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Each Person Who Died in Syria Today Has a Story We’ll Never Know: I Don’t Know How to End the War, But We Must Accept More Refugees

As I write this, the death toll from today’s sarin gas attack in Syria stands at 82, with dozens thought to be children. 

This is obscene. 

The world is forever scarred. 

Meanwhile, we have an administration that has twice tried to ban all Syrian refugees.

For six years, I’ve read all I can about the Syrian civil war and I know enough to know even top-tier military and diplomatic officials have different views on how the war can and should end. 

I don’t purport to have better answers. 

But I do know it’s morally paramount that we accept Syrian refugees, and that we accept even more than the Obama administration agreed to accept. As I understand, he had to fight the GOP Congress to agree to accept any Syrian refugees at all. 

This isn’t–or shouldn’t be–about partisanship, but about our shared humanity. 

When calling your elected representatives, discuss your views on Syrian refugees and remind them the U.S. has blood on our hands if we stand idly by.

Syria and The Blood on Steve Bannon’s Hands

We learned this morning that DJT asked Steve Bannon to step down from his position at the National Security Council (NSC). 

Administration officials insisted this was always the plan and that Bannon was merely there to “deoperationalize” procedures after Susan Rice’s tenure.

First off, what the fuck does that even mean?

Secondly, Bannon still has security clearance and can still attend meetings should he choose, so the day was rife with speculation as to what is actually transpiring. One widely touted theory, that he committed the ultimate transgression and crossed DJT’s venerated son-in-law and incest proxy, Jared Kushner. 

What we do know: Bannon gets to keep his West Wing job as Chief Political Strategist. As such, he still wields enormous influence. 

Bannon’s view of Syrian refugees is akin to Hitler’s view of Jews, and I say this without hyperbole. 

When discussing Syria in recent years, on multiple occasions Bannon has invoked the hideous, dehumanizing 1973 novel, “The Camp of the Saints”, by French author Jean Rauspail. Rauspail considered dark-skinned persons not of European lineage to be dangerous, sexually voracious barbarians out to destroy Western Civilization by arriving on its shores. 

Repeatedly, Bannon compares the Syrian refugees to the grotesqueries etched by Rauspail, ignoring, or more likely reveling in the fact that “The Camp of Saints” was widely condemned as a modern day “Mein Kampf” upon its release and has only found newfound popularity among virulent white supremacists. 

This is the man advising DJT on Syria. 

This is the man who sat on the National Security Council yesterday when Assad gassed to death at least 82 Syrians, dozens of them confirmed to be children. 

My best guess?

Removing Bannon from the National Security Council was a cosmetic move to save face on the international stage. 

But we won’t save lives until Bannon is removed from the administration. 

And that won’t happen until DJT is removed from office. 

Tonight they sleep with the blood of Syrian children on their hands.

anonymous asked:

hey, can you not post things about the white helmets? They're an imperialist group created by the UK and US placed in syria. They work hand in hand with Purpose Inc, receive millions of dollars from US state departments and work hand in hand with al-nusra and al-qaeda. they are not a non-profit organisation

The white helmets are the only emergency responders in the areas being affected by assad’s relentless bombings, they are comprised completely of syrians, and for many people in freed syrian areas, they are the only hope they have of being rescued after being bombarded by the regime planes.

The first to call this group a terrorist one and call their legitimacy into question were assad and his ally putin, in order to advance their agenda, which is to portray themselves as the only source of hope for the people of syria.
To these two, the white helmets display one of the most significant threats to their power, and that is because they are performing one of the most revolutionary acts of the syrian resistance; that is to say, they are providing much needed and rather crucial services and aid to the syrian people in the absence of a legitimate and caring government, especially since they operate mostly from besieged areas.

Those who took up the regime’s smearing campaigns upon themselves are journalists like eva bartlette and max blumenthal, both non-syrians obviously, who claim to be independent and unbiased journalists while the former boasts their “i love bashar” bracelets, and both were invited to syria by the regime itself, so that they can help the regime to shape the narrative.

This narrative, supplied by assad and spoken by these “unbiased journalists”, is then picked up and repeated by other news sources in an uncritical and lazy manner that we know to be typical of the international mass media due to such prime examples as the time that antisemitic french paper reported that israelis tried to kill Palestinians in Gaza by deliberately flooding the strip, and every major news source picked it up without checking if it were true or not. Similarly, these accusations get passed around even though one of its major promoters have admitted to never have spoken to a single syrian in the affected areas (you can also see how max, a white man, tries to school an actual syrian who’s been to these areas herself by repeatedly talking over her and succeeding in sounding only like the white saviour jackass that he is, but go ahead and believe his version over the syrian activist).

Again, this narrative usually encompasses two parts, which the anon has so graciously supplied for us, that the group can not be trusted first due to its “foreign connections” and second because of its “extremist connections”

For many people who oppose the white helmets, they state the grounds for their detractions to be that they are not legitimate as the organisation receives aid from foreign sources (primarily USAID), which in their view makes the organisation imperialist by association, forgetting that the white helmets are an emergency rescue group, whose main purpose is to save as many syrian lives as possible, and has no reason or even the luxury to be picky about who they accept finances from in their pursuit of this goal. Like Syrian activist Loubna Marie put it “history will be written by those who were rescued by the White Helmets. I am sure they couldn’t care less about who paid for the oxygen in the ambulances.”

This reasoning for criticism, when provided by detractors of the white helmets, seems even more disingenuous when you look at two gaping holes in their argument. The first being the fact that they do not raise calls to discredit the legitimacy of the assad regime or point it out as being imperialist by association, when it is only maintained through the foreign aid of whole imperialist countries, such as russia and iran. The second being that they either forget or are wilfully ignorant in the role that foreign aid plays in the running of most humanitarian organisation in the middle east, including organisations in the west bank that help Palestinians, something which i emphasise on since support for Palestinians is often something that these types of “activists” tout as one of their main credentials for being trust-worthy in their views on matters concerning the middle east. 

Of course there is the other group who detracts the white helmets who we can’t ignore, for whom the primary concern is the potential connection between the white helmets and al qaeda. This portion of assad’s narrative is important because this portrayal gives the idea that religious minority groups would then be put in danger by the white helmets’ very existence. minority concerns must be addressed but this one in particular is blown out of proportion because the white helmets are not a militant group in the first place and have only acted in the interest of the syrian people in their attempts to provide as much help as they can. 

When dealing with these concerns we have to keep in mind that all of the narratives created by the assad regime and its allies are propaganda meant to discount the white helmets in response to their revolutionary actions we mentioned previously, of providing the people with an alternative to assad. In this way it is similar to the propaganda created by the u.s. government to try to delegitimise similarly revolutionary groups in its own country like the black panther party, a black resistance movement that knew very well that the key to revolution was not only in presenting a strong front in the face of government abuse, but in also providing their community with a viable alternative to abusive relationship that they suffered from under the u.s. and the assad government in the case of the syrian people.

And remember, the relationship between the syrian people and the assad government is an abusive relationship that is decades long, and the propaganda it creates is generated for the purpose of making it seem like the people, including religious minority groups, would be better off in the care of the government. so, similar to how an abuser tries to distance their victim from any potential support system and paint a distorted picture of the relationship between themselves and their victims, the regime is trying to separate the syrian people from a potential non-government based human aid organisation while promoting the alternative history that they were ever treated well by, or safe under, the regime in the first place. Buying into this rather inaccurate alternative (to put it nicely), is very offensive to the persecuted minorities that have long suffered under assad and have even faced exile due to his rule.

In closing, I would like to ask why are we focusing so much on an organisation that actually aims to save people’s lives rather that talking about the man who places those lives in danger in the first place.

Anyway, here are some articles for you, if you wish to read more.

anonymous asked:

And at the end of the day, the idea that religion is the issue instead of late capitalist patriarchal power structures (created as a direct cause of colonial trauma most nonwhite cultures deal with) is just... stupid. It's stupid and ignorant to believe that, and it's stupid and ignorant to throw religious leftists under the bus. It entirely erases the activism and revolution of religious minorities such as Jewish resistance, kurdish, iraqi and syrian resistance against isis, and that's just to

(continued) Name TWO of the millions and millions of groups who have done similar work and continue to do so. Finally, throwing religious leftists under the bus is an automatic, intentional or unintentional, slap in the face to religious minorities who need to be protected under this rise of fascism. How unjust is it that no matter where we go, we are met with some sort of hostility. Also, you would think comrades would have enough trust and acceptance to welcome religious leftists We have to stick together

Couldn’t agree more, Anon!

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1/16/15

Protesters from the “3rd World 4 Black Power” movement band together in solidarity as one to raise awareness for the injustices wrought upon the black community in front of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building located in Oakland, California.

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Hi everyone,
I thought I might just summarise what’s happening over in Syria.
• Aleppo, the biggest city in Syria, was a stronghold for the Syrian resistance in the Civil War
• The resistance are a collection of various rebel groups that have been fighting against the oppressive President Bashar al-Assad since March 2011
• In the last few days, after a long offensive led by Assad’s forces and supported by militants from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, Aleppo fell to government forces
• The surviving civilians remain at high risk of being shot or bombed as hostile armies target their attacks at residential districts and hospitals
• Escape routes are blockaded by hostile militants who hold anyone trying to leave Aleppo hostage (if they’re captured) and threaten them with death
• So, the survivors are trapped in a besieged city with dwindling supplies of food, water and medicine/instruments, and it is very VERY difficult for aid organisations to access and help those in desperate need
• On top of that, this genocide is receiving very minimal media attention in Western countries like Australia

We cannot let this stand. Besides donating (which is so important if you can spare the money!), raising social awareness is CRUCIAL to ensure that the cries of the innocent adults and children being persecuted in Syria do not go unheard.

Please, learn more about the crisis. Reblog all the tumblr posts, share all the Facebook posts and retweet all the tweets you come across. Talk to people and educate others. Attend protests and vigils. Actively show your solidarity with the victims and stand up against tyranny and power abuse.
Most importantly, stand with ALEPPO.
Do not let them suffer in silence, alone.

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Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov assassinated in Ankara

The Russian ambassador to Ankara was shot dead in an attack at an art gallery in the Turkish capital on Monday by a gunman shouting “Don’t forget Aleppo”.

A Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed the death of envoy Andrey Karlov, which marked one of the most serious spillovers of the Syria conflict into Turkey.

Russia is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and its air strikes were instrumental in helping Syrian forces end rebel resistance last week in the northern city of Aleppo.

The Anadolu news agency said the gunman had been “neutralized” soon after the attack, Relations between Moscow and Ankara have long been fraught over the conflict, with the two supporting opposing sides.

The attacker was smartly dressed in black suit and tie, and standing behind the ambassador as he made a speech at the art exhibition, a person at the scene told Reuters.

“He took out his gun and shot the ambassador from behind. We saw him lying on the floor and then we ran out,” said the witness, who asked not to be identified.

A Reuters cameraman at the scene said gunfire rang out for some time after the attack.

A video showed the attacker shouting: “Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria!”

As screams rang out, the gunman could then be seen pacing about and shouting as he held the gun in one hand and waved the other in the air.

Photos: (from top) AP Photo, Stringer/AFP/Getty Images, AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, Umit Bektas/Reuters

See more images of the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Yahoo News

On this day, Guru Hargobind Sahib freed 52 captive kings from Mughal tyranny in Gwalior jail, showing that his Panth is one that does not stand by watching injustices happen.

Today, our Panth is fighting to break the shackles of tyranny in Punjab, on top of that Kashmiris in the north continue their resistance, and Syrian refugees are struggling to escape the grips of war, trauma, and xenophobia.

Let us use this day as a day of action to mobilize around these issues so that one day these shackles may be broken, and the light of justice may break through the dark clouds of injustice.

May you have a blessed Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali. <3