Below commentary via a Palestinian friend:

Unbearable and dehumanizing. Headline from today’s Washington Post: “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash” is BOLD and on the TOP and in LARGE font. The subheading, “Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks” is in regular font and on the bottom.

The 330 Palestinian lives (the overwhelming majority of which are innocent civilians) are not as worthy or important to the American press as 2 Israeli lives. In fact, they do not even deserve to be named (Palestinians). Whereas the Israelis are named and described as having been “killed,” the Palestinians are just “dead”— either they mysteriously stopped breathing, or they are responsible for their own killing, or Hamas is to blame (as is insinuated). And no mention of Israel’s massacres and war crimes.

I am sick and tired of being told that my life is worthless. Sick and tired of being told that Hamas are terrorists whereas the Israeli occupying soldiers are not. Sick and tired of being told that as a Palestinian male, just because of my gender, I am marked as a legitimate target of colonial violence, and that few tears will be shed on my behalf.

The corporate mainstream US media, heavily influenced by the Zionist lobby, will not quote
Chris Hedges: “The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battle field on a largely defenseless civilian population is the final phase in the decades long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.”

It will not quote Noam Chomsky: “When Israel, in the occupied territories now, claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population that they’re crushing.”

For 66 years, Palestinians have been saying the same thing. Even our voices are inferior, dispensable, and contemptible to the American Zionist elite and establishment. Imperialism is alive and well. Our voices are growing hoarse. We cannot do this alone— we need solidarity. We need Jewish people of conscience and US tax payers to have the courage to say “Not in my name.”

The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News - but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times. The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian, both of which have played a critical role in conditioning their readers to accept a new and dangerous cold war. All three liberal newspapers have misrepresented events in Ukraine as a malign act by Russia - when, in fact, the fascist led coup in Ukraine was the work of the United States, aided by Germany and NATO.
—  John Pilger, ‘War by media and the triumph of propaganda’

10 Iconic Propaganda Films

Please note that some of these films are dependent on offensive stereotypes and may contain false or misleading content to promote negative ideologies. These films are iconic because they effectively persuaded people throughout history. I think it’s important to be aware of the way propaganda is used in film so that we can challenge ourselves not to be manipulated in the present and future.

-Intern Amy (dancer68844)

The Birth of a Nation | 1915 | dir. D.W. Griffith

Battleship Potemkin | 1925 | dir. Sergei Eisenstein

Triumph of the Will | 1935 | dir. Leni Riefenstahl

The Grand Illusion | 1937 | dir. Jean Renoir

Reefer Madness | 1938 | dir. Louis J. Gasnier

The Great Dictator | 1940 | dir. Charlie Chaplin

Jud Süß | 1940 | dir. Veit Harlan

Why We Fight: Prelude to War | 1943 | dir. Frank Capra

Der Fuehrer’s Face | 1943 | dir. Jack Kinney

Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi | 1943 | dir. Clyde Geronimi

On history, and the mechanics of power, privilege, and oppression.

An anonymous person asked me how I defined an oppressor. I’ve thought about that for a long time, even before this, and really? The answer wasn’t too hard to arrive at, in the end, although it is long and complex.

Keep reading

In 1925 Coca Cola made a lucky watch fob in the shape of a swastika with the slogan, “Drink Coca Cola In Bottles 5¢.”.

At that time, the Swastika was still a symbol of ‘Good Luck’ taken from the ‘Whirling Log’ used in the US by Native American Navajo, Papago, Apache, and Hopi tribes. 

(Also the symbol used throughout history by the Celts, Indians and Greeks amongst other nationalities and religions).

The word swastika came from the Sanskrit word svastika, meaning any lucky or auspicious object, and in particular a mark made on persons and things to denote auspiciousness, or any piece of luck or well-being.

It is composed of su- meaning “good, well” and asti “being”. Suasti thus means “well-being.” The suffix -ka either forms a diminutive or intensifies the verbal meaning, and suastika might thus be translated literally as “that which is associated with well-being,”.



They just make me so happy!! They’re so innocent and sweet. Whatever young generation is growing up on this generation of FPS games is really lucky to be growing up with blatant lesbianism… I would’ve killed to have this when I was their age >:’(

why didn’t media progress like this when I was a kid *shakes fist* the only gays I had were the ones I made in my Sims games

I thought I’d doodle them floatin’ in space in between my commission work… :’o