Look, words are like the air: they belong to everybody. Words are not the problem; it’s the tone, the context, where those words are aimed, and in whose company they are uttered. Of course murderers and victims use the same words, but I never read the words utopia, or beauty, or tenderness in police descriptions. Do you know that the Argentinean dictatorship burnt The Little Prince ? And I think they were right to do so, not because I do not love The Little Prince , but because the book is so full of tenderness that it would harm any dictatorship.
— 

Juan Gelman

quote in Spanish here.

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Okay, so I have seen a lot of people trying to write dictatorships but they never seemed believable to me…I have read many books about how dictatorships (especially Nazi Germany) worked so I presented the most important facts in this Powerpoint

I KNOW IT IS TEXT HEAVY BUT PLEASE READ IT ANYWAY


(if you have any questions about anything just ask the-irony-lady)

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A constant reality: How hard it is to do a historian’s work. We make enemies out of people not because we want to, but because we have to. Not that history or historians have not been manipulated. History has been manipulated oftentimes through revisionist means. There is a grain of truth in saying that history has been written by the victors. And since history is in the very gore and grime of things, telling the unfolding revealed drama of human nature, there are things that people often forget, or choose to forget. There are even some historians who choose not to reveal things, blinded by either conviction or political agenda. But then again, show me a historian who doesn’t have any tinge of bias. So then, it is my conviction that history is dangerous. For good or for ill, it is a tool for truth or for deception. It remains so especially when the actors in the history being told are still alive, through dynastic families that live on in our political life. It was Leon Ma. Guerrero who pointed out that indeed, an educated native is a dangerous native.

And so it is quite disturbing to find stuff on the Marcoses on the net. Stuff that are more or less positive and to the core, revisionist. I also noticed that most of these people who say that Marcos was the best president the country ever had never lived at the time of Martial Law. Whether driven by desperation and hopelessness for the country’s present problems, these young people now have a positive look at Marcos and his regime. It is also that dichotomy of discipline vs. freedom that most of these people argue on. We need to be disciplined, they say. Democracy doesn’t really work for us, because Filipinos do not know how to use and dispense their freedom. The Philippines needed Marcos. And Marcos put the Philippines on the map.

Really? 

But then, is it really worth it, to sacrifice our basic freedoms—freedom of the press, of the speech, of assembly—for order, for progress? Or for that matter, is it right to call a muted vox populi, a pervading fear to be taken in and never be seen again, as progress?

While I can also say I never lived at the time like these young people, I would like to reiterate that the same freedom that make them say something FOR the Marcoses was the same freedom that was never present when the Marcoses were in power.

Books are written to prove this. Scholars have published peer reviewed journals agreeing that the Philippines plummeted to economic debt under the Marcos regime. Victims that were never seen again remain missing. The corruption ran deep in the military during Marcos’s regime that it is hard to think how deep the rabbithole went. The materials are out there. The proof is staring us in the face.

So please. Enough with opinions. Show me some cold hard facts to support your view, and let us derive from those facts. For if what you say is truth, your stand would survive the scrutiny of academic inquiry, an exercise of freedom that Marcos himself discouraged.

My advise…. guys, read.

Video above, released by ABS CBN.

Blog posts on Martial Law HERE.

"Mom I am gonna go and stand up for Venezuela, if I don’t come back, I went with her."


This is the most heart-wrenching image I’ve seen. Our people is dying. We can’t let this illegitimate government get away with it. We need to stop this. We’re under dictatorship and we need help. 

I am Venezuelan and I CANNOT keep calm.

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“Ukrán vagyok, Kijev szülötte. Most a Majdanon vagyok, a város főterén. Szeretném, ha tudnátok, hogy miért vannak ezrek az utcákon az országban. Egy oka van: szabadulni akarunk a diktatúrától. Szabadok akarunk lenni a politikusoktól, akik csak magukért dolgoznak.

Akik készek lelőni, megverni, megsebesíteni embereket, hogy mentsék a pénzüket, házukat, hatalmukat. Azt akarom, ezek az emberek itt, akiknek van méltóságuk, akik bátrak, normális életet élhessenek. Mi civilizáltak vagyunk, a kormányunk viszont barbár.

Azt akarjuk, hogy ne legyenek korruptak a bíróságaink. Szabadok akarunk lenni. Holnap talán már nem lesznek telefonjaink, nem lesz internetünk. Egyedül leszünk itt a téren. A rendőrök talán egyenként megölnek majd minket.

Ezért kérlek most titeket, hogy segítsetek. Ezt a szabadságot a szívünkben őrizzük. Ezt a szabadságot az elménkben őrizzük. Most pedig szeretnénk elmondani. Azt szeretnénk, ha elmondanád ezt a történetet a barátaidnak, ha megosztanád ezt a videót. Mutasd meg a családodnak, a barátaidnak, a kormányodnak. Mutasd meg, hogy támogatsz minket.”

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  • 9,427 protests in Egypt during Mohamed Morsi’s first year of presidency, after a revolution that toppled a 30 year dictatorship. The nation is undergoing a large political crisis, deadly sectarian violence, fuel shortages and power cuts as the opposition plans massive protests for June 30th, to call for early elections among other demands. source
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