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eastafrodite:

If you dont want to have a discussion about America’s deeply embedded pathological obsession with firearms, dominance and militarized violence that actually kills thousands of civilians within American borders every year which has also inadvertently enabled much of the imperialism that we enforce upon others and how to combat such a perverse phenomenon, then you need to admit that you don’t genuinely care about the life, safety and integrity of Americans and cheer on drone strikes and economical sanctions because the idea of destroying foreign brown societies appeals to you.

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mehreenkasana:

socialismartnature:

 Vijay Prashad: Deaths of children that don’t make news
“My op-ed this morning in the stellar Daily Hampshire Gazette, www.gazettenet.com/home/3407669-95/killed-deaths-beings-chicago, on those children whose lives do not provoke a conversation about National Tragedy.”

Image shows Pakistani children protesting against drone strikes.
Make sure you read this piece by Mr. Prashad. 

mehreenkasana:

socialismartnature:

Vijay Prashad: Deaths of children that don’t make news

My op-ed this morning in the stellar Daily Hampshire Gazette, www.gazettenet.com/home/3407669-95/killed-deaths-beings-chicago, on those children whose lives do not provoke a conversation about National Tragedy.”

Image shows Pakistani children protesting against drone strikes.

Make sure you read this piece by Mr. Prashad. 

I know a kid from a tribal area that bikes several miles a day to go to school in Sana’a. His family have had drone aircraft hover over their homes. One day they could step in the capital city and come home to see their entire world shattered (literally) or worse a drone could strike their home while they’re inside. The only thing worse than instantly being killed is sustaining horrific injuries without any medical facilities nearby and succumbing to a slow, painful death. This is the sad reality that many Yemenis in the rural areas are forced to endure.

When we say we hate America, we don’t mean individual citizens. I wish Americans would step outside of their narcissism for a second to understand that the term ‘America’ is applied in a political sense here. We don’t wish harm on American people, because ultimately they’re not the ones responsible for what were forced to go through. We mean the imperialism, the militarism, the warfare that’s attached to America, the forced destabilization of our country, the dwindling economy, the rampant distrust of the West which therein festers into a vulnerability that’s turned most of these newer ‘militants’ onto the idea of terrorism. It’s a vicious cycle, you see. The more innocent people killed, the increase in extremist activity, which justifies even more drone strikes and it eventually will snowball into unforeseen chaos.

Of course the individual American isn’t responsible for this, but citizens of the U.S. need to understand that it’s their tax dollars that fund this weaponry. It’s their supposed protection that’s being protected at the cost of our lives, livelihoods, stability and economical comfort. Whether or not Americans like, they are inevitably a part of this killing machine and not directly lobbying, protesting and holding their government accountable is complicity. It’s the allowance of our deaths.

An excerpt from an email that my cousin Haseem sent me yesterday, upon hearing of Obama’s re-election.

How proud I am to call this kid my family. He’s so eloquent and well written.

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spookzledorf:

stfunithingas:

spookzledorf:

Yet another reason why idiocy is not, evolutionarily, selected for.

what are you trying to say?

I’m saying that when an entire culture decides it’s best for them to end their entire genetic line rather than live somewhere else without their made-up gods, then good for them.

this is why people hate atheists

spookzledorf:

stfunithingas:

spookzledorf:

Yet another reason why idiocy is not, evolutionarily, selected for.

what are you trying to say?

I’m saying that when an entire culture decides it’s best for them to end their entire genetic line rather than live somewhere else without their made-up gods, then good for them.

this is why people hate atheists

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verbalresistance:

Americas ‘settled in three waves’
The biggest survey of Native American DNA has concluded that the New World was settled in three major waves.
But the majority of today’s indigenous Americans descend from a single group of migrants that crossed from Asia to Alaska 15,000 years ago or more.
Previous genetic data have lent support to the idea that America was colonised by a single migrant wave.
An international team of researchers have published their findings in the journal Nature.
“For years it has been contentious whether the settlement of the Americas occurred by means of a single or multiple migrations from Siberia,” said co-author Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares from University College London (UCL).
“But our research settles this debate: Native Americans do not stem from a single migration. Our study also begins to cast light on patterns of human dispersal within the Americas.”
The team analysed data from 52 Native American and 17 Siberian groups, studying more than 300,000 variations in their DNA known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs.
This allowed them to examine patterns of genetic similarities and differences between the population groups …
The team also found that once in the Americas, people expanded southward along a route that hugged the coast, with populations splitting off along the way.
After their divergence, there was little gene flow among Native American groups, especially in South America.
Two glaring exceptions to this simple dispersal were also discovered. First, Central American Chibchan-speakers have ancestry from both North and South America, reflecting a migration back from South America to Central America.
Second, the Naukan and coastal Chukchi from north-eastern Siberia carry distinctive “First American” DNA. Thus, Eskimo-Aleut speakers migrated back to Asia, bringing Native American genes.
The team’s analysis was complicated by the influx into the hemisphere of European and African immigrants since 1492 and the 500 years of genetic mixing that followed …
Read Whole: BBC News

verbalresistance:

Americas ‘settled in three waves’

The biggest survey of Native American DNA has concluded that the New World was settled in three major waves.

But the majority of today’s indigenous Americans descend from a single group of migrants that crossed from Asia to Alaska 15,000 years ago or more.

Previous genetic data have lent support to the idea that America was colonised by a single migrant wave.

An international team of researchers have published their findings in the journal Nature.

“For years it has been contentious whether the settlement of the Americas occurred by means of a single or multiple migrations from Siberia,” said co-author Prof Andres Ruiz-Linares from University College London (UCL).

“But our research settles this debate: Native Americans do not stem from a single migration. Our study also begins to cast light on patterns of human dispersal within the Americas.”

The team analysed data from 52 Native American and 17 Siberian groups, studying more than 300,000 variations in their DNA known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, or SNPs.

This allowed them to examine patterns of genetic similarities and differences between the population groups …

The team also found that once in the Americas, people expanded southward along a route that hugged the coast, with populations splitting off along the way.

After their divergence, there was little gene flow among Native American groups, especially in South America.

Two glaring exceptions to this simple dispersal were also discovered. First, Central American Chibchan-speakers have ancestry from both North and South America, reflecting a migration back from South America to Central America.

Second, the Naukan and coastal Chukchi from north-eastern Siberia carry distinctive “First American” DNA. Thus, Eskimo-Aleut speakers migrated back to Asia, bringing Native American genes.

The team’s analysis was complicated by the influx into the hemisphere of European and African immigrants since 1492 and the 500 years of genetic mixing that followed …

Read Whole: BBC News

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who-is-keri-hilson:

one of the best posts/ truth bombs on tumblr

who-is-keri-hilson:

one of the best posts/ truth bombs on tumblr

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Out of Afghanistan: incredible stories of the boys who walked to Europe

The country is so dangerous it’s no wonder so many leave, travelling alone across the Middle East in search of a new life.
The youngest are 13 years old, pint-sized cousins from Kabul who arrived that morning after a journey of five months. They take off their trainers and place them at the end of their bedrolls. One of them, Morteza, gingerly peels off his socks. The undersides of his toes are completely white.
I ask what happened to his feet. “Water,” he says. Where was he walking in water? Mohammed, the boy on the next bedroll who knows more English, translates. “In the mountains,” he says. Which mountains, I ask, thinking about the range that forms the border between Turkey and Iran. “Croatia, Slovenia, Italy,” Morteza says. Mohammed intervenes. “Not water,” he clarifies. “Snow.”
Suddenly I understand. Morteza’s feet are not waterlogged or blistered. He has limped across Europe with frostbite.
The next day I run into them watching the older Afghans play football in  a park. Morteza’s 13-year-old cousin Sohrab, pale and serious beyond  his years, recounts, in English learned during two years of school in  Afghanistan, what happened. “Slovenia big problem,” he says, explaining  how he and Morteza, “my uncle’s boy”, were travelling with eight  adults when they were intercepted by the Slovenian police. Two members  of their group were caught and the rest made a detour into the  mountains. They spent five days in the snow, navigating by handheld GPS,  emerging from the Alps in Trento, in the Italian north.
Morteza acquired frostbite on the penultimate part of a 6,000km journey that detoured through the Balkans: through Macedonia, Serbia and  Croatia. Their aim is to join their uncle who lives in Europe, the  solution their relatives found after Morteza’s father was killed in an  explosion. His mother died earlier “in the war”; Sohrab lost his own  father when he was 11.
Morteza and Sohrab are among the world’s most vulnerable migrants.  Like scores of Afghan teenagers in transit across Europe, they are in  flight from violence or the aftershocks of violence that affect children  in  particularly harsh ways. Those who turn up  in Paris have spent up  to a year on the road,  on the same clandestine routes as adults,  but  at far greater risk …
Blanche Tax, who is responsible for country guidance at the United  Nations refugee agency in Geneva, says security is deteriorating in  Afghanistan, which Unicef described two years ago as the world’s most  dangerous place to be a child. From January to September, she said,  1,600 children were reported killed or injured, 55% more than the  previous year …
Read Whole: The Guardian

For whenever I think my life is difficult—preteens trekked across a continent, leaving all the knew behind, including the bodies of their loved ones, to escape a war torn country and try for a chance at freedom.

Out of Afghanistan: incredible stories of the boys who walked to Europe

The country is so dangerous it’s no wonder so many leave, travelling alone across the Middle East in search of a new life.

The youngest are 13 years old, pint-sized cousins from Kabul who arrived that morning after a journey of five months. They take off their trainers and place them at the end of their bedrolls. One of them, Morteza, gingerly peels off his socks. The undersides of his toes are completely white.

I ask what happened to his feet. “Water,” he says. Where was he walking in water? Mohammed, the boy on the next bedroll who knows more English, translates. “In the mountains,” he says. Which mountains, I ask, thinking about the range that forms the border between Turkey and Iran. “Croatia, Slovenia, Italy,” Morteza says. Mohammed intervenes. “Not water,” he clarifies. “Snow.”

Suddenly I understand. Morteza’s feet are not waterlogged or blistered. He has limped across Europe with frostbite.

The next day I run into them watching the older Afghans play football in a park. Morteza’s 13-year-old cousin Sohrab, pale and serious beyond his years, recounts, in English learned during two years of school in Afghanistan, what happened. “Slovenia big problem,” he says, explaining how he and Morteza, “my uncle’s boy”, were travelling with eight adults when they were intercepted by the Slovenian police. Two members of their group were caught and the rest made a detour into the mountains. They spent five days in the snow, navigating by handheld GPS, emerging from the Alps in Trento, in the Italian north.

Morteza acquired frostbite on the penultimate part of a 6,000km journey that detoured through the Balkans: through Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia. Their aim is to join their uncle who lives in Europe, the solution their relatives found after Morteza’s father was killed in an explosion. His mother died earlier “in the war”; Sohrab lost his own father when he was 11.

Morteza and Sohrab are among the world’s most vulnerable migrants. Like scores of Afghan teenagers in transit across Europe, they are in flight from violence or the aftershocks of violence that affect children in particularly harsh ways. Those who turn up in Paris have spent up to a year on the road, on the same clandestine routes as adults, but at far greater risk

Blanche Tax, who is responsible for country guidance at the United Nations refugee agency in Geneva, says security is deteriorating in Afghanistan, which Unicef described two years ago as the world’s most dangerous place to be a child. From January to September, she said, 1,600 children were reported killed or injured, 55% more than the previous year

Read Whole: The Guardian

For whenever I think my life is difficult—preteens trekked across a continent, leaving all the knew behind, including the bodies of their loved ones, to escape a war torn country and try for a chance at freedom.

(Source: sunrec, via verbalresistance)

pambana:

and i’m tired of how it is conveniently ignored that when the europeans came to the continents of now-called latin america, africa, asia, polynesia, wherever there were Black and Brown folk, they cried out that our ways of living, building, eating, dancing, were primitive, backwards and to continue to live in those traditional ways meant punishment, even by death. large family homes made of mud and cow dung, or those out of reeds and banana leaves, were all labeled inferior by the european worldview whose discourse relied on a nature (read Black and unhuman)/culture (read white and therefore human) dichotomy. And so trees were felled and wooden single family homes where built. (This is a vast understatement). Plant-based meals supplemented by an occasional animal kill was looked down upon by glutenous european lifestyle and industrial livestock farming introduced to feed the workers of the slave system-fed industrial revolution. seeing the world as a fabric of life, full of plants and animals as members with as much of a right to life as humans, was scoffed at. treating resources like water, the sun and the earth as beautiful in their own right and essential to human well-being was systematically suppressed. these ways of living and loving on this planet were silenced and oppressed and deemed primitive. ANNNND NOWWW white environmentalism celebrates people (and only those certain people who ‘choose’, that is have the privilege to not choose, but then do) who are knocking down their wooden houses and building adobe houses, using earth ovens, talking about deep ecology and the connectedness and inherent worth of all creatures and elements, as rach says “like it’s some new shit”. and they are “enlightened”!! green imperialism……

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Russia warns that Iran strike could trigger 'chain reaction'

verbalresistance:

Russia strongly criticised Western belligerence towards Syria and Iran yesterday, saying that a military assault on the Iranian regime could cause a “chain reaction” that would destabilise the entire world.

The country’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, also said during his annual televised press conference that Russia would use its veto at the UN Security Council to block any resolution calling for military force to be used against Syria.

Mr Lavrov said that Russia is “seriously worried” that military action against Iran may be under consideration, and vowed that Moscow would do all it could to prevent it. “The consequences will be extremely grave,” he said. “It’s not going to be an easy walk. It will trigger a chain reaction and I don’t know where it will stop.”

Last week, a Russian newspaper revealed that the annual training exercises undertaken in southern Russia by the country’s army will focus this year on scenarios related to the regional fallout of a possible military conflict in Iran.

Russia has supported some sanctions against Iran, but has rejected any talk of new sanctions. The US has already applied new economic sanctions and the EU is considering whether to follow suit as concerns mount over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, but Mr Lavrov said that such moves were disingenuous and had “nothing to do with a desire to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation”. Instead, Mr Lavrov added, the new sanctions were aimed at “stifling the Iranian economy and the population in an apparent hope to provoke discontent”.

On Syria, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is in its 10th month, the Russian Foreign Minister was equally forthright, ruling out any support from Moscow at the UN for military intervention.

Russia abstained from a Security Council vote on military intervention in Libya and was subsequently furious at what it felt was a bombing campaign that went far beyond the remit to “protect civilians” authorised by the UN.

Moscow has since made it clear on several occasions that it will not tolerate a repeat in Syria, a message that Mr Lavrov reiterated yesterday. “If some intend to use force at all cost we can hardly prevent that from happening,” he said.

“But let them do it at their own initiative, on their own conscience; they won’t get any authorisation from the UN Security Council.”

He was also unapologetic over claims that Russia has been delivering arms to the Syrian regime despite an EU arms embargo on the country. A ship believed to be carrying weapons from Russia was briefly detained in Cyprus earlier this month, before continuing to its final destination in Syria.

Russia has not confirmed that it has been delivering arms to the country, but Mr Lavrov effectively told the West to mind its own business yesterday. “We haven’t violated any international agreements or the UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.

He also accused Western countries of supplying munitions to the Syrian opposition, which he labelled as “unacceptable and absolutely counterproductive”.

The Independent

BUT WE ARE AMERICA WORLD POLICE

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