People pray at a makeshift memorial on the beach for those killed in Tunisia’s latest terrorist attack. Image by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters. Tunisia, 2015.

The Terrorist Threat to Tunisia’s Newborn Democracy

SOUSSE, Tunisia—Terrorism is not Tunisian, the refrain of the moment goes. Except it was on Friday. Just before noon, Seifeddine Rezgui, a 23-year-old Tunisian, pulled a Kalashnikov out of an umbrella and murdered 38 tourists on the beach here, maiming dozens of others with his rifle and grenades before being gunned down by Tunisian security forces. ISIS soon claimed responsibility for the attack, releasing photos of Rezgui wielding weapons and calling him Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani.

Four years ago, a popular revolution in Tunisia, the first of the Arab Spring’s uprisings, removed the authoritarian government of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, which had controlled the country for decades. Since then, the North African nation has been heralded as the Arab Spring’s sole success, a newborn democracy enjoying civil liberties, and political moderation and inclusion, that exist only as trampled dreams in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. But extremism is filling out the edges of this picture….

Read the full story by Pulitzer Center grantee Alice Su for The Atlantic.
Arubaanse arrestant kwam om door politiegeweld
De vijf agenten die betrokken waren bij de aanhouding in Den Haag zijn op non-actief gezet.

BREAKING: Mitch Henriquez’s death was directly caused by the violence the police used while arresting him. The five officers involved have been suspended and are officially charged with being involved in Henriquez’s death.

Medical examiners ruled that Henriquez died of an oxygen deficiancy, just like Eric Garner. Henriquez alledgedly told the police in a jokingly manner that he carried a gun. Bystanders declared that five officers consequently jumped on Henriquez and started beating him severely. 

Henriquez slipped into a coma and video footage shows that the officers continued beating him. After a while they sat on his unconscious body while he was already handcuffed. The officers refused to give him any medical attention when they noticed he was unresponsive. The officers finally dragged his paralyzed body into the police van. Henriquez died the next day in the hospital.


I know its far from a perfect organization but this meant something to the liberal inside me i try to choke out of existence.
Well Known Stranger by andrea_deer
By Organization for Transformative Works

Rating: R

Warnings/Kinks/Other tags: Blood. Torture, Psychological Torture, Emotional/Psychological Abuse, Solitary Confinement, Psychopathology & Sociopathy, Violence, Killing, Minor Injuries, Malnutrition, Mind Games, Manipulation, Possibly Pre-Slash, POV Sebastian Moran

Summary: He was woken with a start, when the food arrived, and for the first time in ages, for a brief moment, he forgot about the hunger.
There were only thirty-four crosses on the wall opposite him.
And underneath them, written in dirtied blood, there was a message: Good boy.
In loving memory of Mercedes Williamson, age 17, the ninth reported trans woman murdered in 2015
"I'll never have nobody like her again... She was the most beautiful person."

Trigger warning for anti-trans violence, murder and transmisogyny

Earlier this month in Alabama, a 17-year-old trans woman was found dead and her killer confessed to murdering her. Because of misgendering by the local media, we are only now learning that Mercedes Williamson is the ninth known trans woman to be murdered in the year 2015. 

Williamson’s murderer, 28-year-old Josh Vallum, reportedly knew Williamson was trans – not even a legal adult, but a 17-year-old child – and yet hate crime charges have not been brought.

These are the names of the trans women we have lost in 2015. Remember their names and their lives, taken too soon: Papi Edwards, 20, Louisville, KY;Lamia Beard, 30, Norfolk, VA; Ty Underwood, 24, Tyler, TX; Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, Los Angelos, CA; Taja de Jesus, 36, San Francisco, CA; Penny Proud, 21, New Orlean, LA; Kristina Grant Infiniti, 47, Miami, FL; London Kiki Chanel, 21, Philadelphia, PA; Mercedes Williamson, 17, Theodore, Al. There is also Bri Golec, 22, Akron, OH, who may have been a tenth murdered transgender woman (reports from friends are unclear).

This is what an epidemic of violence against trans women looks like.

At the inaugural National Trans Anti-Violence Convening this past March, Lourdes Hunter of the Trans Women of Color Collective stated, “Last year, 12 trans women of color were (reported) brutally murdered in a 6 month time span as our nation’s largest LGBT organizations celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion now known as Pride. This year, there have been at least 8 (reported) murders of trans women of color and 6 (reported) deaths by suicide of trans youth. Now more than ever, our communities are in need of healing, fellowship, to be held and to come together to address the physical and structural violence we face every day.”

Rest in power, Mercedes. 

  • me:i have violent impulses
  • some neurotypical:oh me too sweaty:) it okay just count to ten baby child:)
  • what i mean:wants to throw glass at people with annoying voices, is about to physically attack others for not agreeing with me, takes pleasure in imagining hurting people, thinks about blood and gore to calm myself
  • what they mean:once i was very drunk and slapped someone over a cheeto