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anonymous asked:

Why do you always use "Ruptly" as source?

Hi, I sometimes use Ruptly as a source because they often cover stuff like strikes, antifascist (counter-)demos, riots etc that other media ignore, even if it’s in their own countries. 

Yes, of course I know Ruptly is part of Russia Times and therefore everything they report on should be looked at with the knowledge that they have a clear Russian state bias. Of course, this goes for any news source, you should always consider the bias of the source you’re getting your news from, even if RT is way worse of course than many others. 

That said, while RT and Ruptly probably report on demonstrations, labor protests and antifascist stuff because it makes the EU and the US look unstable or internally divided and stuff like that, that doesn’t mean that those protests/demos/riots aren’t real or important! You just have to keep a skeptical eye out for when they start editorialising, because RT (and many others) are full of shit.

Like, don’t watch fox or cnn without taking into account their american bias, and their us partisan bias. Don’t use BBC without acknowledging their British bias and their pathological need to seem balanced, don’t watch AFP without remembering theyre french and have no problem with french colonialism, don’t watch NOS without remembering their Dutch state/Dutch royalty bias, don’t watch al-jazeera without keeping in mind they’re funded by Qatar, etc. 

This should be basic media literacy, but I only get people trying to be clever on my posts about RT, for some reason. also, keep in mind that most of these news sources benefit by supporting the status quo of liberal capitalism, because that is the system they are working in and making their money from.

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This is my favorite interview with Gael. I have a lot of respect for this man, not only as an actor but also as an activist and human being. Also, a wild Diego Luna, whom I also admire and respect, appears. They are friendship goals.

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Empire - The New Scramble for Africa:

Described by many as the ‘new scramble for Africa’, the US, China and other nations are attempting to consolidate their grip on Africa’s natural resources and its growing consumer class. Empire travels to Kenya, France and the USA to examine who is gaining, who is losing and what it means to Africans.

“I have been playing the violin for nearly ten years now. In the early years, it was frown upon for woman to play the violin, especially in public areas. I used to hear negative comments from people. But that has changed, it is more socially accepted now. I teach young girls how to play violin now.” Lama Abdullah Mohamed Ahmed Eyon, a 31-year-old violin player from Khartoum, Sudan 

Source: Aljazeera English

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Over the past four years, the Unist'ot'en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they’ve never given up, they’ve constructed a protection camp to block pipeline companies. As opposition to the development of Alberta’s tar sands and to fracking projects grows across Canada, with First Nations communities on the front lines, the Unist'ot'en camp is an example of resistance that everyone is watching.