Most American right-wing conservatives will never, ever once stop to give a fuck about those 6,000 dead US soldiers, those one million dead Iraqi civilians, the thousands more maimed, or Tamir Rice (he was a fucking innocent kid) or all those other dead unarmed black men at the hands of crazy, racist cops.

That’s the stain of blood you all live under.

That’s the price of the status quo.

IRAQ. Baghdad governorate. January 28, 2004.

“When I think about Iraq, I think about Ayad Ali Brissam Karim. Driving around in Baghdad, I found Ayad with his father Ali (a former Republican Guard soldier during the ‘91 Gulf War) holding an ophthalmologist prescription and begging at the entrance of the Green Zone. Ali was trying to take his son abroad for treatment, injured at their farm during an airstrike in April 2003. It was heartbreaking when I first saw him. I decided immediately to shoot a story about his daily life. This school headshot is the only portrait Ayad had from before his injury. He stopped studying because his friends continually made fun of his facial burns. Almost two years later, I learned that an American family had been so touched after seeing his story published in The Washington Post, that they decided to bring Ayad to the U.S. for cornea treatment.”

Photograph: Mauricio Lima/Getty Images

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The secular revolution brought about by Mustafa Kamal Ataturk has ended with the failed military coup! Erdogan, who is an Islamist, will Islamise Turkey now. It was all preplanned, it has provided President Erdogan with an excuse to turn Turkey into a fanatic country!

– HH Younus AlGohar | CEO Messiah Foundation International

Full transcript here.

  • More than 80 people died in three separate bombings in Baghdad on Wednesday — the bloodiest day the Iraqi capital has seen in 2016.
  • At least 63 people were killed when a car bomb tore through a busy market in the Sadr City neighborhood on Wednesday morning. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Eyewitnesses described a “thunderous explosion” that shook the ground.
  • Hours later, two further bombs struck the city: a car bomb in the Kadhimiyah neighborhood killed at least 15, before another blast in western Baghdad killed at least 7.

Pray for Pakistan, Pray for Iraq, Pray for Africa, Pray for Turkey, Pray for Syria. Because the lives of these people matter too. Because the world needs to wake up and realize that they do not deserve this dehumanization. Because the world needs to realize that the oppressed need to stop being categorized with their oppressors.

Syrian kids deserve a chance to feel the childish joy of running out of their houses at the sound of an ice cream truck and buying ice cream

Pakistani kids deserve the chance to go to an amusement park and feel the rush of the wind in their face as they try the biggest rollercoaster in the park

Afghan kids deserve a day to sleep in and wake up lazily to the warm glow of the sun and the sound of happy voices coming from downstairs

A young Iraqi girl deserves the chance to discover the amazing world of cake decorating and realize that she was born to decorate incredibly stunning cakes

A boy from Uganda deserves to fulfill his dream of becoming a singer because his whole family and all his neighbours always praise his beautiful voice

A little Somali girl deserves to know all the different art mediums that exist so she can explore her God given talents as an artist and mesmerize everyone with her work

A brown man enslaved in Kuwait deserves to wake up early and surprise his wife with breakfast in bed and to hold her in his arms

A little boy in North Korea deserves to feel the nervous excitement as he gets on a plane to fulfill his dream of traveling the world

A Palestinian girl deserves her chance to stun the world with her superior acting skills, a surefire Oscar winner if the world ever knew it

A Kashmiri boy deserves a chance to delve into the world of literature and be the greatest poet we ever knew

A Native girl in Canada deserves to find out she’s an amazing swimmer and fulfill her dream of one day competing in the Olympics

A Sudani boy deserves to feel the excitement of seeing a magic trick for the first time and then putting on his own little magic show for the neighborhood

An Egyptian girl deserves to find out she can make the best blueberry muffins you ever tasted and she opens her own bakery to discover she’s a talented businesswoman as well

A black boy in America deserves the chance to graduate from his dream law school and become the best humanitarian lawyer to practice

A Nigerian boy deserves the chance to wake up at dawn and go on a beach trip with his friends so they can catch the sunrise and stare in awe at the explosion of colours against the sky

A Yemeni girl deserves to feel the exhaustion after spending an entire day doing dares with her friends and she goes to sleep with a smile on her face

If they were born on this planet, they were meant to be here. Everyone deserves a chance at a life. They deserve to know peace.

The daily struggles of the children around the world should include arguing with their parents about not wearing a sweater because it’s not that cold out, not making sure they live to see another day.

Everyone deserves a chance at life.

Do what you can to save humanity. Change starts with you.

IRAQ. Al Anbar governorate. March 31, 2004. Scene of the 2004 Blackwater ambush.

“I needed to go to Iraq. I pushed for it. Nobody would send me - and no one was letting me embed. The invasion happened without me, and I thought I was going to miss it. Sure enough, the war was officially over as per George W. Bush. Soon, it became clear to me that I had time. This war was far from over, and worse, we were far from having won. The technology failed to get us a quick and clear victory and now we had to get down and dirty. I was gonna do it like they did it back then, during that other down and dirty war - on film with a Leica. I wanted to cover Iraq the way my heroes covered Vietnam and Beirut. We’d gone to Fallujah to meet with insurgents, to photograph a weapons cache. Instead they took me to a couple of charred bodies: “Spies.” Blackwater contractors. Seeing those dead burnt bodies really shocked me. Back at the hotel, I sat down and cried. I’d lost something that day and knew I was never going to get it back.”

Photograph: Stanley Greene/NOOR

The 2004 Fallujah ambush occurred on March 31, 2004, when Iraqi insurgents attacked a convoy containing four American contractors from the private military company Blackwater USA. The four armed contractors were killed and dragged from their vehicles. Their bodies were beaten and burned, with their charred corpses then dragged through the city streets before being hung over a bridge crossing the Euphrates River.

Photos of the event, showing jubilant Iraqis posing with the charred corpses, were then released to news agencies worldwide, which caused a great deal of indignation in the United States. This prompted the announcement of a counter-insurgency campaign in the city.

The ambush led to the First Battle of Fallujah (Operation Vigilant Resolve), a U.S.-led operation to retake control of the city. However, the battle was halted mid-way for political reasons, an outcome which commentators have described as either a stalemate or an insurgent victory.

Seven months later, in November 2004, a second attempt at capturing the city, the Second Battle of Fallujah (Operation Phantom Fury), proved successful. It resulted in the reputed death of over 1,350 insurgent fighters. Approximately 95 American troops were killed, and 560 wounded.

After the successful recapture of the city, U.S. forces discovered a room in which they claimed to find evidence of a beheading, and bomb-making factories, which were shown to the media as evidence of Fallujah’s important role in the insurgency against U.S. forces. They also found two hostages.

The U.S. military first denied that it has used white phosphorus as an anti-personnel weapon in Fallujah, but later retracted that denial, and admitted to using the incendiary in the city as an offensive weapon. According to George Monbiot, reports following the events of November 2004 have alleged war crimes, human rights abuses, and a massacre by U.S. personnel.This point of view is presented in the 2005 documentary film, Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre. On 9 November, CNN Correspondent Karl Penhaul reported the use of cluster bombs in the offensive.

On 17 May 2011, AFP reported that 21 bodies, in black body-bags marked with letters and numbers in Latin script had been recovered from a mass grave in al-Maadhidi cemetery in the centre of the city. Fallujah police chief Brigadier General Mahmud al-Essawi said that they had been blindfolded, their legs had been tied and they had suffered gunshot wounds. The Mayor, Adnan Husseini said that the manner of their killing, as well as the body bags, indicated that US forces had been responsible. Both al-Essawi and Husseini agreed that the dead had been killed in 2004. The US Military declined to comment.

Residents were allowed to return to the city in mid-December 2004 after undergoing biometric identification, provided they wear their ID cards all the time.

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This Iraqi college student was taken off a Southwest Airlines flight after he was heard speaking in Arabic

America invades his country and forces hundreds of thousands of people like him to leave; and, when he thought he would finally be treated as a human being in the same country that occupied his land, he suddenly realizes that America is no longer the land of freedom and human rights. #Hate it!