Canada claims the line is the international maritime boundary, while the United States holds that its purpose was only to designate which islands belonged to which country, and holds that the maritime boundary is an equidistant line between islands.[3] Territorial fishing disputes between the countries remain today, as the United States does not recognize the A-B Line for purposes of seafloor resources or fishing rights and has never shown the treaty boundary on its own official maps.

OMG

The problem is not that poor countries cannot manage to drag themselves up the development ladder, the problem is that they are actively prevented from doing so. Beginning in the early 1980s, Western governments and financial institutions like the World Bank and IMF changed their development policy from one that was basically Keynesian to one that remains devotedly neoliberal, requiring radical market deregulation, fiscal austerity, and privatization in developing countries as a condition of receiving aid.

We were told that this neoliberal shock therapy – known as structural adjustment – would help stimulate the economies of poor countries. But exactly the opposite happened. Instead of helping poor countries develop, structural adjustment basically destroyed them. Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang has demonstrated that while developing countries enjoyed per capita income growth of more than 3% prior to the 1980s, structural adjustment cut it in half, down to 1.7%. When it was foisted on Sub-Saharan Africa, per capita income began to decline at a rate of 0.7% per year, and average GNP shrank by around 10%. As a result, the number of Africans living in basic poverty nearly doubled. It would be hard to overstate the degree of human suffering that these figures represent.

Robert Pollin, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, estimates that developing countries have lost roughly $480 billion in potential GDP as a result of structural adjustment. Yet Western corporations have benefitted tremendously. It has forced open vast new consumer markets; it has made it easier to access cheap labor and raw materials; it has opened up avenues for capital flight and tax avoidance; it has created a lucrative market in foreign debt; and it has facilitated a massive transfer of public resources into private hands (the World Bank alone has privatized more than $2 trillion worth of assets in developing countries).

Poverty in the Global South is not just a static given; it is being actively created. And the striking thing is that these atrocities are being perpetrated under the cover of aid. In other words, not only does aid serve as a powerful rhetorical device that cloaks takers in the guise of givers, it also operates as a powerful tool in the global wealth extraction system.

Aid in Reverse: How Poor Countries Develop Rich Countries (via medhanena)

Ummm this is amazingly concisely said.

(via popthirdworld)

in the year of our lord two thousand and fourteen you can still buy bootleg lincoln logs with heroic us soldiers and wild indians

in the year of our lord two thousand and fourteen you can still buy bootleg lincoln logs with heroic us soldiers and wild indians

seppin:


An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.
Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.
Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.

Read the entire article. You can follow ajammc on tumblr here. 

seppin:

An Iranian channel ran a story about how a certain kind of martial arts is enjoying increasing popularity among Iranian women. This means that a) Iranian women have rights, b) Iranian women can access the public sphere, c) Iranian women participate in organized, public sports, and d) an Iranian government news channel has no problem with any of this.

Faced with these facts, the Western media panicked: some news agencies resorted to the stereotype of Iranian women as veiled, militant fanatics; others opted for infantilizing portrayals of suffering women using martial arts as their only escape. Can you imagine any self-respecting Western reporter writing a story that explained, unprovoked, the popularity of karate among girls in suburban Los Angeles by citing America’s high rates of sexual assault? Additionally, few bothered to mention that recently it has been Western sports organizations that have prevented Iranian women from playing, for example in 2011 forcing the Iranian women’s soccer team to forfeit hope of reaching the Olympics because they wore sports hijabs on the field.

Narratives of weak or militant Iranian women are not just dishonest; they also fuel a political narrative whereby Islamism is equated with backwardness and the ability of women to reconcile Islamic ideals with feminist goals is entirely obfuscated. Both Western conservatives and many secular feminists often participate in this obfuscation, effectively trying to either hide Iranian women’s successes in order to demonize Iran or by ignoring the ideologies of liberation they have formulated in order to preserve the status of secular feminism as the only path to women’s liberation.

Read the entire article. You can follow ajammc on tumblr here

[in capitalism] freedom is one of the commodities that is for sale, and if you are affluent, you can have a lot of it.
 - noam chomsky

[in capitalism] freedom is one of the commodities that is for sale, and if you are affluent, you can have a lot of it.

- noam chomsky

First…. Many Indigenous Nations have calendars which have been counting the years for a very long time. I am aware that the calendar of the Mohawk Indian Nation has been counting the winters for over 33,120 years. This pre-dates the so-called ‘land-bridge’ of the Bering Strait theory, unless, of course, the Bering Strait scientists decide to move their interestingly illusive time period for “early migration” of Indians back to 40,000 years! Many American Indian early histories tell of events that took place on this Turtle continent (North America) long before any so-called ice age. But, for political reasons, these histories have been mostly ignored. You see, the Bering Strait, in truth, is a theory that was born of the politics and propaganda of early America. In the midst of the American ‘Manifest Destiny’ social climate, the Bering Strait theory provided a ‘scientific’ means to justify the taking of ancestral Indian lands. In short, the mythical theory eased the conscience, as it was a way for land hungry immigrants to believe that, because Indian people were only ‘recent inhabitants’ of this land , it was not really their ‘homeland’. Therefore Indians were, in their minds, not any more the ‘original people’ of this land than they were. This was, and still is, the political power of the infamous ‘Bering Strait theory’.

The B.S. (Bering Strait) Myth
By John Two-Hawks

The Bering Strait Theory was made to make colonialism seem less like exploitation.

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IIRC this was also done in South Africa. the regime said that the “black” africans had only centuries earlier displaced the “brown” africans.

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snarkbender:

lamaschingonaa:

forcedranting:

sulitati:

Ten times more people died in nine years trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico Border than died trying to cross the Berlin Wall during its 28 year existence.
And death rates are spiking, even as immigration from Mexico slows.

The main difference: the Berlin Wall didn’t cross one of the most unforgiving deserts in the world. Everybody who died trying to cross it was shot by guards. By comparison, the US Border Patrol has rescued more than 15,000 migrants during the same period, over 3x the number of deaths.

But you’re not going to mention how many people the Border Patrol has killed? How they shot down through the fence and killed a 16 year old boy? How many water caches they intentionally sabotage? How they leave injuries, even serious injuries, untreated? How they sexually assault migrant women? How funneling migrants through the deadliest part of the United States was an intentional part of border policy - that they knew that people were going to die, and instituted it anyway?
And if you want to be nit picky, the number of confirmed deaths is around 4,000. For every migrant that is found, there are at least five to ten times that number. That puts the estimate deaths between 20,000 and 40,000.
20,000 to 40,000 intentionally designed deaths. Most of which are buried without recognition, graves, or memorials.

they talk about the Unforgiving Desert being the cause of death for these people, as though armed vigilantes have no part in this.
like no responsibility falls on people who intentionally destroy stores of food & water placed in the desert to help these people try to survive.
as though there’s no culpability for people who take advantage of the desperation of migrants & abandon them to their deaths once they have their money.

there is no part of ‘they died in the desert’ that isn’t shrugging and saying ‘that’s what they get, should have stayed home, too bad so sad.’  such brave indifference, it’s not the guns of the militarized border, both official and unofficial, that killed all those people - it wss the desert that //totally coincidentally// just happened to be right there in the way.
this is a slightly off-base comparison in that east germany built a wall to keep people //in//, not out, but the intent was the same, so whatever.  if the stasi could have built their ‘anti-fascist protection wall’ over a desert they would have.

snarkbender:

lamaschingonaa:

forcedranting:

sulitati:

Ten times more people died in nine years trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico Border than died trying to cross the Berlin Wall during its 28 year existence.

And death rates are spiking, even as immigration from Mexico slows.

The main difference: the Berlin Wall didn’t cross one of the most unforgiving deserts in the world. Everybody who died trying to cross it was shot by guards. By comparison, the US Border Patrol has rescued more than 15,000 migrants during the same period, over 3x the number of deaths.

But you’re not going to mention how many people the Border Patrol has killed? How they shot down through the fence and killed a 16 year old boy? How many water caches they intentionally sabotage? How they leave injuries, even serious injuries, untreated? How they sexually assault migrant women? How funneling migrants through the deadliest part of the United States was an intentional part of border policy - that they knew that people were going to die, and instituted it anyway?

And if you want to be nit picky, the number of confirmed deaths is around 4,000. For every migrant that is found, there are at least five to ten times that number. That puts the estimate deaths between 20,000 and 40,000.

20,000 to 40,000 intentionally designed deaths. Most of which are buried without recognition, graves, or memorials.

they talk about the Unforgiving Desert being the cause of death for these people, as though armed vigilantes have no part in this.

like no responsibility falls on people who intentionally destroy stores of food & water placed in the desert to help these people try to survive.

as though there’s no culpability for people who take advantage of the desperation of migrants & abandon them to their deaths once they have their money.

there is no part of ‘they died in the desert’ that isn’t shrugging and saying ‘that’s what they get, should have stayed home, too bad so sad.’ such brave indifference, it’s not the guns of the militarized border, both official and unofficial, that killed all those people - it wss the desert that //totally coincidentally// just happened to be right there in the way.

this is a slightly off-base comparison in that east germany built a wall to keep people //in//, not out, but the intent was the same, so whatever. if the stasi could have built their ‘anti-fascist protection wall’ over a desert they would have.

Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes.
James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979. (via floricanto-desnuda)