hra-30:

Arundhati Roy on NGOs:
"Their real contribution is that they defuse political anger and dole out as aid or benevolence what people ought to have by right. They alter the public psyche. They turn people into dependent victims and blunt the edges of political resistance. NGOs form a sort of buffer between the government and public. Between Empire and its subjects. They have become the arbitrators, the interpreters, the facilitators. In the long run, NGOs are accountable to their funders, not to the people they work among."Read her full statement here: http://bit.ly/1pKBcIf

hra-30:

Arundhati Roy on NGOs:


"Their real contribution is that they defuse political anger and dole out as aid or benevolence what people ought to have by right. They alter the public psyche. They turn people into dependent victims and blunt the edges of political resistance. NGOs form a sort of buffer between the government and public. Between Empire and its subjects. They have become the arbitrators, the interpreters, the facilitators. In the long run, NGOs are accountable to their funders, not to the people they work among."

Read her full statement here: http://bit.ly/1pKBcIf

bspolitics:


This conversation between Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) regarding calling a vote on the Senate’s proposed CR should be front page news, it should be repeating every hour on every news channel, but it’s not.
The rule change referenced in the transcript (HR 368) basically means that only Cantor is allowed to bring the Senate’s clear CR (“restart the government”) to a vote in the House.
Even if more than 50% would vote to pass it, even if 90% would vote to pass it, he could still prevent it by refusing to allow them to vote on it.
This was never the case until two weeks ago.

bspolitics:

This conversation between Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) regarding calling a vote on the Senate’s proposed CR should be front page news, it should be repeating every hour on every news channel, but it’s not.

The rule change referenced in the transcript (HR 368) basically means that only Cantor is allowed to bring the Senate’s clear CR (“restart the government”) to a vote in the House.

Even if more than 50% would vote to pass it, even if 90% would vote to pass it, he could still prevent it by refusing to allow them to vote on it.

This was never the case until two weeks ago.

hyperbali:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

NOTE: The headline above is 100% real, not a joke!

Oh-so-conveniently timed for the 2016 presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton, the National Enquirer claims to have unearthed an audio “sex tape” recorded by Monica Lewinsky sixteen years ago.

A never-before-heard tape of Monica Lewinsky telling then-President Bill Clinton that she could ‘take all my clothes off’ if he agreed to an illicit meeting with her has reportedly surfaced. The tape, which records the White House intern desperately trying to lure him into meeting her, was reportedly released to the National Enquirer after it was obtained by a cleaner hired by friends of Lewinsky. It was long thought that the raunchy four-minute tape, which was recorded in November 1997, had been destroyed after the sexual affair was revealed in 1998, according to the Enquirer. The recording, made months after their final alleged tryst in March 1997, reportedly shows a determined Lewinsky, then 24, pleading with the married president to meet her - and telling him she plans to be persistent because ‘I really want to see you’.

Hit the link for more details on what Lewinsky supposedly says on the recording.

  • there are literally teenagers right now who were not born when this happened
  • there are tumblr users who were not born when this happened
  • why the fuck would hillary clinton have to answer for her husband’s infidelity and have that affect her own political career

u.s. politics ur weird and grose

mehreenkasana:

What I’m about to write is grisly but it’s based on reality and on war. And the word needs to get out. It’s about how wars distort the truth and how gender becomes a fancy topic to throw in when convenient.

Imagine. You are in Gardez, Afghanistan. You are celebrating the joyous arrival of a newborn - a little baby - in your house. You all speak Dari, one of the most beautiful languages spoken in Asia. There is music, there is dancing; All to welcome the birth of a child. You are happy. At midnight, a raid is carried out by US forces in your house because their (flawed) intelligence agencies claim there’s a meeting going on to prepare a suicide bomber. They don’t double check, they don’t verify but they carry weapons that can put holes in your bones so they go on anyway. They carry out a massacre in your house. Five people are killed. Three are women. One of them is pregnant. One of them is a senior Afghan police officer. One of the men is zip-cuffed up and watches in horror how US soldiers dig bullets out of his dead wife. They cover the entire incident up. It never reaches the news. When it does, it’s a quick flash. Most of us don’t even remember.

After the US soldiers - the Joints Special Operations Command members - raided that house, they take the remaining men into custody and interrogate them through barbaric means trying to get them to indicate that the family had a connection with the Taliban. Men who had nothing to do with the Taliban. In international press, the report is presented as: “US Forces stumble upon the aftermath of what looks like a Taliban honor killing.”

Honor killing. Feminists in the world roar. Liberal feminists want justice for these dead women. “Religion is oppressive! Those men killed these women for dancing, didn’t they? Those monsters!” Little do they know, the same saviors that were in the region to “rescue” women were the killers. But we see no link between dogma and gender when we look at the US Military; We are taught to see them as saviors, as warriors of justice. And so the leader of the JSOC, Vice Admiral William McRaven enters that village post-raid with scores of Afghan soldiers and American soldiers and offers a sheep to sacrifice - a tradition in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is done to gain one’s forgiveness after misconduct - in front of the family. A photographer snaps a photo of the reconciliation that is offered to the grieving family. All is well, all is good. At least according to selective media reports.

But it is never found out whether those soldiers were disciplined for killing innocent people. Whether they were held accountable for murder. Yes, murder. Call it what it is. And it goes on. A journalist who tries to present this brutal incident in public is instantly demonized and hushed. Similar to the case of the Yemeni journalist who was jailed - at Obama’s order - for exposing a US missile strike in Yemen that killed civilians.

The truth is obscured and distorted during war. It is presented in bits and pieces understated and overstated at will. But what is horrifying is how easily it is fed into a consumer’s mind. Imagine how many massacres have been hidden from us to keep a war going on and on and on.

mehreenkasana:


It doesn’t take balls or ovaries but sheer iron guts to call out an imperialist warmonger like Obama with a 30-minute anti-war song on stage on the President’s inauguration.


some coporate twitter for the event said they are ‘dissapointed’ in him for being political
i’m disgusted beyond words
our government is killing civilians, killing children, and they’re mad at him for ruining their PR

mehreenkasana:

some coporate twitter for the event said they are ‘dissapointed’ in him for being political

i’m disgusted beyond words

our government is killing civilians, killing children, and they’re mad at him for ruining their PR

There must be someway to morally shame these people, because there were twenty dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long,” he said, choking back tears. “And I sat there with my wife, because they couldn’t take the bodies out that night so the medical examiner could come. And I thought of an expression, that this ‘adds insult to injury,’ but that’s a stupid expression, because this is not an injury, this is an abomination.
This man helped save six children, is now getting harassed for it - Salon.com (via furiousfurious)

There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”

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This story is still really upsetting me, just wow what kind of bottomless hateful sociopathy, how do you even live with yourself 

And people are really quick to talk about how this is all the fault of the GOP and “right-wing trolls” but lbr we on the left are not exactly immune from using a national tragedy as a chance to spread lies about shadowy Jewish conspiracies

idk, this is a wonderful sweet man and I hope all the support he gets drowns out these sick lies

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i seriously hope these people are deeply mentally ill because they have absolutely no excuse otherwise

mehreenkasana:

mehreenkasana:

This is so important especially after the incident involving Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai. I cannot stress upon on how dangerous the rhetoric around this event is considering how many have instantly resorted to support drone attacks. Journalist Urooj Zia states this simply: “Please, stop using the attack on Malala to justify drones. We’ve been ‘droned’ for years now, & freely. Are militants dead? No.”
Incidents like these need to be treated with caution and consideration by media given how the framing of a tragedy (especially a gendered tragedy) leads to the justification of foreign policies that, in the long run, prove to be highly detrimental. 

Guess what? The schoolgirls injured alongside Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani activist attacked by Taliban gunman, say they do not want to become a symbol for girls education for fear they will be targeted again.
This is a slap in the face of every single irresponsible media mouthpiece, “liberal”, celebrity that carelessly publicized these girls’ lives. Malala is in the United Kingdom but these two girls are still in Pakistan. Like Arsalan said: This rendering of brown children into symbols is disgusting, dangerous and ultimately destructive. Here’s proof that they, themselves, don’t want this publicity. 

mehreenkasana:

mehreenkasana:

This is so important especially after the incident involving Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai. I cannot stress upon on how dangerous the rhetoric around this event is considering how many have instantly resorted to support drone attacks. Journalist Urooj Zia states this simply: “Please, stop using the attack on Malala to justify drones. We’ve been ‘droned’ for years now, & freely. Are militants dead? No.”

Incidents like these need to be treated with caution and consideration by media given how the framing of a tragedy (especially a gendered tragedy) leads to the justification of foreign policies that, in the long run, prove to be highly detrimental. 

Guess what? The schoolgirls injured alongside Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani activist attacked by Taliban gunman, say they do not want to become a symbol for girls education for fear they will be targeted again.

This is a slap in the face of every single irresponsible media mouthpiece, “liberal”, celebrity that carelessly publicized these girls’ lives. Malala is in the United Kingdom but these two girls are still in Pakistan. Like Arsalan said: This rendering of brown children into symbols is disgusting, dangerous and ultimately destructive. Here’s proof that they, themselves, don’t want this publicity. 

My mind goes to the US presidential debates in the preceding weeks. President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney were in a race to promise the most “crippling” sanctions on Iran. And all I wish to do is to ask them: Maybe the “international community” has said it is “legal” to cripple a population to this extent. But is it moral? Is it right?
Shahriar Khateri and Narges Bajoghli in the Middle East Research and Information Report.

The global media must cover this issue without any kind of bias. Holly Dagres informs us of her desperate friend in Iran: There’s a medicine shortage. Try to see if you can get someone’s attention, lots of people are dying!” I personally know of someone in Iran who reported that a father of five suffers chronic lung and eye problems but he can no longer get the prescriptions to ease his pain due to the US and EU embargo on Iran.

People are dying. This is what sanctions do.

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mumbling-mice:

teratomarty:

rudywolfe:

What. The. Actual. Fuck.

May I invite everyone to donate to the Uganda LGBTIQ Resource Center, stat?

Oh jeez.

im so fucking mad

A recent study conducted jointly by the law schools at Stanford University and New York University found that drones used by the US in Pakistan essentially operate as instruments of terror in civilian communities, killing unnecessarily large numbers of innocent people. America’s culture of intellectual freedom in its universities, which enables such a report to be produced, disseminated, and discussed, is to be lauded. In contrast, the human rights culture in the US or globally is constitutionally incapable of providing a basis for questioning the US, Barack Obama, or Leon Panetta about their moral culpability for the deaths of Pakistani civilians by drones.
The End of Human Rights: The rhetoric surrounding the protection of human rights has been appropriated by Western nations that are only too complicit in the derogation of values once cherished around the world, writes Rohit Chopra.

The banal, everyday affirmation of America’s right to intervene in the affairs of sovereign nations, the justifications for military strategies such as drones, and the selective invocation of human rights as a principle of US foreign policy have given the imprimatur of legitimacy to a grossly unequal vision of the world in which powerful nations can capriciously decide the fate of weaker ones with no answerability to any higher standard or body.

One of the most comprehensive articles I’ve read.

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