anonymous asked:

Where's your receipts for berne supporting the wars and cutting food stamps? Genuinely curious because all I see are good things about him on tumblr

Bernie Sanders is against open borders and believes in the conservative myth that immigrants hurt wages/jobs whatever

Voted to extradite Assata Shakur, despite his ‘pro-black lives’ facade

Supported NATO’s bombings in 1999 of Yugoslavia (leading to one of his staffer’s resignation) and, while initially against the war, later voted to fund wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

In support of Israel’s occupation and genocide of Palestine and Palestinians. (while he’s said some ‘pro-palestine’ stuff its pretty clear who he supports)

Voted to have food stamps cut

Supports gun control on black neighborhoods because of their ‘culture’

All in all, i could care less if you vote for him. I really don’t care. But just be aware that he isn’t good. He isn’t going to help America, or further socialism. And any improvements he does make in the well-being of the working class will most likely be at the expense of third world countries that are victims of U.S. imperialism

NATO War on Yugoslavia

On March 24, 1999, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, led by the United States, began the attack on Federal Republic of Yugoslavia over Serbia’s rejection of the Rambouillet Accords. This assault was not sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

NATO, with its 19 member-states and half a billion people, attacked Yugoslavia of less than 10 million, in the air campaign dubbed Operation Allied Force. After the indiscriminate bombing of military and civilian targets, including the Embassy of PR China, Yugoslavia’s civilian infrastructure destroyed and thousands of Serbian and Albanian civilians killed, the Yugoslav Army agreed to end the defense of its territory on June 3 and President Slobodan Milošević signed the Kumanovo Agreement. NATO ended the aggression on June 10 and began occupying the province of Kosovo and Metohia on June 12.

NATO, formed as a defensive military organization, undertook five operations in the 1990s, all offensive and all against the Serbs. 


I Hope Syria Will Not Suffer Western Intervention--I Have Lived It

By Jasmina Tesanovic, The Guardian, September 16, 2013

None of my friends in Belgrade believed that the west would bomb us. They considered themselves modern big-city Europeans, but my father thought otherwise. He was a second world war veteran, and during his lifetime he had stockpiled food, petrol and medicines. Now I look to Damascus, and I wonder how they are feeling about western intervention. I could tell them.

On 24 March, 1999 the first air-raid sirens went off. Instinct overwhelmed us and we ran to our basements, hauling canned goods along with us. We’d seen this done in movies, of course. Since we were in downtown Belgrade, the basements were already occupied. My neighbour, Mica, was a Roma beggar and prostitute with a crippled arm. When all the tenants flew to her humble room Mica was proud to play the hostess, and met us with a powerful brandy from an unmarked bottle. The threat of death became the great equaliser. We forgot our documents, our social values, we just tried to cope with the fear.

Later on, as the Nato air-raids became constant, regular and widespread, we developed the habits of a city under siege. During the intervals between alarms, we would scrounge for food, cigarettes, booze and medication, vigorously street-trading. Shops were empty or closed. Money was hyper-inflated: the banks and schools were closed, public transportation didn’t work, and our cars had no petrol. The entire town was a black market.

I’d never known that my neighbours were such nice and kindly people, so eager to trade favours. I opened my doors, and soon my flat became an informal mental health clinic for the terrified and sleepless. The hospitals and mental institutions had dismissed their patients, so the homeless and anxious appeared at my door with sleeping bags, food and drink if they had any.

We would pass the night watching the warplanes. Soon we learned how to judge the distances by the tremor of the detonations, and we invented ways to check on our friends and family in that part of town. The telephones were often dead, electricity was blacked out, taps were dry. But people would walk or bike the city, bringing news as couriers. Children were the best messengers, our new postmen, full of energy and curiosity. They lacked the adult dread that we grown-ups tried to conceal from them.

A young stranger pedalled up on his bicycle to my door, and traded his mother’s cake for a Hannah Arendt book I translated, then took a shower with my running water befor going home to send off my email messages for me. Our part of town had water, his had electricity. Such was the nature of our hour-by-hour existence, our lives shrunk to the diameter of our neighbourhoods. We had very little information on what was happening outside our neighbourhood or much hope for a happy end. But we had a lot of dignity and love for each other. Love affairs and even marriages were common in those days that might have been the last for some.

To keep myself occupied, I made a film during the bombings. I also published a war diary on the internet, and soon befriended other such war diarists, such as Nuha al-Radi, an Iraqi dissident and emigre who had been caught up in the bombing of Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. My electronic diary got feedback from other parts of the world, and it even appeared in the Guardian. Thanks to that, one of my father’s long-lost college friends in Manchester was surprised and pleased to learn that he was alive. We felt less isolated thanks to the internet.

People in Belgrade survived the Nato bombings, but after the destruction stopped, many died for all sorts of reasons–post-traumatic stress, depleted uranium dust, the broken hospital system. My mother was among them. Neighbouring countries suffered also the consequences of polluted air and water and crippling economic sanctions in the war zone. The result of this conflict was the globalisation of Balkanisation. Anyone could be blown up anywhere at any time; but in humanitarian terms, few would ever profit from it.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I just wanted to know why you don't like Bernie Sanders? He seems like the best option for me.

Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed “socialist” is pro-big business (as long as he likes them; he doesn’t even want to audit or shut down the Federal Reserve System). Sanders is also pro-military when it suits him:

During congressional deliberations over authorizing the first Gulf War, Sanders declared his support for sanctions, diplomatic pressure and even the use of US forces to “pressure” Iraq into submission, while stopping, along with most congressional Democrats, just short of voting for the actual war. This caveat was dropped in 1993, when Sanders voted for US intervention in Somalia. Sanders then voted for the NATO air war against Serbia in 1999.

Sander’s also supported NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 which left over 500 civilians dead, a stance which caused one of his staffers to resign in protest.

In 2006, he supported the extension authority to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access certain business records through December 31, 2009. Also in 2006 (the year Sanders moved to the Senate), well-known socialist publication Socialist Worker concluded that Bernie Sanders was “anything but” a socialist due to his long-time loyalties to the Democratic National Convention (a tie which remains to this day). Bernie is in bed with private interests. Just because he refused Super PAC money doesn’t mean he refuses to accept private ‘donations’. He accepts millions of dollars from unions every campaign he runs, many of which are just as corrupt as the corporations for which they work.

Sanders also voted against the original legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security, but by 2006 he had joined the majority of Congress in passing continued funding of that agency.

Sanders supported the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer but thought the Israeli army was a little heavy-handed and ‘over-reacted’ with some of its actions like bombing schools being used as civilian shelters.

So Sanders might have opposed the Iraq war, but he voted yes to authorize military force in response to 9/11. He supported the invasion of Afghanistan and voted to fund the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. He supported Clinton’s Gulf build-up and sanctions against Iraq in the 90s. He supports National Guard troops in his home state. He supports imperialist veteran groups like the American Legion and the VFW and has received chauvinist awards from both organizations. He supports drone strikes and the use of “targeted killings” aka assassinations.

“But Bernie said he won’t go to war!” and despite what a politician says, actions speak louder than words – the facts demonstrate that what Bernie wishes or expresses is a lot different than what he winds up supporting. No precedent exists from either Sanders or the Oval Office to believe that an elected candidate will not go to war. Supporting “low intensity conflict” doesn’t make it any less of a war.

Ron Jacobs of Counter Punch wrote on, 3/31/2003:

“For those of us with a memory longer than the average US news reporter, we can remember Bernie’s staunch support for Clinton’s 100-day bombing of Yugoslavia and Kosovo in 1999. I served as a support person for a dozen or so Vermonters who sat-in in his Burlington office a couple weeks into that war. Not only did Sanders refuse to talk with us via telephone (unlike his Vermont counterparts in the Senate-Leahy and Jeffords), he had his staff call the local police to arrest those who refused to leave until Sanders spoke with them. The following week Sanders held a town hall meeting in Montpelier, VT., where he surrounded himself with sympathetic war supporters and one university professor who opposed the war and Bernie’s support for it. During the question and answer part of the meeting, Sanders yelled at two of the audience’s most vocal opponents to his position and told them to leave if they didn’t like what he had to say.”

Contrary to popular belief, Bernie Sanders is not the only politician running for office who promotes LGBT rights, who opposes NSA surveillance, and who opposes for-profit interests’ influence in public affairs. I’m pretty sure Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul have uttered much of the same sentiment with varying degrees of passion.

Even if Sanders were the only candidate to support LGBTQ issues (he’s not), there is not a single bill in Congress threatening to curtail the rights – specifically – from anyone within the LGBTQ community or minorities. However, there are plenty of laws supported by Sanders which do curtail civil liberties for all Americans (including the USA FREEDOM Act which he co-sponsored). Sanders has an extensive history of supporting the expansion of the ‘Security State’; he not only supported the creation of the Director of National Intelligence, but also voted ‘Yea’ to continue the collection of intelligence without civil oversight (suggesting that the state has a right to keep secrets from the public). 

It’s amazing how campaigns work, isn’t it? You stand in front of a podium in front of thousands of people and cameras and you just say whatever it is you know they want to hear come out of your mouth. Which, apparently, includes xenophobic “close the borders” rhetoric.

Just because the guy nominally states that he won’t accept “corporate money” doesn’t mean he isn’t out to swindle you. Hey may abstain from Super PACs, but I don’t recall Sanders promising to clean house by removing the director of each bureau and agency.

Come to think of it, he does not even plan to touch the Federal Reserve whose chairman he thinks should be “prepared to stand up to the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street” despite the fact that each prior chairman has had a lucrative history with Wall Street before and after their tenure.

The guy is so pro-establishment that real socialists are denouncing him left and right (as they have been for years).

Bernie “anti-big money” Sanders is now under the direct sway of billionaire George Soros, who has to-date contributed $33 million dollars to the Black Lives Matter organization. After hiring one of those on the payroll, Symone Sanders, to craft a ‘racial justice’ platform, the only solutions he has to offer involve the same Federal government perpetuating the abuses against black Americans (et al.).

It is evident from Sanders’ newly-adopted platforms that the organizational leaders within the BLM hierarchy have no interest in curtailing the powers of the Federal government over black Americans; rather, their interests lay in consolidating those powers into the hands of BLM-approved bureaucrats. This is the same Federal government which continues to actively monitor the movement’s leadership.

NATO Crimes: Bombardment of Niš

Niš, the birthplace of Roman emperor Constantine the Great, was heavily bombed by NATO planes on May 7, 1999. Illegal cluster bombs killed 15 and wounded 19 civilians. One hundred and twenty residential buildings were damaged. Two containers with 100 to 150 cluster bombs in each were dumped on city’s downtown.


superbrybread asked:

Speaking of that, in the nuclear trailer - I want to believe that when he's walking through the charred bodies after a bombing run, it's scenes from the end of MG1 where NATO bombs Outer Heaven. It's also the first trailer they showed the OH logo

That would be really interesting but at that point Snake’s hair has grayed. Still I’m really interested to see if that scene is in the actual game and what the story behind it is.

Belgrade, Serbia- August 20-24th, 2015

Serbian flag flying over downtown Belgrade.

View of Belgrade from the Belgrade Fortress, which has been turned into a beautiful functioning park.

Remnants of former battles as bullet holes are seen in this building.

The fantastic group I traveled with at the Church of Saint Sava.

The church of Saint Sava is the third largest Orthodox church in the world and one of the largest churches in the world.

The grave of Josip Broz Tito.  Tito was the leader of Yugoslavia until his death in 1980.

One of the most powerful pieces of street art I found in Serbia.  It translates to “Kosovo is Serbia”.  There are many tensions between the two sides.  Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as a independent nation.  The Kosovo conflict is a recent and large conflict that affected the Balkans less than 20 years ago.

This and the following image are two of the most powerful sites I have ever seen.  This building is the old Ministry of Defense.  The bombings happened in 1999.  NATO forces bombed them during the Kosovo conflict.  Its a strong reminder of the power and consequences of military actions.

Across the street is the Ministry of the Interior.  The buildings can not be torn down do the the levels of contamination and the determent of the area if taken down.  They stand as a sad reminder of darker times. 

Happy Photo!  We went to Belgrade to celebrate 5 birthdays that occurred recently within our group.  One of the biggest perks of our trip was the Belgrade Beer Fest.  It is the largest festival in Eastern Europe.  We were treated to beers that cant be found at home or around the Balkans, including beers from America.  28 never tasted so good!

Logan and I at Beer Fest.  We are site-mates in the Ohrid region and have birthdays almost a week apart.  I was very happy to celebrate with him!

Lastly the rest of the group.  David, Me, Victoria, Andrew all had birthdays this summer.  Abby, in front, came to celebrate with us!  It was a fantastic experience to have them all around and to celebrate each other in Serbia!