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“To the producers of Homeland, Pakistan is a country of 200 million people, we represent 4% of the world’s population, we have more than 15 ethnicities, we speak more than 20 languages and to reduce us to to this?”

As for broader issues, she says that “race is a present thing in America, and it isn’t in Nigeria.” But gender is a problem in her homeland. She recounts how, when she recently walked into a grocery store with her brother there, the security guard at the entrance only greeted him. “I was not in a good mood, so I said, ‘This has to change. You have to greet the both of us.’” The difficulty, she says, is that “the invisibility of the female” is part of Nigerian culture.
At the TED conference in 2013, Ms. Adichie gave a now-famous talk titled, “We Should All Be Feminists.” (The singer Beyoncé quoted it in her song “Flawless.”) “My version of feminism means acknowledging that women have and continue to have gotten the bad end of things, politically and socially, all over the world,” she says. “Feminism means not only acknowledging that, but wanting to make it better.”

(via Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the World of African Literature - WSJ)

 

Killing Season For Enviros: Death Threats Still Coming to Goldman Prize Winner

Winning an international environmental award highlighted Berta Cáceres’ efforts to block a dam in her people’s homeland in Honduras, but it has not stopped the death threats. “There have been many—they have intensified since December,” said Cáceres, a Lenca leader and co-founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).

Ted Cruz, Who Tried To Shut Down DHS Over Immigration, Calls Himself A “Proponent Of Immigration Reform"

At a meeting with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, 2016 Presidential candidate Ted Cruz declared himself a “proponent of immigration reform.”

Ted’s sure got a funny way of showing it.

Short of physically cutting off all electricity to the Capitol Building, Cruz has done everything in his power to stifle passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

The Canadian-born son of a Cuban immigrant, Cruz’s sole contribution to the Senate’s 2013 bipartisan immigration bill was a poison pill blocking undocumented immigrants from ever being able to attain U.S. citizenship.

When President Obama was then forced to act on his own following the GOP House’s failure to pass the Senate’s bill — or any humane solution of their own — Cruz called ending President Obama’s immigration actions his “top priority.”

And earlier this year, Cruz made his point by being one of the leaders of the failed GOP effort to shut down the Department of Homeland Security unless DACA and DAPA were first defunded (ultimately a pointless effort, as the programs are self-funded by applicants anyway).

Some immigration proponent, right?

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As I photographed Geronimo’s #Homeland and that of the historical #Chiricahua I was reminded of a lot of history. This morning upon waking up in Silver City I felt a tremendous sadness and despair come over me and I have to share what’s on my mind and in my heart. The invasion of Chiricahua Apache homeland was more than just a cultural clash. It was a classic American genocide against an original and irreplaceable First Nations Culture. Let that sink in a bit… A historical monument alongside the highway between Douglas, Arizona and Lordsburg, New Mexico states that Geronimo surrendered and his skirmishes with the Federal government was the last of the Indian Wars. This is not true! Geronimo never surrendered; he was duped because the federal government never honored their terms of the surrender and the Indian wars continued long into the next two centuries.

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Saigon, 1961 

This is the dream that died when South Vietnam fell to the communists in 1975. This is why South Vietnamese refugees now settled all over the world still bitterly mourn the loss of not just their homeland but the soaring potential of what could have been for this beautiful, refined, and rapidly advancing country. 

The Pentagon Could Soon Share Americans’ Data With Foreign Militaries

The defense secretary did not emphasize a provision of the strategy that could send private data about U.S. citizens and companies to foreign militaries.

Here’s what it says: “To improve shared situational awareness DOD will partner with DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and other agencies to develop continuous, automated, standardized mechanisms for sharing information with each of its critical partners in the U.S. government, key allied and partner militaries, state and local governments, and the private sector. In addition, DOD will work with other U.S. government agencies and Congress to support legislation that enables information sharing between the U.S. government and the private sector.”

The new strategy indirectly, but unequivocally, ties into information-sharing legislation that’s slowly making its way to the President’s desk. Among the various bills moving around Capitol Hill, the most important is the Cyber Information Sharing Act. Among other things,CISA would protect companies from being sued for sending data about their users to DHS, which would be permitted to send it in real time to DOD and other U.S. agencies and outfits. In turn, DOD’s new strategy claims the right to to share cyber threat data beyond the United States. Presumably, that would include information obtained via CISA.

In particular, the new strategy pledges DOD cyber assistance, including information sharing, to allies in the Middle East. “As a part of its cyber dialogue and partnerships, DOD will work with key Middle Eastern allies and partners to improve their ability to secure their military networks as well as the critical infrastructure and key resources upon which U.S. interests depend. Key initiatives include improved information sharing to establish a unified understanding of the cyber threat, an assessment of our mutual cyber defense posture, and collaborative approaches to building cyber expertise.”

Wanderlust

the millennial opiate romanticized into

jewel-encrusted fantasies of forgotten lands

banquet tables laid with foreign delicacies

the rich, vibrant, varied culture of the “other” condensed and packaged into a neat little box

mass produced

exported through so many photographs and trinkets bought from road-side vendors

this is only the initial stages

of a not-yet-terminal disease

that will invade your very soul

filling your veins with the desire to go, and see, and do

making it just a little too hard to breath in your homeland

but what is your homeland?

a place in name only, where you are the jagged edge trying to fit yourself into the wrong puzzle

and although you are a piece of broken glass,

those who you left behind still welcome you as though you had not left bits and pieces of yourself the world over

a graveyard of long-lost friendships, a living mausoleum

and just when your edges have smoothed

and your fever has broken,

and you have rediscovered the taste of comfort food

your adventurer spirit will emerge from remission in the cage of your heart

flinging you off the plank into the depths of the world

with cinder blocks encasing your feet

the relationships that you have just reclaimed

a cracked, rusty sword reforged, honed in the flames of passing time

will once again be stretched thin

on the rack whose reach spans across unfathomable oceans

in the unending agony of wishing you could cut the cord, while being unwilling to sever yourself from your nascent life on the other end

when your love spans across the world

with your heart in one place and your spirit in another

how can you choose which one to leave?“

—  Hattie Fisher | Wanderlust romantics never truly understand what it means to leave your other half behind

anonymous asked:

Mark Alan Ruffalo (born November 22, 1967) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. In 2010, Ruffalo claimed he had been placed on a terror advisory list after organizing screenings for the documentary GasLand about fracking. The Department of Homeland Security denied that it had him on any such list.

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Damascus warns Alawites to flee capital as Syrian forces crumble under rebel offensive - According to the Jeddah-based 'Okaz' daily newspaper, Syria's Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families to arrive in Latakia within 48 hours - 3 May 2015

Reports emerged Sunday suggesting that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has hit a breaking point and is struggling under extreme duress.
According to the Jeddah-based Okaz daily newspaper, a sister publication of the Saudi Gazette, Syria’s Intelligence services have alerted various Alawite families in Damascus that it deems important to vacate their residences and arrive in Latakia in 48 hours.
The Alawite Sect’s ancestral homeland, Latakia, which hosts Syria’s premier port, has been the subject of a determined offensive by unified rebel and Islamist forces in recent days. On Friday, sources belonging to rebel groups boasted that their battles against the Syrian army were taking place in the highlands of  Jabal al-Akrad, a range that includes some of the highest peaks in Syria.
A commander of the Ahrar al-Sham, a faction belonging to the rebel coalition fighting Assad’s forces, claimed that “the capture of the peaks would put the Alawite villages in our firing range,” communities that include Qardaha, the hometown of the Assad dynasty.
Meanwhile, other reports have also suggested that numerous Alawite officials belonging to the Syrian regime itself, including Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar, have fled across the border, making their way into Lebanon and to Beirut.
The same sources have also reported that Lebanese banks have observed the transfer of funds from bank accounts belonging to members of Bashar Assad’s government.
The manpower behind the Syrian military has been significantly degraded in the four years of conflict that have ravaged the country. The war has claimed the lives of some 200,000 Syrian civilians and has, according to a senior American official from the New York Times, grinded down the Syrian army from 250,000 to 125,000 fighting men, many of whom simply deserted their posts.
In the wake of these losses, the regime has also appeared to have utilized chemical weapons in their struggle to deter and roll back rebel maneuvers. On Sunday ‘Al Jazeera’ reported claims by activist groups that on Friday a child was killed and 40  people were injured by a chlorine gas attack in the northern town of Saraqeb, near Idlib.
If true, the incident would be the second such attack since Wednesday, when the payload from an improvised barrel bomb, dropped from a government helicopter, is said to have deployed lethal gases among civilians.
Syrian forces have also come to rely on their Iranian sponsored Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, whose influence and fighting prowess in the conflict has arguably outshone that of Assad’s own troops.
One expert, familiar with the inner workings of Syria, including the country’s current internal power dynamic, told the New York Times of the growing influence of Hezbollah in the war-torn country.
Hailing from the Brookings Institute’s Doha Center in Doha, Qatar, Charles Lister explained that Iran, via Hezbollah, is building “a state within a state in Syria — an insurance policy to protect itself against any future Assad demise.”
The Lebanese militia’s local empowerment and increased combat prestige only emphasizes to what lows the Syrian army has sunk. One soldier, Ali, 23, told a reporter that his superior, a Syrian major, has complained that Hezbollah fighters are given more respect than a Syrian general and that while members of Hezbollah are fed meat and rice, Syrian soldiers are fighting on stomachs filled with stale bread.

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This is the side of Pakistan that you don’t see on ‘Homeland’

According to the writers on “Homeland,” Pakistan is a country full of terrorists with wild beards, invisible women cloaked in burqas, urban squalor, and people who speak Urdu in a near unrecognizable accent. From the Pakistani perspective, it would be funny if it weren’t perpetuating the same old stereotypes.

I’m a British Pakistani journalist. I have being traveling to my motherland since I was a child. Over the past two years, I’ve mostly been living and working in Pakistan, reporting all over the country. While I write often about issues related to terrorism, violence and displacement, in the last few months I’ve been turning my attention to the other Pakistan, the one that’s rarely shown in Western media.

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anonymous asked:

I just have one question.....why are Hispanics still living in the USA. Why aren't they in their homeland Y'all useless.

who pick your food from the fields

who at your fast food restaurants at 3 in the morning doing overnight shifts so you and your homies can eat

who doing all of the WORST jobs in this country when others wouldn’t even consider them options for income?

who cleans your houses

who cleans your public restrooms

we all immigrants in this country and at the end of day nobody grinds harder than my people fuck you.