but not the wars and occupations

tagged by @argentsxarrow & @yukimaras thank you!!

rules: enter your answers then tag 10 people! use the first letter of your name to answer each question. real answers only. if the person who tagged you has the same initial, you must use different answers. you cannot use the same word twice.

name: Chika
a four letter word: chin
a boy’s name: cyrus
an occupation: carpenter
something you can wear: cap
a food: chicken
something you find in a bathroom: cream
a place: casablanca
a reason for being late: can’t find my keys
something you shout: CUT IT OUT!
a movie title: captain america: civil war
something you drink: coca cola
an animal: cat
a type of car: cadillac
title of a song: cocoa butter kisses by chance the rapper

tagging: @feliticysmoak @isabellenightwoods @imperialdroids @capevans @harryystyls @dizzeekiplinged @dzzeekipling @rorygilmore @darkvaders @commanderlexaspirit

Yesterday, some disloyal Trump staffer who’ll surely get a book deal one day leaked four upcoming executive orders. Chief among them was President Trump’s much-feared Muslim immigration ban. Among other things, it pretty much shuts down any immigration to the United States from Iraq. This includes thousands of Iraqis who acted as interpreters for our soldiers. At the time, they were promised that if this whole “occupation” thing didn’t work out, they’d be able to get a visa and move to the land of apple pie and Oxycontin. President Trump just slammed the door in their faces.

Some of the men who fought alongside them are speaking out, including Chase Milsap. He’s a former Marine officer, former Green Beret, and basically the guy that every schoolkid in America claimed to have as an uncle. He told me about the man who saved his life.

These Soldiers Fought For The U.S.: Trump Just Banned Them

5 charities and organizations you can support to help Syrian refugees

1. Palestine Children’s Relief Fund

  • Charity Navigator: 4 stars
  • Charity Watch: n/a

PCRF describes itself on its website as “a non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to healing the wounds of war and occupation in the Middle East.”

Charity Watch gives it the highest possible rating in its overall score, as well as in the subcategories of “financial” and “accountability and transparency.”

PCRF spends nearly 90% of its funds on the programs it runs. Donors can give directly to its #promise4syria campaign, which provides humanitarian assistance and medical care to Syrian children.

2. International Rescue Committee

IRC is renowned for its work with refugee, displaced and vulnerable populations around the world.

The organization is working with more than 1.4 million Syrians, half of whom are children, providing medical care, emergency provisions and counseling for those who’ve been traumatized by the civil war, according to its website.

3. Islamic Relief USA

  • Charity Navigator: 4 stars
  • Charity Watch: n/a

IRUSA has initiatives like winterization, which provides Syrian refugees living in Lebanon with food, heaters, plastic sheeting and other supplies needed in order to survive harsh winter weather conditions.

Beyond this initiative, it also provides assistance through items and services like diapers, bathroom and shower units, cooking sets and education, to name a few.

IRUSA has been operating in areas cities like Aleppo — where an estimated quarter-million Syrians are trapped as the eastern part of the city is besieged and barraged by Syrian- and Russian-backed missile strikes.

4. American Refugee Committee

ARC is committed to helping the roughly 12 million Syrians who have been displaced by the war. It achieves this by providing “water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in collective shelters, protection support for women and girls facing violence and distribution of much-needed emergency items for people who have fled their homes but are still inside Syria,” its site explains.

ARC also works with “citizen humanitarians,” like former lawyers and doctors, who provide critical assistance to those in need.

It received a top score from both Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, meaning it uses its funds extremely effectively and practices transparency as an organization.

5. Doctors Without Borders USA/ Medecins Sans Frontieres USA

  • Charity Navigator: 4 stars
  • Charity Watch: A

MSF is providing medical and humanitarian assistance throughout Syria, including the besieged East Aleppo.

It backs and supports around 70 hospitals and clinics throughout the country. More than 7,000 people died from war-related injuries in their affiliated facilities in 2015 alone, but in the same year, these hospitals also treated more than 150,000 wounded, about a third of whom were women and children.

Their hospitals are frequently subject to airstrikes and bombings, but the organization remains undeterred in its efforts to assist vulnerable Syrian citizens.

hamilton locations ❭❭ [01/?]  the schuyler mansion 

the schuyler mansion was home to philip J. schuyler, the renowned revolutionary war general, US enator, and business entrepreneur. he and his wife, catharine van rensselaer, descended from affluent and powerful dutch families. together they raised eight children in this home. throughout the schuyler family occupancy from 1763-1804, the mansion was the site of military strategizing, political hobnobbing, elegant social affairs, and an active family life. the wedding of daughter Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the house in 1780.


Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 15, 1929. King was a Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and civil rights leader who practiced peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience to protest racial inequality.

In 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year, he and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include opposition to poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.”

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tenn., while planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., for the Poor People’s Campaign. Riots broke out in cities around the U.S. in response to King’s death. (AP)

See more photos on the life of MLK and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

KUWAIT. Burgan burning oil fields. 1991. U.S. Marines. The invasion of Kuwait by Iraq took place on August 2nd 1990. It was followed by the Allied intervention under operation Desert Storm. The Allies finally liberated Kuwait on February 27th 1991, after 7 months of occupation and 5 weeks of war.

Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

I love how almost everyone has a really deep and tragic back story to explain why they’re on DS9

Benjamin Sisko: My wife was killed in the battle Wolf 395. I had to raise our son, Jake, on my own. I questioned whether or not I wanted to leave Starfleet, but I still accepted the position on DS9. 

Kira Nerys: I grew up in Bajor during the Cardassian Occupation. I learned to fire a rifle when I was 13. During the occupation, I lost both my brothers, my father and my mother. I accepted the posting on DS9 because I wanted to help my people rebuild Bajor but I am still traumatised by the war.

Odo: I worked as a security officer on DS9 while it was originally under Cardassian rule. Before that, I was discovered by a Bajoran doctor and subjected to inhuman scientific experiments. I’m a complete outsider and have no idea where I’m from. The only purpose I believe I have, is providing security on the station.

Julian: I was a disappointment to my parents so they genetically altered me, which made me question my own self-worth. I took a position on DS9 in order to prove myself but I live in fear that people will discover my secret.

Garak: I used to hold a position in the Cardassian military. After making a fatal mistake, I was exiled and forced to live on DS9 with Bajorans who hate my species. 

and then you have Quark…

Quark: I had sex with my boss’s sister.


Monument to the uprising of the people of Kordun and Banija (simply known as Petrova Gora Monument) is a World War II monument built on Petrovac, the highest peak of Petrova Gora (English: Peter’s Mountain), a mountain range in central Croatia. It was the site of one of the tragic World War II episodes, when about 300 desperate Serb peasants armed only with pitchforks, died attacking members of the Ustaše militia at the top of the mountain, during breakthrough of the enemy ring in 1942. The monument is a symbol of suffering and heroic struggle foremost of the Serbian population in this region, who, starting in the spring of 1941, had been the subject of Ustaše crimes and persecution. After the founding of the first partisan units in Kordun and Banija Croats and Serbs fought together against fascism and occupation. This region was also a founding site of the Main headquarters of the PLA of Croatia, Partisan Hospitalwas active during the whole war and in 1944 the 3rd session of ZAVNOH was held in Topusko.

Author of the monument is Vojin Bakić. The construction of the monument was completed in 1981.

Today, it is in a much worse state, since a number of the stainless steel plates are stolen. (source)

so anyway i have been thinking about the force and how it is leveraged as a kind of political thing in the rebellion versus the empire conflict - where the formal aspects of the empire (beyond palps and vader) are like THE FORCE IS FAKE while the formal parts of the rebellion go around saying ‘may the force be with you’ in a way that is obviously meant to be deeply political - and because i binge read through grievous’ legends wookieepedia page for reasons yesterday, i’m now wondering about how the separatists who merged into the rebellion would think about this

because like, the force as expounded upon and performed by the jedi was effectively a state sanctioned religion under the old republic which means that any belief in the force would have been especially inextricably bound up in the problem of the state and its apparatus of power. the jedi occupy the weird space of being obviously spiritual and yet obviously deeply involved in the politics and the diplomatic fabric of the galaxy. they’re also involved militarily, even if as a last resort kind of thing so i imagine there’s a fair bit of resentment against them (this is the interesting strain of thought i picked up from grievous’ page) floating around, especially amongst the separatist camp. obviously the rebellion is a coalition formed on the basis of political expediency, but there’s obviously one particular strain of thought that’s gained primacy in there - one that dictates ‘may the force be with you’ as a political saying which marks difference from the bureaucratic indifference of the empire, which is simultaneously also a very jedi saying as compared to the kind of saying from any other conceptualizations and belief systems wrt the force.

and like, this is a charged saying! there’s a history to it! some of it politically violent, some of it being bound up in one group of people being more successful at lobbying the jedi into action than another group of people - and ofc the dynamics of power here are crucial to examine wrt who was able to lobby the jedi more successfully into action and who had the resources in the first place, to be able to push the jedi into action - some of it bound up in a history of jedi and republic interventionism that has its own fraught political complications. and especially wrt rebels who came from separatist planets: its likely that they saw a great deal of republic sanctioned violence and specifically, state sanctioned violence enacted by the jedi, on their planets and their homes before the republic transformed into the empire. and now, of course, the jedi are framed politically as martyred heroes because the empire has rendered them taboo and calls them traitors, which automatically makes the political expediencies of the rebellion expand to include the extinct jedi in their fold.

there had to have been some kind of resentment among the rank and file of rebels wrt blithely accepting the jedi conceptualization of the force as the conceptualization of the force (i mean, we’re also more or less given a nod towards there being multiple understandings of the force outside of the light/dark and jedi/sith binaries in the rogue one novel so i am taking it to its obvious furthest conclusion) and moreover, to accepting what was once the republic sanctioned conceptualization of the force which was practiced by their spiritual military enforcers. like, if you’ve lived your life in a conflict where your planet was ruined, your home destroyed and your people killed by the republic and the very visible jedi, i can’t imagine you’d take ‘may the force be with you’ with anything except deeply bitter resentment. or a kind of grudging acceptance, at best, because you recognize that this is part of political positioning on the part of the rebel leadership (again, who is the leadership and who amongst the leadership gets to elect this as the appropriate thing to say to each other while going into battle, while coming out of battle, while dying, while living - that is also a deeply deeply political choice: both mon mothma and bail organa are from planets that were loyal to the republic during the clone wars and the mon calamari were all on the side of the jedi & republic during the conflict on mon cala so their approach to the conflict and the role of the jedi in the conflict is going to be immensely different from someone who grew up on a separatist world and learned separatist politics and then watched the republic tumble it.). 

tl;dr i wonder if the separatist-turned-rebel factions of the rebellion actually grit their teeth and say ‘may the force be with you’ out loud or if the rebellion is democratic enough to allow them to use and voice their own conceptualizations of their beliefs in the force - and even if it is, i do wonder if there isn’t a deep-seated resentment that remains even through the tenuous coalition and what that means in the long run for the rebellion and for the new republic when it’s finally reinstated.


Claire in every episode of Outlander2x02 Not In Scotland Anymore

Even after several weeks, Paris itself remained an endless source of fascination. As I gazed upon the quaint city streets, I found it hard to believe that in a mere 40 years, the French Revolution would turn them into rivers of blood. The last time I had been here was during the delirious celebration marking the end of the Second World War. I had hoped to climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but the Nazis had closed it during the occupation, and it had yet to reopen. Now I had arrived a hundred years before it existed.

Let’s give the world to the children just for one day; like a balloon in bright and striking colours to play with. Let them play! Singing among the stars. Let’s give the world to the children, like a huge apple like a warm loaf of bread, at least for one day let them have enough. Let’s give the world to the children! At least, for one day let the world learn friendship; children will get the world from our hands [and] plant immortal trees. 

*Ahmad reuniting with his friends. Ahmad’s entire family were killed after Israeli settlers burned down their home.

anonymous asked:

I love your style so much!! Would you be willing to talk about the eratzia stuff? I love the character designs, and Im super loving esme!

thank you!!! here’s a pic of esme getting art block.

Waaa anyone whos followed me for a while knows i’ve been drawing eratzia stuff since foreverr and i never explain it, I HOPE TO ONE DAY?? on the surface i guess, it’s about childhood friends who are separated and spiral into vastly different life journeys that link up in a cataclysmic fashion. and theres a bunch of war and mystery in between all that. eratzia is the name of a TURBULENT city under occupation in which most of the important stuff takes place