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Trump doubles down on aggressive policies in his first White House TV interview

  • In his first sit-down television interview at the White House, with ABC News, Trump defended his most controversial policy proposals.
  • Trump discussed denying visas to persons from seven Muslim-majority countries. “We are excluding certain countries, but for other countries we are having extreme vetting.”
  • Trump reiterated his belief the U.S. should have plundered Iraq’s oil reserves in 2003, raising fears he still thinks Iraq is ripe for pillaging.
  • “We should’ve taken the oil,” Trump said “And if we took the oil you wouldn’t have ISIS. And we would have had wealth.”
  • Taking Iraq’s oil would be a grave violation of international law, specifically the Hague Convention of 1907 and 1949 Geneva Convention, which prohibits signatories from pillaging territories under private or military control for material gain.
  • The president also defended a baseless lie that millions of undocumented immigrants voted for his opponent Hillary Clinton in the general election. Read more

Trump says intel officials told him torture "absolutely” works

  • He also said that intelligence officials have assured him torture is “absolutely” an effective way of extracting information from captives.
  • Torture does not, in fact, “absolutely” work. An exhaustive 2014 Senate report on CIA detention programs launched during Bush’s term found no evidence torture was a reliable or effective intelligence tool. Read more
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Shoulderboard of Marshal of the Soviet Union. USSR Marshal was the highest rank in the Red Army and only 41 people were awarded to this rank (Stalin was also promoted to Generallisimus, but even after that was wearing Marshal’s uniform). I bought this shoulderboard at the military exhibition. The material and quality says it was made by TsEPK43 (a Moscow factory which made uniform for Stalin, Brezhnev, Gagarin, Budenny, etc). However this shoulderboard is a “novodel” made by the same people from the same materials in 1990’s - means no Soviet Marshal even wore it.

here’s a myth about intervention in libya: there was pan arab support

the arab league supported intervention, curtailed by saudi arabia and qatar who gaddafi personally insulted calling the saudi king a creation of the british and the amir of qatar dog of the americans (ironic). dont level the ability of personal animosity in international politics. yes gaddafi lost credibility, but this was the same mistake we made in iraq. dissolving the dictator dissolves his army. where is the libyan army today ? they go underground internationally joining whatever armed jihadi groups will take them. now you’ve armed these groups with military intellect and material. now you’ve made a beast into a nightmare. today libya is in ruins. one of the pearls of the arab world, reduced to chaos because of this style of intervention

negation is the way to new peace, not imperialism.

gal godot is a racist and palestinian lives are worth more than your right for media figures to be free of critique for their ideological and material military support for israel’s genocidal military regime

gal godot is complicit in the genocide of palestinians and that genocide must absolutely be the center of any analysis of her role in some movie

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Uncharted 4 - Nadine Scotland Costume

Nadine was one of my favorite characters in Uncharted 4. The original design for Nadine was done by the super talented Ashley Swidowski working closely with Neil Druckmann.
The Scotland setting is the first time the player sees Nadine in her usual state, in the field commanding a private military. So it was important to give her a costume that would establish her character at a glance. Neat simple shape language, limited values, military details and limited material changes give Nadine a disciplined and powerful look.

Saudi Arabia’s and Turkey’s support of the “Islamic State” and the repression of the Kurdish resistance

The so called “Islamic State” (IS) is dominating the news for months. Its atrocities – killing thousands of innocents as well as destroying the Middle East’s rich cultural heritage – are resonating all over the world. The fatal mixture of religious fanaticism with military expertise and material are making them a tough enemy. Undoubtedly, this massive problem had to be addressed adequately. Many countries, including the West’s most powerful one, the United States, formed alliances to fight the IS which was expanding rapidly in Syria and Iraq. They relied solely on air strikes – not a single ground offensive was launched. Recently, Russia has entered the conflict by almost indiscriminately shelling the “Islamic State” as well as various rebel troops. (Their goal – besides the fight against the IS – is to support the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, an autocrat suspected of attacking his own population with the extremely toxic sarin gas.) 

However, it’s nearly uncontroversial that the biggest support for the IS is coming from Saudi Arabia, both materially and ideologically: 

“Saudi Arabia is influential because its oil and vast wealth make it powerful in the Middle East and beyond. But it is not financial resources alone that make it such an important player. Another factor is its propagating of Wahhabism, the fundamentalist, eighteenth-century version of Islam that imposes sharia law, relegates women to the status of second-class citizens, and regards Shia and Sufi Muslims as non-Muslims to be persecuted along with Christians ans Jews.” (Patrick Cockburn, The Rise of Islamic State)

An interesting fact, too: around 95 percent of the school books used in the IS’s territory are the same as in Saudi Arabia – obviously, the IS has much in common with one of the most strongly supported countries.

But of course, the gulf monarchies are not the only supporters of the “Islamic State” – Turkey, as well, is backing the terrorists. Although not as actively as the Saudis, Turkey’s

“most important action has been to keep open its 560-mile border with Syria. This gave ISIS, al-Nusra, and other opposition groups a safe rear base from which to bring in men and weapons.”  (Patrick Cockburn, The Rise of Islamic State)

In fact, nearly the only ones achieving military success against the “Islamic State” and other terrorist groups are the Kurds (notably the PKK and PYD, who are also establishing grassroots democratic institutions in their autonomous regions). As if the fight against the IS were not enough to deal with, the Kurds also have to struggle against Turkish repression, which is primarily a result of president Erdoğan’s imperialistic, nationalistic and fascist policies.

“In the course of the siege of Kobani it became clear that Turkey considered the Syrian Kurdish political and military organizations the PYD (Democratic Union Party) and YPG (People’s Protection Units) as posing a greater threat than the Islamic fundamentalists. 

Moreover, the PYD is the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984. Ever since Syrian government forces withdrew from the Syrian Kurdish cantons on the border with Turkey in July 2012, Ankara has feared the impact of self-governing Syrian Kurds on its own fifteen-million-strong Kurdish population. President  Erdoğan would clearly prefer ISIS to control Kobani rather than the PYD.” (Patrick Cockburn, The Rise of Islamic State)

This situation is alarming; but the only thing we can do is to show solidarity with the Kurds who are risking their lives for a better world. We condemn the Turkish repression and support our Kurdish comrades who are fighting against fascism and imperialism  – and for freedom.

Solidarity from Berlin, Germany.

Westall UFO Incident - At about 11 am, April 6th, 1966, numerous school children and some teachers at Westall High school, in Clayton, a Melbourne suburb, observed a UFO which landed nearby. It was described as a classic flying saucer made of a silver metallic material. Military personnel appeared on the scene, apparently telling the children to keep quiet about their encounter and that what they saw was just a weather balloon. See an interview with some of the witnesses on a recent program, Studio 10: https://youtu.be/sPHVvg-dXOs

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Aníbal López, or A-1 53167 | Guatemalan

30 de Junio | 2000

In 2001 at the 49th Venice Biennale, he exhibited photographs from a 2000 action in which he scattered the contents of ten large bags of coal across the main boulevard in the center of Guatemala City where a military parade was to take place. The action was intended to remind the military of the crimes and massacres it committed against the country’s citizens during the 36-year civil war when more than 200 000 civilians were killed - mostly members of the indigenous Maya Indian community. The military committed human rights abuses including some acts that have been judged to be genocide, as documented by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú and others. 

In an interview with Biennale organizers, the artist stated,

 "There is a close relationship namely, between the coal, the massacres, and the military, because this material can always be found in the mass graves. In most cases, houses and corpses are burned. I knew that the coal would be cleared away before the parade. I scattered it at about two o'clock in the morning, and at seven o'clock it had already been removed. But there were still traces left. I wanted the military to walk over these traces, and to be able to take photos of the marching army. Since I work with signs that have somehow established themselves, in this case the coal that points to the massacres and the mass graves, I refer with the action to existing problems, without becoming too obvious. It wasn’t my intention for the spectators to perceive these signs, but rather that the military itself should notice them.“