syria violence

anonymous asked:

What now, open borders advocates?

I have an anon who asks this after every terrorist attack in Europe that was sponsored or claimed by ISIS and associated organizations. At this point I can only presume it is because anon likes hearing my answers.

Most people are compassionate. We hate to see others suffer, even if we never knew them; we hear about what they were doing when their lives were interrupted by deadly violence, and we empathize, imagine ourselves there, imagine our families there. We learn the victims were children and we hug our children close. 

Terrorism only works because of this. Terrorism doesn’t work through its effect on the people targeted; it works by causing pain and grief and anger and fear in all the rest of us. 

It will not surprise you that I do not think the solution is to stop being compassionate. In fact I think the solution is to be more resiliently compassionate, more stubbornly compassionate. To grieve for everyone killed in senseless violence in Manchester and everyone killed in senseless violence in Syria and everyone killed in senseless violence anywhere. To declare that compassion is the best thing about us, and that we will not be incited to turn it off no matter who is suffering. To declare that we will not change.

Everyone deserves a good life, no matter where they were born. If that was true this weekend, it is still true today. No one deserves to die violently as a child, or watch their children die. If that was true this weekend, it is still true today. ‘what now, open borders advocates?’ implies that of the hundred fifty thousand people who die every day, ISIS should have the right to add twenty-two of them  and demand all our compassion be directed there, with none to spare, and all our policy shift around ISIS and the agenda they want to achieve with violence. 

We have enough compassion to spare. We can grieve those deaths alongside all of the others. We can continue to push for whatever immigration policy does the most to make everyone in the world safe and free and happy. We can be sad and angry and horrified without letting murderers set our priorities. 

(When a month goes by peacefully, do you go ‘what now, immigration restrictionists?’)

A photographer in Syria put down his camera and picked up a wounded boy after bombing

  • Picture the moment: You are a photographer working in Syria when a bomb rips through a convoy of busses carrying refugees to safety from towns besieged by civil war.
  • The blast renders you temporarily unconscious, and when you wake up, the scene is carnage. Your decision is immediate, and instead of reaching for your camera, you reach over to take the pulse of a child lying nearby.
  • The child is dead. You find another child, barely breathing, and you pick him up. You run.
  • This was the moment captured by Muhammad Alrageb, another photographer who was on the scene last Saturday during the bomb blast that killed at least 126 Syrian evacuees, most of who were fleeing the al-Foua and Kefraya villages in the Idlib province, Reuters reported.
  • Alrageb’s photo shows his fellow photographer Abd Alkader Habak rushing a wounded child to safety. In an interview with CNN, Habak said that he left the young victim with medics, but wasn’t sure whether or not the boy survived. Read more (4/18/17)
My Mexican Papa

So my papa is a dark skinned Mexican immigrant who works in an office with a bunch of rich white ass ppl who voted for trump.
So after trump bombed Syria, one of the ladies came up to my dad and said “it’s about time our president did something right”. And she kept hounding my dad asking him if he had any comment.
My dad remained totally calm and turned to her and said “trump probably just started ww3. And you have three boys right? So when the war starts, it’ll be your boys who get drafted to fight this war that your president started.”
And like my papa so sassy and ppl wonder where me and my sisters get it from.

I try not to get too personal on this blog, but I am tired of hearing “Never Again” being spoken by hypocrites.

In 1941, several of my relatives living in Europe–a family in Vienna with four children coming of age and a father who liked to play violin–were deported to Ukraine as part of the Nazi purges. There, most of them starved to death in the winter of 1942. The youngest was 15. Only two of the daughters, Elsa and Paula, survived to even tell of what had happened to their family. In my family there are many others who we can’t even say what happened to them. Their life stories end in question marks, often with a little note attached that reads, “Killed in the war?”

Escaping to the US was impossible: Americans were still afraid that people posing as Jewish refugees would actually be communists or Nazi sympathizers, and would topple America from within. 72% of Americans were opposed to admitting large numbers of Jews.

The day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are still reeling from the effects of Donald Trump’s executive orders. While these resulted in a lot of policy shifts, the short of it is that programs to admit refugees have been suspended and that all people traveling from Muslim-majority countries are banned from entering the US, even if they already have a green card. Of the refugees, most of them are children, mothers, and families desperate to escape the large-scale violence that has consumed countries like Iraq and Syria for years. Children live in shelled-out homes and people try to reconstruct their lives under rubble. Government forces, rebel forces, and in some places ISIS serve to make every place an utter hell. 

This is how it begins: in America, we see the footage of drowned children whose parents were desperate to give them a better life, and instead we spend hours on the news babbling about the “risk” of an ISIS terrorist posing as a refugee and bombing our cities. The same way that in the 1930s and 40s, we crowed about how Nazis could pose as Jews and infiltrate our country. 

“Never Forget,” they say. I think they’ve forgotten.

I went out like a sleepwalker. Aroused by nightmares. I began searching for my homeland, in all continents, on earth and in heaven. Praying. Reciting every supplication. Carrying shrines. And a generation of orphaned martyrs. And a generation of veteran martyrs. And another awaiting the massacre… oh homeland of the innocent, were you for us a graveyard or a homeland? - Abd Al Latif Ataymish 

Pity the children. 

An Iraqi young boy holds a weapon from the window of a car as people gather to show readiness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militant who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities in the capital Baghdad.

Me da vergüenza y un asco inimaginable el haber nacido en esta época tan cruel, tan infame y masoquista. En este mundo donde parece que en lugar de avanzar a un futuro mejor, vamos en dirección contraria, sin valores, sin justicia ni amor, sólo con pensamientos retrógrados y violentos donde la sociedad en lugar de vivir en paz, sólo destruye y aniquila todo a su paso.

A 7-year-old Syrian girl and her mother are posting haunting Tweets about living in Aleppo

Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed and her mother, Fatemah, have been using Twitter to document the reality of their lives in Aleppo, Syria. “[It’s] very bad and fearful — there’s bombing everyday for the last two weeks,” Fatemah wrote in an email. A number of heir tweets have gone viral — including a heartbreaking post about what Bana does to try to forget the war.
Listen, O Liberty, and harken unto us. Turn your gaze towards us, O mother of the earth’s inhabitants. For we are not the offspring of your rival. Speak with the tongue of any one of us; for from one spark the draw straw catches fire. Awaken the sound of your wings the spirit of one of our men; for from one cloud one lightning flash illuminates valley-lanes and mountain- tops. Disperse with your resolve these dark clouds. Descend as a thunderbolt. Destroy like a catapult the props of those thrones erected on bones and skulls; plated with the gold of taxes and bribery; soaked in blood and tears. Listen to us, O Liberty. Have compassion on us, O Daughter of Athens. Rescue us, O Sister of Rome. Save us, O Companion of Moses. Come to our aid, O beloved of Mohammad. Teach us, O bride of Jesus. Strengthen our hearts that we may live; or strengthen the arms of our enemies against us that we may wither, perish and find peace. - Khalil Gibran

Rafidah Yassin,a Sudanese reporter and one of the most prominent names in the Arab media, particularly through her work as a reporter roving channel Sky News Arabic ..covered all the hot events in Egypt, Libya and now Syria. exposed to a range of problems, including kidnappings and death threats, most recently from a group Daash „ media distinct and ambitious worked in many of the Egyptian newspapers philosophy graduate of Ain Shams University

رفيدة ياسين من ابرز الاسماء في الاعلام العربي وتحديدا من خلال عملها كمراسلة متجولة بقناة اسكاي نيوز العربية ..غطت كل الاحداث الساخنة في مصر وليبا وحاليا سوريا تعرضت لمجموعة من المشاكل منها الخطف والتهديد بالقتل واخرها من جماعة داعش ،، اعلامية متميزة وطموحة عملت في عديد من الصحف المصرية خريجة فلسفة جامعة عين شمس

(Found on IG: sudanese_talented )


May 10, 2017

Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert

Secretary Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns.

The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the importance of defeating ISIS, de-escalating the violence in Syria, and ensuring that humanitarian assistance reaches hundreds of thousands of civilians throughout the country. Additionally, the Secretary and Foreign Minister restated support for the UN-led political process in Geneva, which is central to international efforts to bring about an enduring resolution to the conflict.

On Ukraine, Secretary Tillerson stressed the need for progress toward full implementation of the Minsk agreements. Sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered them.

The United States and Russia agreed to continue discussions to resolve other issues of bilateral concern, including strategic stability.