There are 41 wars being fought around the world right now. Most of us are busy and we race through our weeks without paying a great deal of attention, but yesterday this week stopped, because one of those wars reached into the sky and grabbed 298 people who could have been any of us.
—  CBS’ Scott Pelley, commenting on our shared humanity, after the missile attack of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (source)

Am I the only one who gets kind of upset that Tumblr seems to care more about Nash Grier saying stupid shit than a civillian airplane most likely being shot with a missile and Israel basically invading Gaza? Maybe it’s because I’m Dutch and a lot of Dutch people died on that plane but it really just bothers me how selective Tumblr seems to be with what they freak out about.

Remember that time the U.S. shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over Iranian airspace, killing all 290 on board, including 66 children, and then refused to apologize for doing it?

“I will never apologize for the United States. I don’t care what the facts are. I’m not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.” – Vice President (and then-presidential candidate) George H.W. Bush, commenting on the downed airliner, 8/2/1988

So we come up to the end of 2014...

… and many people will say, ‘2014 went so fast’, ‘what, it’s 2015 already?, it was like 2008 yesterday’

But so many important things happened this year

(Ukraine, February, 2014)

So many important things

(Hong Kong Umbrella Riots, September 2014)

in which people united

(Ferguson, USA, August 2014)

to stand up for justice

(Malala wins the Nobel Peace Prize, December 2014)

to stand up for what they believe in

(Beyonce’s Feminist performance at the VMAs, August 2014)

a year when millions of us took to twitter to campaign against inequality

(YesAllWomen tweeted 1.2 million times in 2014 in response to NotAllMen)

(Eric Garner’s last words have been named ‘most notable quote of the year’, December 2014)

a year when we remembered those who fell in years past

(Poppies at the Tower of London mark 100 years since WWI, November 2014)

and paused to remember what once divided us

(25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall)

we also mourned many more recent loses

(Flight MH17 is shot down over Ukraine, 298 people die, June 2014)

(Michael’s Browns family at his Funeral, August 2014)

(Flowers are laid in Sydney after two hostages die at hands of gunman, December 2014)

(Memorial for the 141 students and teachers killed in a terrorist attack on their school in Peshawar, Pakistan, December 2014)

(Ebola kills 7,373 and counting in Western Africa, 2014)

and prayed for those who are still missing

(Flight MH370 went missing, with 239 people on board, March 2014)

(219 school girls taken by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram remain missing, Nigeria, April 2014)

(43 students missing in Mexico are feared dead, November 2014)

But we cannot give up hope

(Gay marriage is legalised in Finland, one of many places to legalise it this year, December 2014)

(Protester in Thailand adopt Hunger Games Salute, October 2014)

(Laverne Cox is Glamour Woman of the Year in a groundbreaking first for Trans women)

nor the courage to say what we need to say

(Emma Watson’s He for She speech at the UN, September 2014)

(Ellen Page admits she is gay in a tearful speech, February 2014)

So when people say, ‘Nothing happened this year’

(The Scottish people vote ‘No’ for independence from Great Britain)

Remind them what happened this year

(We landed a probe on a comet! Philae lands, November 2014)

(A Baby with HIV is cured after a breakthrough drug treatment, June 2014)

Because 2014 was a year that happened

(Ellen’s Oscar Selfie breaks twitter, March 2014)

We all lived through it

(Protests continue throughout New York against racist police brutality, December 2014)

and now we have to remember it

(Germany wins the world cup in Rio)

because forgetting would mean it meant nothing

when 2014 was important

remember that

Remember it for those who cannot remember it for themselves

(Robin Williams, 1951-2014)

(Michael Brown, 1996-2014)

(The 288 people, mostly students, who died in a ferry accident in South Korea, May 2014)

So we can look ahead to 2015, knowing we have made mistakes, but also growing as people and continuing to do what is right

I hope you all have a great holiday season and a happy new year in peace, but please remember all those on this list that didn’t make it through this year. Thank you.


(CNN) – A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, with 280 passengers and 15 crew, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with MH17, and the flight’s last known position was over Ukrainian airspace, the airline said on Twitter.

Sources said the plane was “shot down” while it was cruising at an altitude of 30,000ft.



Soldier’s Geotagged Instagram Selfies Lands Russia and Putin in Hot Water

While Russia continues to claim it has no involvement in the civil conflict in Ukraine, the selfie-strewn Instagram profile of Russian soldier Sanya Sotkin may tell a slightly different story. A story which is landing Russian President, Vladimir Putin in even more hot water than he’s already in.

With the unwanted help of the ‘Photomap’ feature in Instagram, the 24-year-old’s Instagram profile shows a number of self-portraits that are geotagged inside the borders of Ukraine. More particularly, inside rebel-controlled territory, some of it dangerously close to the location of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was tragically shot down, killing all 298 people on board.

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