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More for your bridal shower cake than a wedding design, every detail here is painstakingly shaped and moulded to resemble a typical Parisian lady’s lifestyle. Soft pinks, exquisite wrought iron fences or banners, bicycles, parasols, this cake is perfection.–j3-ZtLpYF52-OClVsIh7t5MV7IMvLADg0/

anonymous asked:

do you know where the antifa red and black motif originated?

Antifa has its roots in far-left politics, given that it sprang up from the German Communist Party in 1932, which wished to create a militant anti-fascist group for communists, which would then be called Antifaschistische Aktion. It was swiftly stomped out by Nazis in 1933, but then was resurrected in the 1980s. 

Because of it’s origins, most members of antifa adhere to some kind of far-left school of thought. So, most members are either communists, anarchists, all kinds of socialists, syndicalists, mutualists, etc. Although, I have seen some self-professed social democrats who heavily lean towards far left politics who are in antifa before.

Anyways, the symbolism inside the logo becomes pretty obvious with that in mind. The original logo of Antifaschistische Aktion from 1932 was actually entirely red like so:

Given that the red flag has been a definite symbol of communism and socialism since 1871 after its use as the banner of the Paris Commune, that’s where the red flag originates from.

The red flag was also used by anarchists up until the 1880s, when anarchism started to branch off from other popular far-left movements. From then on, the black flag was adopted as a symbol for anarchists, sometimes with a large circle-A featured on it. Given that large portion of antifa members identify as anarchists (with many of them also identifying as communists as well), it does make sense that they would add the black flag along with the traditional red. 

Sometimes you may also see antifa using a red and black bisected flag like this:

Which is the flag for anarcho-communism and anarcho-syndicalism, with origins from la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, or CNT, which is a Spanish confederation of anarcho-syndicalist labour unions. CNT, along with la Federación Anarquista Ibérica (FAI) is best known for the establishment of Revolutionary Catalonia in 1936, which was a region of Spain which was organized by anarchist and socialist trade unions, militias, and parties during the Spanish civil war. Revolutionary Catalonia was a pretty rad place until 1939 where it was destroyed by Franco, Mussolini, and Hitler bombarding them all at once. 

There’s other flags often used alongside with the antifa logo, but I won’t get into those given that you only asked about the red and black. This is just based off what I know and if anyone has any other info to add, then feel free to do so. 

FRANCE, Paris : A banner reading “Let impure blood water our pencils” in a play of words with the French national anthem during the Unity rally “Marche Republicaine” on January 11, 2015 in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of a three-day killing spree by homegrown Islamists. The killings began on January 7 with an assault on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris that saw two brothers massacre 12 people including some of the country’s best-known cartoonists, the killing of a policewoman and the storming of a Jewish supermarket on the eastern fringes of the capital which killed 4 local residents. AFP PHOTO/ JOEL SAGET


USA: ‘Don’t use Paris as an excuse for racism and war!’ say anti-CNN protesters

Protesters chanting: “Black lives matter”

Greg Butterfield, International Action Center: “In spite of the tragedy that happened in Paris on Friday, the media and the government here in the U.S. spin it in such a way, they ignored the tragedy that happened when the Russian plane was downed a few weeks ago, they completely ignored what happened in Lebanon on Thursday when a similar massacre took place.”

“You can see here that for this modest turnout for this demonstration, there is a big police presence. They’re here protecting the media monopoly CNN, that tells the narrative they want the world to know. But we’re not going to be intimated by that, we’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to keep coming out and telling the truth.”

Butterfield holding a banner reading: “Don’t use Paris as an excuse for racism and war!”

Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly: “We didn’t have people going to the Russian Embassy, laying down flowers. So while we mourn the attacks in Paris, we also feel it’s important to say, that all the victims, no matter where they are, of war, of repression, of terrorism, are equal.”

“But we also mourn those who died in Beruit a few days earlier, who were also killed in a terrorist attack. CNN didn’t cover that too much. The big corporate media in this country, didn’t send reporters there to interview the families of victims.”

Protesters gathered in front of the CNN headquarters at Columbus Circle in New York City, Sunday, to speak out against what they see as a biased use of the media when reporting about tragedies, using as an example the different coverage of the recent Paris and Beirut attacks, as well as the Russian plane that was downed in Sinai.

Protesters held banners against the misuse of Paris terror attacks to spread racism and war, and chanted slogans to this end. One of the speakers at the rally, Greg Butterfield of the International Action Centre, pointe out that the media monopolies “tell the narrative they want the world to know.”

Despite being a peaceful and small protest, a significant number of police forces were deployed at the site. No incidents have been reported by the time of writing.

At least 129 people were killed and more than 352 left injured, 99 critically, after a series of coordinated attacks were carried out at six different locations across Paris on Friday evening.

On Thursday two powerful explosions went off in the Shiite majority neighbourhood and Hezbollah stronghold of Bourj al-Barajneh in the suburbs of Beirut, killing at least 44 people and injuring more than 240.

Although both attacks were claimed to be carried out by the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), they received differing levels of coverage from the media outlets, specifically those in western countries, with Paris covered much more.