"So, just to reconfirm: The world’s most powerful government just shut down tonight in a futile effort to stop people from getting affordable healthcare?"

— My classmate and international student Iva (via grrrl-riot)

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socialismartnature:

This would be like accusing those opposed to the establishment of concentration labor camps of suffering from “Holocaust syndrome.”

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*headdesk*  Right, because all the good little patriots should want to bomb and kill whoever their country tells them deserves it.  They should not think, should not be enraged at being lied to about Iraq, they should just fall in line with the jingoists.  Well, unfuck, y’all, jingoists.

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zuky:

zuky:

This 1899 cartoon published in Puck magazine depicts Uncle Sam menacingly waving a stick at children labeled Philippines, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, as well as a Native American boy next to the door holding a book upside down, a Chinese boy outside the door, and a Black boy washing the window. The original caption reads:

School Begins. Uncle Sam (to his new class in Civilization): Now, children, you’ve got to learn these lessons whether you want to or not! But just take a look at the class ahead of you, and remember that, in a little while, you will feel as glad to be here as they are!

The blackboard reads:

The consent of the governed is a good thing in theory, but very rare in fact. — England has governed her colonies whether they consented or not. By not waiting for their consent she has greatly advanced the world’s civilization. — The U.S. must govern its new territories with or without their consent until they can govern themselves.

This old post is making new rounds, so I’m reblogging because it’s good to occasionally remind people what Uncle Sam is all about.

The irony of former English colonies that successfully revolted against England over lacking their consent in governing arguing that they should ‘civilise’ their colonies (and immigrants, natives, and former slaves) without consent of the governed should have struck Uncle Sam dead.  But, hey, racism and colonialism are powerful drugs.

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blinkingkills:

timeslegend:

Sen. Kevin Parker, Sen. Bill Perkins, and Sen. Eric Adams wore hoodies during session in the Senate Chamber in support of Martin

not for nothing but a hoodie blazer combo looks pretty cool

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canadian-communist:

The White House spiraled into panic mode late Friday after Edward Snowden’s earlier appearance in Russia, with President Obama moving forward with plans to personally call Vladimir Putin to urge the Russian president to deny Snowden asylum.

Snowden went public earlier Friday to announce his intention to apply for temporary stay in Russia until he is able to arrange safe travel to Latin America. The whistleblower forcefully defended his moral choice to expose the vast US spying dragnet, declaring “I did the right thing.”

He was flanked by international human rights and civil liberties campaigners, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and others.

Yet, White House press secretary Jay Carney termed the meeting with renowned human rights groups a “propaganda platform” for Snowden and denounced the Russian government for allowing it to take place, declaring it a move against ‘US interests.’

Furthermore, Matt Williams of the Guardian reports that the US ambassador to Russia even tried to use Human Rights Watch as a tool to send the threatening message to Snowden that, in the eyes of the US government, he is no whistleblower.

The threats and public statements coming from the White House insinuate that those who cross US power should not have access to human rights campaigners.

Yet, human rights groups declare Snowden has every right to human rights protections. Sergei Nikitin, head of Amnesty International’s Moscow office, declared at the Friday meeting with Snowden:

We will continue to pressure governments to ensure his rights are respected - this includes the unassailable right to claim asylum wherever he may choose. What he has disclosed is patently in the public interest and as a whistleblower his actions were justified. He has exposed unlawful sweeping surveillance programmes that unquestionably interfere with an individual’s right to privacy.

Human Rights Watch insisted Friday that Snowden has a legitimate claim to asylum that deserves fair treatment:

“Edward Snowden has a serious asylum claim that should be considered fairly by Russia or any other country where he may apply,” said Dinah PoKempner, general counsel at Human Rights Watch. “He should be allowed at least to make that claim and have it heard.”

The efforts to lobby Putin come after the Obama administration made several personal phone calls to Latin American leaders urging them to reject Snowden’s bids for asylum.

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seriouslyamerica:

This woman RIPS the Texas legislature apart, before being physically dragged from the hearing room by multiple security officers. Seriously, just watch it.

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anarcho-queer:

U.N.: Palestinian Children Tortured, Used As Human Shields By Israel

A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.

Palestinian children in the Gaza and the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, are routinely denied registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools and clean water, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

Palestinian children arrested by (Israeli) military and police are systematically subject to degrading treatment, and often to acts of torture, are interrogated in Hebrew, a language they did not understand, and sign confessions in Hebrew in order to be released," it said in a report.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it had responded to a report by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF in March on ill-treatment of Palestinian minors and questioned whether the U.N. committee’s investigation covered new ground.

The report by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child acknowledged Israel’s national security concerns and noted that children on both sides of the conflict continue to be killed and wounded, but that more casualties are Palestinian.

Most Palestinian children arrested are accused of having thrown stones, an offence which can carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, the committee said. Israeli soldiers had testified to the often arbitrary nature of the arrests, it said.

The report voiced deep concern at thecontinuous use of Palestinian children as human shields and informants”, saying 14 such cases had been reported between January 2010 and March 2013 alone.

Israeli soldiers had used Palestinian children to enter potentially dangerous buildings before them and to stand in front of military vehicles to deter stone-throwing, it said.

Almost all those using children as human shields and informants have remained unpunished and the soldiers convicted for having forced at gunpoint a nine-year-old child to search bags suspected of containing explosives only received a suspended sentence of three months and were demoted," it said.

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"Egyptians would be lucky if their new ruling generals turn out to be in the mold of Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, who took power amid chaos but hired free-market reformers and midwifed a transition to democracy."

WSJ Editorial, After the Coup in Cairo” (via elektrokardiogrammatology)

As the night follows the day, the liberals cozy up to fascism whenever it suits their interests

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lol just lol @ this entire quote

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O_O

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I…no.

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da fuq?

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I assume the WSJ Editors have never read Naomi Klein’s excellent “Shock Doctrine” which points out just how that free market and transition to democracy went.  Short Answer: with lots of pain, tortures, deaths, and economic disaster.  Unfuck you, WSJ Editors.

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verbalresistance:

Ron Paul’s “South Was Right” Civil War Speech With Confederate Flag

20.01.2012 - Ron Paul has made no secret the fact that he thought that the South was right in the Civil War. Here he is giving a speech in front of a giant Confederate Flag about why he believes the North was wrong in the Civil War and why the South was right.

Ron Paul is a neo-Confederate, and proud member of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, which has been labeled as a neo-Confederate organization. In the video he claims that the North should have paid to buy slaves from southern slave owners to avoid the war, rather than the South renouncing slavery. Paul also fails to bring up the fact that it was the South that started the war by attacking the North in 1861.

Ron Paul was also was the only member of congress to vote against honoring the Civil Rights Act Of 1964 on its 40th anniversary in 2004. Paul would also claim that he wouldn’t have voted for it at the time, putting him on the side of the racists in both the fight against slavery and the fight against Jim Crow segregation, the two defining struggles of Black people in America.

Several Ron Paul supporters have asked that the video be taken down, from the pro-Confederate channel, Patriot Review but Patriot Review believes that the video could help Paul win South Carolina. If they do take it down,  Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has downloaded a copy of the video.

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Not only is Ron Paul acting all kinds of racist here (like totally erasing slaves as people) but his political concept of “consent of the governed” makes no sense unless you consider ‘the governed’ to be the Several States not the people.  Which, what?

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comradechrisman:

decolonizingyourdadtonight:

A way that liberals dismiss the idea that the working class could ever manage themselves is by stating that most people are “idiots” or “stupid” and “can’t take care of themselves” and all that mentality does is serve to justify the exploitation of the marginalized and the oppressed, who are ‘most people’. Of course, leftism could never work! Most people are “dumb,” didn’t you know? It’s pretty explicitly racist and classist and ableist even when liberals aren’t saying this in the context of alternatives to the status quo.

It really fits in with liberal ideology. The collective is dumb and stupid, but the individual giving this opinion is, of course, smart and infallible,

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"Finally, and back to the beginning, this is not the SCAF, redux. It could certainly fall back into that, but for the moment, it is not. The roadmap which General Sisi presented might look somewhat familiar to careful Egypt watchers, because they have seen it before. They have seen it because it is essentially the plan of the April 6th Youth Movement. Yes, one of the main (if not the main) driving forces behind the protests which ultimately brought down Mubarak."

What is Legitimacy? Egyptians Have a Few Ideas on the Matter. | The Old UAR

frankly, im going to stop reblogging quotes from this article and just say that the whole thing is excellent analysis, and if you are interested in what happened in egypt in the past few days, how it came about, etc.  this is a great place to start.  

folks are calling the ouster of morsi, everything from the second coming of christ to the end of civilization, when in reality, it was just the will of the people and the will of the army were in alighnment.  and when that happens in egypt, shit gets done.  

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"The other big reason is that Egypt had been rendered ungovernable. Whether it is Morsi’s fault, the opposition’s fault, the judges fault, or whoever’s fault, Morsi was simply unable to (badly) govern the country any longer. Morsi could not even appoint governors without seeing them locked out of their offices, barred from traveling in some cases, and clearly unable to carry out their duties. Of course, the most famous case is that of the fateful attempt to put a member of the Jama’a Islamiyah as governor of Luxor, but he was hardly alone. In a similar vein, many of ministers of the cabinet could not complete their work, or even go to their offices to work. The most famous case from that is Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz, who every artist in Egypt will be see happy to finally leave. If Morsi could no longer appoint governors, or a cabinet member to carry out the normal duties of a state, then the situation had clearly deteriorated to the point at which the country was ungovernable. One could also argue the Monday resignation of six ministers was the final nail in the coffin of governance, but really before that the country had already reached the point at the government could no longer function. No matter how bad or good Morsi was, if he cannot continue to (badly) govern the country, then that raises the question of what kind of legitimacy he had."

What is Legitimacy? Egyptians Have a Few Ideas on the Matter. | The Old UAR (via guerrillamamamedicine)

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thoughts on egyptian democracy

guerrillamamamedicine:

here’s the thing.  i have never been for a military dictatorship or military rule, not in egypt, and well, not really anywhere.  

what i am for is kicking out the president.  

i never thought that morsi had a right to even run for president (since the brotherhood had said, during parliamentary elections, they werent going to run a presidential candidate.)  and he has just been an ineffective president. 

ive read a lot of westerners, who have spent a good amount of time in revolutionary egypt, basically, saying that egyptians are silly for wanting morsi out, because they elected him and this is how democracy works.  

i think that is a pretty narrow view of democracy.

maybe its the american in me, but i admit, i keep thinking about thomas jefferson’s words, `when a government no longer serves the people we have the right to alter or abolish that government.  

democracy doesnt equate to elections.  elections can be, and often are, a manifestation of a democratic process.  but you can have elections without a democracy.  we should all know that by now. 

the people get to decide if this is the government that they want.  

i think that what we are seeing is a swing back and forth from the two strongest institutions in egyptian political life.  the mosques, aka the brotherhood.  and the military.  and really what the egyptian people are saying, is we want neither, but there isnt a strong third choice.  

so they are swinging back and forth, trying to use one institution to get rid of the other and then back again.  and hopefully within this process, a strong third power can be created that is responsive to the people’s needs. 

maybe not.  its a hard task to take up. 

but i got to say that i am proud of egypt.  that they keep saying no.  that they are refusing to compromise.  that after decades and well, centuries of choosing stability over freedom, that desire for an authentic democracy, an authentic voice, an authentic life keeps bubbling to the surface and refusing to be placated by warnings of ‘this isnt going to be easy’. 

i like reading egyptians who say, yeah, and then we’ll kick the military out, if we dont like what they are doing. 

this is a new egypt

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"Don’t come lecturing us about liberty. You need a reality check. Don’t act like a spoiled rude child. Here you will only find dignity and sovereignty. Here we haven’t invaded anyone. Here we don’t torture like in Guantanamo. Here we don’t have drones killing alleged terrorist without any due trial, killing also the women and children of those supposed terrorists. So don’t come lecturing us about life, law, dignity, or liberty. You don’t have the moral right to do so."

— Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, on the US Government.  (via imnotcaradelevingne)

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